Perfect for a family movie night! | Source: Cryptozoic Entertainment

If your kids are in middle school, then you know exactly what it’s like to live with a little critic: Emotions are high, hormones are flowing, and sometimes the criticism is endless. And honestly, we all have a critic hidden somewhere, one that nudges us when the food isn’t right or one that begs us to switch movies 20 minutes in. 

Gather your meanest family members and movie buffs to put the biggest critics in your family to the test with the new Rotten Tomatoes: The Card Game. The new card game by Cryptozoic Entertainment comes with 350 movie cards, 35 wild cards, and a storage box. The game is perfect for middle schoolers ages 10 and up (truly the best age to be a critic) and you can play it with 2-20 players. 

The game is inspired by the Rotten Tomatoes website, which provides reviews on film and television. The movie cards (like the website) detail the specifics of different films, including the title, the release date, the Tomatometer score, the audience score, the plot summary, and the cast. Each player gets three movie cards and must arrange them in order of their Tomatometer score. Players will take turns drawing a movie card from their deck and reading out all the details except the Tomatometer score, while another player guesses where the movie’s Tomatometer score ranks among the movie collection of the person reading. Whoever guesses correctly wins the movie card and the player to collect 10 movie cards first wins. 

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The Rotten Tomatoes card game also includes wild cards that players can use to interrupt someone else’s turn and include other players in the round. Once a winner is determined for the round, they obtain the movie card and the wild card is then discarded. 

Make sure you have at least 20 minutes to play — the game can get lengthy depending on the number of players. I recommend setting aside an hour to play. The cards include popular titles that families can easily remember watching, like The Sandlot and Harry Potter and The Sorceror’s Stone making it easy for kids to get involved. 

Overall, Rotten Tomatoes: The Card Game is a great family game that movie lovers and critics alike can all enjoy together! 

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Annabelle Canela

Annabelle Canela

Annabelle Canela is an editorial assistant at The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. When she’s not writing about her favorite toys and fandoms, she loves creating poetry, taking her puppy to the park, and chefing up new creations in her Brooklyn kitchen. You can usually catch her reading Spider-Man comic books on the subway or eating dim sum in Chinatown. This New York City native has traveled all over the Caribbean, including to her family’s home country of Dominican Republic. Naturally, she does it all por mi gente.