iTunes Store adds Rotten Tomatoes movie ratings

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There’s now one fewer Website to visit when you’re planning a movie night. The iTunes Store now display reviews excerpted from Rotten Tomatoes’s Tomatometer.

Rotten Tomatoes has long been famous for its review aggregation, and now quotes from four choice “Top Critics Reviews” will appear for most movies available on the iTunes Store. Users can see the overall Tomatometer, along with how many reviews there were of the film, the ratio of Fresh to Rotten reviews, or an average rating.

Each review is marked by a tomato (“fresh”) or a green splatter (“rotten”) and a percentage, just in case you don’t feel like reading the entirety of the quotes. If you want, you can also look up more reviews from the site by clicking Read More About This Movie On Rotten Tomatoes.

Reviews are currently available on the iTunes Store and on via the iTunes app on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The Apple TV does not appear to support them yet.

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At a Glance
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    • Significantly improved media management and syncing features
    • Home Sharing feature lets you easily copy media between iTunes libraries


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