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.
This program is part of a series from PBS entitled the American Experience. This episode takes the viewer back in time to the Cold War and the early days of the space race. When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, it sent a challenge to America far beyond that of being first at pioneering the space exploration effort. The nation was thrown into a furor over national security issues and hurt pride. The ensuing struggle for hegemony in the far reaches of space is related in this story with archival news clips, photographs, journalistic accounts, personal recollections, and scholarly commentary.