This weekend, Harry Potter seems to be the only thing the movie going public gives a damn about. And given the fact that Deathly Hallows: Part II marks the end of a franchise ten years in the making, it’s easy to see why. But if you’re not in the mood for wizards and (Emma) Watson, there are a few other choices, including the children’s classic, Winnie the Pooh. And as an added bonus, if you do choose to see something besides Potter, you’ll probably have the whole theater to yourself.
When you save the best for last, it makes sense to save the worst for first.
Salvation Boulevard isn’t groundbreaking or even consistently funny, but it is mildly inventive and the absurdities of its characters are tender and recognizably human. Best of all, we’re encouraged to laugh with them rather than at them.
Mark Holcomb – Village Voice
It’s a stupid farrago of aborted ideas, misguided actors, lame direction, submental writing and follow-the-dots plotting that never comes anywhere within a 10-mile radius of what I used to call coherent filmmaking.
Rex Reed – The New York Observer
The fact that Rex Reed hates a film usually means it’s at least watchable. But unfortunately, this time it looks like he’s part of the general consensus. Despite it’s more than respectable cast, Salvation Boulevard is falling flat, leaving 90% of critics unimpressed. Don’t be a hero. Go see Harry Potter with everyone else.
This classic children’s tale is back in an all new Disney animated film.
But how does Pooh hold up in the age of Pixar?
Disney doesn’t offer much here that it hasn’t done as well before.
Liam Lacey – Globe and Mail
Clearly, Liam Lacey has no soul. With 90% of film critics agreeing that Pooh is a pleasing children’s film, fans young and old should not hesitate to give it a look. It’s a shame that it’s coming out the same weekend as Harry Potter. Hopefully it will get some spill over when Deathly Hallows sells out.
It’s the end of an era for Harry Potter films.
A movie with no beginning and no middle but two-plus hours of thundering, momentous ending…
Andrew O’Hehir – Salon.com
Now that the Harry Potter series is over, maybe the truth can be realized: This has been the dullest franchise in the history of movie franchises.
Armond White – New York Press
With a staggering 97% of critics in agreement that Deathly Hallows: Part II is worth checking out, who am I to disagree? Unless your opinions are normally in line with Armond White, you’ll probably find this film to be a satisfying conclusion.