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.
Television film director and editor Alan Clarke was a master filmmaker noted for his vibrant explorations of the lives of society's dregs. The son of a Liverpool bricklayer, he too worked as a laborer and then attempted to be a salesman before spending two years in Hong Kong as part of the National Service. He later moved to Canada and began taking courses in acting and directing. He went back to England in 1961 to work as a floor manager for television, and became a director for the BBC in 1969. During his long career there, he made three theatrical films. One of them was a slightly sanitized remake of a television film, Scum, a graphic look at life in a grim juvenile prison that the national network banned because they felt it was too disturbing. Another was Rita, Sue & Bob Too (1986), a rollicking sex comedy about love amongst the unbeautiful. He then focused upon filming "plays" from both established and unknown writers. He preferred scripts that took a hard look at his country, and some of his best work came out when Thatcher was in power. Some of his films feature little dialog and are almost surreal as can be seen in the 1989 television film Elephant which chronicles without a spoken word, or explanation or even a context, the individual killings of eighteen Irish people (the "killings" were carefully staged and everyone involved was an actor). Clarke's films have never been known for being comfortable or easy to watch. Instead they are realistic, unflinching, metaphorical portrayals of British life.