10 Years of Golden Tomatoes

Looking back on current and past winners.

by | January 13, 2009 | Comments

With the Golden Globes and countless other ceremonies having come and pass, awards season (aka Slumgdogathon 2009) is approaching the final bend. But there’s still at least one more major stop before the Oscars: Rotten Tomatoes’ very own reckoning of the awesome movies of last year. We call ’em the Golden Tomato Awards, which we spread across 17 categories celebrating the Freshest of the Fresh movies (or in the case of one category, the Rottenest). Check out Golden Tomato Awards 2008, and then read on here for some factoids and fun tidbits about the winners!

GTA 2008 brought forth some familiar faces: Pixar, The Dark KnightHellboy II, and The Wrestler made off with some gold veggies. But small distributors also
scored, fending off the major studios’ arthouse arms that usually dominate. Magnolia Pictures (for Man on Wire), Roadhouse Attractions (Teeth), and First Look Studios (Transsiberian) all received their first Golden Tomatoes this year.

Now it’s been a roller coaster year for Warner Bros. Their Batty superhero/action/crime epic became the second-highest grossing movie ever (not accounting for inflation) and did pretty well for itself critically, as seen with its Tomatometer and Golden Tomato. But, a more dubious distinction for the studio: their first Moldy Tomato Award for One Missed Call. The January horror remake about deadly phone calls (memorably riffed on in Forgetting Sarah Marshall) struck up the rare zero percent Tomatometer. For reference, One Missed Call is only the second zero percent Moldy Tomato winner (the other being 2000’s 3 Strikes).

At the other end, this year’s multiple-award recipient, Man on Wire, is only the second 100% Tomatometer winner. The other? Toy Story 2, which took home the Best-Reviewed Wide Release award and Best Animated award in 1999, and has since been mythologized as Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed movie ever.

And speaking of Woody and company, it’s impossible to talk about movie love without mentioning Pixar, the studio with an unprecedented streak of adoration from
the critical community. With  Wall-E, Pixar is closely edging towards 20 Golden Tomato category wins, far ahead of second place studios Dreamworks, Disney, and Miramax (nine wins each). Including this year, Pixar has won Best-Reviewed Wide Release for five of the past 10 years.

Along with Pixar’s efforts, well-executed animated features find rapturous audiences among critics.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
and  Chicken Run (both directed by Nick Park and distributed by Dreamworks) took home the Best-Reviewed
trophy in 2006 and 2000, respectively. Best-Reviewed Wide Releases are also commercial hits, always grossing over $200 million, with the exception of Wallace &
Gromit
($56 million) and Chicken Run ($106 million). Looks like American audiences are yet to totally sync up with Park’s British humor.

Though Nick Park has the rare accomplishment of having his films twice bestowed with some kind of Golden Tomato, Christopher Nolan leads the directorial pack
with four movies (MementoInsomniaBatman BeginsThe Dark Knight). Peter Jackson trails behind him with three for his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Next: See all of the past Golden Tomato award winners!

 

Best-Reviewed Wide Releases

 

2007

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

2006

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

2005

Wallace and Gromit



Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

2004

The Incredibles

The Incredibles

2003

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

 

 

2002

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers



The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2001

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring



The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2000

Chicken Run

Chicken Run

1999

Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2

 

 


 

Best-Reviewed Limited Releases
(category began in 2004)

 

2007

Once

Once

2006

The Queen

The Queen

2005

Good Night and Good Luck



Good Night, and Good Luck.

2004

Sideways

Sideways

 

 


 

Action/Adventure Animation (began in 2000)
2007:
The Bourne
Ultimatum
2007: Ratatouille
2006: Casino Royale 2006:
Cars
2005:
Batman Begins
2005: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the
Were-Rabbit
2004:
Spider-Man 2
2004: The Incredibles
2003: Finding Nemo 2003: Finding Nemo
2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002: Spirited Away
2001:
Spy Kids
2001: Monsters, Inc.
2000:
Space Cowboys
2000: Chicken Run
1999:
Princess
Mononoke
Comedy Documentary (began in 2003)
2007:
Juno
2007:
Sicko
2006:
Borat
2006:
Wordplay
2005:
The 40
Year-Old Virgin
2005:

March of the Penguins
2004:
Mean Girls
2004:
Super Size
Me
2003: Finding Nemo 2003:

Spellbound
2002:
About a Boy
2001:
Shrek
2000: Chicken Run
1999:
Being
John Malkovich
Drama Horror
2007: Away From Her 2007:
Grindhouse
2006: The Queen 2006:
The Descent
2005: Good Night, and Good Luck 2005:

George A. Romero’s The Land of the Dead
2004: Sideways 2004:
Shaun of
the Dead
2003:
Lost
in Translation
2003:
28 Days
Later
2002:
Catch
Me if You Can
2002:
Signs
2001:
Memento
2001:

With a Friend Like Harry
2000:
You
Can Count on Me
2000:

Shadow of the Vampire
1999:
The
Straight Story
1999:
The
Blair Witch Project
Kids/Family Romance
2007:
Enchanted
2007:
Atonement
2006:
Lassie
2006:
The
Science of Sleep
2005:
Millions
2005:

Brokeback Mountain
2004:
Two Brothers
2004:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2003: Finding Nemo 2003: Lost in Translation
2002:
Spirited
Away
2002:
Spider-Man
2001:
Monsters,
Inc.
2001:
Amelie
2000:
The
Emperor’s New Groove
2000:
High
Fidelity
1999:
Toy Story 2
1999:
Notting Hill
Sci-Fi/Fantasy (began in 2000) Thriller (began in 2000)
2007:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2007:
No
Country for Old Men
2006:
Children
of Men
2006:
The Departed
2005:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2005:
A
History of Violence
2004:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2004:
Collateral
2003:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003:
City of God
2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002:
Insomnia
2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of
the Ring
2001:
Memento
2000:
X-Men
2000:
Frequency
Foreign (began in 2004) Musical (began in 2007)
2007:
The
Lives of Others
2007: Once
2006:
Pan’s
Labyrinth
2005:
Kung Fu
Hustle
2004:
Hero
UK Film (began in 2007) Australian Film (began in 2007)
2007:
Hot Fuzz
2007:
Ten Canoes
Moldy Tomato (began in 2000)
2007:
Because
I Said So
2006:
Basic
Instinct 2
2005:
Alone in
the Dark
2004:
Twisted
2003:
Gigli
2002:
Rollerball
2001:
Say It
Isn’t So
2000:
3 Strikes

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