Movies cost over $10 now. And that’s for 2-D flicks! A Hamilton may be a price that the market can bare, but not my wallet. Opportunity cost dictates that I must choose my films and the Grail Knight dictates that I must “choose wisely.” So wisely I shall choose with Rotten Tomatoes.
Disclaimer: RottenTomatoes.com isn’t exactly an obscure choice for a web pick. Most of you are probably familiar with the most popular movie review aggregation site on the ‘net. But, hey, if Hollywood has given up on being original, so can I.
The genius of the site is that it corrects for the occasional delusional critic. By taking into account a wide variety of reviewers, the final number is a consensus that is nearly always right–at least in the broad strokes a subjective field like film criticism can be right. The number is a percentage of critical opinion. 100% being the extreme outlier of perfection while 0% being absolute horse poop. (I’m censoring, this is a family site, right?) What has gotten a 100%? The usual suspects of The Godfather, Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz hold the honor; but also recent greats like Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Toy Story 3 got a mesley 99%. Critics love them some Pixar. Low score shout outs go to the most recent Adam Sandler and M. Night Shyamalan flicks. Bucky Larson got a 0%, and if you ask me, that was far too generous.
Movies are searchable. Actors are searchable. Even critics are searchable. Honestly though, the best feature is the left column of the main page listing current movies both in theaters and on DVD with their scores. I don’t trust any one critic with all my movie watching needs, but I haven’t been disappointed by a single “Certified Fresh” movie from Rotten Tomatoes. Your results may very, but only if you have no taste.