Fans of "Little Boy," a new film about a 7-year-old child who desperately wants to bring his father home from battle during World War II, might have noticed something curious on the film's Rotten Tomatoes page this week: while the movie received overwhelmingly positive audience approval with a favorability score of 88 percent, only 10 percent of top critics gave it good marks.
The disparity was so stunning, in fact, that the filmmakers behind "Little Boy" issued a statement to TheBlaze highlighting the "unprecedented attacks ... from a variety of critics whose attacks on the film ranged from 'phony-baloney,' 'more artificial than a polyester teddy bear stuffed with Splenda and Cheez Whiz,' to 'shameless,' 'manipulative,' 'horrifically misguided,' and 'stupid.'"
The Wrap detailed the crop of harsh reviews in an article that further shows just how profoundly most movie critics despised the film, with some professional movie reviewers claiming that it presented a warped portrayal of the Almighty.
A screen shot from Rotten Tomatoes
But while critics blasted "Little Boy," many in media — including Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, among others — have praised it as a "well done" film that sets a new and positive standard for family movies.
In addition to this positive praise, the 3,575 audience members that took the time to assess "Little Boy" on Rotten Tomatoes as of Tuesday gave it an average rating of 4.4 out of 5, which constitutes an 88 percent favorability rating.
It is these latter numbers that producer and star Eduardo Verastegui, whom TheBlaze interviewed last week about his life, career and Christian faith, is focusing on, saying in a statement issued to TheBlaze that he's not at all dissuaded by movie critics' negativity.
"While I always respect and learn from the views of film critics, my first audience for my movies is always the people and I am thrilled that the people are responding so well to 'Little Boy,'" he said. "We made this movie because as first generation immigrants we love America. Even with her faults, America is the greatest country on earth."
Verastegui continued, "Although the film doesn't shy away from exploring some of those faults, it is ultimately a movie about love-love for God, love for one another and love for country."
The disparity naturally causes one to question why the general public and movie reviewers are so far apart on a film like "Little Boy," though the answer is not readily available.
Watch Beck discuss the film with Verastegui below:
This isn't the first time that a Christian filmmaker has questioned a massive disparity between critic and fan ratings.
Jon Erwin, the director of "Moms' Night Out," a family friendly comedy that released last year, also blasted negative reviews of his film, charging that overt media bias and an inability to understand Christian audiences were at play.
While the audience score for "Moms' Night Out" is currently at 68 percent, the top critic score stands at 6 percent, showcasing yet another deep disparity. As TheBlaze previously reported, some critics called the movie "anti-feminist," but much of its core audience loved it.
“What you see is a group of underserved people who have not felt appreciated who now have an outlet and a voice and an ability to celebrate themselves,” Erwin said last year of the fans’ positive reviews. “Hollywood and the mainstream press doesn’t understand these people.”
Find out more about "Little Boy" here.