With 169 "Fresh" reviews and 0 "Rotten" reviews, Lady Bird has officially broken the review aggregator website's record for the best-reviewed movie.
The previous record holder was 1999′s "Toy Story 2", which held a 100 percent score after 163 reviews. In other words, it is still possible that a rogue reviewer could tarnish Lady Bird's flawless score, though the huge number of positive reviews the film has already compiled would still easily make it one of 2017's best-reviewed movies.
Does that mean Lady Bird is now objectively the best movie of all-time?
To wit, Greta Gerwig's directorial debut is now the best-reviewed movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes, per EW, topping a classic in Toy Story 2. Even Armond White, a known contrarian who tanked Toy Story 3's flawless score, was forced to bow to Lady Bird's supremacy, acquiescing that "the film's conflicts are surprisingly touching". Still, even with all those positive reviews, its overall rating was 8.3 out of 10. Perhaps Rotten Tomatoes will bring more attention to individual movie reviews, or spotlight well-deserving movies like Lady Bird that will likely fly under the radar of the larger moviegoing public. For perspective, Citizen Kane, a film often mentioned in Greatest of All Time lists, is also at 100%, but with only 75 reviews.
She continued, "That there has been such a warm reception is a dream come true".
We smell a busy awards season, Gerwig. Lady Bird is an independent critical darling and an authentic comic crowd-pleaser that truly earns its must-see status.
In the case of Gerwig's Lady Bird, it was given a wide release and thus had to adhere to that higher standard, which it leapt over with grace.