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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The film wants to be slick entertainment and is for the most part so relentlessly paced that emotional engagement is near impossible. This is definitely not a boring film. It just could have been a lot better.
The original book was praised for nailing the way teenagers think and speak. Unfortunately, that's not been carried over to the screen version - unless the teenagers you know think and speak like saucer-eyed chumps reading their emotions off an autocue.
Adapting one of Australia's best-loved novels for young readers was never going to be easy. Stuart Beattie has had a successful career as a writer rather than as a director but, in both areas, the movie falls short.