I believe "Interstellar" ratings have been tampered with.

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The number of ratings for the movie Interstellar is unusually high, and have been that way from day 1. I believe the numbers have been tampered with, possibly for promotional reasons. This has caused the site to lose credibility and my respect.
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Brian Petersen

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Posted 6 years ago

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Hi Brian Petersen,

Christopher Nolan has a large devoted fan base who go to his films and vote on his films.

2014 Interstellar has 460,200 votes.
2012 The Dark Knight Rises has 920,859 votes
2010 Inception  has 1,165,489 votes.
2008 The Dark Knight has 1,369,139 votes.
2006 The Prestige has 677,910 votes.
2005 Batman Begins has 784,192 votes.
2002 Insomnia has 192,482 votes.
2000 Memento has 705,020 votes.

Based upon the number of votes for other Christopher Nolan films, 460,200 votes for Interstellar does not appear to be unusually high.

Likewise, there does not appear to be any abnormalities in the ratings distribution for Interstellar.

Other than your suspicion that Interstellar has too many ratings, what concrete evidence do you have that the numbers have been tampered with?


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Hi Dan,

Thanks for the response. I do not have any concrete evidence for my suspicions, and I do understand how popular Nolan's work is. But using a different comparison; American Sniper and Interstellar came out around the same time. American Sniper was wildly more popular at the box office (Gross: $309,957,178), and gained national recognition. However it only has 126,498 votes as of today. Interstellar had over 300,000 votes in its first week at the box office. 

I can see the numbers for Nolan's Interstellar comparing to his other films, but not in it's first week of release. I could be wrong. But I'll continue to be suspicious of the numbers. 
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Hi Brian Petersen,

The demographics of those rating films skews to Males Aged 18-29. The demographics of Clint Eastwood films tend to skew to older viewers who are less likely to rate films on IMDb.

I've seen similar large initial votes with most of Christopher Nolan recent films. IMDb increased the minimum number of votes to be eligible for the IMDb Top 250 shortly after The Dark Knight quickly rose to top of the IMDb Top 250. IMDb is aware of the tendency of certain fan bases to vote on films quickly after their release and check whether there is any unusual voting patterns.

I am another user, so I do not have access to the raw data. However, I've seen nothing in the summary data to indicate usual voting patterns for Interstellar.

Popular films tend to receive their highest rating when they are first released, since the majority of people initially seeing and rating the film are from the fan base. As the viewership of a film expands beyond the fan base, the ratings tend to decrease. As a result, I personally give more credibility to the ratings of older films than more recent films.
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