Critics Weigh In: What Movie to See This Weekend? In other words, is 'The Interview' worth it or should you see 'Into the Woods' instead? By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Dec 26, 2014 11:33 AM CST 12 comments Comments In this image released by Disney Enterprises, Inc., Meryl Streep appears in a scene from "Into the Woods." (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises, Inc., Peter Mountain) (Newser) – Trying to decide which of the many new releases you should see this weekend? A smattering of critical thoughts on the biggest of them: The Interview: Now that it's available to watch, is it worth it? Well, it has a not-awful-but-also-not-great 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a similarly lukewarm score of 51 on Metacritic. Among the praise: It's "shocking and novel," "bluntly funny and ever-so-slightly sweet." But some critics warn that it "fails to live up to the hype" and is "bereft of satiric zing," with one warning, "The more desperately a comedy tries to be outrageous, the less likely it is to be outrageous—or even just funny." Into the Woods: The Disney adaptation of a well-loved Stephen Sondheim musical snags a much-healthier 71% on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a 71 on Metacritic. Critics call it "splendid," "satisfyingly dark," and a "jolly mash-up of symbol-laden, signature once-upon-a-time tales about lust, envy, greed, and misguided pursuits of happiness" with a "top-notch" cast. But not everyone loved it, and one critic warns that "some of the musical's superfans will feel shortchanged by the movie no matter what." Big Eyes: Tim Burton's biopic about a massive art fraud also garners a respectable 71% on Rotten Tomatoes and 62 on Metacritic. "The story is just so downright weird that the film can't help but be compelling," notes one critic; another calls it "the cinematic equivalent of a lava lamp." But others think it's "lifeless" or "never fully realized." Considering another? Also out this month are American Sniper (72%, 72), The Gambler (46%, 55), Selma (100%, 91), Annie (28%, 33), the latest Night at the Museum (48%, 47), and Bible epic Exodus (29%, 52). Click for reviews of this month's other big movies: Unbroken, the final Hobbit film, Inherent Vice, and Wild.