Popular Films That Are Not ‘Certified Fresh’ on Rotten Tomatoes
While "Certified Fresh" seems to be popular cinematic bragging rights, its not always an indicator of a popular movie.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the criteria for a film to be labeled as "Certified Fresh" is,
To receive a Certified Fresh rating a movie must have a steady Tomatometer rating of 75% or better. Movies opening in wide release need at least 80 reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). Movies opening in limited release need at least 40 reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). A TV show must have a Tomatometer Score of 75% or better with 20 or more reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). If the Tomatometer score drops below 70%, then the movie or TV show loses its Certified Fresh status. In some cases, the Certified Fresh designation may be held at the discretion of the Rotten Tomatoes editorial team.
However, even Rotten Tomatoes has a weird idea about what makes a film "good". On their recent list of the 200 Essential Movies to Watch Now, Rotten Tomatoes failed to include classics like 'Dracula' and 'Frankenstein', even though 'Frankenstein' carries a 100% rating on the site, and iconic comedies like 'Young Frankenstein', 'Caddyshack', and 'Blues Brothers' were also absent from the list, despite also having high ratings from the site.
While the website only compiles ratings from professional critics for their "Tomatometer", their "Certified Fresh" stamp of approval doesn't seem carry as much weight as intended. There are plenty of popular films that are considered "bad" by the site (with a rating below 59%) or fall short of their "Certified Fresh" rating:
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