Ratatouille Named Ripest Tomato

Fox Interactive Media’s Rotten Tomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com) has put Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille at the top of its mid-year report highlighting the best- and worst-reviewed movies of 2007 thus far. The animated rat tale, of course, tops the best list, rising above such critical favorites as Away From Her, Once, Knocked Up and Hot Fuzz.

Director Brad Bird’s Ratatouille pulled off a nearly perfect score with critics by garnering 96% positive reviews. The 2004 Disney/Pixar release The Incredibles, also directed by Bird, was given a 96% ‘freshness’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes and ended up taking the Golden Tomato award at the end of the year. Animation proved ripe for the picking the following year as well when the award went to DreamWorks Animation’s and Aardman Animations’ Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

The Korean creature feature The Host came in at No. 7 on the best list with a 92% freshness rating on the ‘Tomatometer.’ Featuring CG character animation by The Orphanage and a host of other digital effects, Korea’s highest-grossing film to date had a limited U.S. theatrical run and will see an Americanized version made by Universal Pictures.

At No. 1 on the list of the worst-reviewed movies of the last six months is the Dianne Keaton comedy Because I Said So. Also ranking in the top five on the ‘rank ‘ list are The Number 23, Premonition, The Reaping and Norbit. The animated feature Happily N’Ever After, distributed by Lionsgate in January, placed seventh. To see the complete mid-year report, go to www.rottentomatoes.com/features/special/2007/midyeareport.