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.
Percentage of users who rate a movie or TV show positively.
A law school graduate, New York-born Abraham Polonsky entered movies after a short teaching career, as a screenwriter. After serving with the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the CIA) during World War II, he returned to Hollywood and, after a brief stint with Paramount, wrote the screenplay for the independent production Body and Soul. With help from producer Bob Roberts, Polonsky ascended to the director's chair for Force of Evil, a stunning film noir that attracted a great deal of attention despite major distribution problems. Unfortunately, Polonsky blacklisted in 1950 after refusing to testify before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. He continued to work as a screenwriter, but didn't get another chance to direct until 1970 in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here.