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 result, then, is a reasonably charming, often corny and ultimately anachronistic show, presumably willed into unnecessary existence by the recent spate of 80s reboots, from Roseanne to Dynasty to Cagney & Lacey.
Johnny's journey is one that I want to follow because even though the principles that Cobra Kai teaches are troublesome, with their "strike first, strike hard, no mercy" mantra... Johnny is trying to do the right thing. Even if he's a little misguided.
There is room for something like a character study within the borders of the caricature offered by Cobra Kai. Its attention to Johnny's maladjustment is a hard kernel of realism pinging off its nostalgic bits.