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‘Golden Tomatoes’ Go to ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Fargo’

'Golden Tomatoes' Go to 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Fargo'

Rotten Tomatoes has announced its Golden Tomatoes for 2015, the best-reviewed movies and TV shows on the site. “Mad Max: Fury Road” was awarded best reviewed film (the press release says “presented,” which I presume means George Miller is now the proud owner of an actual golden tomato), and “Fargo” was the best-reviewed returning TV show. The complete results are at the end of this post.

No one who follows film or criticism could be surprised by the results: “Fury Road” was at or near the top of most critics’ polls, and “Fargo” won HitFix’s poll of TV critics for the second year running. But it’s worth noting that on Metacritic’s ranking, which factors in the intensity of a review’s praise rather than a simple “fresh” or “rotten,” “Fury Road” ranks only 14th. Although the Tomatometer rankings are weighted by volume — the 97 percent fresh “Fury Road” ranks higher than 98 percent fresh “Inside Out” and 99 percent fresh “Selma” because it’s been reviewed more often — the system is designed to be blind to criticisms that don’t rise to the level of deal-breakers. In fourth place, just below those two movies? “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” because while almost every review found some faults with the film, barely any could bring themselves to tell readers to skip it. (On Metacritic’s list, “The Force Awakens” ranks 61st.)

Even more problematic are Rotten Tomatoes’ TV rankings, which currently rank seven 2015 shows — “Better Call Saul,” “Fargo,” “The Americans,” “Deutschland 83,” “Catastrophe,” “The Knick,” and “Master of None” — at a perfect 100%. (In 2014, it was four.) To an extent, that’s because TV criticism is self-selecting: With more than 400 scripted shows in prime time, critics are going to write about shows they don’t like (unless they’re also shows that everyone watches). It may be true that every critic likes “Fargo” — well, almost every critic — but after a certain point, the methodology is suspect.

On the other hand, they named “The Diary of the Teenage Girl” the best reviewed movie “based on a comic book,” which will probably make “Ant-Man” fans mad, so there’s that. 

Principal Awards

Best Reviewed Film – Wide Release:  Mad Max: Fury Road  (George Miller)

Best Reviewed Film – Limited Release:  Room (Lenny Abrahamson)

Best Reviewed New TV Series:  Better Call Saul (Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould)

Best Reviewed Returning TV Series:  Fargo (Noah Hawley)

Film Category Awards

Best Reviewed Film – Animated:  Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen)

Best Reviewed Film – Action/Adventure Film:  Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie)

Best Reviewed Film –  Sci-Fi/Fantasy:  Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)

Best Reviewed Film – Thriller:  Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)

Best Reviewed Film – Comedy: What We Do In The Shadows (Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement)

Best Reviewed Film – Drama:  Brooklyn (John Crowley)

Best Reviewed Film – Romance:  Carol (Todd Haynes)

Best Reviewed Film – Horror:  It Follows (David Robert Mitchell)

Best Reviewed Film – Kids/Family:  Paddington (Paul King)

Best Reviewed Film – Documentary: Amy (Asif Kapadia)

Best Reviewed Film – Based on a Comic Book:  Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller)

Best Reviewed Film- Musical or Music:  Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad)

Best Reviewed Film – Foreign: Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)

Regional Awards

Awarded in territories where Rotten Tomatoes offers localized film content

Best Reviewed Film – UK:  Shaun the Sheep  (Mark Burton, Richard Starzak)

Best Reviewed Film – Australia: Mad Mad: Fury Road

Best Reviewed Film – Mexico:  Güeros (Alonso Ruizpalacios)

TV Category Awards

Best Reviewed Series – Comedy:
Master of None (Alan Yang)

Best Reviewed Series – Drama:
Better Call Saul (Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould)

Best Reviewed Series – Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror:
Doctor Who (Steven Moffat)

Best Reviewed Series – TV Movie or Mini-Series: Fargo (Noah Hawley)

Best Reviewed Series – Documentary:  Making a Murderer (Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi)

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