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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Character actor Richard Schaal specialized in playing everymen with off-center, over-the-top or farcical personas. Born in 1925, Schaal first took his television bow in the early '60s, as a guest star on programs such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, and The Doris Day Show. He also landed small roles in features including Carl Reiner's Cold War farce The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) and George Roy Hill's nihilistic sci-fi saga Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). Fans of The Mary Tyler Moore Show may remember Schaal as Howard Arnell, the slightly goofy ex-boyfriend of Mary Richards (who irritates Mary from time to time by cropping up and engaging in eccentric behavior, such as proposing marriage to her over the loudspeakers at a gymnasium). Schaal also turned up on the two spin-offs of Mary Tyler Moore -- Rhoda and Phyllis; on the former, he played klutzy alcoholic Charlie Burke, while on the latter, he played the (comparatively more together) commercial photographer Leo Heatherton. Subsequent assignments for Schaal included small roles in the features Americathon (1979), The Hollywood Knights (1980), and Once Bitten (1985). He was married for a lengthy period to actress Valerie Harper (Rhoda) and is the father of actress Wendy Schaal (her mother is his first wife, Lois Treacy). Schaal retired from acting in the early 1990s, and passed away in 2014 at age 86.