Wall-E, Man on Wire Top Golden Tomato Awards14 Jan, 2009 By: John Latchem
Wall-E and Man on Wire were named the best-reviewed films of 2008, while One Missed Call was the worst-reviewed film, according to review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com.
The Jan. 14 announcement was part of the 10th annual Golden Tomato Awards. Wall-E, Pixar’s animated hit from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, earned best wide theatrical release of the year with a 96% Tomatometer score (60% is considered “fresh”). It is Pixar’s fifth Golden Tomato in the category.
Man on Wire, on DVD from Magnolia Home Entertainment, earned a 100% score to take top limited theatrical release. The documentary tells the story of Philippe Petit, who in 1974 crossed between the towers of New York’s World Trade Center on a tightrope.
One Missed Call, on DVD from Warner Home Video, was given the Moldy Tomato Award after amassing a positive review total of 0%.
Golden Tomatoes also went to the top films in various categories, most of which are available on home video:
• Documentary: Man on Wire, Magnolia
• Foreign: Israel’s The Band’s Visit, Sony Pictures
• Action/Adventure: The Dark Knight, Warner
• Animation: Wall-E, Disney
• Comedy: Happy-Go-Lucky, Disney/Miramax (on DVD March 10)
• Horror: Teeth, Genius/Weinstein
• Kids/Family: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Warner
• Romance: Ghost Town, Paramount/DreamWorks
• Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Universal
• Musical: High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Disney (on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 17)
• Thriller: Transsiberian, First Look
• Best Reviewed U.K. Film: Man on Wire
The only winners not yet announced for home video are the top drama, The Wrestler, and the top Australian release, The Black Balloon.