Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "Spear," "New World" Are OK, Not Great

by | January 19, 2006 | Comments

This week at the movies brings us three culture clashes: Native Americans and Europeans ("The New World"), the Waodani people of Ecuador and a group of missionaries ("End of the Spear"), and, uh, werewolves and vampires ("Underworld: Evolution"). What will the critics say?

Ever since the huge success of "The Passion of the Christ," Hollywood has been looking for movies for religious folks that will cross over to the non-devout as well. "End of the Spear" tells the tale of an Ecuadorian warrior who, by tribal tradition, adopts the family of a missionary he has killed. While some critics have praised the film’s visuals and redemptive message, others say the message is a little too ham-fisted. It’s currently at 58 percent on the Tomatometer.

Like the return of Halley’s Comet, director Terrence Malick‘s films are so rarely in theaters that it’s cause for celebration when they appear. With a career that began with the brilliant "Badlands," Malick is a master, but a reclusive one. His latest is "The New World," a meditative, evocative take on the Pocahontas/John Smith tale. The critics are pretty divided on this film; for some, it’s lyrical, visionary, and poetic, but for others it’s a slow, pretentious bore. At 58 percent on the Tomatometer, it’s well below Malick’s 79 percent career rating.

One of the main principles of Darwin’s theory is survival of the fittest. It appears the studio didn’t think "Underworld: Evolution" was all that fit, since it wasn’t screened for critics. (Or maybe it wasn’t a work of intelligent design, either. Just covering all the bases.)

Recent Colin Farrell Movies:
———————————-
71% — Intermission (2004)
14% — Alexander (2004)
49% — A Home at the End of the World (2004)
72% — Phone Booth (2003)
44% — The Recruit (2003)

Tag Cloud

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