Golden Tomatoes: The 10 Best Movies for each of the Last 10 Years
RT highlights the best reviewed movie for each year we've been around.
What better way to celebrate RT's 10th
birthday than with a film retrospective that focuses on the very basis of our
existence? Take a look back, all the way through our
formative years, to see which movies had garnered the best critical responses.
Those of you who have been with us for a while now are already familiar with
our Golden Tomato Awards, and the memory of last year's winner might
still be fresh on your mind. But between a handful of animated features, a
political satire, and a sentimental turn from a wild comedian, you might find
one or two surprises in our list of each year's best-reviewed film.
Media appropriation, voyeurism, ditching our jobs and sailing to Fiji -- these
are issues we mull over every day at Rotten Tomatoes. So it's fitting that The
Truman Show, Peter Weir's gentle treatise on pop culture and art, is the movie
to inaugurate the site. The movie stars Jim Carrey as meek Truman Burbank, an
insurance adjustor slowly realizing his hometown a giant set, his life nothing
more than televised pap. But just like everyone else, critics loved tuning in to
The Truman Show: "Adventurous, provocative, even daring," wrote Kenneth Turan.
And the movie demonstrated Carrey need not resort to falling out of a rhino's
ass to make the audiences laugh and take home the box office; The Truman Show
has heart, hijinks, and, according to Owen Glieberman, it turns "Carrey...into a
postmodern Capra hero."