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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This movie relies well on the outstanding performance of Charles Laughton and it makes for a fantastic, intelligent movie. The climax at the end is surprising and satisfying in tying up all the plot lines nicely, a movie everyone should enjoy.
A solid courtroom drama with remarkable twists. The ending truly is a treat, and makes this a film not to be missed. The cast is terrific with Marlene Dietrich especially standing out. (First and only viewing - 6/21/2012)
The star here is definitely Charles Laughton, who steals the show and makes each one of his lines sound memorable in this delightfully witty and clever plot by Agatha Christie adapted by Billy Wilder into a near perfect piece of thought-provoking entertainment.
Though it drags somewhat in the middle and can at times be over-the-top, the thrilling conclusion and skillful character acting throughout allow this intriguing courtroom drama to handily stand the test of time.
I enjoyed this one. The swerve was fun. Charles Laughton was great. My biggest complaint would be that Tyrone Power was WAY over-the-top with his acting, to the degree that it hindered the scenes he was in. It was also brought to my attention that the character Elsa Lanchester played is what Madeline Kahn used for inspiration for her character in Blazing Saddles. Kinda cool!