The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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What works in this movie's favor is a tone that makes it feel less like a response to the Marvel Cinematic Universe than an escapee from the Troma Pictures vaults that somehow managed to evade release for the last quarter century.
Venom serves up a menu of spicy hard PG-13 action but also includes a well balanced sampling of scrumptiously surprising buddy humor between an unemployed reporter and a flesh eating symbiote. We're ready for the second course.
...Venom knows this, and because of that, it doesn't bother to make much sense. Its entire deal is just having fun with the dynamic between Eddie Brock-Tom Hardy giving a downright incredible performance as a man possessed.
The tone waffles about and the plot is utter nonsense, but if you can set aside all the expectations and baggage of what you think a Venom movie should be, you just might be surprised by how much you enjoy just what this movie is.