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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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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Maybe The Two Towers will stand as a more respectable and meaningful bridge between the crucial first and last entries. On its own, however, it is a crushing disappointment of ill-advised missteps and misplaced opportunities.
The spectacle of thousands of Orcs charging on giant hyenas or hundreds of towering Ents striding across a blighted landscape impresses only so much before you want to reach for a joy stick and get in on the action yourself.
While the acting is once more solid throughout, even with the Shakespearean Ian McKellen given too little to do as the good wizard Gandalf, the most impressive performance of all comes from digital magicians who created the wretched Gollum, Smeagol.
"Towers" is a much darker and chaotic experience, showing Frodo near the point of collapse, the future as bleak and hopeless, and emphasizing a war of actions that supplant the first film's war of words.