Paddington 2 is Currently the Best Reviewed Movie of All Time on Rotten Tomatoes

Posted 2018/01/18 0 0

Paddington 2 has broken a Rotten Tomatoes record.

 

Paddington 2, the sequel to the 2015 movie about the fictional beloved British bear, has beaten out Toy Story 2 as the best-reviewed film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes.  The movie has retained a perfect, 100 percent fresh score on the Tomatometer, based on 165 reviews as of Thursday night. The 164th review, the site announced, broke the previous record for most consecutive fresh reviews without a single rotten one, held by 1999’s Toy Story 2, which had 163. Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird also broke the record last year, but then lost its streak when one critic posted a negative review.

Paul King, who directed Paddington and Paddington 2, provided this reaction to the film’s record-breaking high score:

“The Paddington films are a real labour of love. So many people pour their hearts and souls into them for months or even years, hand-crafting every last frame, and we are all incredibly grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve had so far. We hope it inspires people to go to the cinema to see for themselves if a talking animal film really can be any good, and whether Hugh Grant really can look devilishly handsome even while dressed as a nun. (Clue: yes.)”

Here’s what the critics are saying about Paddington 2:

THE TIME IS JUST RIGHT FOR AN OUT AND OUT THRILLER OPTIMISTIC TALKING BEAR MOVIE LIKE THIS

There are slapstick hijinks and silly scenarios aplenty, but at its heart Paddington 2 has something serious to say about making the world a better place through daily acts of kindness.

– Barbara VanDeburgh, Arizona Republic

This is a film of such open-hearted joy and grace, which feels rare in an industry that often embraces cynicism and sarcasm, including in its children’s stories.

– David Sims, The Atlantic

Paddington 2 is The Godfather Part II of Peruvian bear movies, a sequel that surpasses the superb original.

– Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

 

YOU MAY HATE HUGH GRANT, BUT YOU’LL LOVE HIM HERE

Could it be that Hugh Grant was born to play a villainous dandy in a kid’s movie?

– Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

The sequel has the same tone as the original but is livelier and funnier, mostly due to Hugh Grant, who gleams as the bad guy.

– Jody Mitori, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

THE MOVIE IS A VISUAL DELIGHT, LIKE CHARMIN ULTRA FOR THE EYES

The greatest achievement of Paddington 2, however, isn’t dramatic—it’s purely technical. Paddington himself, created entirely by C.G.I., is woven into recognizable settings amid live action and beside live actors with a wizardry of an astounding ordinariness.

– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

The pop-up book sequence is THE highlight in a film filled with dazzling special effects. Paddington’s fur is vividly tactile, and his immersion in this live-action world is absolutely seamless.

– Christy Lemire, rogerebert.com

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