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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In defense of The Black Dahlia. I think the biggest problem people have with this movie is they think its about the Black Dahlia. Its only kind of about that. Its more about obsession and a character study. I was a huge fan of the James Ellroy novel and from what I remember the movie follows the novel fairly closely. Cues in the movie would remind me of parts in the book and how the characters felt so for me its a nice companion piece to the book. If you haven't read and enjoyed the book then chances are good you would find the movie confusing, truncated and all over the place. If you did like the movie and haven't read the book then you are truly missing something. I'd love to see the original 3 hour De Palma cut of this movie.
Occasionally I stumble across a movie I know nothing about but the subject matter interests me. I love a good cop yarn and this is three good yarns in one. My only real criticism of the film is. It should have a been a gritty TV series on FX. It doesn't break any new ground but there are some really tense moments packed into this baby. If you like gritty somewhat depressing crime films give it a look.