As March rolls along and the Academy is ready to announce their choices for the best of 2000, we take this time out to add more fuel to the fire. That's right, it is time for the 2nd annual RT Awards where we honor the best and worst reviewed movies of 2000 and the studios that are responsible for them.
While many agree that 2000's crop, as a whole, isn't nearly as good as 1999's, there are still pleasures to be had. It is just that there are fewer movies that made us go "Wow," and some of the most hyped movies turned out to be duds like Battlefield Earth (6%) and Dungeons and Dragons (12%). Unfortunately, while we all try to forget that rotten bunch, few actually saw some of the better ones like Yi Yi (93%), Chuck and Buck (90%), or Best in Show (92%) either because they were not showing in their area or overlooked because of some bigger movies at the time. RT Awards seeks to give these movies their due so that people will, hopefully, seek them out in their local video store.
Here's how the RT Awards work:
There is a consistent pool of critics we use for the determination of the Tomatometer. They include the Roger Eberts of print to the James Berneidellis of the online world. Each critic gets one vote and no one vote is weighted more than another's.
A movie has to have 20 or more rated reviews to be considered. Why 20? It's a good number at which if a few more reviews are added, they won't swing the Tomatometer wildly in either direction.
If two or more movies have the same Tomatometer reading, then we go with the movie with the higher number of reviews.
Also you may see reviews that have neither a rating nor a quote. Again, we are saying these reviews probably won't swing the Tomatometer more than a few percentage points.
That said, the Tomatometer readings quoted in this writing may slightly vary as more reviews are added to those movies. For the purpose of our nonscientific study, this is good enough for us. Got it? Good. Now, as they say in showbiz, let's get on with the show!