Cher Tweets 'Burlesque' Success
Cher can't be glad about Burlesque's critics' scores (49% on Metacritic, 34% on Rotten Tomatoes), but someone named Cher with 63,544 followers is positively Twittering about its pretty good user reviews on Flixster: "Wow! We took over flixster #burlesque, you can rate Burlesque here (81% Liked it!)" Also, TheAguilera's Twitter page reads: "@Cher WE DID IT :)"
It's not the first time a panned film got Flixster love. Earlier this month, Flixster users raved the sci-fi flop Skyline, which got a crummy 4.6 out of ten stars from 5,976 voters on IMDb.com, a sci-fi-friendly place. IMDb.com's Keith Simanton is the only one of 18 pundits on GoldDerby's Oscar poll who predicted a best picture win for sci-fi-ish Inception.
Burlesque's Flixster user reviewers are almost all women. Reviewers elsewhere have fondly recalled Showgirls while trashing Burlesque, but only 36% of Flixsterites and 12% of Rotten Tomatoes critics liked Showgirls.
As a newspaper film critic, I made Oregon cinema history by giving Showgirls, on scale of one to five stars (each of which was worth $5,000 to the film's box office, the exhibitor told me), the Oregonian's first "Negative Five-Star" review. So Burlesque's reputation could ride a Flixster catapult to a brilliant revisionist future. Perhaps not in time for the Golden Globes and Oscars, however.
Flixster cofounder and CEO Joe Greenstein loves the stir Cher's very name inspires: "It's great to see an all-time icon like Cher get so involved and care so much about the conversation the audience is having around her work. We've had almost 22,000 people rate Burlesque and people are loving the music, the costumes, the performances and overall entertainment of it. Almost more like a Broadway show than a movie. Now I'm excited to see it from a whole different perspective."
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