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What Critics Are Saying About Joker

Film is unoriginal, though its star impresses

(Newser) - Before its Friday release date, Todd Phillips' Joker took home the the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. It also took a lot of flak from people who feared the origin story of a comic book antihero would glorify angry loners . With the curtain now pulled, critics are offering... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Downton Abbey

They like it, and fans like it even more

(Newser) - Downton Abbey fans waiting for the movie to drop probably wouldn't stay away even if the reviews were bad. Now that it's officially released, they'll be happy to know that the reviews are rock solid—the movie has an 84% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Not surprisingly,... More »

What the Critics Are Saying About Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu getting lots of praise

(Newser) - The female-centric crime movie The Kitchen bombed with critics . Not so Hustlers , starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu as strippers who set out to rip off their rich clientele. The film has a 90% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes , with both the cast—plus writer/director Lorene Scafaria—and the story... More »

What Critics Are Saying About It Chapter Two

It's long, messy, and will 'totally freak you out'

(Newser) - Chaos and red balloons again descend on Derry, Maine, in the closing chapter on the film adaption of Stephen King's It. Set 27 years after the conclusion of part one , Andy Muschietti's It Chapter Two —with a 67% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes —returns to... More »

What the Critics Think About Good Boys

R-rated flick manages to be both sweet and funny

(Newser) - A trio of innocent sixth-graders (Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon) have a lot to learn before they attend their first kissing party in Good Boys . The R-rated flick from writers of The Office, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky—the latter also directing—and producers Seth Rogen and Evan... More »

Critics Really Do Not Like The Kitchen

Manohla Dargis calls it 'an offense against feminism'

(Newser) - When their mobster husbands are sent to prison, three wives (Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss) must find a way to make ends meet—even if it means taking on the mafia—in The Kitchen . Don't worry if you can't take the heat. There isn't much of... More »

Here's What Critics Are Saying About Furious Spinoff

Like stupid movies? You just might like 'Hobbs & Shaw'

(Newser) - "We're gonna need cars and guns." What else would you expect from the first Fast & Furious spinoff? Behind the wheel of David Leitch's Hobbs & Shaw are Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs) and Jason Statham (Shaw), who first did battle in 2015's Furious 7 . Here, the... More »

What Critics Think About Tarantino's Latest

'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' is getting mostly strong reviews, as is DiCaprio

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino plays revisionist history in his supposedly penultimate feature, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood , which has an impressive 89% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Set over three days in 1969, the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino puts a fairy-tale spin on... More »

'What's the Point?': 4 Takes on The Lion King

Some critics left disappointed with lack of originality

(Newser) - It's finally here and, apparently, fails to measure up. Disney's photorealistic remake of The Lion King —with Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa (as in 1994), Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar—has just... More »

'I Laughed More Than I Winced'

Don't expect too much from 'Stuber,' and you'll be fine

(Newser) - A detective walks out of Lasik eye surgery and into a tip on a murderous drug dealer, forcing him to get an Uber driven by a guy named Stu. So begins Michael Dowse's Stuber , which has a 46% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . The good and bad:
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What Critics Are Saying About the New Spider-Man

Reviews are strong for move and star Tom Holland

(Newser) - The new Spider-Man is out, and both the movie ( Far From Home ) and its star, Brit Tom Holland, are getting strong reviews. (That's also true for Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio.) The premise is that Peter Parker goes to Europe with friends, hoping to get a vacation... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Yesterday

It's decent, but they fault its 'cheap gags' and 'romantic apex'

(Newser) - Hit by a bus during a worldwide blackout, a struggling singer-songwriter awakes to a world in which the Beatles never existed and so steals the band’s material for his own. That’s the premise of Yesterday , which has audiences dancing. They give the film a 91% rating on Rotten... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Toy Story 4

It's got a 98% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - Cowboy doll Woody tries to wrangle a handmade toy in the midst of an existential crisis in Toy Story 4 , which takes a deep dive into how society shapes us. The first feature film from director Josh Cooley, it has a 98% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes , though several... More »

What Critics Think About Mindy Kaling's Movie

'Late Night' shines spotlight on 'tangled ideologies of modern feminism'

(Newser) - Office alum Mindy Kaling pulls from personal experience in her script for Late Night , the story of TV host Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson), whose world is rocked by a "diversity hire" on the writing staff—Kaling's Molly Patel. The flick has a 77% rating from critics on Rotten... More »

The Elton John Biopic Is Out. What Critics Are Saying

Most are impressed as Taron Egerton channels the singer in 'Rocketman'

(Newser) - Anyone familiar with Elton John's five-decade-spanning career should expect a wild ride in Rocketman . That's exactly what director Dexter Fletcher delivers, according to critics, who've given the film a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Most are applauding star Taron Egerton, whose own voice you'll hear throughout.... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Booksmart

Everybody loves it

(Newser) - It's not often you see a Rotten Tomatoes critics score as high as 99%. But that's exactly what Olivia Wilde has achieved with her feature directorial debut, Booksmart . The R-rated film tells of brainiac best friends Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), who attempt to cram four... More »

Who Knew a 'Festival of Death' Could Be So Beautiful?

John Wick 3 'elevates violent action to an art form'

(Newser) - At one point, John Wick uses both a gun and a massive sword to fend off a gang of attackers while on a speeding motorcycle—a slight upgrade from the horse he was previously riding. You should expect nothing less from Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum... More »

4 Killer Slams of New Anne Hathaway Movie

'It's hard not to wonder why they've made it at all'

(Newser) - Chris Addison impressed in directing numerous episodes of Veep. Not so in his feature film directorial debut, The Hustle , facing an abysmal 16% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as rival con artists in a gender-switch remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, itself... More »

Long Shot Isn't Your Typical Rom-Com

Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron getting good reviews in rom-com

(Newser) - A firebrand journalist bumps into his former babysitter, the US secretary of state and a soon-to-be presidential candidate, to kick off Jonathan Levine's Long Shot . The romantic comedy is not at all a long shot with critics, who give the film starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen a solid... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Avengers Finale

It's 'the most fulfilling' Marvel flick yet, according to one

(Newser) - How do superheroes bounce back after seeing half of the universe's creatures destroyed? With a focus on family, and a much needed dose of humor, according to critics, who give Avengers: Endgame a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Set five years after the events of 2018's Infinity War... More »

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