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.
An enduring regional theater actor whose 20 seasons at the Cleveland Playhouse consistently took precedence over his television and feature career, actor William Paterson later departed for an extended career with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. A native of Buffalo, NY, Patterson graduated from Brown university before settling at the Cleveland Playhouse in 1947 immediately following his military service. Following his debut in their production of Maxwell Anderson's Joan of Lorraine, Paterson soon married theater hairstylist Dora Beams, forming a close relationship that would endure until Beams' death in 1993. Though he remained with the Cleveland Playhouse for an exhausting 20 seasons, that stint paled in comparison to his 30-plus-year stay with the American Conservatory Theater, which he joined in its inaugural season in 1967. Kicking-off his career at the A.C.T. in its production of A Long Day's Journey Into Night, Paterson continued on by essaying the role of Scrooge in the theater's holiday production of A Christmas Carol, a role with which he would continue to impress audiences for 14 years (in addition to the 1981 television broadcast). Paterson was the recipient of numerous awards during his extended stage career, somehow finding the time to serve on both the San Francisco Arts Commission and the American Conservatory Theater Commission. In film, Paterson frequently played the role of authority figures in such features as Dirty Harry (1971), Hear No Evil (1982), and Hard Traveling (1985). Paterson's final film performance would come with the 1990 thriller Pacific Heights. William Paterson succumbed to lung cancer September 3, 2003, in San Francisco. He was 84.