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'Project Nim,' 'A Separation' and 'The Artist' Top Best Reviewed Indies of 2011 on Rotten Tomatoes

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 6, 2012 at 4:47PM

In a refreshing change of pace, "Project Nim" beat out awards juggernaut "The Artist" to win the Golden Tomato for best reviewed film in limited release at the 13th Annual Golden Tomato Awards, in which Rotten Tomatoes honors the best-reviewed films of 2011.
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James Marsh's "Project Nim." Roadside Attractions/HBO Documentaries.

In a refreshing change of pace, "Project Nim" beat out awards juggernaut "The Artist" to win the Golden Tomato for best reviewed film in limited release at the 13th Annual Golden Tomato Awards, in which Rotten Tomatoes honors the best-reviewed films of 2011.

"50/50," the Independent Spirit Award-nominated cancer comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, won the Golden Tomato for best user-reviewed film.

Rotten Tomatoes uses a weighted formula to account for the variation in the number of reviews per movie (more here). This accounts for "A Separation" coming in second place after "Project Nim," despite having a 2% higher Rotten Tomatoes score.

Films deemed eligible for the 'Limited Release' Tomato had to play in 500 theaters or less at the time of initial release.

In the wide release category, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" came out on top followed by "Moneyball, "The Muppets" and "Drive."

The Golden Tomatoes Awards' best reviewed films of 2011 in limited release:

1. "Project Nim"
2. "A Separation"
3. "The Artist"
4. "Poetry"
5. "The Interrupters"
6. "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone"
7. "Le Havre"
8. "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"
9. "Bill Cunningham New York"
10. "Born To Be Wild"

Go here for the full list of winners.

This article is related to: Project Nim, 50/50, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two