The Mary Sue’s Rachel Leishman blatantly lies to her readers about Captain Marvel in a headline that states “only negative reviews are written by men.” (Archive link:

In her first sentence Leishman doubles down on the headline writing, “I can’t say I’m surprised that the negative reviews of Captain Marvel are written by men.”

She would once again state in the body of her article writing, “Look, I get it. It isn’t for everyone, but it is telling that every negative review of the movie was written by a man.”

As ClownFishTV points out this is a complete lie.

If you scroll over to Rotten Tomatoes, and select the “rotten” reviews her lie is exposed. There are only 8 “rotten” reviews and one of them comes from Lindsey Bahr of the Associated Press.

Bahr writes in her review, “I spent over two hours with Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers and I still have no idea what her personality is. Sure, there’s a lot more going on in ”Captain Marvel ,” but it’s a pretty egregious failing considering that the creative bigwigs at Marvel had 10 years and 20 films to work it out.”

Bahr adds, “It’s hard to say whether that’s a flaw in Brie Larson’s performance or a failure of the script, but I came out of the film from writers/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck not caring all that much about her beyond what her dazzling powers might mean for the next Avengers film, which is perhaps the lamest way of all to experience these movies.”

And if you want to look beyond Rotten Tomatoes, MetaCritic has a number of women who gave mixed reviews of Captain Marvel.

They include Barbara VenDenburgh writing in the Arizona Republic, “For all its thematic and behind-the-scenes innovations, cinematically “Captain Marvel” feels like a step backward for the MCU.” VenDenburgh adds, “All problems start with the story, and “Captain Marvel” has a forgettable one.”

Ann Hornaday in The Washington Post writes, “The problem is everything is so low-key, so calculatingly underplayed, that the stakes are never convincingly heightened. Larson spends the first part of “Captain Marvel” almost in a narcotized haze, which is fitting. But once she comes into consciousness, she never finds the sweet spot between muted impassivity and the kind of compelling machisma her alter ego warrants.”

Stephanie Zacharek at Time writes, “I wasn’t thinking, Wow! Instead, I heard the voice of my own inner superhero, Peggy Lee, whispering in my ear: Is that all there is? The most heinous supervillain of all is Boredom.”

Those definitely aren’t glowing reviews for Captain Marvel, and they come from women!

What do you make of Leishman’s lies about negative reviews only coming from men?

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