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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It's a well-made series with a likable hero, a solid supporting cast, and a sense of optimism that is refreshing next to such dark shows as Gotham, but it has yet to carve out its own distinctive approach and defining identity.
I need a show in my life that's about hope. Supergirl provides just enough sugar in an otherwise bleak diet. People used to dark and grim, need not bother, it's not for you. The rest of us will enjoy it for the pure, blissful fun that it is.
Much as Supergirl carries a plane on her back, Benoist singlehandedly elevates this show with a performance that's bubbly and bright with a core of inner strength that keeps Kara from feeling like she belongs in that SNL Black Widow rom com.
Supergirl is incredibly earnest, but it doesn't really matter. It's the kind of show that provides welcome, light escapism, relying on neatly wrapped-up narratives and endearing, if clichéd, characters.
All and all, I'm more than a little impressed with tonight's pilot. It's a thoughtful show, doing what fantasy and science fiction shows were made to do: give us a safe space in which to talk about issues that affect our everyday lives.