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Rotten Tomatoes finds the best and worst director ever, and more fun facts

06.08.2011

Chances are the vast majority of you visit Rotten Tomatoes at least every so often to see how a movie is doing critically or at the box office. It's a useful site, and generally I've found it to be pretty accurate rating most movies.

But there's so much info there, it can be used for many other things as well. Slate decided to play around with it for a while, and compiled a whole host of interesting charts and graphs based on the info from the site.

Most notably however, we're able to tell who are the best and worst players in Hollywood, at least from a critical perspective.

So who is in fact the worst director in history? It's not Uwe Boll. Rather, it would be Dennis Dugan, who's recent brushes with Adam Sandler for GROWN UPS (10%) and I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY (14%) have helped earn him that crown. You might say critics just hate Adam Sandler, as Dugan also directed a few of his "good' endeavors like HAPPY GILMORE, but even that is 1% shy of "freshness at 59%.

The best director award goes to Mike Leigh, with a 92.6 average, but if you want a stat from someone whose films you've mostly actually SEEN, that would be Ethan Coen, averaging an 84.6.

More fun is had with the worst actor and actress categories. Chuck Norris probably takes the former with an 18.4 average since 1985. And the worst actress? That would be Jennifer Love Hewitt, pulling a 18.9 and achieving the impressive dishonor of appearing in a fresh-rated film.

Addtionaly interesting RT-found facts can be found over at Slate.

Extra Tidbit: How much stock do YOU put in Rotten Tomatoes rankings?
Source: SlateLA Times

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8:18PM on 06/09/2011
When it comes to getting a general idea of whether a movie is good or bad, you can't beat a quick pit stop at Rotten Tomatoes before your outing to the movies. I can honestly say I've switched opinions on whether or not I wanted to see a movie based solely on a a RT score. If it's below like 40% you know that regardless of how much you think you'll like it, you probably won't.
When it comes to getting a general idea of whether a movie is good or bad, you can't beat a quick pit stop at Rotten Tomatoes before your outing to the movies. I can honestly say I've switched opinions on whether or not I wanted to see a movie based solely on a a RT score. If it's below like 40% you know that regardless of how much you think you'll like it, you probably won't.
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12:24AM on 06/09/2011
I'm currently taking a film course and one of our lectures was done by a man who was assistant cameraman on a couple of Adam Sandler movies, most recently Grown Ups.

He said the director on his movies is basically a hired gun, Sandler's really the one running the show. On top of that he said: "Sandler's the laziest actor in the biz."

I think that's pretty obvious, but coming from someone who's been right there on set with Sandler really drives the point home.
I'm currently taking a film course and one of our lectures was done by a man who was assistant cameraman on a couple of Adam Sandler movies, most recently Grown Ups.

He said the director on his movies is basically a hired gun, Sandler's really the one running the show. On top of that he said: "Sandler's the laziest actor in the biz."

I think that's pretty obvious, but coming from someone who's been right there on set with Sandler really drives the point home.
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8:12PM on 06/08/2011
I find it insulting that you don't give us credit in watching Mike Leigh film. Just beacause you can't be bothered/don't understand them...
I find it insulting that you don't give us credit in watching Mike Leigh film. Just beacause you can't be bothered/don't understand them...
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3:28PM on 06/08/2011
I use Metacritic. It's a lot better than RT for aggregating reviews.
I use Metacritic. It's a lot better than RT for aggregating reviews.
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6:55PM on 06/08/2011
Look at the average rating under the tomatometer for a better assessment of the critics ratings. It essentially gives the same data as Metacritic, but based on more reviews.
Look at the average rating under the tomatometer for a better assessment of the critics ratings. It essentially gives the same data as Metacritic, but based on more reviews.
3:17PM on 06/08/2011
This isn't like a precursor to a merge with Rotten Tomatoes, is it?
This isn't like a precursor to a merge with Rotten Tomatoes, is it?
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2:58PM on 06/08/2011

tidbit....

Over 650 movies rated....reviews coming soon!
Over 650 movies rated....reviews coming soon!
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2:50PM on 06/08/2011
i'd say 75% of the time rottentomatoes is pretty spot on, but some people act like it is the end-all be-all of what makes a good movie. There are some movies that get low rankings that I love (Rambo, Final Destinations) and some movies that get high rankings that I'll never watch again (Babel). It sometimes jsut proves that some people take some movies way too seriously
i'd say 75% of the time rottentomatoes is pretty spot on, but some people act like it is the end-all be-all of what makes a good movie. There are some movies that get low rankings that I love (Rambo, Final Destinations) and some movies that get high rankings that I'll never watch again (Babel). It sometimes jsut proves that some people take some movies way too seriously
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3:45PM on 06/08/2011
Babel has a rating of 69 and First blood has a rating of 89. The other Rambos have less of a rating because they keep revisiting and doing the same thing over but slightly different. The same as most sequels do.

Final destination... well, it may be fun but they honestly aren't very good. Entertaining doesn't mean it's a good movie. I love some bad movies, but I don't care that they're bad. I know they aren't great but I love them anyway. I can't compare Walk Hard with 2001:a space odyssey. I
Babel has a rating of 69 and First blood has a rating of 89. The other Rambos have less of a rating because they keep revisiting and doing the same thing over but slightly different. The same as most sequels do.

Final destination... well, it may be fun but they honestly aren't very good. Entertaining doesn't mean it's a good movie. I love some bad movies, but I don't care that they're bad. I know they aren't great but I love them anyway. I can't compare Walk Hard with 2001:a space odyssey. I Love both. But 2001 is clearly the better movie. I watch both a lot but both with different intent.

7:07PM on 06/08/2011
Perfectly said Noct!
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2:44PM on 06/08/2011

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Rotten Tomatoes is ok but not great since its a binary system (reviews are either fresh or rotten, no in-between). I usually look at metacritic (metacritic.com) for more accurate rankings since metacritic scans reviews and assigns them a more detailed score.
Rotten Tomatoes is ok but not great since its a binary system (reviews are either fresh or rotten, no in-between). I usually look at metacritic (metacritic.com) for more accurate rankings since metacritic scans reviews and assigns them a more detailed score.
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6:51PM on 06/08/2011
I recommend you look at the average rating instead of the tomatometer. The average rating indicates what number out of ten most critics rated the movie. It's under the percentage and above the review count.
I recommend you look at the average rating instead of the tomatometer. The average rating indicates what number out of ten most critics rated the movie. It's under the percentage and above the review count.
1:41PM on 06/08/2011
I wonder what Chris Nolan's average is, his movies are always well reviewed.
I wonder what Chris Nolan's average is, his movies are always well reviewed.
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6:48PM on 06/08/2011
The average tomatometer for Nolan movies is 87%. The average rating (out of 10), which is a better judge of the quality of a movie (it's the average rating that each critic gives the film) is 7.7.
The average tomatometer for Nolan movies is 87%. The average rating (out of 10), which is a better judge of the quality of a movie (it's the average rating that each critic gives the film) is 7.7.
1:30PM on 06/08/2011
What I hate about sites like RT or IMDB's rating system is how much weight or clout people give them like they are authoritative sources when it comes to defining "TEH BEST FILMS EVUR"

It's like people forget it's just a bunch of random people's opinions that get accepted into an aggregator system. Why is it any more or less valid than your opinion? And WHY does that determine whether or not you see the film?

The IMDB Top 250 is one of the worst examples of this. There are so many
What I hate about sites like RT or IMDB's rating system is how much weight or clout people give them like they are authoritative sources when it comes to defining "TEH BEST FILMS EVUR"

It's like people forget it's just a bunch of random people's opinions that get accepted into an aggregator system. Why is it any more or less valid than your opinion? And WHY does that determine whether or not you see the film?

The IMDB Top 250 is one of the worst examples of this. There are so many ridiculous choices in there that it's clear the votes are made up in majority by the 13-17 demographic. Granted, I LOVED Kick-Ass, but Top 250? Really? Speaking in a purely objective tone, a movie like that in the same league as something like Shawshank? From an overall standpoint, it just doesn't even sit right whether or not this is "opinion".

It just further proves the point that stuff like these systems are ridiculous and you should just make up your own damn mind, see the film and form your own opinion instead of listening to people who happen to have a blog and people give them credibility simply because "it's on the internet".
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1:29PM on 06/08/2011

none really

I've never actually visited the site personally. I usually just read a couple local reviews in local papers or oddly enough i read the review that is writen for this site. Movies are judged on so many different levels that they should really have every pro critic have to have a little blurb about their views of film so you can at least have an idea of why they say something is good or crap.

Sucker Punch is a great example. I enjoyed it as a loud visual extravaganza while many complained
I've never actually visited the site personally. I usually just read a couple local reviews in local papers or oddly enough i read the review that is writen for this site. Movies are judged on so many different levels that they should really have every pro critic have to have a little blurb about their views of film so you can at least have an idea of why they say something is good or crap.

Sucker Punch is a great example. I enjoyed it as a loud visual extravaganza while many complained about the lack of coherrant storytelling (which is totally valid) and pretty much wrote the whole movie off because of that one point.
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12:50PM on 06/08/2011
rotten tomatoes is hit or miss with me. i usually see what the buzz is every so often. i generally agree but there have been some ratings i found ridiculous. this was sweet though; i was pleased to see how well the Coens did.
rotten tomatoes is hit or miss with me. i usually see what the buzz is every so often. i generally agree but there have been some ratings i found ridiculous. this was sweet though; i was pleased to see how well the Coens did.
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