Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "Invincible," "Worms" Score; "Idlewild," "Beerfest" Mixed

by | August 24, 2006 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got four underdog stories. An average Joe tries to play pro football ("Invincible," starring Mark Wahlberg), the new kid in school tries to ward off bullies by consuming soft-bodied invertebrates ("How to Eat Fried Worms"), a ragtag bunch tries to win an international keg-tapping contest ("Beerfest," starring Broken Lizard), and two struggling 1930s musicians try for a big break ("Idlewild," starring Outkast). What do the critics have to say?

Pity the poor Philly football fan. Despite some recent success, the Eagles haven’t had a championship season since 1960. I’ll bet a lot of residents of the City of Brotherly Love think they could do better themselves. Well, "Invincible" tells the true story of a guy who felt that way… and was right. Mark Wahlberg stars as an over-the-hill substitute teacher and bartender who shows up at an open tryout and wows coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear) with his speed and skills despite never playing ball in college. The critics say what could have been another clichéd sports drama is elevated by strong performances by Wahlberg and Kinnear, as well as a palpable sense of time and place. "Invincible" is at 74 percent on the Tomatometer.


"I am a star. I’m a star, I’m a star, I’m a star. I am a big, bright, shining star."

Despite a title that conjures images of a pre-teen "Fear Factor," the critics say "How to Eat Fried Worms" is actually quite tame — or quaint — compared with much of contemporary family fare. Although its youthful cast contribute solid performances, the critics say "Worms" doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by the classic children’s book of the same name. Still, they also say the film is good-natured fun for the kids. At 61 percent on the Tomatometer, "Worms" is a reasonably appetizing item on the cinematic menu.


Well, in France they eat snails….

Those Broken Lizard folks are at it again, with another gleefully juvenile movie that should appeal to their cult audience while confounding the critics. Sort of like "Dodgeball" for the pub set, "Beerfest" tells the tale of a group of misfits who take on the world in an international beer drinking contest. While critics concede that there are more than a few moments of boozy, tasteless fun, they also say the film, at 111 minutes, is a little too hit and miss to justify its running time. At 51 percent on the Tomatometer, "Beerfest" is a little too sudsy. Still, it’s the best reviewed Broken Lizard film, beating "Super Troopers," which scored 36 percent.


"Beerfest": More subtle, sophisticated humor from Broken Lizard

Ain’t nobody dope as Outkast — in the studio. The silver screen may be a different matter. Big Boi and Andre 3000 bring their Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik to a story set in the Depression era south in "Idlewild." Critics say that with the musical scenes, the cast are the type of people make the club get crunk. But, ah ha, what’s that fuss, then? Well, the scribes say there’s too little of Outkast’s power music electric revival, and the plot gets bogged down in clichés. At 52 percent on the Tomatometer, critics don’t love the way "Idlewild" moves — but don’t hate it either.


"Idlewild": "Crocodile on my feet/ Fox fur on my back/ Bowtie ’round my neck/ That’s why they call me the gangsta mack/ In the Cadillac."

Also in theaters this week in limited release: "Old Joy," an exploration of friendship starring indie darling Will Oldham, is at 100 percent; "LOL," a no-budget tale of hipsters and technology, is at 100 percent; "Princesas," a story of friendship between prostitutes in Madrid, is at 70 percent; "Rolling Family," sort of like an Argentine "Little Miss Sunshine," is at 63 percent; the Spanish sex comedy "Queens" is at 57 percent; and the Elisha Cuthbert/ Camilla Belle psychological thriller "The Quiet" is at 27 percent.

Recent Mark Wahlberg Movies:
————————————–
52% — Four Brothers (2005)
60% — I Heart Huckabees (2004)
73% — The Italian Job (2003)
33% — The Truth about Charlie (2002)
52% — Rock Star (2001)

Recent Big Boi and Andre 3000 Movies:
—————————————————
62% — ATL (2006)
52% — Four Brothers (2005)
29% — Be Cool (2005)

Tag Cloud

Dark Horse Comics Disney zombie Ghostbusters Comic Book CBS All Access Lionsgate President Superheroes Comedy RT History Set visit Sneak Peek IFC Rom-Com AMC Character Guide First Look discovery 2017 travel Biopics Reality Competition Disney Channel USA LGBTQ TIFF Awards YA TLC political drama Horror Best and Worst Winter TV Universal Bravo harry potter Super Bowl Toys Warner Bros. Podcast Red Carpet VICE Pop Fox News TCA 2017 Crackle crime Starz Amazon 2016 docudrama Musical Pirates serial killer BBC America technology Netflix Lifetime ABC Infographic science fiction police drama dramedy Polls and Games TNT Holidays Certified Fresh Reality VH1 TCA Logo Calendar Star Trek transformers GoT SundanceTV Sundance E! Thanksgiving Valentine's Day TruTV Mystery Freeform Oscars Masterpiece 2015 PBS Spring TV politics Marathons HBO Grammys FX Countdown crime thriller boxoffice Opinion Syfy aliens ABC Family crime drama Fall TV 24 frames singing competition Teen SDCC TV Kids & Family Interview DC Universe adventure cops cooking Ellie Kemper BBC diversity Extras Trailer period drama Martial Arts Hulu Video Games sports Watching Series cinemax E3 supernatural Action MTV Musicals Star Wars biography Showtime FXX Adult Swim DirecTV thriller ITV CMT PaleyFest Food Network Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Box Office Summer based on movie comiccon Rock historical drama BET Winners Photos ESPN Drama Schedule American Society of Cinematographers X-Men war History GIFs Esquire TBS talk show 45 A&E Trivia Fantasy El Rey Nat Geo Emmys vampires Nickelodeon Rocky Country Tumblr Tomatazos CNN The CW TV Land The Arrangement Election TCM social media sitcom Premiere Dates Cosplay APB CBS Year in Review cats MSNBC DC Comics FOX GLAAD Cartoon Network Writers Guild of America Sci-Fi Mary Tyler Moore Mindy Kaling Marvel composers psycho Animation NYCC WGN Comedy Central Nominations Paramount Music OWN NBC 007