Dear Fanboys and other RT commentators,
Seeing as others have taken it upon themselves to write full-fledged essays to defend this movie and bash critics, I've to write a response with some points I would like you all to consider. Here you go --
(1) There's a reason why this movie RT score is sitting in the mid-sixties, and it's not because critics are doing their job wrong or comparing it to the wrong things: it's simply because this is just a decently good movie. No more, no less. Those same critics you hate so much -- yes those -- gave the LOTR movies consistent RT scores in the 90's. It's not that they hate Fantasy or Tolkien, it's just the individual quality of this movie.
(2) On that note, stop the hate on the movie critics. Realize that they have devoted their lives to the critical assessment of movies. Appreciate that they have viewed thousands of films and have a good context to make judgments on cinema -- unlike many of you.
(3) Stop defending this movie so damn much. This point is important guys -- do you realize that the only people getting rich here are the movie production companies? Basically, by being fanboys, they are getting the message that they can release sub-par material (this movie) and still make upwards of a billion dollars in grosses. As fans, we should demand more! Why ENDORSE (not just watching the movie, but saying it's infallible) the corporate greed this movie embodies? But instead, we go along and make them even richer without expecting better.
(4) Finally, I just want to say nobody said you have to listen to the critics. Go out and make your own opinion if that suits you.
C'mon people, we can do better.