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Mon, Sep 12, 2016 4:15 PM

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The Promise - Unjustifiably low rating becasue of political reasons

Yesterday, September 11th, a new historical drama movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie called 'The Promise' was directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) and is starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. It tells a story about the Armenian Genocide, which was the Ottoman Empire's systematic extermination of nearly 1.5 million Armenians within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey.

Although undeniable evidence has been provided for over a century and a great number of countries have officially recognized the acts of the Ottoman Empire as genocide, the Turkish government is stubbornly refusing to recognize the truth.

This movie, which is based on real events, currently has rating of 1.4 after only SINGLE DAY of its release. Is the movie really that bad? VERY UNLIKELY! 92.8% of the votes (3930 out of 4235) are 1. I want to emphasize that this movie has only been released within the Toronto International Film Festival, so 4235 people could not have possibly seen it in one day.

OBVIOUSLY, the low rating is caused by Turkish people who try to deliberately lower the rating so that fewer audience watch the movie that tells about their horrendous and inhuman past. The rating of the movie is so low because of the political reasons, not because of its value as a film or a peace of art.

I would like to get the attention of IMDB on this matter. This is unacceptable! I'm asking IMDB to restore the justice. Please delete all the 1 votes from IPs in Turkey and Azerbaijan and prohibit IPs from these countries to rate this movie in the future. This can not be tolerated from such a renowned Internet service.

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Thanks for all the comments. For information on how IMDb calculates user ratings and answers to the most common questions regarding voting (including situations like the one referenced in this thread), please refer to the our FAQ located at http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?votestopfaq which includes all information we are able to share about this topic.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The Promise: Abusive reviews and comments on discussion boards.

On Sunday, a movie entitled "The Promise" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. It is about the genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1923 against not only Armenians, but also against Assyrians and Greeks. Two days later, there are more than a dozen one-star reviews from Turks who have not seen it, whose reviews cannot be anything more than propaganda. In addition, the message board is full of both historical nonsense and racist remarks aimed at Armenians. I don't know how you might do it, but I call upon the owners of the IMDB to police the discussion boards to remove racist comments, and to remove reviews from people who clearly have not seen the movie, and are engaged in a disinformation campaign against it.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled 'The Promise' and how it has received an unprecedented amount of negative reviews....

Dear IMDb, Yesterday I stumbled upon an article about a film called 'The Promise' and how it has received an unprecedented amount of negative reviews on your site. This film has been screened three times, one being at the Toronto Film Festival on September 11, 2016. And yet it has over 55,000 1-star reviews. How is that possible? This film is about a touchy subject for many because it centers around the time the Ottoman Empire carried out a genocide against the Armenian people. But since it is not possible that all these people have seen the film considering the simple fact that it has not been released anywhere yet, how can people leave negative reviews about a film they've never seen? In my humble opinion, it really questions your website's credibility. This film was produced by someone who had a vision and his name was Kirk Kerkorian. He put many of his earnings on the line to put this movie into production. The director, Terry George, is one of the most renowned and respected in Hollywood. The cast is made up of countless brilliant actors. This film has quality written all over it and yet it is being unfairly rated down by people who haven't seen it. It is a known fact that the Turkish government and people have been denying this genocide for over a century and are willing to go to great lengths for it to remain unrecognized. But to allow your website to become a weapon of Turkish denial and propaganda is not the standard that your company set for itself when IMDb was launched. Your website has always been a respectable portal of knowledge about all films of the world, so I am in real disbelief as to why a film that has not been released to the public is being defamed and down-rated by Internet trolls. As I said, this whole situation just questions the validity of IMDb. Please do not allow this to keep happening. There are so many people who dedicated their time and effort to the making of this film. They spent millions of dollars to make it happen. This film tells a story of an event that the world needs to know about. And until people have the chance to see it with their own eyes and in turn draw their own conclusions, please do not allow this kind of spiteful rating to continue. Please do not let your site become another place of hateful political ranting. It only does you a great disservice. Sincerely, Gary Malhas