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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[Patrick Melrose] is tremendous. Benedict Cumberbatch flounders around in the title role as a 1980s toff junky heading for rock bottom, sort of like a cross between Richard E Grant in Withnail & I and Jacob Rees-Mogg in every interview, ever.
It's all quite entertaining, but while there's black comedy and plenty of dry asides in Cumberbatch's performance, the character's inner pit of pain and terror gets blotted out by the display of thespian fireworks.
Watching Showtime's Patrick Melrose, the five-part miniseries adapted from the mostly autobiographical novels of Edward St. Aubyn, it soon becomes clear that Benedict Cumberbatch is delivering one of the best performances of his career.