Rotten Tomatoes APIs

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About Rotten Tomatoes APIs

Rotten Tomatoes has become one of the foremost online authorities for movies thanks to its utterly simplistic approach to design — a raw percentage that ranks movie reviews as either positive or negative. It’s an approach that cuts through the inherent complexities of varying movie review formats, but it also means that the database behind the site is a wellspring of information connecting together films and their reviews. Underlying this site and the database is a proprietary API that Rotten Tomatoes uses to give you the information you want.

What are Rotten Tomatoes APIs?

Hypothetically, Rotten Tomatoes APIs would allow you to use the same reference system that Rotten Tomatoes uses to sort through their information on movies, reviews, and all the metadata related to that. Unfortunately, the API that Rotten Tomatoes uses is private, and there’s no publicly available API that directly taps into the Rotten Tomatoes database. However, there are a number of public APIs that can provide you with comparable information.

How do Rotten Tomatoes API substitutes work?

Since Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t make their information readily available, these types of APIs instead draw from different film databases. These APIs might be developed by the creators or a third party, but they nevertheless take advantage of the orderly filing system of these databases to filter data in various ways. The quality and breadth of information can vary depending on the purview of the database. The Netflix Unofficial database only includes information on movies that are part of Netflix’s service, while sources like the Internet Movie Database offer comprehensive data sets.

Who are these APIs for?

Any app or site developer who wants to be able to manipulate or display information about films can benefit from these APIs. While they’re lacking the review information that Rotten Tomatoes uses to calculate their averages, a single API can be used for practically any important film data.

Why are Rotten Tomatoes API substitutes important?

Film and TV are big industries, and the rise of streaming apps has ensured that viewers have access to more media than ever before. Whether you’re looking to help viewers get viewing suggestions based off their favorite movies, conduct research into gender disparity across genre lines, or just simplify the task of finding the service a movie is streaming on, the breadth of information in these APIs are surprisingly versatile.

What you can expect from Rotten Tomatoes APIs?

Any one of these APIs will provide you with basic information like the cast, character names, release year, and genre. Beyond that, many offer deeper data points — with IMDB including some of the most dense information. It can even get filming location information. Many offer reviews and ratings information, but it draws from the personal databases of the services in question rather than from Rotten Tomatoes.

Are there examples of free Rotten Tomatoes APIs?

There are only free Rotten Tomatoes APIs listed here, but most offer premium features with a paid subscription. The unofficial IMDB API is completely free to use, but its functionality is relatively limited.

Rotten Tomatoes API SDKs

All Rotten Tomatoes APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:

  1. Node.js
  2. PHP
  3. Python
  4. Ruby
  5. Objective-C
  6. Java (Android)
  7. C# (.NET)
  8. cURL

Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.

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