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 [...]
Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, is this week's big new comedy – unless a movie Rob Schneider and the ShamWow guy made together called inAPPropriate Comedy turns out to be much better than it sounds. While the reviews for Admission are faring a lot better than those for inAPPropriate Comedy, they're still pretty mixed. Review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic gave Admission 46% and 49%, respectively, with most critics praising Tina Fey and Paul Rudd while sleighting everything else about the movie.
Directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy, Little Fockers) and based on the book of the same name by Jean Hanff [...]
This Is 40, Judd Apatow's fourth film as a director, hits theaters today, and it's receiving mixed reaction from critics and proving less popular with reviewers than anything he's directed so far. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie scored a 52%, compared to 68, 90, and 86 for Funny People, Knocked Up, and The 40 Year-Old Virgin, respectively. On Rotten Tomatoes's less popular little brother Metacritic, it received a 58/100, compared to 60, 85, and 73 for those three same films. Despite the middling marks from critics, This Is 40 is still doing much better than your average big studio comedy in 2012 and has been receiving praise from [...]
The ads for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World promised two things: 1) A cameo-filled darkly comedic look at the apocalypse and 2) A beach cuddling, manic-pixie comedic romance. It surely made for a fun trailer but what have the reviews been saying?
They're mixed albeit generally fairly positive, coming in at 55% on Rotten Tomatoes and 60 on Metacritic. What it comes down to is almost every critic was onboard for the first promise but differed in opinion over the believability and viability of the second.
The reviews for the David Wain-directed, Paul Rudd-starring Wanderlust are here, and they're…disappointing. The story of two type-A New Yorkers learning to live in a hippie commune has a 55% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and most reviewers seem to feel that it's too heavy on improv and light on humor.
"Most of the funniest bits of this film already are in the commercials and the trailer," complains Marshall Fine of the Huffington Post. "[F]or every few jokes that hit…one sputters and dies," agrees the New York Times' Manohla Dargis. Roger Moore of the Chicago Tribune railed against the film as "a random, tedious and [...]