Posts tagged as review roundup

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 [...]

'Admission' Review Roundup: Critics Like Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, Not Much Else

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 [...]

Review Roundup: 'This Is 40' Is Judd Apatow's Least Popular Film with Critics Yet

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 [...]

Review Roundup: 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' Is Too Much Friendship Seeking and Not Enough End of the World

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.

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 [...]

Review Roundup: Critics Don't Like 'The Internship' as Much as 'The Internship' Likes Google

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's second buddy comedy together, The Internship, hits theaters today, and it doesn't look like audiences are gonna love it as much as they did the pair's 2005 megahit Wedding Crashers – at least if the reviews are any indication. The Internship received low scores from major review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes (34%) and Metacritic (41/100), with the consensus amongst critics being that the movie is light on laughs and basically a two-hour commercial for Google. If you're waiting for a big summer comedy, you're better off waiting for Seth Rogen and company's This is The End, which comes out Wednesday and is drawing good [...]

Critics Don't Like 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' as Much as They Like Making Corny Jokes About Its Title

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, and Steve Buscemi as goofy magicians, hits theaters today, and it's one of the first big mainstream comedies of the year. Wonderstone isn't faring so well with critics, though, with every other movie reviewer making it a point to mention that the movie is "not incredible."

Wonderstone earned a 41% and a 44/100 on review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, respectively. Critics generally felt that Carell was miscast and that the film was somewhat amusing but not funny enough, with Boston Globe calling it "a lazy, underwritten imitation Will Ferrell movie." Many critics praised [...]

Review Roundup: 'Bachelorette' Is Definitely Darker than 'Bridesmaids', But Is it Better?

Regardless of the fact that Bachelorette was an off-Broadway play and a hot script well before Bridesmaids came out, the comparison is unfortunately unavoidable. Every single review seemed to be primarily hoping to contrast the two. Bachelorette is a good or bad movie insomuch that it's funnier or darker or more genuine or less genuine or grosser than Bridesmaids. Overall the reviews are split on the subject, resulting in a 49 on Metacritic and 50 on Rotten Tomatoes.

Review Roundup: "The Dictator' Has Some Moments But It's Not Enough

There were a lot of publicity stunts used to promote The Dictator, which made it apparent very early that people just didn't care that much about this movie. General Aladeen is not going to be the 2012's omnipresent Borat. And the lousy box office projections reflect this. The only thing that might have saved it was if it was so good that overwhelming critical fawning overshadowed all the negative opinion. So what did the critics have to say?

Just for some context, Borat was as much of critical smash as it was a box office one, garnering a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 89 on Metacritic. Bruno faired much [...]

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 [...]

Review Roundup: Critics Like 'Hangover III' Less than the First Two

The third and – as the posters promise – final installment in the The Hangover franchise was released to theaters today, and the reviews have been pretty harsh. As of this writing, the movie has a 25% rating on RottenTomatoes and a 32/100 on Metacritic, making it the worst-reviewed Hangover movie yet (the previous one earned a 34% and 44/100) and the worst-reviewed movie from director Todd Phillips yet.

The Hangover III doesn't copy the "What the hell did we do last night?" plotline from the original like Hangover II does, which is something critics have been complimenting the movie for while not enjoying the direction the story goes [...]

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy's 'Identity Thief' Disappoints Critics

The first big comedy of the year, Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy and directed by Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon, drops today, and reviews so far are overwhelmingly negative. Identity Thief, as of this writing, has received a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 41/100 Metacritic. Reviewers have come to a consensus that Bateman and McCarthy aren't the problems with the movie and that the laugh-light, undisciplined script is its greatest weakness. Critics have singled out Bateman and McCarthy's performance, in particular, making the two leads the only subjects of praise in the movie amongst critics. The Seattle Times sums it up, writing [...]

Review Roundup: 'Ted' Is Either Too Crass or Not Crass Enough/Too Sentimental or Not Sentimental Enough

Ted is not The King's Speech, it was never going to get across the board glowing reviews. If it wasn't polarizing, I imagine Seth MacFarlane would've been disappointed. So, not surprisingly the critical reception has been mixed – 59 on Metacritic and 67 on Rotten Tomatoes – meaning we might need to dig a bit deeper into what people are saying.

Mostly all reviews, positive and negative alike, agreed that fundamentally the film has one main joke, which as A.O. Scott wrote it in the New York Times: "A toy bear comes to life and turns out to have a filthy mouth and a taste for weed." Beyond [...]