The Cannes Film Festival has its own version of the Roman gladiator thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and its judgments can be just as harsh

FILE - In this May 16, 2011 file photo, actors Brad Pitt, from left, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn arrive for the screening of their film, "The Tree of Life," by filmmaker Terrence Malick, at the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. The film, which won the Palme d'Or award, was booed by critics at the film screening. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

By JAKE COYLE - Associated Press
Friday, May 19th 2017, 17:13 pm EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival has its own version of the Roman gladiator thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and its judgments can be just as harsh.

Nowhere are audience and critical reactions to films more closely measured, in standing ovation length or volubility of booing. Cannes can make a movie, but it can also break it. And it has humbled more than a few.

When the boos ring out, the blood sport of it tends to light up social media and echo around the planet — even though they're often uttered by only a handful of anonymous European critics.

This year's festival is only a few days old but it has already heard a smattering of boos for the audacious Hungarian drama "Jupiter's Moon" and even for the Amazon Studios logo.

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