The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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[James Earl] Jones is such a commanding presence the pilot is worth watching just to see him work. How well this stands up over time as the series evolves into a standard crime drama is another matter.
The initial episode is exotically scored, stylish and well acted... I worry, though, that as the series moves further from prison and more into your standard TV plots, [James Earl] Jones won't be afforded the substance to exercise his talents.
Jones' reactions to his freedom and the newness around him are terrific, although the producers won't be able to go to that well as often in future episodes. What they can do, though, is maintain the aura of mythic hero, which plays so well.