Welcome to RT's 12th Annual Golden Tomato Awards, in which we honor the best-reviewed movies of 2010. From high-profile Hollywood hits to little movies that could, we?ve got the movies that won the critics? hearts -- and probably inspired you as well.
There was plenty of interesting stuff in the multiplex in 2010: the mighty Pixar closed out its Toy Story trilogy, Christopher Nolan twisted minds (and city blocks) with Inception, and David Fincher told the fictional tale of Facebook?s early days with The Social Network. At the arthouse, provocative documentaries about China?s economy and unconventional artists wowed the pundits. 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?
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.
A movie must have 40 or more rated reviews to be considered for domestic categories.
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 1/1/2011.
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.