Ratatouille and Once Come Away with Top Honors as Rotten Tomatoes Announces the 2007 Golden Tomato Award Winners

Annual Awards Recognize the Years Best Reviewed Films in 17 Separate Categories

Site Also Unveils New Design Features, Better Navigation, New Original Content and More Customization

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rotten Tomatoes (http://www.rottentomatoes.com), Fox Interactive Medias ultimate online movie destination, today announced the recipients of the 9th Annual Golden Tomato Awards, which pay tribute to the best-reviewed films of 2007 in 17 categories. Disney and Pixars latest animation creation, Ratatouille, resonated with moviegoers and critics alike and took top accolades from Rotten Tomatoes by receiving the Golden Tomato Award for the Wide Release Film of the Year. Fox Searchlight Pictures Once, the charming, captivating tale of love and music, received the Golden Tomato Award for Limited Release Film of the Year.

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, which was used to tabulate the Golden Tomato Award winners, is a tool that measures the percentage of favorable print, broadcast, radio, and online reviews from accredited film critics across the nation to rank movies as Fresh (60% or above) or Rotten (below 60%). Movies with a score of at least 75% on the Tomatometer receive the Certified Fresh accolade.

This year was a phenomenal year for top-notch movies that captivated audiences and critics, as evidenced by the reviews we aggregated on the site, said Steven Horn, vice president and executive entertainment editor for Rotten Tomatoes. The Golden Tomato Awards recognize the best of the best in moviemaking each year and offer a roadmap for our users to see critics choices in award-winning cinema in 2007.

2007 Golden Tomato Award Winners

Wide Release:  

"Ratatouille"

Limited Release:

"Once"

Action/Adventure:

"The Bourne Ultimatum"

Animation:

"Ratatouille"

Comedy:

"Juno"

Drama:

"Away From Her"

Horror:

"Grindhouse"

Kids/Family:

"Enchanted"

Romance:

"Atonement"

Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

Documentary:

"Sicko"

Foreign Language:

"The Lives of Others"

Musical:

"Once"

Thriller:

"No Country for Old Men"

UK Release:

"Hot Fuzz"

Australian Film:

"Ten Canoes"

Moldy Tomato (Worst Reviewed Movie of the Year):

"Because I Said So"

Pixars family-friendly Ratatouille, achieved an impressive 96% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer. Limited Release Film award-winner Once, starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and directed by John Carney, garnered an impressive 98% Tomatometer approval rating. Landing on the other end of the spectrum was the romantic comedy, Because I Said So, with a dismal 5% rating on the Tomatometer.

Unlike other "Best Of" lists and awards, the Golden Tomato Awards aggregates the reviews of over 1,000 active movie critics across the globe to honor the films with the most universal appeal. Only reviews from select critics count towards the Tomatometer, and each movie must have 50 or more rated reviews to be considered. Full ranking methodology for the Golden Tomatoes is available at http://www.rottentomatoes.com/features/rtawards/.

Also this week, Rotten Tomatoes unveiled the first phase of a site redesign to enhance the experience for millions of movie fans and critics who visit the site and participate in the community. In addition to an overall updated look-and-feel, the new design offers more intuitive navigation, ways to customize the Tomatometer and a new homepage that highlights more original and community-generated content. In the months to come, visitors to Rotten Tomatoes can expect to find more unique movie content, and an even better platform to express their opinions, share reviews and connect with one another around movies.

Award Recipients Respond

It's a wonderful honor to receive The Golden Tomato for The Bourne Ultimatum. We are thrilled that Jason Bourne has remained so fresh in the eyes of the critics and will strive to keep him from turning rotten in the future, said Frank Marshall, Producer of The Bourne Ultimatum, winner of the Golden Tomato Award for Action/Adventure.

On behalf of everyone who worked on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I just wanted to say thank you so much for this Golden Tomato Award. Its a thrill to be acknowledged as the best reviewed film in our category, and a vindication of everyones hard work in getting the film to the screen," said David Yates, Director of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, winner of the Golden Tomato Award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

"We are so honored to have Away From Her singled out as the best reviewed drama of the year by Rotten Tomatoes. The film is indeed fresh, in so many ways; it tells the truth about how love survives and evolves over years peppered with betrayals in a way that few films have had the courage to, and it confronts a terrifying disease head on, but is absolutely elegant and lyrical in doing so. We are thrilled that the critics and Rotten Tomatoes have recognized what we at Lionsgate find so special in this film, said Tom Ortenberg, President, Film Releasing, Lionsgate for Away from Her, winner of the Golden Tomato Award for Drama.

About Rotten Tomatoes

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