An Oscar Contender's Reviews Are So Good, They Broke A Record

Lady Bird Is The Best Reviewed Movie Of The Year & Here's Why That's A Bigger Deal Than You RealizeA24

Man on Wire (2008) - 157 reviews, 100%.

Move over, Toy Story 2.

There's an elite club of movies on Rotten Tomatoes that have earned a rating of 100 percent on the Tomatometer, indicating universal acclaim from critics. Although small indies can tend to hold on to 100% "Fresh" ratings, it's a monumental task for a wide-release film.

It's also worth noting that Rotten Tomatoes' scores for classic films such as 1972's The Godfather (99% with 84 "Fresh" reviews) and 1941's Citizen Kane (100% on just 75 reviews) are culled from far fewer critics' reviews than newer films. The number of reviews gets lowered for a limited release - 40 reviews are necessary - with TV shows requiring 20 reviews. Walt Disney's Thor: Ragnarok actually has 277 "Fresh" reviews this year, along with 24 "Rotten" reviews, for an overall score of 92%, while fellow indie film The Big Sick received 233 positive reviews, and a score of 98%, earlier this year. Writing and directing on her own for the first time, Gerwig grants the already gifted Saoirse Ronan with her greatest role yet, which says a lot for someone with two Oscar nominations before the age of 22. The movie shines brightest when it hones in on the turbulent, unconditional love between Lady Bird and her mother.

Lady Bird Just Got The Best Rotten Tomatoes Score In History — But These Fan Favorite Movies Are Rated
'Lady Bird' Becomes Best-Reviewed Movie In Rotten Tomatoes' History

The site aggregates dozens of reviews to determine a movie's score. Rotten Tomatoes wields a power over audience perception of movies that is unprecedented, and while many a study has been conducted to prove that this doesn't extend to box office impact, that's likely not the case.

Whether that influence can be used for good is another question.

"This is completely awesome and so incredibly appreciated by the entire team that made Lady Bird", Gerwig said in a statement to Rotten Tomatoes.

Lady Bird is now playing in select theaters. It's well worth the hype.

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