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This Kids Movie Just Became the Best-Reviewed Film Ever

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Film Editor
Updated: 19 January 2018

Released in late 2017 in the UK, and now on general release across the pond, this sequel starring a popular children’s character has just become the best-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes. Time to celebrate with a round of marmalade sandwiches…


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Before we reveal the identity of the film, assuming the clues and images haven’t given it away so far, here’s how the record number was achieved.

Having gained perfect Rotten Tomatoes scores in the UK when it was released in November 2017, many pundits expected the rating to come down a little when the film was released in the US. The eponymous star of the movie is an entirely CG version of a popular bear from the writings of Michael Bond.

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The first film in the series, released in 2014, was a big hit too, but the sequel is proving to be even more popular and is boosted by the star power of a resurgent Hugh Grant.

Most of the original cast are back for the follow-up film, apart from Nicole Kidman, who’s villainous character met a sticky end in the original.

Have you guessed the film yet? Well the answer is…


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That’s right, Paddington 2 is now the best-reviewed film ever.

The adventures of the marmalade-loving bear have raked in 165 positive reviews and 0 negative ones. According to Rotten Tomatoes law, that means it is the ‘freshest’ film ever. The previous holder of the title was Pixar’s Toy Story 2 (1999), although recent American release Ladybird (2017), directed by Greta Gerwig and a leading contender for the Oscars, ran a close second in recent months.

Paddington 2 is only the fourth movie ever to get to 100% approval mark, but does so with the most number of reviews, which gives it the top spot. The other three are the aforementioned Toy Story 2, gripping documentary Man on Wire (2008) and German-French drama Things to Come (2016).

Paddington 2 is on general release in cinemas now.