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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"Life Itself" isn't bad because it's melodramatic or manipulative. It's bad because it can't tell a coherent story or create a single believable character. It isn't bad because it's sad. It's bad because it's, well ... bad. Really bad.
A contrived, tone-deaf, misogynistic and violently bizarre work that whiplashes between being a Tarantino wannabe and a quiet indie, with an ending that only works if there was another installment coming next Tuesday.
Deadeningly obvious cultural touchstones like Bob Dylan and Pulp Fiction, as well as an egregious overload of Creative Writing 101 gimmickry, means Fogelman fails to land a shot with any possible audience...
What's meant to be clever and profound instead feels pretentious and manipulative in this treacly ensemble drama about how fate brings people together, and how tragedy sometimes breeds hope as it resonates through generations.