Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Neighbors is Certified Fresh

Plus, Mom's Night Out is dull, and Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is duller.

by | May 9, 2014 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a battle between bros and parents (Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron), another trek down the yellow brick road (Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, with voice performances by Lea Michele and Dan Aykroyd), and a wild night on the town (Moms’ Night Out, starring Sarah Drew and Patricia Heaton). What do the critics have to say?



Neighbors

73%

Most frat comedies seem content to rip off Animal House, but occasionally a movie comes along that shows the keg isn’t completely tapped. The critics say Neighbors can get pretty gross at times, but it’s well-acted and often surprisingly insightful about the anxieties of growing older. Mac (Seth Rogan) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are a married couple with an infant child who think they’ve found the perfect home — that is, until a fraternity moves next door. Soon, our heroes are locked in battle with Teddy (Zac Efron), the frat’s president; hilarity ensues. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Neighbors has no shortage of lowbrow laughs, but the performers — particularly Byrne — make the characters relatable, and the result is both highly amusing and smarter than average. (Check out our video interview with the stars, as well as our gallery of the worst movie neighbors.)



Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

16%

The Wizard of Oz is just as dazzling today as it was 75 years ago, and the reasons why are clear: it looks terrific, it features great songs, and (most importantly) it’s got a great story. Critics say the inverse is true of the new animated film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return — with its dated visuals, so-so tunes, and meandering plot, this trip over the rainbow is unlikely to become a perennial family favorite. Shortly after returning to Kansas, Dorothy (voiced by Lea Michele) is whisked back to Oz to help pals old (Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man) and new (Wiser the Owl, Marshal Mallow, and China Princess) rescue Glinda the Good Witch from the evil Jester. The pundits say Legends of Oz is a less-than-magical affair that feels more suited to the cutout bin than the multiplex.



Moms’ Night Out

18%

This Mother’s Day, we hold these truths to be self-evident: that the hardworking moms of the world deserve some free time, and that moviegoers could use more female-centric comedies. So it’s unfortunate to report that critics find Moms’ Night Out to be predictable, uninspired, and seriously short on laughs. Stay-at-home mom Allyson (Sarah Drew) really needs to unwind, so she plans a night out with her BFFs. Naturally, everything goes haywire immediately, as the ladies get into trouble on the town while their husbands mostly fail to hold things together at home. The pundits say Moms’ Night Out earns a stray chuckle here and there, but it mostly feels more like a sitcom than a movie. (Check out star Patricia Heaton’s Five Favorite Films.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

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