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Truly rotten: 'Slumdog Millionaire' ranked below 'Unforgiven' on Oscars' list

March 3, 2009 |  4:23 pm

What an outrage! Poor "Slumdog Millionaire" comes out at only No. 31 on Rotten Tomatoes' ranking of the Oscars' 82 best-picture choices. Above "Slumdog Millioniare" on the list are such over-rated past champs as "The Best Years of Our Lives," "All the King's Men," "An American in Paris" and such outright junk as "Unforgiven."


The top 10 Oscars best pictures, in descending order: "The Godfather," "All About Eve," "On the Waterfront," "Rebecca," "Marty," "Lawrence of Arabia," "The Godfather, Part II," "An American in Paris," "Annie Hall" and "The French Connection."

Here's what doesn't make sense about this list. The introduction to the photo gallery suggests that these are ranked according to critics' scores, but they're not. Below is a breakdown of the lowest-ranked best pix. The percentage number given is its RT score. Notice, for example, that "The Greatest Show on Earth" has a score of only 39%, but it's ranked above "Cimarron," which is in last place with 50% score.

77.) "The Life of Emile Zola" (70%)
78.) "The Great Ziegfeld" (59%)
79.) "Cavalcade" (62%)
80.) "The Greatest Show on Earth" (39%)
81.) "Broadway Melody" (40%)
82.) "Cimarron" (50%)

Notice an obvious pattern on this list. The old flicks are all pushed to the bottom. Whatever happened to that familiar whine, "They just don't make pictures like they used to!"?

Photos: "Forrest Gump" and "Titanic" (Paramount), "Gandhi" (Columbia)


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