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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District B13 doesn't waste time with fake personality clashes. Both lead actors are amazingly fluid athletes, and during the many getaway and shoot-'em-up sequences, there is a minimum of special effects or wire choreography.
The creator of films such as The Transporter, The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita can be counted on for movies that are big, stupid and often just skillfully demented enough to be fun. District B13 obliges on all accounts.
District B13 is as slickly edited, filmed and choreographed as it is empty of compelling characters or the meaningful ideas (institutional racism, the bleak future) it professes to be about. Ultimately, it walls itself in.
A scrappy action flick that shifts into high gear immediately and never slows down, this rousing French import aspires to no higher goal than flashy entertainment. In that regard, it succeeds entirely.
The movie doesn't make a lick of sense, but it's done with such zest and skill -- and such incredible stunt work and action choreography by co-stars Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle -- that the absurdities don't sabotage it.