January 12th, 2010
02:51 PM ET
But when it comes to video game adaptation “Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li”? The moldiest movie of the year, with a truly rotten 4 percent freshness rating.
The movie review Web site released its picks for best reviewed movies this morning – voted on by an RT list of film critics - and there were some consistent favorites.
Disney Pixar’s animated “Up” took the Golden Tomato for best-reviewed film in wide release, and Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” nabbed the golden piece of produce for best-reviewed feature in limited release. Both movies were just a few points shy of being 100 percent fresh on the Tomatometer.
The accolades for “Up” aren’t a huge surprise, since RT.com critics seem to really love their cartoons. In the 11 years the site has had the Golden Tomato awards, animated features have taken the best-reviewed film in wide release title eight times.
Other category winners were “Drag Me to Hell” for horror; “Crazy Heart” for musical; “Adventureland” for romance and “An Education” for drama. The honor of best user reviews went to indie hit “Zombieland.”
“The Hurt Locker” also won the title of “best action/adventure film in 2009,” prompting director and producer Bigelow to extend a heartfelt "thanks" to the Web site. “I’m grateful for your support of the film and am delighted that you have deemed it fresh,” she said.
“Star Trek” producer J.J. Abrams, on the other hand, was “thrilled and honored to be determined ripe” by the site. By winning the “best sci-fi film in 2009” title, “Star Trek” cut off “Harry Potter” from being the most lauded franchise in Golden Tomato history.
For Pixar – which now has 16 Golden Tomatoes to their name – the award for “Up” was an “unprecedented honor.”
It’s not a bad predictor of what’s to come at the Oscars either: Since 2001, the Golden Tomato winner in the animation category has also taken home the Oscar for best animated feature six times.
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