'Lady Bird' Becomes Best-Reviewed Movie In Rotten Tomatoes' History

'Lady Bird' Becomes Best-Reviewed Movie In Rotten Tomatoes' History

Darren Sullivan
November 30, 2017

As of this writing, Lady Bird is "certified fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes with a 100 percent score made up of an astonishing 170 positive reviews and not a single negative one. The previous title-holder was Toy Story 2, which has a fresh streak of 163 reviews.

This all should be taken with the caveat that Rotten Tomatoes is not the be-all-end-all of movie criticism - though plenty has been said about that - but there's no denying that the review aggregator site has become a huge audience and box office influencer.

Lady Bird's coming of age is not new to cinema, yet Gerwig's version is light, fresh and modern, despite being set in 2002.

Move over, Toy Story 2. The high rating maintained over the number of reviews make "Lady Bird" the best-reviewed movie of all time on the site.

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Other movies with a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes include Citizen Kane, Singin' in the Rain, Seven Samurai and Twelve Angry Men. The A24 movie has received a 8.9/10 average critic rating, and is expected to be a strong contender at the Oscars next year - it's already been nominated for three Gotham Awards, including Best Actress, and four Film Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Actress and Best Feature.

"We put our heart and souls into this movie, and the last step of this deeply collaborative art form of filmmaking is giving the film to the audience and the film critics", Gerwig told the website. The film joins just five others that have earned a ideal Rotten Tomatoes score this year: Faces Places, Jane, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, Truman and Bright Lights.

We smell a busy awards season, Gerwig.

Gerwig added that the cast and crew are "using the tomato emoji more than [they] ever thought possible".