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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This film is absolutely brilliant. The direction is precise, the acting is stellar. It features my favorite John Williams score ever. I remember watching it on DVD when I was 15 and thinking that the girl in the red dress was a terribly sentimental idea. Right now, I can see it's a great dramatic tool. It hints at the protagonist's motivation and this is something a film with such an enigmatic leading character needs really badly. Oskar Schindler was a deeply flawed man and the film doesn't make excuses for his personality or his intention. But it doesn't criticize him, either. It just tells a complex story and it's extremely inventive in combining the overall picture, the big picture, the Holocaust tragedy, and the deeply personal story. On many levels. MVP: Ralph Fiennes.
What can I say? Viola Davis is such a thespian. But she's surrounded by people who don't have her acting chops and her charisma. The characters are been-there-done-that. The cases are boring. And I'm a sucker for a good procedural. This simply isn't one.