Dan’s Rotten ToMeToMeter

Dan's Rotten ToMeToMeter

Dan Morris, 2014

For a few years, I’ve been habitually rating movies I saw on Flixster, for no reason other than the fact that I love having lists of things. This trivially supports the operation "give me a list of Dan’s favorite and least-favorite movies". But this doesn’t really say much about my taste in movies: everyone who saw “The Princess Bride” loved it, and everyone who saw “Nacho Libre” regretted it. So I got curious about what movies I like more or less than everyone else.

So I wrote some code to parse the super-convenient JSON output that Flixster provides, which happens to include the Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” score. I scaled my Flixster ratings (0.5 stars → 5 stars) into the 0% → 100% range, and subtracted either the audience-based or critics-based Rotten Tomatoes score, giving my “ToMetoMeter” score (get it? ToMeToMeter!). A score of 0 means I liked it the same as whoevever I’m comparing to (audience or critics), a score of 10 means I liked it 10 points more, a score of -10 means I liked it 10 points less.

So here are my favorite and least-favorite movies compared to everyone else. F(*& the critics and the audience for liking “The Shining” more than “Reign of Fire”.

Movies I liked more than the critics

1

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Critics: 25%, Me: 78%

ToMetoMeter: +53%

2

Reign of Fire (2002)

Critics: 40%, Me: 89%

ToMetoMeter: +49%

3

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001)

Critics: 19%, Me: 67%

ToMetoMeter: +48%

4

Man on Fire (2004)

Critics: 39%, Me: 78%

ToMetoMeter: +39%

5

Pandorum (2009)

Critics: 28%, Me: 67%

ToMetoMeter: +39%

6

Bad Boys (1995)

Critics: 43%, Me: 78%

ToMetoMeter: +35%

7

Resident Evil (2002)

Critics: 33%, Me: 67%

ToMetoMeter: +34%

8

Bad Boys II (2003)

Critics: 23%, Me: 56%

ToMetoMeter: +33%

9

Passchendaele (2008)

Critics: 36%, Me: 67%

ToMetoMeter: +31%

10

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

Critics: 36%, Me: 67%

ToMetoMeter: +31%

10

Gladiator (2000)

Critics: 76%, Me: 100%

ToMetoMeter: +24%

10

National Treasure (2004)

Critics: 44%, Me: 67%

ToMetoMeter: +23%

Movies I liked more than the audience

1

Reign of Fire (2002)

Audience: 49%, Me: 89%

ToMetoMeter: +40%

2

Wrecked (2011)

Audience: 24%, Me: 56%

ToMetoMeter: +32%

3

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Audience: 79%, Me: 100%

ToMetoMeter: +21%

4

I Am Legend (2007)

Audience: 68%, Me: 89%

ToMetoMeter: +21%

5

Cloverfield (2008)

Audience: 68%, Me: 89%

ToMetoMeter: +21%

6

Enchanted (2007)

Audience: 80%, Me: 100%

ToMetoMeter: +20%

7

Pandorum (2009)

Audience: 48%, Me: 67%

ToMetoMeter: +19%

8

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001)

Audience: 48%, Me: 67%

ToMetoMeter: +19%

9

Jurassic Park III (2001)

Audience: 37%, Me: 56%

ToMetoMeter: +19%

10

District 9 (2009)

Audience: 82%, Me: 100%

ToMetoMeter: +18%

10

Cast Away (2000)

Audience: 83%, Me: 100%

ToMetoMeter: +17%

10

Children of Men (2006)

Audience: 84%, Me: 100%

ToMetoMeter: +16%

Movies I liked less than the critics

1

Jaws (1975)

Critics: 98%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -98%

2

The Shining (1980)

Critics: 92%, Me: 11%

ToMetoMeter: -81%

3

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Critics: 78%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -78%

4

The Mask (1994)

Critics: 77%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -77%

5

School of Rock (2003)

Critics: 92%, Me: 22%

ToMetoMeter: -70%

6

Blades of Glory (2007)

Critics: 69%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -69%

7

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Critics: 80%, Me: 11%

ToMetoMeter: -69%

8

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Critics: 79%, Me: 11%

ToMetoMeter: -68%

9

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D (2002)

Critics: 67%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -67%

10

The Nutty Professor (1996)

Critics: 65%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -65%

10

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

Critics: 96%, Me: 33%

ToMetoMeter: -63%

10

Scarface (1983)

Critics: 84%, Me: 22%

ToMetoMeter: -62%

Movies I liked less than the audience

1

Jaws (1975)

Audience: 90%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -90%

2

The Shining (1980)

Audience: 93%, Me: 11%

ToMetoMeter: -82%

3

Transformers (2007)

Audience: 86%, Me: 11%

ToMetoMeter: -75%

4

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Audience: 86%, Me: 11%

ToMetoMeter: -75%

5

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

Audience: 72%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -72%

6

Scarface (1983)

Audience: 94%, Me: 22%

ToMetoMeter: -72%

7

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Audience: 82%, Me: 11%

ToMetoMeter: -71%

8

Blades of Glory (2007)

Audience: 69%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -69%

9

Rush Hour (1998)

Audience: 79%, Me: 11%

ToMetoMeter: -68%

10

The Mask (1994)

Audience: 67%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -67%

10

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Audience: 61%, Me: 0%

ToMetoMeter: -61%

10

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Audience: 72%, Me: 11%

ToMetoMeter: -61%