Man On Wire Tops Tomato-Meter

Magnolia Pictures documentary “Man on Wire” has become the best reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes famous Tomato-meter.

From 129 reviews, the film has scored a 100% approval rating which puts it just ahead of the 100% positive approval from 125 reviews that “Toy Story 2” received.

“Man on Wire” tells the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who snuck up to the top of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974, strung a wire between the buildings and walked across, an unprecedented wire walk that has never been repeated or attempted since. The riveting documentary gives a first-hand account of how Petit was able to pull off such a brazen act, leaving all of New York City thrilled and amazed.

The film has scored over $2.7 million in limited release so far, one of the most successful documentaries of the year. Distributor Magnolia is also releasing acclaimed Danish vampire drama “Let the Right One In” which has scored similarly stellar reviews (97% RT).

The press release however doesn’t take into account the generally more accurate ‘Average Rating’ score on RT which still pegs “Man on Wire” at a stellar 8.4/10 score – easily one of the year’s highest. Unfortunately that is just behind not only “Toy Story 2” (8.5/10) but three other films this year – “The Dark Knight,” “Wall-E” and the upcoming “Slumdog Millionaire” which are scoring 8.5/10.

For a comparison with other classic films – “Rashomon” with 9.4/10; “Citizen Kane” & “Chinatown” with 9.3/10; “Seven Samurai” & “Singin’ in the Rain” with 9.2/10; “The Wizard of Oz” & “The Third Man” with 9.1/10; “The Godfather”, “All About Eve,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “M” & “Dr. Strangelove” with 9/10; “North by Northwest, “All the President’s Men” & the original “King Kong” with 8.9/10; “Taxi Driver,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Jaws” & “Rear Window” with 8.8/10; and “Aliens” & “A Streetcar Named Desire” with 8.7/10.

Other films to have scored 8.4/10 include such stellar company as “Rio Bravo,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Ratatouille,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Withnail and I,” “Fantasia,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” “The Queen,” and “Lost in Translation”.