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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Over five episodes sent to critics, Nightflyers layers in the creepiness, without rising above "unsettling" into "scary." Even if attempted jump-cut scares never sink in, Nightflyers sometimes replaces frights with low-level gross-out moments.
The desire to catch lightning in a bottle in the way that "Thrones" did is certainly understandable... but "Nightflyers" merely reinforces that such alchemy is exceedingly rare... the new series is at best a pallid pretender.
But Nightflyers lacks that film's sci-fi/horror gravitas; it's murky at best, both in its storyline and its character development, and grinds along at a snail's pace trying to construct its elaborate scenario.