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by Nigel M Smith
January 6, 2012 4:47 PM
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'Project Nim,' 'A Separation' and 'The Artist' Top Best Reviewed Indies of 2011 on Rotten Tomatoes

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.

4 Comments

  • Michelle | January 13, 2012 3:07 PMReply

    Hey check out (and like) an interesting take on the movie "A Separation" by one of the contributors of Culture Catch Mr. Judell at: http://culturecatch.com/film/a-separation

  • shima | January 10, 2012 9:26 PMReply

    only a few days and then it gets to the nominations.i saw every film in the list of 30 serious contenders and am still missing Hitler's Grave in the list.for me this movie is at the top for
    best film
    best directing for Shokof
    best original script for Shokof
    and Taies Farzan should be nominated.
    i know there are may be not even 1000 people who got to see this one hell of a film,as it just does not have the millions behind it to promote the film.
    however, i just had to give my vote .if it ever shows anywhere go and see it .even if it screens in Iran?!

  • Finn | January 8, 2012 2:03 AMReply

    Jack-- It was the *best reviewed* film, which has nothing to do with the box office.

  • jack | January 7, 2012 1:47 PMReply

    Surprised to see this win as it bombed at the box office despite the initial heavy promotion from Universal.