10/1 5:50pm: The section on canceled fall series has been updated to reflect ABC's just-announced cancellation of "My Generation"
The Social Network's reviews are off the charts
By now, you may have figured out that critics like The Social Network 97, director David Fincher's look at the creation of Facebook. While it's common for a few films to attain a Metascore of 90 or higher each year, those films tend to be limited releases -- typically, foreign films or "art house" fare. It is extremely uncommon for a major release to score so highly, especially if it isn't a Pixar creation. In fact, only 17 wide release films have scored 90 or higher since 2000, and only 12 of those movies -- including The Social Network -- are live-action films. Below, you can see all of these highest-scoring wide release films from the past decade.
By the way, of the 12 live action wide releases listed below, only three (including Pan's Labyrinth, a foreign film) failed to earn Best Picture nominations. You can put The Social Network down as one of ten nominees this year. In ink.
Oh, and one more thing: 28 of the 40 professional critic reviews in our database for The Social Network have been assigned a "perfect" 100 score. That is an all-time record in our database for any movie, besting the previous high of 26 perfect reviews shared by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Pan's Labyrinth (though the latter's percentage of "100" scores out of all reviews for the film is 70.3% to Social Network's 70%).
|Movie (* = Best Picture Nominee)||Year||Metascore||Oscar Noms|
|2||The Social Network||2010||97||???|
|7||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King *||2003||94||11|
|8||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon *||2000||93||10|
|9||There Will Be Blood *||2007||92||8|
|10||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring *||2001||92||13|
|11||Toy Story 3||2010||92||???|
|12||The Queen *||2006||91||6|
|13||No Country for Old Men *||2007||91||8|
|16||Gosford Park *||2001||90||7|
Lone Star is a loner
It's true: the worst-reviewed new fall show is rarely if ever the first show canceled. (This year, by the way, that "honor" goes to the sitcom -- or $#*!com -- $#*! My Dad Says 27, which is still safely on CBS' schedule.) That said, this year's first cancellation victim is even more of a rarity: a well-reviewed show.
Fox canceled its mostly acclaimed serialized drama Lone Star 73 this week after its second episode performed even more dismally in the ratings than last week's debut, despite the fact that the drama was the second-best-reviewed new show of the season. As you can see from the table below, Lone Star is now the only program with positive reviews to be canceled so quickly over the past six fall seasons. The new season's second cancellation victim, however,
will likely sticks to the historical pattern; the shows mostly likely to go next (My Generation 43, The Whole Truth 56, and Outlaw 36) do not have the support of TV critics late Friday afternoon, ABC pulled the plug on the poorly-reviewed My Generation 43 after just two episodes.
|Year / Order Canceled||Show (Network)||Metascore|
|2010||1st||Lone Star (Fox)||73|
|2nd||My Generation (ABC)||43|
|2009||1st||The Beautiful Life (CW)||41|
|2008||1st||Do Not Disturb (Fox) *||22|
|2nd||Opportunity Knocks (ABC)||55|
|2nd||Viva Laughlin (CBS) **||30|
|2005||1st||Head Cases (Fox)||43|
|2nd||Just Legal (WB)||53|
Let Me In has let itself into an elite club: good horror remakes
A remake of the acclaimed 2008 Swedish horror film Let the Right One In 82, Matt Reeves' Let Me In 80 is scoring extremely well with critics in this, its opening weekend. Not only is that an infrequent achievement for a horror movie of any kind (just 5 of 19 horror films released this year have green Metascores, indicating positive reviews), but it's especially unheard of for a horror remake. Perhaps starting with quality source material has something to do with it. Below, we look at how other recent horror remakes have fared with reviewers.
|Let Me In||2010||80|
|A Nightmare on Elm Street||2010||35|
|The Last House on the Left||2009||42|
|Friday the 13th||2009||34|
|My Bloody Valentine 3-D||2009||51|
|One Missed Call||2008||24|