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. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Writer-director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9 is an engaging, fast-paced Sci-Fi thriller with a strong script, gripping action set-pieces, superb special effects work and a terrific central performance from Matt Damon.
In lesser hands, Elysium might have played like a Lib Dem manifesto with extra spaceships, but the South African filmmaker wants to explore ideas, not wave placards, and whether or not you agree with the film's politics, the fire in its belly is catching.
Although many will enjoy the grisly violence and Damon's understated performance, what's most striking here is this one's fearless satire, and how it unexpectedly mirrors the situation in Australia when it comes to 'boat people.'
Packed with action and jarring visual toggles between the lives of the haves and the squalor of the have-nots, writer/director Neil Bloomkamp essentially overlays the concept of Fritz Lang's Metropolis with a ripping, ultra-violent class war.
In a handful of aspiring filmmakers that have hard things to say about the state of our world and the histories we may be doomed to repeat, here is one who isn't afraid to confront the future head-on and match it with hardened criticism.