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.
It's not a laugh out loud every second sort of a thing, but if you don't have fun watching such an iconic little film with Laurel and Hardy pushing a piano up an insanely long staircase than that's your business.
How can anyone not love any Hal Roach production?... Laurel and Hardy are a sure hit for an honest to goodness heartfelt laugh. I feel quite bad for the newer generations who will only be able to watch these great pieces on cable and not on broadcast TV as I and many millions did and grew up with.
Laurel and Hardy are a couple of piano movers who find it diffictlt to transport the piano to a house up a big flight of stairs. This is comedy perfection, with perfectly times gags that take full advantage of a simple subject. This was also the only Laurel and Hardy short to win an Academy Award.
I remember seeing this on tv years ago when Leonard Maltin would introduce laurel and hardy films on tcm. Upon viewing it again via youtube (i know right!?) a lot of things began to upset me. Why on earth did they lug that piano all the way DOWN the stairs when they already got to the top? Why couldn't that asshole professor just walk around? Still funny.