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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Catfish is fascinating. At the same time, it emits a condescending, pitying odor. Yet any documentary able to provoke such mixed feelings on a single viewing is doing something right, even if you're not sure, in the end, what that thing is.
The Schulmans and Joost don't fully do justice to the truths they stumble upon, but they capture a glimpse into another America, far from downtown Manhattan's creative class, that will stay with you and possibly touch you.
What rankles about Catfish is the way it treats the person at the other end of Nev's flirtation with feigned sympathy, turning that person's tragically complicated life into faux-profound fodder for Generation Internet.
Although Catfish is opportunistic, even borderline exploitive, it gets at -- by indirection, through the back door -- the magic-carpet aspect of this scary new medium. Real people are so complicated and irreducible, you know?