Cool Dudes Tank Ghostbusters’ IMDB Ratings Before It Opens

A disproportionately large number of voters are men who gave the remake one star

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Jul 15, 2016 at 10:12 AM ET

The remake of Ghostbusters just opened Friday, but in the weeks in advance of its release the film stirred up an amazing amount of hatred online from peculiar individuals who cannot cope with the idea of female ghostbusters. While critical reviews have been mixed (but relatively measured), the film’s ratings on IMDB have been suspiciously low, especially considering the scores come from users—the vast majority of whom have not seen the film yet. Now, data from the site reveals that there’s one group who’s directly responsible for this: men.

IMDB lets users rate movies on a scale of 1 to 10 stars, and Ghostbusters is currently hovering at a sad 4.1 stars. More than 13,000 users have cast their vote, 82.8 percent of voters were men, compared to 17.2 percent who were female. Of the females who voted, nearly every age group enjoyed the film, giving it an average of between 7 and 9 stars (except women over 45, who hovered closer to 5). Males, though, were a very different story. Every age group gave a rating between 3 and 4 stars. Harsh.

The movie, which boasts an all-star cast including Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, has proved especially divisive, not just because it dares to reimagine an iconic piece of pop culture, and but also because it dared to fill its cast with women. Interestingly, more than 50 percent of the votes cast gave the movie just a single star—the dis of choice among the angry young men of the internet who have chosen to protest Paul Feig’s revision of their beloved classic.

It remains to be seen whether this rather childish lashing out will extend to the movie’s box office numbers or whether it’ll be a hit in spite of the hate.