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.
Wasikowska has that magnetic creep that pulls us to her, but the film is afflicted by the arthouse syndrome: it renounces its pulp roots and wishes to appear high-brow -- a pretension it can't sustain.
There are still the odd pleasantly arresting sequences here and there, but by the film's end it seems apparent that no underlying purpose or thoughtful idea has actually driven this relentless, hollow mess.
The director, making his English-language debut, seems to take the pedestrian script as both a challenge and a permission slip. He stuffs any 10 minutes of "Stoker" with more artificial dread than the whole of "Black Swan."