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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Argo certainly isn't a film to be dismissed, the interesting moments should be enough to pull you through, but a film like this, about this story, with this cast, really had the potential to be much more.
The acting of the ensemble cast -- led strongly by Affleck, who also directed the picture -- is faultless. No one steals a scene. Everyone picks one up, runs with it a while, and hands it to someone else.
Even though the ending is well known, Affleck masterfully maintains the tension, tempering it with welcome laughs provided by two veteran filmmakers involved in the scheme (Alan Arkin and John Goodman).
Extraordinarily suspenseful, extremely well-told and effortless in its complex tonal balance, Argo is a captivating and thoughtful true-life drama that boasts a story so astonishing, it could only be told in the movies.