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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In a sterling central performance, Anna Paquin (True Blood; The Piano) is outstanding as she courses through a broad palette of hard-edged emotions in this searing post-9/11 drama about honesty and culpability.
Rather like Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, which also starred Matt Damon, there is certainly a good film in here trying to get out and there's a neatly-emotional ending, but it's not as consistent as [director Kenneth Longergan's] You Can Count on Me.
Strike that, this movie isn't a near-masterpiece, it is in fact an instant one, and quite frankly had I seen it in 2011 it would have likely been number two or three on my list of the best films of the prior year.
Margaret is - or at least might have been - very much a film of its time, and that time was the mid-Noughties... now the film might easily be viewed as just another rites-of-passage indie - albeit an unusually multi-faceted one.