My wife and I usually rely on Rotten Tomatoes to give us a sense of whether a new movie is worth seeing. It’s not one critic’s opinion; it’s the aggregate of a lot of critics’ opinions. Any movie that gets over 80% is probably worth watching (whether we actually get around to seeing it or not).
Sometimes we get the itch, though. Sometimes we want to see some lighthearted fluff. So when Rotten Tomatoes “gave” Sydney White only 39%, we didn’t really care, and we saw it anyway. One of the “Cream of the Crop” reviews says it’s “[a] feeble college comedy aimed at middle schoolers.” So what? What’s wrong with aiming at middle schoolers?
I’ll admit it—my wife and I were the only people in the theater over the age of 14. They laughed. We laughed. It was a fun movie. Sometimes, yes, even a rotten tomato can be a good tomato… if you’re in the mood for something rotten.