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
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."

Click for reviews of this month's other big movies: Unbroken, the final Hobbit film, Inherent Vice, and Wild.