Paddington 2 Replaces Citizen Kane As Top-Rated Film On Rotten Tomatoes

Niamh Shackleton


Paddington 2 Replaces Citizen Kane As Top-Rated Film On Rotten TomatoesStudioCanal/RKO Radio Pictures

Paddington 2 has pipped Citizen Kane to the post as being one of Rotten Tomatoes’ top-rated movies.

The well-loved film rightly boasts an impressive 100% on the film review site, a percentage Citizen Kane also had – until recently.

Released in 1941, the movie has long been classed as one of the greats, and while it undeniably still a masterpiece, 2017’s Paddington 2 is now even greater – well, at least according to Rotten Tomatoes.

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The sudden change comes after an 80-year-old negative review on Citizen Kane was discovered written by the Chicago Tribune, according to Screen Rant.

In the wake of this discovery, the movie’s score has dropped from a perfect 100% to 99% – still an impressive achievement.

For those of who aren’t avid Paddington fans like myself, the sequel is about Paddington Bear, who in the first film finds a home with the Brown family in London after travelling there from Peru, leaving behind his beloved Aunt Lucy. With this in mind, in the sequel, Paddington is determined to get his aunt a great birthday gift to send to her, and since she had always wanted to visit London, he finds a vintage pop-up book of the city that would have been the perfect gift.

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Unfortunately for the bear, someone else also had their sights set on the book and decides to steal it from the shop it was in. Poor Paddington ends up being blamed for the theft and finds himself behind bars, which is when the adventure really begins.

Not only does it have a great storyline that fills you with joy, the film has an all-star cast with the likes of Julie Walters, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson and Ben Whishaw.

People have since taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the news. Sharing an article on the matter, one person wrote, ‘If you’ve actually seen Paddington 2, you wouldn’t see anything crazy about this at all.’

Another person said, ‘They say “new greatest” as if Paddington 2 wasn’t already the greatest,’ as a third person wrote, ‘Thank Cinema Jesus for that negative review where now instead of saying “well it’s no Citizen Kane” I can now say “well it’s no Paddington 2, the benchmark of cinema”.’

Rotten Tomatoes isn’t alone in thinking the movie is brilliant; Grant himself has previously branded it as a ‘masterpiece’.

He said of the film in an interview with Seth Meyers last year, ‘That film – when I first saw it, I thought, I see it’s a kind of masterpiece, even if you extract me. Y’know, Paul King made a masterpiece.’

Hugh Grant – and Rotten Tomatoes – have spoken.

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Topics: Film and TV, Hugh Grant, Now, Rotten Tomatoes


Screen Rant
  1. Screen Rant

    Paddington 2 has now earned a higher score on Rotten Tomatoes than Citizen Kane, due to a newly discovered negative review from 80 years ago. BY MIKE JONES PUBLISHED 5 HOURS AGO Paddington 2 Paddington 2 has now surpassed the Orson Welles iconic film, Citizen Kane, on Rotten Tomatoes. The 2017 live-action sequel was heaped with critical acclaim and audience praise upon its release, offering not only a return to the lives of the eponymous bear and the Brown family, but also introducing memorable new characters. The first Paddington film gave the beloved children’s fables a new lease on life, bringing the character to the big screen like never before. Voiced by Ben Whishaw, Paddington’s life in darkest Peru was briefly introduced before the adventurous bear boarded a ship to London in search of better times. With its impressive cast and sentimental tone, the film scored big with a wide swathe of demographics, ensuring that a sequel would follow. Perhaps the most surprising thing about Paddington 2, however, was how effortlessly it seemed to surpass the good quality fun of its predecessor. At times playing like a G-rated Shawshank Redemption with a Wes Anderson make-over, Paddington 2 was a big hit, though its box-office gross still wasn’t able to match that of the first Paddington film - despite operating on a lower budget. Continue Scrolling To Keep Reading Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Paddington 2 START NOW RELATED: Casting Paddington 3'S Main Villain Now some four years since Paddington 2’s release, its popularity doesn’t seem to be dwindling in the least. The beloved Paul King film has just reached an impressive new milestone: Paddington 2, which has a perfect 100% score Rotten Tomatoes, has just surpassed the 1941 classic, Citizen Kane, after a newly discovered, negative 80-year-old review from the Chicago Tribune dropped the acclaimed Orson Welles film from a 100% score to 99%. For decades since its release, Citizen Kane has been lauded as the greatest film ever made, but at least one critic didn’t seem to think much of it, back in 1941. The discovery suits Paddington 2 fans just fine, many of whom have been celebrating the news on social media. The fact that Citizen Kane was previously the review-aggregation site’s highest-rated film of all time shows just how difficult it is to land that top spot. After decades of acclaimed Oscar-winners and films that brought audiences to theaters in droves, the perfect Rotten Tomatoes score has remained more elusive than many cinephiles would have expected. What’s more, the last film that the public would likely expect to see achieve the perfect score milestone would be something as family-friendly and innocuous as Paddington 2. While it’s great to see Paddington 2 celebrated for achieving this feat, what fans really want is a third entry in the franchise. Ultimately, the most important thing for Paddington fans is not the numerical value of its films, but the continued quality of any and all subsequent installments. Some may argue that being one of the highest-ranked films Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t mean much, but even a perfect score on the site can go a long way toward maintaining a certain standard for Paddington’s future. NEXT: Is Citizen Kane On Netflix, Prime Or Hulu? Where To Watch Online Source: Rotten Tomatoes SHARE TWEET EMAIL COMMENT ANTHONY MACKIE RESPONDS TO CAPTAIN AMERICA 4 REPORTS Related Topics MOVIE NEWS PADDINGTON 2 About The Author Mike Jones (1340 Articles Published) Mike Jones is an author, screenwriter, world traveller and cinephile. His work has been featured in print and online in a variety of publications, and he’s also a Berlinale Talents alumnus. Cinema has always moved him in a big way and aside from having seen The Talented Mr Ripley more times than any other living person, he maintains a pretty darn healthy physical media collection. His favourite filmmakers include: Jordan Peele, David Lean, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Leigh, Steven Spielberg, the Dardenne Brothers, Noah Baumbach, Michael Haneke, Barry Jenkins and Andrea Arnold. Often jet-lagged, Mike once turned down a certain A-list celebrity’s offer to join them for a night of partying after a strange encounter in an airport. More From Mike Jones

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