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 made for critics, and it's not made for most moviegoers. While it's tempting to suggest that people interested in this particular period of American history ought to read a book, Gods and Generals might suffice as a watchable Cliffs Notes.
The kind of movie beloved by people who never go to the movies, because they are primarily interested in something else -- the Civil War, for example -- and think historical accuracy is a virtue instead of an attribute.
One doesn't come away from it with any sense of what the victory cost in human terms or what it's like to face a rank of men shooting at you, or to jam a bayonet into somebody's guts or have one jammed into your guts.
History buffs and Civil War re-enactors may find this painfully long-winded epic a gem worth exploring but others will most likely prefer to go dancing in the active battlefields of Fredricksburg as opposed to enduring this detached costume drama.