'Lady Bird' Becomes the Best-Reviewed Movie of All-Time on Rotten Tomatoes

The movie reviews aggregator said this week that Lady Bird, the coming-of-age film released November 3, has topped 1999's Toy Story 2 (Pixar) as the film with more positive reviews and zero negative reviews (so far) than any other movie on the website.

Pixar's "Toy Story 2" held the previous record with a 100 percent approval rating through all 163 reviews on the site. With so many reviews, even a critically beloved movie is bound to come up with at least one or two dissenters (or someone like Armond White, who believes it's his job to play the contrarian).

Before November: "You mean Lady Bird isn't a biography about Hank Hill's dog?"

They weren't joking when they said "and counting", because it has since increased to 170, leaving a comfortable distance between Lady Bird and Toy Story 2.

Lady Bird is not the top movie of all time on the site, but none of the movies with a flawless score ahead of Lady Bird have received as many positive reviews.

That's why it's a big deal that Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird has now taken the title of the Best Reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes history.

It's also worth noting that Rotten Tomatoes' scores for classic films such as 1972's The Godfather (99% with 84 "Fresh" reviews) and 1941's Citizen Kane (100% on just 75 reviews) are culled from far fewer critics' reviews than newer films.

In the case of Gerwig's Lady Bird, it was given a wide release and thus had to adhere to that higher standard, which it leapt over with grace. The controversy over the delayed Justice League score was a huge sign of that influence - as well as the blockbuster's disappointing reception at the box office following the tepid critical reactions and Tomatometer score. Gerwig called the movie's record-setting Rotten Tomatoes score "completely awesome and so incredibly appreciated by the entire team that made Lady Bird" in a statement to Rotten Tomatoes.

And as Lady Bird emphatically responds: "It is enough!"


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