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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Although one could do worse than have Jodie Foster's face reflect the secret of the universe, when she tries to relate it to others in plain English, the staggering banality of this film shows through.
A movie that wants to be taken seriously and yet which frequently stumbles into dull, harebrained movie conventions, Contact is still better than most of what's out there right now -- especially in terms of science fiction.
Carl Sagan's ode to the superior intelligence of aliens (and how us darned humans mess everything up) is consistently beautiful and interesting, but it never makes a point (except for that bit about the darned humans).