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We Built You Up, Paddington 2, Only to Tear You Down

Movie that knocked 'Citizen Kane' out of top spot on Rotten Tomatoes gets its first negative review

(Newser) - A bit of redemption this week for Citizen Kane and bad news for its most recent foe, at least according to Rotten Tomatoes. The 1941 classic had claimed the honor of best-reviewed film on the movie review site until April, when a lone bad review emerged, marring its 100% critics...

This Is &#39;Everything You Want a Summer Horror Movie to Be&#39;
Brace Yourself for 
A Quiet Place Part II

Brace Yourself for A Quiet Place Part II

It 'never lets up,' according to one critic

(Newser) - Writer-director John Krasinski's followup to 2018's "masterful" A Quiet Place arrives in theaters only on Friday, ahead of an expected streaming release this summer, and critics are raving once again. The movie has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Apart from the first scene, which serves as...

What Critics Think of New Michael B. Jordan Movie
What Critics Think of New
Tom Clancy Movie
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What Critics Think of New Tom Clancy Movie

'Without Remorse' isn't getting much praise, but star Michael B. Jordan is

(Newser) - Michael B. Jordan is great in the starring role in Without Remorse , a Tom Clancy thriller directed by Stefano Sollima. The movie itself? Not so much. Those are two common themes from reviewers of the Amazon flick, which is getting a lackluster 45% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Some snippets:...

Paddington 2 Knocks Citizen Kane Off Top Spot

It's now best-reviewed film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - Is Citizen Kane overrated? A movie reviewer at the Chicago Tribune thought so 80 years ago—and that recently unearthed negative review has knocked Orson Welles' masterpiece off its perch as the best-reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes , reports Vanity Fair . That honor now goes to Paddington 2,...

Critics on Godzilla vs. Kong : &#39;Stupid,&#39; but Beautiful
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About Godzilla vs. Kong

What Critics Are Saying About Godzilla vs. Kong

It's 'stupid' but 'awe-inducing'

(Newser) - You'd think you could sum up the plot of Godzilla vs. Kong based on the title itself. But there's a lot more stuffed in to this sequel to 2017's Kong: Skull Island and 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, from secrets held at the center of...

They Should've Been Enemies. Instead, a Cold War 'Bromance'

'The Courier' tells of unlikely spy's real-life drama

(Newser) - Benedict Cumberbatch stars as an English salesman recruited by British and US intelligence services to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War in The Courier , based on the true story of one Greville Wynne. Out Friday, the film—which aired at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival under the...

Coming 2 America Is a Throwback, With &#39;No Apology&#39;
What Critics Are Saying
About Coming 2 America

What Critics Are Saying About Coming 2 America

'It feels like a feature-length Easter egg in search of a movie'

(Newser) - Zamunda's Prince Akeem returns to Queens, New York, this time in search of an illegitimate son in Coming 2 America , the follow-up to Eddie Murphy's 1988 cult classic Coming to America. Does it live up to its predecessor? Not according to the 51% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes...

You&#39;ve Never Seen Dementia Depicted Like This
Anthony Hopkins
Astounds in New Role

Anthony Hopkins Astounds in New Role

'The Father,' also with Olivia Colman, is called a riveting look at dementia

(Newser) - French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller may be a first-time filmmaker, but he appears to have the skills of a seasoned pro. His debut feature, The Father —adapted from his award-winning 2012 play of the same name—has a 100% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 85 reviews....

Watching Nomadland Is &#39;Like Discovering a New Country&#39;
Critics on Nomadland:
'This Film Is a Small Miracle'

Critics on Nomadland: 'This Film Is a Small Miracle'

Frances McDormand shines in this 'ecstatic hymn to the ties that bind us'

(Newser) - A widow takes to the open road in the wake of the Great Recession in Nomadland , the Golden Globe-nominated film considered a frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar. In case that's not enough of an indication of how critics are receiving it, the film streaming Friday on Hulu—based...

What Critics Are Saying About Sia's Controversial New Film

'Music,' about a teen girl on the autism spectrum, is getting widely panned

(Newser) - It's been a tumultuous few months for Sia Furler, whose new film, Music, officially comes out Friday amid a good amount of controversy. Furler's directorial debut—about a newly sober drug dealer named Zu (played by Kate Hudson) who suddenly finds herself the caretaker of her teen half-sister...

The Dig &#39;s Carey Mulligan Should Be Happier With These Reviews
The Dig Pays Respect to
Incredible Real-Life Discovery

The Dig Pays Respect to Incredible Real-Life Discovery

Carey Mulligan earns praise as widow overseeing 1939 archaeological dig

(Newser) - In The Dig , an English widow recruits an amateur archaeologist to dig up mysterious mounds on her rural property in Suffolk, suspecting something is buried within. What the pair uncover turns out to be one of the most stunning archaeological finds of the 20th century. Streaming Friday on Netflix, the...

Actress 'Couldn't Believe' the Review She Got. It Wasn't Good

Carey Mulligan speaks out against 'Variety' film review criticizing her looks

(Newser) - Carey Mulligan was participating in a video series for Variety this week when she took the opportunity to call out the magazine itself. The actress suggested a review of her new movie, Promising Young Woman , published as the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival a year ago, was evidence...

Wonder Woman Evokes Another Superhero
Wonder Woman
Evokes Another

Wonder Woman Evokes Another Superhero

Installment set in 1984 is a slight step back but still fun, Brian Truitt writes

(Newser) - The latest Wonder Woman film is a more lighthearted, campy version, Brian Truitt writes in USA Today , possibly because the Reagan years in Washington weren't quite as intense as the depths of World War I. But the franchise isn't at the height of its powers, he says, finding...

Bestselling Book Makes for an 'Almost Laughably Bad' Movie

Critics pan Ron Howard's 'Hillbilly Elegy' as out of touch

(Newser) - Hillbilly Elegy, the bestselling memoir from JD Vance about the struggles of poor white communities, was heralded as a must-read for understanding the political divide in America upon its release in 2016. Hillbilly Elegy, the new movie adaptation from Netflix, written by The Shape of Water's Vanessa Taylor and...

It&#39;s Hard Not to Like Bill &amp; Ted
It's Hard Not to Like Bill & Ted

It's Hard Not to Like Bill & Ted

There's a 'sneaky amiability' to this silly sequel, says one critic

(Newser) - Bill & Ted Face the Music might not be an excellent adventure, but it's up there. Critics give the reunion of stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter (and original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon) an 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . In this sequel from director Dean Parisot, middle-aged...

What Critics Say About Ethan Hawke&#39;s Tesla
What Critics Say About
Ethan Hawke's Tesla
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What Critics Say About Ethan Hawke's Tesla

It's a 'brilliantly internalized performance,' says one

(Newser) - Before there was Tesla the company, there was Tesla the man. Nikola Tesla, to be precise, and a new film—called Tesla—about the pioneering scientist is generally drawing praise for Ethan Hawke's portrayal. See the trailer . The overall score on Rotten Tomatoes is 59%. Examples of what critics...

It&#39;s Rogen vs. Rogen&mdash; and We Have Our Winner
What Critics Are Saying 
About Seth Rogen's Movie

What Critics Are Saying About Seth Rogen's Movie

The star impresses in 'American Pickle,' the film less so

(Newser) - Seth Rogen is on double duty in An American Pickle , a tale of family and heritage from first-time director Brandon Trost and writer Simon Rich, on whose short story the film is based. Premiering on HBO Max, it follows an early 20th-century Polish-Jewish immigrant and pickle-factory employee who falls into...

Greyhound Stays Afloat, Even on the Small Screen
What Critics Think About
the New Tom Hanks Film

What Critics Think About the New Tom Hanks Film

WWII movie 'Greyhound' is getting decent reviews

(Newser) - Tom Hanks sure was busy with Greyhound , the WWII drama about a rookie captain in charge of a convoy of Allied supply ships who battles hordes of Nazi U-boats in his first crossing of the North Atlantic. Hanks stars as Capt. Ernest Krause, but he also produced and wrote the...

Jon Stewart&#39;s New Film Takes a Beating
Jon Stewart's New
Film Takes a Beating

Jon Stewart's New Film Takes a Beating

One reviewer likens it to 'a stale corn chip trampled into Party-convention carpeting'

(Newser) - Steve Carrell plays a Democratic political consultant hoping to recruit a widowed farmer and retired Marine to run for office in rural Wisconsin in the aftermath of the 2016 election in Jon Stewart's new political satire Irresistible . But the second feature from the writer-director isn't nearly as well-received...

5 of the Worst Slams Against Artemis Fowl
5 of the Worst Slams
Against Artemis Fowl

5 of the Worst Slams Against Artemis Fowl

'Nothing to see here'

(Newser) - Disney's Artemis Fowl might've kicked off a franchise had the film adaptation of the first two books of Eoin Colfer's children's fantasy series been at all well-received. Instead, the big-budget movie about a 12-year-old son of a criminal mastermind with a lot of secrets has a...

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