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.
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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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Despite being a decade or so older than the purported target audience, I certainly found this season difficult viewing - and certain scenes (not gratuitous but packed with emotional trauma) would doubtless be classed as "triggering".
Watching Deadwood is like stepping into the pages of a juicy Victorian novel. Every scene teems with an enthralling, fully realized vision of life, the kind of jostling pageant of humanity on display in the most satisfying works of Dickens or Trollope.
With assistance from some truly memorable acting by Ian McShane, Brad Dourif and Paula Malcomson, Deadwood's sometimes over-the-top representations never veer far enough from reality for its inhabitants to become just characters.
It's an upsetting way for such a wonderful series to end, but looking back on Deadwood as a whole is a reminder of how wonderful the show was and how much it has to offer to old and new viewers alike... even if we all wish there was more of it to see.