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The Only Movies With Perfect Rotten Tomatoes Scores In The Past Decade

There's no denying that Rotten Tomatoes has become a pivotal player in Hollywood. In fact, the Los Angeles Times suggested that it might be the most powerful website in the industry, in that it's capable of making or breaking the public's perceptions of films and TV shows. Many people turn to the aggregator to see the general consensus of whether if something is worth their time or not before fully committing to it. In fact, Rotten Tomatoes has even used real-time events to reveal the scores to highly anticipated blockbusters such as 2017's "Justice League" (via Vox).

The reality is, it's next to impossible to have critical consensus on everything, since one person's trash is someone else's treasure. There's also no escaping the fact that inherent bias plays a part in the films that people enjoy over others. That said, there are unique instances where all the critics agree that a film or TV show is worth its weight in gold. This is what is called The 100% Club. (On a side note, arguably the sweetest film of all time, "Paddington 2," was part of this illustrious group and the best reviewed movie of all time until a singular critic did the unthinkable and deemed it Rotten.) It isn't easy to crack a perfect score, but these are the movies that have defied the odds in the past decade.

His House (2020)

The haunted house concept is a trope that's been done to death in horror. To reinvent this subsection of the genre, a truly exceptional story needs to subvert expectations and chart new and unexpected territories that go beyond Casper the Friendly Ghost and his uncles spooking up a place. That's exactly what Remi Weekes' "His House" does, as it follows a South Sudan refugee couple who seek asylum in London, England. However, the house they're assigned to isn't quite as it seems, holding dark and evil secrets that begin to show themselves in supernatural ways. 

"His House" blew away the critics who watched it, as it garnered a perfect 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 119 reviews. It also proved that the true horror in the house isn't what we initially thought, as it was a much smarter film with something important to say. In the same vein as Jordan Peele's "Get Out," the film operates beyond being simply a haunted house spectacle but is also a ruthless social commentary on the struggles of refugees and the immigration crisis. As Polygon's Robert Daniels wrote: "Remi Weekes' feature directorial debut not only exposes the horrors of the immigration system, but mines survivor guilt for a clever, bone-chilling thriller."

Host (2020)

The year 2020 was a bizarre one for the entertainment industry. The COVID-19 pandemic hit and halted all productions, with strict lockdowns enforced for varying periods of time across the world. With all this downtime on his hands, filmmaker Rob Savage hosted a Zoom call with his friends where he pranked them by setting up a fake investigation into the strange sounds in his attic (via Mirror). His friends' reactions to the joke went viral online, inspiring Savage to flesh out the initial concept and turn it into an actual feature-length film.

Utilizing Zoom and directing the actors remotely (due to COVID protocols), Savage produced "Host," a horror film about a group of friends who conduct a virtual séance that unleashes an evil spirit upon them. The spooky feature delighted both the critics and audiences, holding a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 94 reviews. It also found itself onto numerous best horror movies of 2020 lists, establishing itself as a highly original and must-see film. Ironically, "Host" was also far ahead of its time in introducing a new kind of terror that no one thought would be an issue years later: online meetings.

Paper Spiders (2021)

There's been a drive in Hollywood to de-stigmatize the way in which people see mental illness, showcasing it as something that's real and needs our collective attention rather than as a source of a punchline in a joke. A film such as "Paper Spiders" does its part by showing the brutal honesty of how mental illness can impact an entire family, dealing with the different stages of grief as life moves on from a tragedy.

Lili Taylor stars as Dawn, a woman who loses her husband and becomes increasingly anxious as her teenage daughter Melanie (Stefania LaVie Owen) grows up and prepares for college. Dawn's struggles with her mental illness concern Melanie, who also grapples with the guilt of building her own life while looking after her mother. Critic Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times praised the performances of the leads in her review, writing, "Taylor plays Dawn's slide into this mental health crisis beautifully, and with conviction, and Owen is stunning as the high-achieving, yet fragile Melanie, who seeks oblivion and solace in a risky boyfriend." Not only did "Paper Spiders" receive a 100% Certified Fresh rating from 43 reviews, but it also holds a 94% audience approval rating, indicating that both critics and audiences are in agreement about this drama's lasting quality and powerful message.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019)

Before "Rick and Morty," there was Jhonen Vasquez's "Invader Zim": a critically acclaimed and award-winning animated show that arrived just after the turn of the millennium. Despite the success and heavy fanfare surrounding anything to do with everyone's favorite alien from the planet known as Irk, the series was canceled after just two seasons. The fans didn't forget about it, though, and continued to clamor for more of Zim's adventures. Eventually, an ongoing comic book series was published in 2015 (via Kotaku), which got the wheels turning on the possibility of an on-screen revival.

Vasquez revealed that Nickelodeon had approached him about doing another animated show, but eventually that idea morphed into the film titled "Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus" (via Nickelodeon). The animated movie acts as a direct continuation of the series, carrying on with the same humor, tone, and themes. The 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes served as all the proof needed that it was a revival done well, though many fans immediately started wondering if the latest success would translate into another series or movie sequel in the future. When Decider asked Vasquez about the future of "Invader Zim," he said it remains highly possible just as long as he's still able to work on his other projects.

Creep 2 (2017)

Patrick Brice's 2014 found footage thriller "Creep" scared the pants off anyone who has ever browsed through Craigslist and thought some of the requests were of a highly peculiar nature. Not only was the film terrifying to stomach as all the creepiness was caught on camera, but it was also masterfully executed on a technical level. Brice himself and Mark Duplass carried the entire film as actors in a compelling and convincing manner. But would lightning strike twice or would the "Creep" franchise suffer from a dreaded bout of sequelitis?

Judging by the 100% approval rating from 26 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, "Creep 2" is considered even better than the first film, which received a 90% approval rating from 31 reviews. Undoubtedly, it pushes all the right buttons as Duplass' "Aaron" reveals right from the get-go that he's a serial killer to his latest prey, Sara (Desiree Akhavan), raising the stakes considerably in the process. Dylan Scott of Vox compared the film favorably to "The Silence of the Lambs," stating: "Duplass's unforgettable performance, combined with his complicated relationship with Sara, a worthy foe, reminds me a lot of the Hannibal Lecter-Clarice Starling classic." According to Brice (via Dread Central), "Creep 3" is officially in the works, but will it also be a certified hit on Rotten Tomatoes like its predecessors?

One Cut of the Dead (2017)

Shake a bush and a zombie pops out, hungry for brains and wandering the streets aimlessly. Since "The Walking Dead" became a pop culture phenomena in 2010, the undead have been en vogue and regularly feature in the central plots of a plethora of films and TV shows. At the same time, filmmakers understand that the audience demands a different take on this genre and doesn't want to watch the same old recycled zombie tales from yesteryear. Enter Japanese director-writer Shin'ichirō Ueda, who breathed a little life into the undead with the horror comedy "One Cut of the Dead."

In a hilarious instance of art imitating real life, "One Cut of the Dead" is the story of a director trying to film a low-budget horror film and facing countless obstacles along the way. While it plays out like a traditional zombie story for its first act as the main characters fight off the undead, there are a few surprising twists that make it more meta than if Deadpool dressed up as Ryan Reynolds, so stick with it until the very end. The film has developed a cult following over the years, and 94 Rotten Tomatoes-approved reviewers agreed that it should be added to our zombie-licious watchlists without hesitation.

Chocolat (2016)

No, "Chocolat" isn't a remake of the 2000 film that starred Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche and was all about the joys of chocolate. This Roschdy Zem-directed French drama is a loose adaptation of the real-life story of Rafael Padilla, the first officially recognized Black entertainer in France who performed under the name of Chocolat. The film was well-received at the French box office and dazzled at the prestigious Globes de Cristal Awards, voted on by the French Press Association, where it picked up Best Picture and Best Actor for Omar Sy's performance as Chocolat (via Les Globes).

Reviewer Sandra Hall of The Sydney Morning Herald heaped praise on the aesthetic and overall message of the film, writing that "Zem's spirited evocation of Paris bohemia, fin-de-siecle style, has turned the film into a box-office hit in France, as well as exciting debate about race relations." Other critics agreed with the positive sentiment, as "Chocolat" received 23 thumbs-up to leave it with an untainted score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021)

Is it possible to enjoy "The Witcher" without Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia's annoyed utterances and choice of expletives? That's the question that the anime film "The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf" had to answer when it debuted on Netflix. Without Geralt around (except for a short snippet of him as a child), the movie peels back the mythos and puts the spotlight on Vesemir, specifically his early days as a child and young witcher. Voiced by Theo James, Vesemir is certainly more charismatic and boastful than his future apprentice, Geralt; however, it's often used as a mask to hide a past littered with violence, tragedy, and heartache.

In a surprising twist of fate, "The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf" achieved a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score from 27 reviews, while the first season of "The Witcher" could only muster 68% (albeit from 91 critics). Some of the audience reviews even suggested that it was a more coherent and better production than the live-action show. Unquestionably, this animated film also served as an experiment for Netflix to test the waters and see if "The Witcher" universe was really worth expanding upon or not.

Mickey and the Bear (2019)

With a title like "Mickey and the Bear," one would expect an animated film about the heartfelt friendship between a child and a bear, à la Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. Well, that's certainly not what Annabelle Attanasio's emotional drama is about. Instead, it's a story about a teenage girl named Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone) who looks after her troubled veteran father (James Badge Dale) while juggling with all the other challenges and intricacies of growing up.

As revealed to SXSW, the film holds a special and deep personal meaning to the director-writer. "My teenage years were consumed by this sense of obligation I had towards my parents," Attanasio said. "I felt my family's problems were my sole responsibility to fix, and spent a great deal of adolescence mediating between my parents and attempting to take on their emotional dysfunction." There is simply no disputing the critical consensus about "Mickey and the Bear" either, as all 45 Rotten Tomatoes-approved reviews suggest it's a film that deserves everyone's utmost and undivided attention.

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)

"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" is the third film in a trilogy about Viviane Amsalem, an unhappily married wife who goes to court to obtain a gett from her husband of two decades, Elisha. Directed by the late Ronit Elkabetz (who also starred as Viviane in the films) and her younger brother, Shlomi Elkabetz, the tough and often unsettling courtroom drama exceeded all expectations and scored a Best Foreign Language Picture nomination at the Golden Globe Awards. It proved a big hit with critics as well, especially with New York magazine's Matt Zoller Seitz, who placed the movie in his number one spot of the greatest films of the 21st Century (via BBC).

On Rotten Tomatoes, "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" received a 100% Fresh rating from 80 critical reviews, while 80% of over 2500 audience reviews recommended it as well. One audience review from a user named Donald B. described the film as "an emotional powerhouse that will linger with you for days."

Mr. Roosevelt (2017)

How does one make a romantic comedy without romance? Just ask "SNL" comedian Noël Wells, who wrote, directed, and starred in "Mr. Roosevelt." The film follows a YouTuber named Emily (Wells), who has to come to terms with the passing of her cat, dealing with her ex's new life after her, and making a real friend as she tries to reinvent who she is. Describing why she created a romcom without the traditional love interest, Wells told Elle: "It meant a lot to me to make a film where 'getting the guy' isn't the point, and it doesn't make the main character complete. The friendships between the women are the most important ones in the film."

While "Mr. Roosevelt" wasn't a high-profile or heavily advertised release like other 2017 comedies such as "Logan Lucky" and "Rough Night," it built a modest buzz and positive word-of-mouth after it received a rowdy ovation at SXSW (via Vanity Fair). Plus it also helped that it garnered a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 34 reviews.

Hive (2021)

Receiving an award from Sundance is often a decent indication that a film might be worth keeping a closer eye on, but only one movie in the festival's history has received all three main awards in the World Cinema Dramatic categories (via Sundance). The recipient of all these accolades was "Hive," an Albanian-Kosovan drama that captivated the same amount of positive attention and hype as future Oscar winner "CODA" did at the 2021 Sundance Festival. Talk about being in good company there.

Directed and written by Blerta Basholli, "Hive" is based on the true story of Fahrije (Yllka Gashi), whose husband disappears during the Kosovo War. Left behind and in financial peril, Fahrije starts her own business and inspires the other women from her community to be self-sufficient as well, despite the open hostility and adversity from a patriarchal society that wants to see her fail. With 68 critical reviews recommending the film on Rotten Tomatoes, "Hive" resonated with film journalists who praised the emotional depth and important message of upliftment. Jake Cunningham of Empire magazine said it best by writing: "Sweet, with a potent emotional sting, 'Hive' is a measured, detailed and inspiring war story, fought in kitchens and cars, where minor acts foster major resistance."