Posts tagged as review roundup

Here's What the Critics Are Saying About 'Welcome to Me' Starring Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig's latest film Welcome to Me hits theaters today, and so far the reviews are pretty mixed. Currently at 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was written by first-time screenwriter Eliot Laurence and directed by Shira Piven and centers on Wiig as a woman with borderline personality disorder who launches her own television show after winning an $86 million lottery jackpot. Despite some of the negative criticism about the film — most reviews make some mention of the ending as copping or chickening out, call its treatment of mental illness potentially offensive, and compare the film to a drawn-out SNL sketch — Wiig's performance has [...]

Bill Murray's 'St. Vincent' Is Getting Mixed Reviews from Critics

Bill Murray's new movie St. Vincent premieres in theaters tomorrow, and so far it's getting mixed reviews from critics. Between the tale of Bill Murray's casting and its warm reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vincent has an interesting behind-the-scenes tale as director Ted Melfi's debut feature, but Flavorwire's review sums up the biggest takeaway from most of critical response: "Who're we kidding — no one's seeing St. Vincent for its narrative innovations. This is a Bill Murray Picture, and it's full of opportunities for him to do his thing." The good (and unsurprising) news is that Bill Murray's performance in St. Vincent has garnered tons [...]

Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' Isn't Faring as Well with Critics as 'Ted' Did

The summer movie season continues this week with the release of A Million Ways to Die in the West, the second film written and directed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane after 2012' s Ted. MacFarlane, who makes his (non-voice) acting debut here as the movie's lead, co-scripted A Million Ways to Die with his Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, but the creative team's second big-screen comedy isn't faring as well as their first.

Review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic are currently rating a A Million Ways to Die in the West at 33% and 45/100, respectively, a significant drop from the scores Ted received two years ago: [...]

Most Critics Don't Hate 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa'

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which is released nation-wide today, is the latest in the Jackass empire of TV shows and films. Though not meant to be a critical darling, critics have been fairly positive about the movie; at Rotten Tomatoes, the film's earned a 64% fresh rating, while Metacritic has it at 53/100. A mix of hidden camera pranks and scripted scenes (with a script from collaborater Spike Jonze), it stars Johnny Knoxville as a recently widowed 86-year-old embarking on a cross-country trip with his 8-year-old grandson.

TV Critics Really, Really, Really Hate 'Dads'

Fox's new sitcom Dads has come under a lot of fire for its crude racial stereotypes, but a lot of critics are more upset by just how unfunny the Seth MacFarlane-produced show is. The consensus seems to be that, while the cast are all talented actors, their characters would be better suited to the animated world that MacFarlane's creations generally inhabit. The A.V. Club suggests this is partly due to the studio audience, since "the protective remove of animation is absent in a multi-camera sitcom, where the audience becomes an additional character. Worse, in the second episode, it sounds like that audience consists of about 35 drunks who’ve been coached [...]

Critics Are Having a Lot of Fun Destroying 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2'

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 hits theaters today, and as you might've guessed, it's not getting the warmest reception from critics. Currently holding strong at an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, the Kevin James-starring sequel to the 2009 box office hit has received a lukewarm critical response at best, but most online reviewers haven't held back from panning the film for its lack of laughs (save for some silly slapstick and CG jokes), director Andy Fickman, and setting at a Wynn hotel and casino in Las Vegas (New York Daily News calls the movie "basically an hour-and-a-half commercial for Wynn"). Here's a roundup of what critics are [...]

The Critics Are Not Being Kind to Fox's 'Mulaney'

John Mulaney's sitcom premieres this Sunday, and while fans and critics across the board agree that Mulaney himself is a talented and likable writer/performer, between the endless Seinfeld comparisons (in reviews and the actual show) and the series' long evolution from an NBC pilot to Fox series, he's had to face an unusually harsh response from TV critics over the past few weeks. So far, Mulaney has been called a "contrived, airless comedy" (Huffington Post), "something a dutiful student might have produced for his final project in his 'Tropes and Themes in the 1990s Sitcom' class" (Time), and labeled doomed to fail by The Hollywood Reporter: "There is no saving a show this heinous."

Mulaney's traditional [...]

Critics Rave Over Wes Anderson's Russian Nesting Doll 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Wes Anderson's newest feature film The Grand Budapest Hotel hits theaters today, and it's already drawing generally warm reviews from critics. It currently scores 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and 86 on Metacritic, and a few reviewers have even credited it as the first Anderson work to convert them into true fans. As is the case with most Anderson films, comedy plays a multi-faceted role in Budapest; The Daily Beast described it matter-of-factly as a "screwball comedy," whereas The New York Times delved a little deeper by praising the film's way of conjuring the "highly refined sense of nuances that separate comedy from tragedy." Across the [...]

Critics Generally Like Nerdist's First Film 'Zero Charisma'

Nerdist's first feature film, Zero Charisma, premiered at New York Comic Con last night and is already available on demand. But starting today, it can be seen in a few theaters around the country, which means the reviews are trickling in, and they're mostly positive. The film, in which Sam Eidson plays a role-playing gamer whose life is jolted when a charismatic nouveau nerd joins his game, currently has a 75% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 63/100 on Metacritic.

The Village Voice praises it as "raw and affecting, a real movie rather than fan-con fun," and The A.V. Club calls it "a barbed indie character study that seems [...]

Critics Aren't Too Wild About 'Hell Baby'

Tom Lennon and Ben Garant's latest comedy, Hell Baby, has been available on VOD since July, but it hits select theaters today, and the reviews are mixed-to-meh. The film, which stars Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb as an expectant couple who move into a haunted house and end up with a demonic baby, earned a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 40/100 on Metacritic. Despite praise for co-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Riki Lindhome, most critics weren't sold on the horror-comedy spoof, which Lennon and Garant wrote, directed, and acted in.

Critics Say 'Dumb and Dumber To' Fails to Live Up to the Original

Twenty years after the release of the original, the Farrelly brothers' Dumb and Dumber sequel finally debuts in theaters today. Currently earning an underwhelming 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, Dumb and Dumber To is raking in the kind of reviews one might expect from a sequel with leads that are now 20 years older: It's good for callbacks, cheap laughs, and "crotch-centric" humor, but don't expect it to surpass the appeal of the 1994 film. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels both get points from critics for embodying their silly '90s roles and carrying the film and Rob Riggle gets some love for his supporting double role, but [...]

Melissa McCarthy's New Movie 'Tammy' Is Getting Mediocre Reviews at Best

Melissa McCarthy's latest film Tammy hits theaters today, and so far critics are feeling pretty meh about the film the comedian wrote, produced, and starred in with her husband Ben Falcone onboard as co-writer and director. McCarthy has been on a steady rise to mainstream fame since her breakout role in 2011's Bridesmaids, so the critical reception to Tammy — which ranges from drab to mildly entertained — is a bit of a letdown considering all the hype around the idea of McCarthy writing and starring in her own movie. Most critics seem to agree on three things: McCarthy gives a solid but sometimes confusing performance, Susan Sarandon [...]

Reviews for 'The Lego Movie' Are Positive, Full of Lego Metaphors

The Lego Movie hits theaters today, and though it's a kid-friendly PG-rated animated feature, it has a clever way of combining the nostalgic glory of Lego sets with a host of recent pop culture characters licensed by the toy company, from comics heroes Superman and Batman to Star Wars characters, Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, and the classic Lego mini-figure. That combined with the ensemble voice cast, which includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, and dramatic stars Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, seems to help the film transcend getting pigeonholed in the for-kids-only rut à la Wreck-It Ralph, and [...]

Critics Are Really Mixed on 'A.C.O.D.'

Adam Scott's new movie, A.C.O.D., short for Adult Children of Divorce, opens nationwide today, and the critics can't seem to agree on the film's merits. The movie, in which Scott's character discovers he was the subject of a best-selling book about the effects of divorce on children while trying to manage the peace at a family wedding, currently has a 52% rotten rating at RottenTomates and a 50/100 on Metacritic.

On the more positive side, Entertainment Weekly calls it "a bubbly-smart romantic comedy" and praises Scott for his "highly controlled, almost overly impeccable charisma." The Hollywood Reporter says that it "displays more psychological insight than most comedies built around a [...]