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.
Percentage of users who rate a movie or TV show positively.
Most Americans -- even those who travel in film spheres -- will not immediately recognize the name of Pierre Rissient, but the lives of cinephiles have been invariably touched by him. A Cannes-based Gaul who enjoyed stints as a theater programmer, critic, and assistant director to Jean-Luc Godard on À Bout de Souffle (1959), Rissient found his niche working alongside eventual succès d'estime Bertrand Tavernier (La Mort en Direct) as a publicist. Armed with an extensive network of press contacts, Rissient swiftly projected the ability to make or break any director with a wave of his hand and an effective blurb. His motto: "It isn't enough to like a film; you have to like it for the right reasons." Those who owed their success to him, to varying degrees, included Sydney Pollack, Abbas Kiarostami, Werner Herzog, and Quentin Tarantino -- not a modest lineup. In the 1970s, Rissient traveled one step beyond his normal publicity work by entering the sphere of filmmaking, albeit in a completely noncommercial capacity. Chief Variety film critic Todd McCarthy helms this biographical portrait of Rissient, featuring an extensive look at his accomplishments. It includes conversations with the likes of Pollack, Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Jane Campion, and many others; Rissient himself also turns up for extensive interviews and discusses the trajectory of his career and the humanist principles behind many of his choices and inclinations.