Rotten Tomatoes (rottentomatoes.com) presented Finding Nemo directors Lee Unkrich (left) and Andrew Stanton (right) with the Fresh Pick of the Year Award as the best reviewed film of 2003 while Bruce the vegetarian Great White Shark looked hungrily at the box of fresh tomatoes.
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Welcome to the 5th Annual Tomato Awards, where we honor the best and worst reviewed films of 2003. The competition was fierce this year. In the running for best reviewed film were such highly lauded titles as American Splendor, Finding Nemo, Lost in Translation, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, just to name a few. In the worst reviewed film category, the candidates included Kangaroo Jack, Gods and Generals, Gigli, and a bunch of other forgettable titles. Which film will take the prize in its respective category? Read on for the results.
Here's how the Tomato Awards work:
We use a consistent pool of critics for the Tomatometer. Each critic gets one vote, all weighted equally.
A movie must have 50 or more rated reviews to be considered. It's a good number at which if a few more reviews are added, they won't drastically swing the Tomatometer in either direction.
Because of the sheer number of reviews and finite number of editors, you may see some reviews that have neither a rating nor quote. They probably won't swing the Tomatometer more than a few percentage points.
Since the number of reviews per movie inevitably vary, we have a new weighted formula this year: (r ÷ (r+m)) × t + (m ÷ (r+m)) × a, with "r" representing the number of rated reviews, "m" the minimum number of reviews needed for a movie to qualify, "t" the Tomatometer score, and "a" the average Tomatometer of all the qualifying movies.