Documentaries with a 100% score!

There are times in life when you simply want to watch a good movie. You do not care about the theme, the cast, the director, or any other details, as long as the movie is perfect. So how do you go about looking for one? You scout on websites for reviews or scores, say Imdb.com or Rottentomatoes.com. Now the latter is a popular movie website that aggregates the reviews given by critics to a particular movie, assigns a “fresh” or a “rotten” score to the movie based on the review, and then sums it up to provide a singular score on the “Tomatometer” – which is basically the percentage of “fresh” scores from the total reviews collated. Quite a few months back, we had brought out some of the worst rated movies on this website (can read the article here). But today we want to assist those who are scouting for the best of the best, the movies with the perfect scores, the ones with 100% on the Tomatometer. They would definitely be worth a watch. For how many reviewers can go wrong at the same time?

So we have picked up a movie with a 100% perfect score from each of the past nine years, having a minimum of 50 reviews. As it turns out that while the best full-length feature films do receive top notch ratings, it is only documentaries that have actually been loved by all so as to enjoy a 100% score. That required us to modify the topic of this post a bit. So as it turns out, this one is about the best documentaries from the past decade. If you scouting for really good ones, then these may do the trick!

The Square or “Al Midan” (2013; 52 reviews)

Genre: Documentary

Plot: A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

Director: Jehane Noujaim

The Invisible War (2012; 59 reviews)

Genre: Documentary

Plot: An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director: Kirby Dick

The Interrupters (2011; 84 reviews)

Genre: Documentary

Plot: Story of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.

Director: Steve James

Waste Land (2010; 68 reviews)

Genre: Documentary

Plot: A social documentary based around the lives of garbage pickers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a man by the name of Vik Muniz creates art out of recycled material.

Director: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim

Last Train Home (2009; 51 reviews)

Genre: Documentary

Plot: A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower.

Director: Lixin Fan

Man on Wire (2008; 151 reviews)

Genre: Documentary

Plot: A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City’s World Trade Center’s twin towers in 1974, what some consider, “the artistic crime of the century.”

Director: James Marsh

Taxi to the Dark Side (2007; 91 reviews)

Genre: Documentary

Plot: An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

Director: Alex Gibney

Deliver Us From Evil (2006; 71 reviews)

Genre: Documentary

Plot: Documentary about Father Oliver O’Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg

Murderball (2005; 138 reviews) – Has a 98% score, as no movie from this year had a 100% score

Genre: Documentary

Plot: A film about paraplegics who play full-contact rugby in Mad Max-style wheelchairs – overcoming unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Director: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro


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