Rotten Tomatoes Reveals 2009's Golden Tomato Awards Films
While the film industry is all a-flutter with awards seasons, the online community has some awards of its own to hand out around this time too. Even FirstShowing has been nominated for Best News Blog in Total Film's 2010 Movie Blog Awards (you can still vote for us right here!). Now Rotten Tomatoes is the next to dole out some accolades as they've announced the winners of their 11th Annual Golden Tomato Awards which honor the best-reviewed movies of 2009 from all the big flashy blockbusters to powerful indies. Below you can see which films were the best reviewed of last year and if the critics loved the same ones you did!
Here's a breakdown of the best reviewed movies in each genre as well as the winner for the not-so-coveted Moldy Golden Tomato for worst reviewed film, and the film that users (not critics) reviewed most favorably:
» Action/Adventure: The Hurt Locker with 97% (also the highest reviewed Limited Release)
» Animation: Up with 98% (also the highest reviewed Wide Release)
» Comedy: In the Loop with 95%
» Documentary: Anvil! The Story of Anvil with 98%
» Drama: An Education with 94%
» Foreign: Afghan Star with 100%
» Horror: Drag Me To Hell with 92%
» Kids/Family: Where the Wild Things Are with 73%
» Musical: Crazy Heart with 89%
» Romance: Adventureland with 88%
» Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Star Trek with 94%
» Thriller: State of Play with 84%
» Moldy Golden Tomato: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li with 4%
» User's Choice: Zombieland with 95% (followed by Moon which also had 95% but less reviews)
Since this is merely an aggregation of critics reviews, obviously my choices differ than theirs. Adventureland just barely beat out 500 Days of Summer for best reviewed romance by 1%, but I think Marc Webb delivered a film leaps and bounds above Greg Mottola. District 9 is a better film than Star Trek in my honest opinion, but I guess the adventures of the USS Enterprise are a bit more accessible. However, I think the biggest mistake in these categorizations is leaving out animated films from the Kids/Family section. Without them, Wild Things at 73% is the best reviewed and the runner up is Hotel for Dogs at 46%. WTF? Sure animated films would dominate that category but it seems asinine to leave them out just for that reason. I mean, Wild Things was barely a family film anyway for my money.
Anyway, this just goes to show you how much dissension there is in film appreciation and enjoyment, but it's good that a site like Rotten Tomatoes is making it easier for us to agree to disagree with all the critics out there. How do you guys feel about this line-up of the best reviewed films of 2009?