There Are Only Two Perfect Sci-Fi Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes – SlashFilm


Hey, it’s totally fine that Rotten Tomatoes set up a needlessly restrictive binary between “Fresh” and “Rotten” movies because now, we’ve got yet another largely meaningless way to categorize art: the “perfect” RT score. We’ve already had the Royal decree declaring there will forever be only two perfect horror movies, and now we have official confirmation that there are also only two perfect science fiction films: James Cameron’s startlingly prescient 1984 sci-fi slasher “The Terminator” and Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 sci-fi thriller masterpiece “Stalker.”

But what does it actually mean to have a “perfect” Rotten Tomatoes score? Well, the site works by aggregating approved critics’ reviews and calculating a Tomatometer score. These critics submit reviews and, according to the site:

“When at least 60% of reviews for a movie or TV show are positive, a red tomato is displayed to indicate its Fresh status. When less than 60% of reviews for a movie or TV show are positive, a green splat is displayed to indicate its Rotten status.”

Films or shows that maintain a “consistent Tomatometer score of 75% or higher,” have at least five reviews from Top Critics, and meet various other seemingly arbitrary criteria are also eligible for the esteemed “Certified Fresh” designation. But even that elusive prize pales in comparison to achieving a perfect RT score, which basically just means a film has hit 100% on the Tomatometer. Currently, “The Terminator” and “Stalker” are the only two sci-fi movies to earn such a coveted ranking, which is fine. But surely this is just another reminder that RT scores really shouldn’t command as much influence as they do.

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