Do critics and audiences actually see the same movies? Now that Rotten Tomatoes has announced its 11th annual Golden Tomato Awards, celebrating the best and worst reviewed films of the past year, we're not so sure.
After analyzing its roundup of the published opinions of more than 200 top film critics, the company wanted to be sure we knew that the Best Reviewed Wide Release Film of the Year was Up, with a 98 percent positive rating on the Tomatometer, with The Hurt Locker getting the nod as the Best Reviewed Limited Release Film of the Year, with a 97 percent positive ranking.
But what we found more interesting is, if you dig a bit deeper into the info over at Rotten Tomatoes, you'll learn, as we did, that the Best User Reviewed Film, that is, the one you guys liked the best, was Zombieland—which beat out Moon, Star Trek, Fantastic Mr. Fox ... even Avatar!
So what does it mean that the critics preferred Up while actual audiences went for Zombieland? We can't say for sure ... but we do know which ones we'd rather have a beer with.
As for the Worst Reviewed Film of the year and the recipient of the 2009 Moldy Tomato Award? That was Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, which received a score of only 4 percent on the Tomatometer.