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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It tries to be visually innovative but just feels technically inept, tries to be funny but just feels too forced, and in the final act, demands we get angry about a narrative it hasn't given any reason for us to get invested in.
It's hard to like so much about a film... & yet to feel ultimately a little underwhelmed by it all... I look at all of these individual parts that I liked, & they don't come together to create a finely tuned whole that is greater than the sum.
Yet if the film uses its vulgarity and wit to lacerate a political quagmire and to implicate every facet of a tangled system of private greed and federal ignorance, it fails to turn its sights back onto its characters.
McKay's comic sensibilities are suited to highlighting the many absurdities of this situation, but they don't gel with the film's eventual call for viewers to get outraged at how little has been done to fix the quagmire.