Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Princess, Invictus Are Certified Fresh

Plus, A Single Man is a catch, but The Lovely Bones isn’t all that pretty.

by | December 10, 2009 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a Southern-fried fairy tale (The Princess and the Frog, with voice work Anika Noni Rose and Keith David) and inspiration through rugby (Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon). What do the critics have to say?



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1196003[/tomatometer]

The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog has gotten plenty of notice for two reasons: it marks Disney’s return to traditional cel animation, and it features an African American heroine. However, critics say that it’s also a rousing, heart-warming, and likable (though somewhat predictable) movie that works on its own with or without the curiosity factor. Set in 1930s New Orleans, the film follows Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose), a beautiful aspiring chef who’s turned into a frog after succumbing to a nefarious spell by Doctor Facilier (Keith David), a voodoo magician. Will Tiana return to human form? Will she be able to rescue the handsome prince? The pundits say The Princess and the Frog is hardly groundbreaking, but it has enough energy, catchy tunes, and excitement to render most objections moot. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down David’s best-reviewed work.)



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1207475[/tomatometer]

Invictus

Sure, Invictus is yet another inspirational sports film, but critics say Clint Eastwood‘s drama about how sports helped heal South Africa is a strong, well-crafted entry in the genre. Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela, who, in the tense heady days after the end of Apartheid, was looking for a national symbol of unity. He found one in the South African rugby team, captained by Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), who face long odds in the World Cup. The pundits say that Invictus is sometimes too stately and glosses over some of the complexities of the times, but excellent work from Freeman and Damon, as well as a typically assured hand from Eastwood and exciting game footage more than compensate. (Check out The Great Directors: Clint Eastwood for an overview of the star’s work behind the camera.).


Also opening this week in limited release:

Finally, props to Critic Alex Hagani and Alejandro R. for correctly guessing Armored‘s 44 percent Tomatometer, and to Alejandro P. and hatingvindiesel for pinpointing the fact that Transylmania would get a big goose egg.

Tag Cloud

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