A quick personal preface to this article: I am not interested in the quality of films. I either like them or I don’t, and I could just as well like something because it is bad, as I could if it were good. The end.
Either way, ‘good’ films are often preferred by the general populace, and that most arbitrary of barometers, Rotten Tomatoes, seems to have quite the say in the success of a newly-released film. If it’s got a good Tomatometer score, then it is immediately deemed excellent, and will attract a wider audience - the opposite occurs when it’s classified as ‘rotten’. It’s the way the world works - people believe things are good because a select few say they are, we just have to deal with it.
Thankfully, I’ll admit that if a film is running at 90% or more on the site, then chances are it’s actually going to be good - there’s a reason everyone likes it, isn’t there? And so, to today’s movie du jour, Lady Bird, which currently has a flawless 100%. Rather impressive, I think you’ll agree.
The film, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, follows a teenage girl played by Saoirse Ronan (pronounced Sur-sha, FYI) and her turbulent relationship with her mother, who is working as a nurse to keep the family afloat after her husband loses his job. It’s a ‘comedy’ supposedly, even though, haha, it doesn’t sound like it, haha.
Anyway, it’s currently had 170 reviews, and they’ve all been positive, making it the best-reviewed movie on the site, ever. It’s overtaken Toy Story 2, which has a full-on spread of only positive reviews, but only 163 of them (that’s seven fewer, maths fans).
There are, of course, films on the site that have more positive reviews, like Get Out (with 289), but unfortunately, two weirdos went and ruined everything by giving that film a bad review - as such, it currently sits on 99%.
So the reigning champion remains Lady Bird, which also has three Gotham Award nominations and four Independent Spirit Award nominations, whatever they are.
The film will be in UK cinemas on 29 December, if you like ‘good’ films, and not ‘shit’ ones. Each to their own, I guess.
Here’s the trailer: