Splitsider

Posts tagged as review roundup

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 [...]

Unsurprisingly, Critics Prefer Indies 'In a World…' and 'Prince Avalanche' to 'We're the Millers'

As summer weekends go, this is a pretty decent one for comedy films. And it's particularly good one for Nick Offerman fans, as he appears in two of the three comedies opening today (In a World… and We're the Millers.)

In a World…, written and directed by actress Lake Bell, is the clear critic's pick of the weekend, earning an 85% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 79/100 at Metacritic. The film stars Bell as a vocal coach attempting to break through the glass ceiling of movie trailer voiceovers, and co-stars Demetri Martin, Ken Marino, and Tig Notaro. The New York Times raves that it's "smart, [...]

Critics Love Melissa McCarthy, But Are Otherwise Split on 'The Heat'

Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock's buddy comedy The Heat opens in theaters today, and the reviews are somewhat mixed. Most critics agree that the film is very funny, but even those who like it say the plot feels formulaic and a bit messy. And while McCarthy's foul-mouth Boston cop won almost everyone over, some critics saw Bullock's uptight federal agent as too similar to her previous roles, most obviously in Miss Congeniality. The film earned a just-fresh rating of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a Metacritic score of 59/100.

A fair number of reviews seem to focus on the novelty of a movie starring female cops (The New York Times subhead simply [...]

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 [...]

Kristen Wiig's New Movie 'Girl Most Likely' Is Out Today, and Critics Don't Care For It

Kristen Wiig's latest movie, Girl Most Likely, hits theaters today. Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor), the movie stars Wiig as a failed playwright who fakes a suicide attempt to attract her ex-boyfriend's sympathies, only to wind up in the custody of her degenerate mother (Annette Benning). What's surprising is that Girl Most Likely – Kristen Wiig's first starring role since Bridesmaids two summers ago – is receiving overwhelmingly negative reviews and the studio is releasing it in a scant 300-something theaters.

Review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic gave A Girl Most Likely a 16% and 35/100, respectively. Rotten Tomatoes' summary of the reviews reads, "Largely witless [...]

Review Roundup: 'This Is the End' Is the Best-Reviewed Comedy of the Year

It's been a lackluster year for mainstream comedies, but it looks like Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut, This Is The End, is breaking that pattern by actually receiving positive reviews. The movie opens today, starring Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson as fictionalized versions of themselves dealing with the apocalypse. Movie critics have generally praised the This Is the End's vulgar humor while deeming the movie a little self-indulgent and overlong and messy due to excessive improvisation. This Is the End earned a 79% and a 69/100 on review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, respectively, making it the best-reviewed mainstream comedy [...]

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.

Almost No One Recommends Seeing 'Grown Ups 2'

In some of the least shocking movie news of 2013, critics absolutely hate Adam Sandler's latest comedy, Grown Ups 2. The 2010 original wasn't exactly beloved, earning a 10 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 30 out of 100 on Metacritic. But it also earned $271 million at the international box office, making a sequel inevitable. So far, Grown Ups 2 isn't even living up to the low bar set by the original, with the current Rotten Tomatoes rank currently hovering at 7 percent, and a Metacritic score of only 20/100. Much of the venom is directed at the film's low-brow scatological humor and female objectification, as well the waste [...]