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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It's not a 'gourmet' banquet on the order of Ratatouille or the first Shrek, but this peppy picture is certainly more than a cinematic 'snack,' and for its 96-minute running time will not bore kids, the parents or other adults joining them.
If Bolt does not quite rise to the level of bona fide Pixar masterpieces like Wall-E, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, it does manage to be frisky, funny and inventive enough to engage the attention of grown-ups as well as children.
To paraphrase a line often misattributed to Samuel Johnson, this Disney-aspires-to-Pixar combination is both original and good; the problem is the original parts aren't good and the good parts aren't original.
Smart, sharp, original and very funny, Bolt could be the model for a certain kind of midrange, nonevent (i.e., not WALL E) animated family film that would be more welcome right now than such bizarre junk as the recent Fly Me to the Moon.
There's something touching about the yearning for ordinary life and decency that, to judge by its ubiquity in films for the nominally innocent, plagues those who live and work in the realms of the unreal.