Movie poster for 'Acolytes' featuring Joel Edgerton.

Oops! Wrong Acolyte: How Angry Star Wars Fans Accidentally Review Bombed the Wrong Movie

The latest episode of ‘The Acolyte’ has stirred quite a bit of controversy among Star Wars fans. With new lore potentially conflicting with long-held beliefs about the Force’s abilities, the fanbase is in an uproar. But did you know that this uproar led to an unintended review bombing of a completely unrelated movie?

The Controversy Surrounding ‘The Acolyte’

New Lore and Fan Reactions

‘The Acolyte’ recently introduced lore that some fans believe contradicts established Star Wars canon, specifically regarding the Force’s ability to create life. While these new elements might be explained in future episodes, it hasn’t stopped a segment of the fanbase from expressing their displeasure loudly and publicly.

Review Bombing on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB

In response to their frustrations, some fans took to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB to leave scathing reviews of ‘The Acolyte.’ This form of protest, known as review bombing, aims to lower the show’s audience score. As it stands, ‘The Acolyte’ holds a 16% audience score, despite an 84% rating from critics.

Accidental Review Bombing of ‘Acolytes’ (2008)

Mistaken Identity

In a twist of irony, some overzealous reviewers mistakenly targeted the 2008 film ‘Acolytes,’ thinking it was the Star Wars series. This movie, starring Joel Edgerton (who plays Owen Lars in ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi‘), now has an audience score of 33% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Spotlight by Jordan Maison

Jordan Maison highlighted this mistake on X (formerly Twitter), pointing out the difficulty in taking these reviews seriously when they’re misdirected at anything with “Acolyte” in the title. It’s like a sniper using a sawn-off shotgun from a bell tower—wildly inaccurate and damaging to unrelated targets.

Understanding the Backlash

The Fandom’s Narrow View

Some fans hold a narrow view of what Star Wars should be, rejecting anything that deviates from their expectations. This has led to backlash against diverse and innovative storytelling within the franchise.

Leslye Headland’s Vision

Showrunner Leslye Headland has assured fans that ‘The Acolyte’ will provide explanations for the new lore introduced. Her promotion of the series emphasizes that things are not always what they seem, urging fans to remain patient and open-minded.

Moving Forward

Hope for the Future

It’s disheartening to see such a toxic response from a segment of the fanbase. However, there’s hope that as ‘The Acolyte’ progresses, fans will come to appreciate the new directions and storytelling methods being explored.

A Call for Open-Mindedness

Star Wars is a vast and diverse universe capable of encompassing many different stories and perspectives. Embracing this diversity can lead to richer and more engaging narratives for all fans to enjoy.


What is ‘The Acolyte’ about? ‘The Acolyte’ is a new Star Wars series set in the final days of the High Republic era, exploring the darker aspects of the Force and the rise of dark side powers.

Why are fans upset about ‘The Acolyte’? Some fans believe that the new lore introduced in ‘The Acolyte’ contradicts established Star Wars canon, specifically regarding the Force’s abilities.

What happened with the review bombing? Displeased fans took to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB to leave negative reviews of ‘The Acolyte.’ In their zeal, some mistakenly reviewed the unrelated 2008 movie ‘Acolytes.’

Who pointed out the mistaken reviews? Jordan Maison highlighted the misdirected reviews on X (formerly Twitter), noting the irony and inaccuracy of the backlash.

What has Leslye Headland said about the series? Showrunner Leslye Headland has urged fans to remain patient, promising that the new lore will be explained and that things are not always as they seem.

How can fans move forward? Fans are encouraged to keep an open mind and embrace the diverse storytelling within the Star Wars universe, appreciating the new perspectives and narratives being explored.


The controversy surrounding ‘The Acolyte’ and the accidental review bombing of ‘Acolytes’ (2008) highlights the challenges of managing a passionate and sometimes divided fanbase. As the series continues, there’s hope that fans will see the value in the new lore and storytelling approaches. After all, the Star Wars universe has always been about exploring the unknown and discovering new perspectives.