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What is the Tomatometer™?

The Tomatometer™ rating - based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics - is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers.

The Tomatometer™ rating represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.

Back in the days of the open theaters, when a play was particularly atrocious, the audience expressed their dissatisfaction by not only booing and hissing at the stage, but throwing whatever was at hand -- vegetables and fruits included.

A good review is denoted by a fresh red tomato. In order for a movie or TV show to receive an overall rating of Fresh, the reading on the Tomatometer for that movie must be at least 60%.
A bad review is denoted by a rotten green tomato splat (59% or less).
To receive a Certified Fresh rating a movie must have a steady Tomatometer rating of 75% or better. Movies opening in wide release need at least 80 reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). Movies opening in limited release need at least 40 reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). A TV show must have a Tomatometer Score of 75% or better with 20 or more reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). If the Tomatometer score drops below 70%, then the movie or TV show loses its Certified Fresh status. In some cases, the Certified Fresh designation may be held at the discretion of the Rotten Tomatoes editorial team.

What is the Audience Score?

The Audience rating, denoted by a popcorn bucket, is the percentage of all and users who have rated the movie or TV Show positively.

The full popcorn bucket means the movie received 3.5 stars or higher by Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes users.
The tipped over popcorn bucket means the movie received less than 3.5 stars by Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes users.
The plus sign will appear for movies that do not have audience ratings or reviews. The percentage you see associated with this icon is the percentage of users who added the movie to their Want-to-See list.

Editorial Team

Matt Atchity, Editor-in-Chief

Matt Atchity has over fifteen years of experience managing and building websites that cover a variety of entertainment categories, such as movies, TV, music, celebrities and video games. Under Matt's leadership, Rotten Tomatoes has seen its traffic double over the past five years.

Every week, Matt's movie review roundups are broadcast on TV, web and radio around the country on outlets such as Adam Carolla's podcast, and Good Day LA On KTTV. Matt also produces and hosts the popular Rotten Tomatoes podcast, a weekly deep dive into the hottest movies and TV shows - with guest appearances from A list Hollywood celebrities and filmmakers.

Matt's five favorite films are:

Matt's five favorite TV shows are:

Grae Drake, Senior Movie Editor

In 6th grade, when Grae Drake was arranging movie outings for all her friends, she picked the movie. Through the years - studying film at the University of Texas at Austin, being honored by Sundance and the Director's Guild of America, and working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles - she realized how terrible she was at keeping her opinions to herself, leading to the birth of Grae's The Popcorn Mafia podcast.

Now, she regularly conducts Rotten Tomatoes celebrity interviews at movie junkets, and dishes the dirt with stars on HLN's Showbiz Tonight, Fox News and G4's Attack of the Show. Each week, Grae's passionate thoughts can be heard on terrestrial radio all over North America, and she appears frequently on ABC News, the TV Guide Network and the Reelz Channel. Just to note, she still won't let other people pick the movies.

Grae's five favorite films are:

Follow Grae on Twitter @graedrake.

Sarah Ricard, Senior TV Editor

Sarah Ricard oversees TV coverage for Rotten Tomatoes, which offers interviews, news, and Tomatometer ratings for scripted television programming. She has appeared on CNN as an entertainment expert, and is a regular contributor to KSRO's The Drive and The Dennis Miller Show. Prior to joining Rotten Tomatoes, Sarah was an editor at the Los Angeles Times and She holds a masters degree in Cinema Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Sarah's five all-time favorite TV shows are:

Follow Sarah on Twitter @Sarah_Ricard.

Timothy Ryan, Senior Editor

Growing up in Rhode Island, Tim Ryan spent many an afternoon pouring over the reviews in Roger Ebert's Home Movie Companion and Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in journalism, Tim worked as a beat reporter for several New England newspapers throughout New England and obsessively watched movies in his downtime. He joined the staff of Rotten Tomatoes in September of 2004, where he has overseen the aggregation of reviews, written features, compiled movie lists, interviewed celebrities, and contributed to RT's radio show and podcast.

Tim's five favorite movies are:

Follow Tim on Twitter @Tim_Ryan_RT.

About Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes is the most trusted measurement of quality for filmed entertainment. As the web's leading aggregator of movie and TV reviews from professional critics, Rotten Tomatoes offers the most comprehensive guide to what's fresh. The world famous Tomatometer™ rating represents the percentage of professional reviews that are positive for a given film or television show and is often cited as the "tie breaker" among decision-challenged couples worldwide. For the most discerning moviegoers and TV watchers, Rotten Tomatoes designates certain films and TV shows Certified Fresh. That accolade is awarded with Tomatometer ratings of 75% and a required minimum number of reviews. welcomes more than 25 million unique visitors every month and the Tomatometer is viewed by hundreds of millions of movie and TV consumers every week across our partner network, including iTunes, Google, Target, DirecTV, Vudu. The weekly Rotten Tomatoes podcasts can be found on, iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher, and Rotten Tomatoes staff members make regular TV and radio appearances across the US. In 2010 Rotten Tomatoes became part of the Flixster family.

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