The Rotten Tomatoes Golden Tomato Awards

The Rotten Tomatoes Golden Tomato Awards honor the best-reviewed movies of 2013 and select one film as the highest rated film of the year. Rotten Tomatoes was launched on August 12, 1998 “to create a site where people can get access to reviews from a variety of critics in the US” according to its founder.

Rotten Tomatoes staff collect online reviews from authors that are certified members of various writing guilds or film critic associations. Top Critics generally write for a notable newspaper or news media organization. The staff then determines for each review whether it is positive or negative.

Rotten Tomatoes uses a weighted formula to account for variation in the number of reviews per movie which can approach 300 for major films. The winners are determined by the rankings, designated as the “adjusted score”, after applying a formula to compensate. For more information, visit the Rotten Tomatoes website.


The Top Ten Rotten Tomato Golden Tomato Awards:

1. Gravity
Fresh Score – 97%
Adjusted Score – 108.29%

Director – Alfonso Cuarón
Starring – Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

2. Before Midnight
Fresh Score – 98%
Adjusted Score – 104.21%

Director – Richard Linklater
Starring – Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

3. 12 Years a Slave
Fresh Score – 96%
Adjusted Score – 104.43%

Director – Steve McQueen (III)
Starring – Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

4. Mud
Fresh Score – 98%
Adjusted Score – 104%

Director – Jeff Nichols (VI)
Starring – Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland

5. Enough Said
Fresh Score – 96%
Adjusted Score – 101.79%

Director – Nicole Holofcener
Starring – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener

6. American Hustle
Fresh Score – 93%
Adjusted Score – 101.69%

Director – David O. Russell
Starring – Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale

7. Captain Phillips
Fresh Score – 93%
Adjusted Score – 101.56%

Director – Paul Greengrass
Starring – Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener

8. Inside Llewyn Davis
Fresh Score – 94%
Adjusted Score – 100.84%

Director – Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring – Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake

9. Fruitvale Station
Fresh Score – 94%
Adjusted Score – 99.54%

Director – Ryan Coogler
Starring – Michael B. Jordan, Octavia L. Spencer, Melonie Diaz

10.Dallas Buyers Club
Fresh Score – 92%
Adjusted Score – 98.25%

Director – Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring – Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner

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