Welcome to RT's 14th Annual Golden Tomato Awards, in which we honor the best-reviewed movies of 2012. From the biggest Hollywood hits to the most provocative indies, we've got the films that won the critics' hearts -- and probably inspired you as well.
Last year, audiences flocked to a huge superhero blowout (The Avengers), cheered a new 007 adventure (Skyfall), and applauded a little-known tale from American history (Argo). At the arthouse, we were treated to a number of stirring documentaries that focused on women in the military (The Invisible War), the early days of the AIDS epidemic (How to Survive a Plague), and a dissident Iranian filmmaker (This is Not a Film). Which films will take home the coveted Golden Tomato Awards? Where do your favorites rank? And which of these flicks took home the User Tomato award, decided by you, the RT faithful? Use the navigation menu to your left and find out!
How It Works
Limited releases are defined as opening in 500 or less theaters at initial release. Platform releases, movies initially released under 500 theaters but later receiving wider distribution, fall under this definition.
Foreign releases are defined as non-English language films.
Each critic from our discrete list gets one vote (as determined by their review), all weighted equally.
In order to be considered for domestic categories, a movie must have 40 or more rated reviews and a television show must have 15 or more.
A movie must have 500 or more user ratings to be considered for the User category.
Each movie is eligible in only one genre.
Reviews without ratings are not counted toward the results of the Golden Tomato Awards.
Because reviews are continually added, manually and otherwise, we have a cutoff date at which new reviews are not counted toward the Golden Tomato awards. This year's cutoff date is 1/1/2014.
We use a weighted formula (Bayesian) to account for variation in the number of reviews per movie. The winners are determined by the rankings, designated as the "adjusted score", after applying said formula: (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.