Earlier this week, SR published a round-up of the so far uniformly positive reviews that the new racially-charged horror/comedy Get Out – the directorial debut of Key & Peele co-creator Jordan Peele – had received over on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. At the time of that article’s writing, Get Out still only had about 30 reviews posted, and it’s not too uncommon for a highly praised film to start out at the 100 percent mark based only on early reviews, then have that score drop by the time said movie has actually arrived in theaters. With Get Out though, that hasn’t at all been the case.
Get Out stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a young Black man who heads off with his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) at their rural family estate. Rose’s parents waste no time in behaving quite strangely, and treating Chris in ways that make him visibly uncomfortable. At first, he chalks it up to them being unsure of how to react to their daughter’s new interracial relationship, but before long, it becomes clear that something far worse is really going on.
With 130 reviews now counted as of this writing, Get Out still currently reigns with a perfect 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, and has in fact already been certified fresh. While it’s certainly not out of the question for a negative review to eventually arrive and put a dent in Get Out’s critical armor, the fact that it’s managed to stay unblemished in that regard for this long is very much an achievement.
Only a small assortment of films sport a 100 percent score on RT, and most of those are historical classics such as The Maltese Falcon and Citizen Kane. More recent films to earn the distinction include both Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and The Terminator. To put things in perspective, even generally undisputed masterpieces like The Godfather and Taxi Driver have at least one negative review counted into their score.
Of course, critical success doesn’t mean that much to Get Out’s producers, if it isn’t accompanied by success at the box office, too. Thankfully, the most recent estimates have Get Out earning around $28 million for the weekend, knocking The LEGO Batman Movie off of the top spot, and more than earning back the film’s modest $4.5 million production budget. For Peele, life has got to be feeling pretty good right about now.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes