In a battle between bear and bird, who do you think wins?
“Paddington 2,” the family film sequel about the UK’s beloved Paddington Bear, has broken a record on Rotten Tomatoes, upending the records for the most consecutive Fresh ratings for a movie, previously held by 1999’s “Toy Story 2” and this year’s awards season darling “Lady Bird.”
“Paddington 2” currently has a 100 percent on RT, scoring 165 Fresh reviews to “Toy Story 2”‘s 163. You may recall that “Lady Bird” broke this very record back in November, however, that movie eventually did get a Rotten review, which Rotten Tomatoes expects could at some point happen to “Paddington 2.” Until then, the bear beats both bird and toy.
“The Paddington films are a real labour of love,” the film’s director Paul King told Rotten Tomatoes. “So many people pour their hearts and souls into them for months or even years, hand-crafting every last frame, and we are all incredibly grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve had so far. We hope it inspires people to go to the cinema to see for themselves if a talking animal film really can be any good, and whether Hugh Grant really can look devilishly handsome even while dressed as a nun. (Clue: yes.)”
2008’s “Man on Wire” (157 reviews, 100 percent rating) and 2016’s “Things to Come” (128 reviews, 100 percent rating) are the only other two films that have been able to achieve a 100 percent score with more than 100 reviews.
TheWrap’s Nicholas Barber was a fan of “Paddington 2,” saying it’s better than its predecessor, writing, “‘Paddington 2’ is a sure-footed, sweet-natured family comedy which isn’t set at Christmas, but which glows with so much warmth and fun that it might well be a staple of festive television for years to come.”