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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We like a turkey, don't we, children? We like a big fat turkey we can dance around, crowingly, don't we? Haven't we had a lot of fun doing that over the years? But this is such a dismal runt of a turkey.
With this film and the first "Twilight," Hardwicke has shown that she doesn't have much talent for direction and that she isn't that good a judge of material if this is the kind of film she keeps choosing.
If they had just picked one way to go with it -- mystery, monster story, inquisition metaphor -- it would have probably worked. Instead its trying to go in a lot of different directions at once and ultimately gets nowhere.
The poster's tagline promotes the film as "a breathtaking vision of a 700 year old legend" (note that the legend is '700 years old' and not '700 years long' as I had begun to suspect midway through the screening).