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.
The son of Lebanese parents, New York-born writer William Peter Blatty entered the US Foreign service in the mid 1950s, headquartered in Beirut. Feeling that his creative urges were stifled by the edicts of diplomacy, Blatty began submitting witty magazine articles to such publications as The Saturday Evening Post. In 1958, he garnered a great deal of press coverage by posing as the son of Saudi Arabian King Saud, whereupon he was given the red-carpet treatment by Hollywood. When the ruse was revealed, Blatty was congratulated rather than condemned for his trickey, which encouraged him to continue writing and to briefly pursue an acting career (during this period he also popped up as a contestant on the Groucho Marx TVer You Bet Your Life). After serving on the publicity department of University of Southern California, Blatty published his first novel in 1959; four years later he completed his first movie script for the Danny Kaye comedy The Man From the Diner's Club. In 1970, Blatty came out with his biggest literary hit, The Exorcist, which he subsequently adapted into a 1973 movie blockbuster. He also directed a brace of films, both adapted from his own novels: The Ninth Configuration (based on Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane), and The Exorcist III (based on Legion). Blatty died in 2017, just days after his 89th birthday.