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The other day Paddington 2 became the fourth film to gain a 100 percent rating from review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. It seemed a bit random, but fair play.
But it seems its success is merely rising, having now overtaken the beloved Toy Story 2 as the site's 'best reviewed movie of all time' after notching up the most consecutive 'Fresh' reviews without a single 'Rotten' write-up.
At the time Rotten Tomatoes broke the news, Paddington 2 had 164 fresh reviews, against Toy Story 2's 163. Now it's currently 165 versus 163, with the bear in the blue coat still leading the way.
Speaking to Rotten Tomatoes, Paddington and Paddington 2 director Paul King said: "The Paddington films are a real labour of love. 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.)"
Last year, coming-of-age film Lady Bird broke Toy Story 2's record for the most consecutive fresh ratings, only for the latter to rise to the top once more after the Greta Gerwig flick received its first negative review.
So could the same destiny lie in wait for Paddington Bear?
"Lady Bird did eventually get a Rotten review, a cruel fate we predict will befall Paddington 2 in time," Rotten Tomatoes warned.
"Or maybe not! This bearly beloved sequel has much more in common with Toy Story 2 than an intimate, Sacramento-set teen comedy. The Paddington and Toy Story movies are family works that are bright, funny, and target broad audiences without cynicism - catnip to critics who love movies that appeal to kids and adults alike."
That's something that many of the reviewers picked up on, with Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times writing: "It's an exquisite reminder of the wondrous things that can happen when a storyteller of boundless imagination avails himself of some rigorous discipline."
What The Flick writer Alonso Duralde, meanwhile, described the film as 'everything that a kid's movie should be: sweet and adorable and kind,' adding that 'adults can enjoy it too'.
Featured Image Credit: Disney Pixar / Buena Vista Pictures
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