With three big releases hitting theaters today, there’s no shortage of options at the box-office. Unfortunately, of those three releases, only one is getting anything approaching positive reviews. I hope you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy, because if you’re not, be prepared to watch a less than stellar film.
So, what’s playing this weekend?
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Steve Carell stars as a man in his 40’s who is blindsided by a divorce. Sounds romantic.
The film also stars Emma Stone, which makes it instantly more appealing.
Constructed with such professionalism and inhabited by such warm characters that even its cliche moments are easily forgiven…
John Beifuss – Commercial Appeal
Crazy, Stupid, Phony
James Verniere – Boston Herald
I’m not big fan
of romantic comedies
, but if you are forced to see one, you can do a lot worse that this. It’s currently pulling in 74% at Rotten Tomatoes
. Add Emma Stone
‘s ass (or eyes) to the mix, and you’ve got an exteremly watchable film.
The Smurfs are back, and they’re better than ever. And by better, I mean much, much worse.
Honestly, did you really think this was going to be any good?
Adorable and annoying, patently unnecessary yet kinda sweet, it’s a calculated commercial enterprise with little soul but an appreciable amount of heart.
Justin Chang – Variety
I wouldn’t smurf Gosnell’s ‘The Smurfs‘ on my smurfiest enemy.
Sean O’Connell – Washington Post
If the idea of the Smurfs traveling to the real world appeals to you, by all means, check out this film. If you are parents forced to sit through this dreck, my sympathies.
Cowboys & Aliens
In case you have trouble taking things literally, this film is about a group of cowboys who encounter a group of space aliens, just like the title implies.
Any film with both James Bond and Han Solo can’t be all bad, right? Wrong.
Alien-invasion aficionados should be pleased. Western nostalgists may be pleasantly surprised. Fans of cowboys-versus-aliens movies, well, it’s been a long wait and here’s your movie.
Michael Phillips – Chicago Tribune
The mash-up on cowboys and aliens doesn’t do either camp any favors. How are we supposed to work up a rooting interest when both sides are shooting blanks?
Peter Travers – Rolling Stone
With a 44% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, Cowboys and Aliens
doesn’t seem to be impressing a whole lot of critics. You’re probably better off re-watching Blade Runner
or Casino Royale
than you are plunking down $12 to see this mess.