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.
As a writer, director, and actor, Ernest Thompson has had a varied career despite his relative obscurity. Born in Vermont, he started out as a playwright, stage actor, and theatrical director. In the '70s, he made the switch to television with the soap opera Somerset, the Yosemite park ranger show Sierra, and the medical drama West Side Medical. However, his major accomplishment was as a writer, adapting his original play On Golden Pond for the screen. Starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, the family drama was a huge hit in 1981, winning Thompson Best Screenplay awards from the Academy, Golden Globes, and Writers Guild of America. Later in the '80s, he wrote the drama Sweet Hearts Dance, directed by Robert Greenwald and starring Susan Sarandon and Don Johnson. He made his directorial debut in 1989 with 1969, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Winona Ryder. During the '90s, he stuck with writing and directing made-for-TV movies with Take Me Home Again, The West Side Waltz, and Out of Time. In 2001, he directed his own TV version of On Golden Pond, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.