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We all know that film is subjective. Even the most universally beloved films have received negative reviews from film critics. This means that it is virtually impossible for any film to receive positive reviews from every critic and film fans in general. This is especially hard when you have someone like Armond White who feels like it is his sole purpose to hate every film that people love and love every film that people hate just for the sake of being controversial. To be honest, it just seems like he is trolling everyone all the time.
Still, the subjectivity of film is a key reason why you very rarely see a film on Rotten Tomatoes with a 100% rating, i.e. every critic gives the film a positive review. The film that has a 100% score which held the record for the most positive reviews was Toy Story 2 with a total of 163 positive reviews. However, the Pixar darling that is Toy Story 2 has been supplanted when it comes to the achievement of being the best reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes.
Lady Bird is #1
Now, it is Lady Bird that now holds the record. The film has a 100% rating with a total of 171 reviews that are all positive, or “Fresh”. Clearly, this does not mean that Lady Bird is the greatest film of all time because Rotten Tomatoes is an aggregator of reviews from all corners of film criticism/punditry. Instead, what this staggering achievement really tells us is that there is an undeniable consensus that Lady Bird is a good film that is worth your time.
More importantly, I believe that this achievement will be a massive boost for the film from a financial perspective because an independent film like Lady Bird can sometimes have a hard time making money. Seeing as Rotten Tomatoes is a tool widely used by people when deciding what film to see at the cinema, Lady Bird could get a boost at the box office when people see that 100% rating and decide to see Lady Bird because of it.
From all of the critical acclaim it is receiving, it seems pretty certain that Lady Bird will do well from an awards perspective and if the film does well financially then it is a perfect situation for A24 and everyone involved with the making of this film. I myself cannot wait to see Lady Bird once it comes out in the United Kingdom.
Thank you for reading this article. You can find my other articles here on Soapbox as well as my reviews which you can also find at my blog theturnertalks.com.