Top 10 Movies That Surprisingly Have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes



Top 10 Movies That Surprisingly Have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

VOICE OVER: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp
Well, we weren't expecting that. For this list, we'll be looking at theatrical releases, TV movies, and documentaries that we don't tend to associate with universal acclaim, but that have perfect scores on Rotten Tomatoes. Our list includes “The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie” (1979), “Creep 2” (2017), “Batman: Under the Red Hood” (2010), “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” (1977), “Bill Nye: Science Guy” (2017), and more!Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Movies That Surprisingly Have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Top 10 Movies That Surprisingly Have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Well, we weren’t expecting that. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movies That Surprisingly Have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

For this list, we’ll be looking at theatrical releases, TV movies, documentaries and other types of films that surprisingly have a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes as of October 2018, especially when compared to the reception it received at the hands of general audiences. We aren’t saying that these movies are bad – far from it. They wouldn’t be so highly acclaimed if they were. We just don’t tend to associate these movies with such high critical reception, either because of their genre, subject matter, or the contrast between the critic and user scores.

#10: “Batman: Under the Red Hood” (2010)

Alright, let us lay out the facts: this animated, superhero adventure flick was the highest rated direct-to-video movie about Batman when it came out and it grossed over $10 million in home sales. While it may have taken the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series 7 prior attempts to reach such an overwhelming consensus with Rotten Tomatoes critics, it was all worth it when “Under the Red Hood” achieved that 100% approval rating. Sure, there are only 7 reviews, but this movie deserves all that praise and more; with its cinematic storytelling, mature themes and stellar voice performances, you simply can’t ask for much more when it comes to the Dark Knight.

#9: “The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie” (1979)

Originally released as “The Great American Chase,” “The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie” is basically a greatest hits compilation movie. The entire film consists of newly-animated segments starring Bugs Bunny bridging sequences compiled from the classic Warner Bros. cartoons. A clip show consisting of old cartoon segments is not really something you would expect to see have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, yet there it is (although it is only from six reviews). Over at IMDb, it holds a more modest 7.3/10, with many people calling it a good compilation of older material and not much else.

#8: “Bill Nye: Science Guy” (2017)

We all loved Bill Nye as kids, but who honestly expected a documentary about his life to be so critically acclaimed? The documentary follows Bill Nye as he retires from children’s television, stages a more mature career comeback, and argues against evolution and climate change contrarians on a national stage. The documentary was critically acclaimed, securing 25 fresh and 0 rotten reviews. However, general audiences were far more critical. As of writing, it holds a 70% user score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.8/10 on IMDb. The reasons, of course, are probably more political than anything else, but it’s still interesting to note the huge dichotomy between the critics’ and audiences’ scores.

#7: “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” (1977)

“The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” is the similar to “The Bugs Bunny/Road Movie.” It consists of three short, previously released featurettes about Winnie the Pooh with extra material bridging the stories to create a cohesive whole and a shorter, fourth featurette. It was a massive critical success that has retained quite the legacy. It holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with twelve reviews and was nominated in the “animation” category of AFI’s 10 Top 10 in 2008. When you think of the classic Disney movies that would have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, however, “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” is probably not the first movie that comes to mind.

#6: “The Witches” (1990)

“The Witches” is another dark fantasy movie adapted from a Roald Dahl novel, as if “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” wasn’t creepy and disturbing enough. “The Witches” holds the rare and coveted 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with 33 fresh reviews, with most critics praising the masterful puppet work of Jim Henson Productions and Anjelica Huston’s performance as the Grand High Witch. That said, it is quite surprising considering that the movie was generally ignored by mainstream audiences and performed poorly at the box office. Even Roald Dahl despised the adaptation, calling it “utterly appalling.”

#5: “Creep 2” (2017)

The “Creep” films are frightening low-budget movies from Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice about a psychotic man who lures people to various locations under a pretense only to toy with them in increasingly malicious ways. Both movies have earned critical acclaim, with the first scoring a 92% and the sequel earning the coveted 100% with 17 reviews. General audiences are more lukewarm towards the movies, with the first earning just a 6.3 on IMDb and the second a 6.4. General audiences just don’t seem to be as creeped out as the critics. However, it’s not rare to see such a major discrepancy in critic and audience scores when it comes to horror movies.

#4: “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” (1991)

“Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” is a documentary about the infamous and legendary production of “Apocalypse Now.” Stories of the production have been Hollywood legend for decades, and “A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” beautifully and intimately showcases these trials and tribulations. The doc has earned critical acclaim, scoring a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and a National Board of Review award for Best Documentary. But what is most surprising is that this documentary has a higher Rotten Tomatoes score than “Apocalypse Now,” which sits at 96%. Yes, “Apocalypse Now” has many more reviews, but it’s still interesting to see a documentary about the making of a movie have a higher score than the acclaimed movie itself.

#3: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (2018)

Who knew that a live NBC production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” would be one of the most acclaimed pieces of entertainment in 2018? This production aired on NBC on Easter Sunday 2018 and starred various notable entertainers, including Alice Cooper as King Herod, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, and John Legend as Jesus. The production was a resounding success, earning nearly ten million live viewers and scoring a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics singling out its originality and performances. It was later nominated for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Directing, and three acting categories.

#2: “Them!” (1954)

You wouldn’t expect that a movie about giant irradiated ants becoming a national threat could be so acclaimed. Don’t get us wrong, we love science fiction, but this is some prime B-movie material that has wormed its way into classic status. The movie was well-received when it was first released in 1954, and it spawned numerous “nuclear monster” movies that became big hits in the post-World War II era. It has only grown in stature since, as it currently holds a 100% and is generally regarded as one of the best creature features of the ‘50s.

#1: “Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D” (2017)

Now before you get your pitchforks, hear us out here. “Terminator 2” is a fantastic movie. In fact, we’d say that it’s one of the greatest action movies of all time, and arguably the greatest sequel ever made. But did it REALLY need a 3D conversion? And even if it did, it’s surprising to see that the 3D version has a higher rating than the original! The conversion has scored the coveted 100% based on 24 reviews, whereas the original stands at a surprisingly-low 92% with 77 reviews. Are we really that enamored with 3D?