Last year, "The Incredibles" went up against such notable contenders as "Spider-Man 2" and "The Aviator," emerging as the winner of the Golden Tomato Award for the best-reviewed film in wide release. Likewise, "Sideways" had serious arthouse competition in such films as "Before Sunset" and "Million Dollar Baby" before it triumphed as 2004's best-reviewed film in limited release.
This year, the Golden Tomato entries include heavy hitters from a wide range of genres: quad rugby players square off against cute and cuddly penguins, while two established franchise juggernauts -- "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and "Star Wars Episode III" -- duke it out. Throw in a crusading 1950s news reporter, a dysfunctional and disintegrating family unit, a pioneer of the "New Journalism" literary movement, and a real-life corporate scandal, and you've got a serious scrum. Who will be left standing when the bell tolls? Read on for the results.
Here's how the Tomato Awards work:
Limited releases are defined as opening in 500 or less theaters at initial release. Platform releases, movies initially released under 500 theaters but later receiving wider distribution, fall under this definition.
Foreign releases are defined as non-English language films.
Each critic from our discrete list gets one vote, all weighted equally.
A movie must have 50 or more rated reviews to be considered.
Each movie is eligible in only one genre.
Reviews without ratings are not counted toward the results of the Golden Tomato Awards.
Because reviews are continually added, manually and otherwise, we have a cutoff date at which new reviews are not counted toward the Golden Tomato Awards. This year's cutoff date is 1/05/2006.
We use a weighted formula (Bayesian) to account for variation in the number of reviews per movie. The winners are determined by the rankings, designated as the "adjusted score," after applying said formula:
(r ÷ (r+m)) × t + (m ÷ (r+m)) × a, with "r" representing the number of rated reviews, "m" the minimum number of reviews needed for a movie to qualify, "t" the Tomatometer score, and "a" the average Tomatometer of all the qualifying movies.