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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 »

What Critics Think of Hellboy

In short, not much. But audiences disagree

(Newser) - Audiences seem fond of Hellboy , giving the half-demon superhero's origin story a decent 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Movie critics, however, offer up a dismal 12% rating, wishing for a return of director Guillermo del Toro and star Ron Perlman of the first two Hellboy features. Here, Perlman is... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Shazam!

It's fun and funny, and the reviews are pretty strong

(Newser) - Shazam! indeed. The latest film in the DC Comics universe is a smash with critics, who are as taken with the acting as they are with the laughs. The movie currently has a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Four takes on David F. Sandberg's work, offering an origin... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Tim Burton's Dumbo

Disney reboot getting so-so ratings, though one critic likes that it's 'fascinatingly weird'

(Newser) - Dumbo the elephant flies high. Dumbo the movie not so much, according to a 53% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . But, of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Four takes on Tim Burton's live-action reboot of the 1941 Disney animated classic, set in the American... More »

Brie Larson Is 'Sublime' as Captain Marvel —but 'Too Late'?

21st Avengers film full of twists, humor

(Newser) - Marvel is out with its first Avengers movie based around a woman. Captain Marvel , opening on International Women's Day, stars Brie Larson as a warrior of the Kree civilization who, when suddenly deposited on Earth, must unlock the secrets of her past. The film from directors Anna Boden and... More »

'You Won't Believe Your Eyes' in They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson's documentary offers 'haunting' look at WWI

(Newser) - "Haunting," "heartbreaking," and "honest," are just a few words being used to describe They Shall Not Grow Old , Peter Jackson's documentary compiled from century-old World War I footage. For 21st-century audiences, Jackson adds 3D technology, color, and soldiers' voices to give the scenes... More »

Razzies Get Political This Year

Trump nominated twice, while Ferrell and Reilly's 'Holmes & Watson' gets 6

(Newser) - Anyone who follows movie reviews will probably not be surprised to learn that Holmes & Watson is among the movies leading the way in this year's Razzie nominations, the anti-Oscars given for worst performances. Critics savaged the Sherlock Holmes flick starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Raunchy puppet... More »

'Worst Movie of 2019! Boom! Try to Top That!'

Critics hate M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass,' but audiences seem to disagree

(Newser) - Audiences seem to like Glass , the finale to M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable horror series, giving it a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes —some consolation for the 35% rating from critics. They have little love for the follow-up to 2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split , which brings together... More »

What Critics Are Saying About the RBG Movie

'On the Basis of Sex' too formulaic for some

(Newser) - Felicity Jones is the Notorious RBG in On the Basis of Sex , a Mimi Leder-directed release recounting Ruth Bader Ginsberg's push for gender equality during the early part of her law career. Though the film—written by Ginsburg's own nephew, Daniel Stiepleman—has a decent 71% critic rating... More »

Stan & Ollie Is Terrific, Thanks to Its Stars

Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly are 'dynamite'

(Newser) - Forget Will Ferrell. John C. Reilly has a new comedy partner in Jon S. Baird's Stan & Ollie , which tells of the prickly relationship between legendary comedy duo Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Hardy (Reilly) during a 1953 British tour. Critics are raving—and helping Reilly save face —giving... More »

5 of the Worst Critic Slams of Holmes and Watson

Critics hate the latest from Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and audiences mostly agree

(Newser) - One of the movies that opened on Christmas was Holmes and Watson , featuring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as the famous detective duo. Can't miss, right? It can, and it did. The movie has a mere 6% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes , and audiences were more forgiving,... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins

She's 'practically perfect,' says one, a common sentiment

(Newser) - It couldn't have been easy filling Julie Andrews' shoes, especially the pair that toe-tapped through 1964's Mary Poppins. Emily Blunt makes it look easy anyway, according to critics, who've given Rob Marshall's Mary Poppins Returns a 77% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Lin-Manuel Miranda also stars in... More »

Welcome the 'Best Comic Book Movie Made to Date'

Animated 'Spider-Man' is gorgeous and funny, say critics

(Newser) - Your favorite web-whipping superhero is back in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , the Sony Pictures animated release introducing a new boy behind the mask, other "Spider-People," and an overall theme of inclusivity into the mix. It seems to have gone over well, considering it has a 98% rating from... More »

History Isn't Boring in Mary Queen of Scots

Saoirse Ronan gives 'commanding' performance as Mary Stuart

(Newser) - History paints them as fierce rivals. Mary Queen of Scots paints Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) and her cousin, Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), as frenemies hobbled by the cruelty of men in a conflict that comes to threaten Elizabeth's crown. Four takes on the film, which carries a 74%... More »

Mowgli Might 'Scare the Crap Out of the Kiddies'

Some critics think it's a little dark for children

(Newser) - Originally slated to compete with Disney's The Jungle Book in 2016, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle joins Netflix's extensive library on Dec. 7 following a limited release this weekend. The change comes after the film's sale by Warner Bros, which ultimately decided against a major release—and... More »

Emotional Creed II Wins Critics

It's good, but perhaps not as good as 'Creed'

(Newser) - "I wanna rewrite history." So says Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) in Steven Caple Jr.'s Creed II , in which the boxer faces a challenge from the son of the man who killed his father, Apollo Creed, in Rocky IV. Good thing he has Rocky Balboa (Sylvester... More »

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