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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I leave the cinema happier if I've been emotionally satisfied - if something has been risked, even lost, as well as gained. Having no emotional stakes leaves me cold, and leaves three cheeky actors with nothing to play.
The movie will probably find a modest audience for a weekend or two, but it could have been so much bigger if it didn't reduce senior citizens to sympathetic data cards. If it truly gave us something to see.
Caine deftly balances world-weariness and stoic resolve. Freeman virtually radiates hard-won wisdom. And Arkin, as usual, is the ultimate curmudgeon. Together, they create a dynamic not unlike that of a jazz combo in which each player is fully engaged.
It's the chemistry among these three fine actors that keeps "Going in Style" afloat, lifting it from the formulaic and forgettable - which, essentially, it is - and making it genuinely, if modestly, enjoyable.
No one was actually asking for a remake of the 1979 comedy about a trio of senior citizens who rob a bank. On the other hand, who among us is not happy to see Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin get a chance to strut their stuff?
I'm hoping that Freeman, Caine and Arkin all have plenty of movies - and meatier roles - in their futures. In the meantime, it's a low-key pleasure to hang out with these guys, even in a movie that's only just good enough.