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What is the Tomatometer? What does "Certified Fresh" mean?

Last Updated: May 02, 2012 06:54PM PDT

The Tomatometer appears on movie pages and next to film titles in lists around the site. It measures the percentage of Approved Tomatometer Critics on who recommend a certain movie – it's the number of good reviews divided by the total number of reviews.

A good review is denoted by a Fresh red tomato.  A bad review is denoted by a Rotten green tomato. To receive an overall rating of Fresh, a movie's Tomatometer score must be at least 60%. Otherwise, it is Rotten. Movies that have a Tomatometer of 75% or greater and at least 40 reviews from Tomatometer critics, including at least 5 from Top Critics, receive a special designation of Certified Fresh.