In case you haven’t noticed, we are in the midst of a pretty good run of high quality movies this summer. Since the first weekend in May, which serves as the unofficial beginning of the summer movie season, there have been at least ten movies that have a 7.2 or higher IMDB average rating and have a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
|May to July 2017 Wide Released Movies||IMDB Rating||Rotten Tomatoes Rating||Rotten Tomatoes % Fresh|
|Baby Driver||8.4||C. Fresh||97%|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||8.2||C. Fresh||93%|
|Wonder Woman||8.0||C. Fresh||92%|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||8.1||C. Fresh||81%|
|Big Sick, The||8.0||C. Fresh||97%|
|I, Daniel Blake||7.9||C. Fresh||92%|
|A Ghost Story||7.5||C. Fresh||87%|
|The Beguiled||7.3||C. Fresh||77%|
|The Hero||7.3||C. Fresh||76%|
And if early indicators are accurate, War for the Planet of the Apes will join the list after this coming weekend. And, if the early buzz on social media holds up, Christopher Nolan’s new movie Dunkirk will join the list the following weekend.
This seems to me to be an unusually high number of quality movies for the summer so far but I can’t tell you how unusual…yet. I’m working on a new long term project. I’m creating a database solely made up of objective “really like” movie indicators. It will include all movies finishing in the top 150 in receipts at the box office for each of the last 25 years. This database will provide a better representation of the bad movies that are released each year as well as provide a more robust sample size.
For now, I can only compare this year’s quality to 1992 (the first of the 25 years in my new database). Allowing for the fact that Rotten Tomatoes wasn’t launched until 1998, I’ve allowed movies that aren’t Certified Fresh but would otherwise be if there were enough critic reviews of the movie. Even with that allowance, there are only 3 movies released between May and July 1992 that meet the quality criteria I’m using for this summer.
|May to July 1992 Wide Released Movies||IMDB Rating||Rotten Tomatoes Rating||Rotten Tomatoes % Fresh|
|Night on Earth||7.5||Fresh||73%|
|A League of Their Own||7.2||C. Fresh||78%|
I’ll also add that the IMDB average ratings tend to decline over time. It is probable that a few of this year’s movies will ultimately not meet the 7.2 IMDB rating minimum. But, with 7 of the 10 movies sitting with IMDB ratings at 7.7 or better, this year’s list should hold up pretty well over time.
As I mentioned above War for the Planet of the Apes opens tomorrow. It is easy to overlook how good this franchise has been. Here are the “really like” indicators for the franchise including a very early look at tomorrow’s entry.
|IMDB Rating||Rotten Tomatoes Rating||Rotten Tomatoes % Fresh||Cinema Score|
|Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)||7.6||C. Fresh||81%||A-|
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)||7.6||C. Fresh||90%||A-|
|War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)||9.1||C. Fresh||93%||?|
Franchises tend to get tired after the first movie. From the critics’ perspective, this franchise appears to get better with each new movie. I expect to see War for the Planet of the Apes on the Objective Top Fifteen list on Monday.