Fake reviews

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I suspect some or all the reviews for the following title are fake:


All the reviews are very positive and more or less the same length. The reviewers generally haven't written reviews for other films, other than that the same reviews 
appear on the following pages:


(The first title should be listed as a series and the three others should be listed as episodes; I am in the process of making these and other changes.)

Vote stuffing is also likely.
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Peter, Champion

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Dan Dassow, Champion

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These review certainly look fake. One user, nyt101, used exactly the same review for three different productions:

If nothing else, the reviews are so generic that they could apply to virtually any sports documentary with minor alteration.
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Michelle, Official Rep

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Hi Peter and Dan -

Thanks for reporting these User Reviews.  They are being investigated and should be removed from the site shortly.
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Peter, Champion

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Thanks, Michelle.
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How do we report them? They are slowly killing the website? a lot of people started to not take Imdb site seriously because of them! They are probably paid to do that!
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Hitesh Rathod

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Hi All,

The below movie has all fake reviews, I checked the users, some of them have just joined a while back to write a fake review for the movie. Can you look into it Michelle. 

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This one has over NINETY fake reviews all similar down to capitalizing the name of every movie it compares itself to, as well as its own, WHISPERS in every post.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1986202/reviews?filter=hate;filter=hate;start=40.  It is an ongoing thing too, as every time someone posts calling out the fake reviews, they post ANOTHER TWO 10-star reviews to negate, and bump up the rating.  It verges on ludicrous.  My issue is that it is so glaringly obvious though, and the reviews calling the fake reviews out have been happening for awhile, so how are they getting approved without IMDB doing anything about it?  You would imagine if you have 40 1-star reviews calling out and specifically stating that that the 8-10-star reviews are fake, someone would at least check ip addresses or the reviews themselves and SEE how glaringly obvious they are.  I don't mean to be dramatic, but the very essence of IMDBs reputation and credibility hinges on it providing (as best it can) an accurate representation of the public's opinion on movies.  Take this away and make it a site where ratings are manipulated on a day-to-day basis, then what do you have?

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