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.
Miss America provides a detailed history of the longest-running beauty pageant, from its inauguration in 1921, to its attempt to adjust to the changing roles of women in the '80s and '90s. Born as a ploy by Atlantic City businessmen to hold tourists after Labor Day, the profitable procession quickly turned into an annual event. Despite its success, the carnival atmosphere and occasional scandal gave the pageant an air of seediness. Businessmen brought in Lenora Slaughter, a 29-year-old Southern Baptist, to clean up Miss America's reputation. Contestants would be required to be 18 years old, white, and chaperoned at all times. A scholarship prize also lent respectability to the pageant. Miss America did not become a national phenomenon, however, until 27 million people watched the procession on television in 1954. The annual event continued to garner high ratings until the late '60s, when many felt that the pageant was out of step with American women. After remaining in the doldrums for much of the '70s, the pageant opened a new chapter in 1983 when it crowned the first African-American Miss America, Vanessa Williams. Miss America includes film clips from past pageants and interviews with former winners.