It's amazing how much the Academy LOVES Stephen Daldry. For the only three films he directed, he got three directing noms. No matter how perverse and Kate Winslet-y The Reader is, The Dark Knight was better.
If you look at his Tomato-meter scores, there are none below 90%, and they rapidly go down.
• Billy Elliot- 85%
• The Hours- 81%
• The Reader- 62%
There's no consistency on his scores, or how good his films are. I'm not saying the Tomato-meter will represent the film's quality, but if the decline is correct, we're looking at an Extreme Loss.
I actually saw some clips of the film on RT, and the kid has a weird rhythm to his voice- There's fluctuation, like he knows he's on camera.
Recently, RopeOfSilicon gave the film an A+. Than again, they have been predicting it to win Best Picture since September.
I hope I'm wrong about the film's scores, but if this keeps up, we have a clunker. (See J. Edgar).