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