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Best Modern Comedy Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes

By    |   Friday, 15 Jan 2016 05:14 PM

Every year since 1999, Rotten Tomatoes has handed out Golden Tomato awards to its best-reviewed movies. The best modern movies in the comedy category, according to Rotten Tomatoes, were not short of surprises through the first decade and a half of the millennium.

In 2015, Rotten Tomatoes awarded the indie vampire comedy “What We Do in the Shadows” a Golden Tomato for Best-Reviewed Comedy, which scored a 96 percent on the Tomatometer. Accounting for variance in the number of movie reviews, Rotten Tomatoes adjusted the comedy’s “Fresh Tomatoes” rating to 100.67 percent.

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The “Critics’ Consensus” on Rotten Tomatoes had the following to say about the winning comedy based on its movie reviews: “Smarter, fresher, and funnier than a modern vampire movie has any right to be, ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ is bloody good fun.”

Here’s a brief rundown of the Golden Tomato winners in comedy since 2000, making a note of the movies’ “Fresh Tomato” scores and their adjusted scores:

2014 - “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (92%/101.75%)
2013 - “American Hustle” (93%/102.36%)
2012 - “Bernie” (90%/94.83%)
2011 - “The Artist” (97%/104.99%)
2010 - “The Kids Are All Right” (93%/98.7%)
2009 - “In the Loop” (94%/98.72%)
2008 - “Happy Go Lucky” (93%/98.2%)
2007 - “Juno” (94%/100.44%)
2006 - “Borat” (91%/97.86%)
2005 - “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” (85%/90.64%)
2004 - “Mean Girls” (83%/87.53%)
2003 - “Finding Nemo” (99%/106.4%)
2002 - “About a Boy” (94%/98.84%)
2001 - “Shrek” (88%/94.26%)
2000 - “Best in Show” (95%/98.38%)

As some years were better than others for comedy movies, critics and moviegoers can point to films that scored higher in any given year on Rotten Tomatoes than a few of these Golden Tomato winners.

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In 2004, “Mean Girls” scored the lowest among all Golden Tomato comedy winners, with a less-than-impressive rating, but the previous year was a great one for comedy movie reviews. “Finding Nemo” scored the highest of all Golden Tomato winners and the 2003 runner-up did better with the critics than most modern comedies. The Tomatometer reading for “Lost in Translation” (2003) trails only a few of these Rotten Tomatoes award winners. This sweet Bill Murray comedy scored only 95 percent, but its adjusted score surged to 101.06 percent.

Agree or disagree, but these winners were considered the best comedy movies according to Rotten Tomatoes reviews the year of their release.

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Every year since 1999, Rotten Tomatoes has handed out Golden Tomato awards to its best-reviewed movies. The best modern movies in the comedy category, according to Rotten Tomatoes, were not short of surprises through the first decade and a half of the millennium.
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