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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A gem from my childhood and forever embedded in my memory, watching it again makes me marvel at how it is still very much a fantasy story in the veins of The Lord of The Rings with some rather dark villains, but it really does turn some of the usual fantasy genre elements around into something quite unique. Give me this sort of fantasy any day than the Game of Thrones stuff.
This film has everything that makes a children's film amazing: Escapism, adventure and imagination yet is held together by a fantastic plot addressing all sorts of issues we face as both children and adults making it suitable for all. Change, ageing, facing up to your demons, good: "Good would be totally impotent without the contrast of evil" and evil: "I have weapons you would not dare use, fear rules all man ... he will use science and logic to destroy himself ... turn brother against brother ... greed and avarice shall prevail" Pretty deep for a children's film! The music is fantastic and compliments each scene perfectly. All the best films do.
While my kids definitely liked it, I wasn't a huge fan. It's back & forth between science & magic was neat, as was the final battle with the ogre & the flight of dragons, but the final defeat of the bad wizard by spouting science was a little odd. Not terrible, but not great.