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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The film is far from dull or careless but it's not convincing as a lesson in human frailty. If you're going to subject us to this much degradation, it has to be irresistibly believable, not just relentless.
Sadly, 'Blindness' may realise its director's worst fear: to produce not only an exploitation B-movie but one, paradoxically, spoiled by its own integrity and misplaced 'artistic' mise-en-scène and intentions.
Too many scenes strike the same note, and, at times, Blindness seems like a premise in search of a story, and an allegory in search of a meaning. But in its methodical and uncompromising way, it gets where it needs to go.
For all its pretension and artiness, Blindness is more like M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening (which at least had the decency to be fast-paced and short), right down to its upbeat and inane conclusion.
The extremes are so barbaric few audiences will sit through them, and despite the allegorical intentions, the apocalyptic literary views in the José Saramago novel upon which it is based fail to translate coherently to the screen.