Critics Consensus

10 Cloverfield Lane Is Certified Fresh

Plus, The Brothers Grimsby is an uneven spy spoof, and Underground is Certified Fresh.

by and | March 10, 2016 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a confused captive (10 Cloverfield Lane, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman), an unlikely spy (The Brothers Grimsby, starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong), seven-year-old Jesus (The Young Messiah, starring Adam Greaves-Neal and Sara Lazzaro), and a serial dater (The Perfect Match, starring Terrence J. Corwley and Cassie Ventura). What do the critics have to say?


10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 90%

We’ve learned to be cynical when it comes to sequels and spinoffs, but there are always exceptions, and 10 Cloverfield Lane looks like it might be a perfect example. Cut from a different corner of the same canvas that produced 2008’s Cloverfield, this J.J. Abrams-produced feature ignores its predecessor’s rampaging alien in favor of dispensing an altogether different type of thriller. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Michelle, a young woman who awakens after a catastrophe to find herself locked in a bunker with a doomsday prophet (John Goodman) who insists they’re in the last safe place on Earth. It’s a solid premise, and the critics say director Dan Trachtenberg (working from a script by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, and Damien Chazelle) makes the most of it, navigating the viewer through a tense, unpredictable maze of nail-biting twists and turns.


The Brothers Grimsby (2016) 38%

Sacha Baron Cohen’s method of confrontational performance-art comedy works brilliantly within the context of a mockumentary like Borat, but Cohen has struggled to find his footing on more traditional narrative ground. That tradition unfortunately continues with The Brothers Grimsby, which finds Cohen playing a dimwitted Englishman who sets out to reunite with his long-lost brother (Mark Strong) unaware that his younger sibling is a lethal spy — and one who’s on the run after being framed for a dastardly crime. While Cohen’s scatological silliness may resonate with hardcore fans (or viewers with an extreme fondness for low humor), most critics have dismissed Grimsby as a disjointed, uneven comedy whose eagerness to test the limits of decency ultimately creates a numbing effect.


The Young Messiah (2016) 47%

Most of us are quite familiar with stories of Jesus’ birth, his ministry, and his death and resurrection. But what happened during his childhood? It’s an intriguing premise, and though The Young Messiah doesn’t have a whole lot of reviews at press time, the critics who have seen it say it’s thoughtful, well-acted, and dramatically satisfying.


The Perfect Match (2016) 22%

The Perfect Match wasn’t screened for critics prior to its release in theaters. It’s a romantic comedy about a inveterate ladies man who meets a woman that makes him reconsider  his wanton ways. Time to guess the Tomatometer!


What’s Hot on TV

Underground: Season 1 (2016) 93%

Underground blends credible terror with enough compelling thrills to overcome the storyline’s occasional cliches.


Of Kings and Prophets: Season 1 (2015) 25%

Of Kings and Prophets tries to add a Game of Thrones-inspired spin to the Old Testament, but ends up an aimless muddle.


Damien: Season 1 (2016) 14%

Damien is a horror series in need of some horror — not to mention better writing and more interesting characters.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

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  • Eye In The Sky (2016) , starring Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul in a thriller about a military mission to capture a terrorist that escalates to dangerous levels, is at 93 percent
  • Marguerite (2016) , a French period drama about a well-to-do woman who with ambitions of becoming a famous singer despite a near-total lack of musical talent, is at 92 percent..
  • Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) , starring Sally Field and Max Greenfield in a drama about a woman who falls for a much younger man and starts hanging with a new crowd, is at 86 percent.
  • The Automatic Hate (2016) , starring Joseph Cross and Adelaide Clemens in a dramedy about a man who tries to reconnect with family members he never knew, is at 86 percent.
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  • Remember (2016) , starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau in a drama about two elderly Holocaust survivors involved in a plot to exact justice against Nazi fugitives, is at 66 percent.
  • Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) (2016) , starring Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson in a drama about an ordinary barber who becomes a suspect in a serial murder case, is at 64 percent.
  • Lolo (2016) , starring Julie Delpy in a romantic comedy about a woman whose potential new boyfriend must win over her teenage son, is at 59 percent.
  • Hyena Road (2016) , a Canadian war drama about men on different sides of the conflict in Afghanistan, is at 53 percent.
  • Me Him Her (2016) , starring Luke Bracey and Emily Meade  in a comedy about a guy who visits LA to support a friend and ends up in love with an unavailable woman, is at 40 percent.
  • A Haunting In Cawdor (2016)a horror film about a bedeviled attempt to mount a production of Macbeth, is at zero percent.
  • Dr.Malicious, MD

    Hmmm…I suspect that 10CFL doesn’t even take place in the same Cloverfield universe and is merely using that namesake in order to market this film. With that being said however, this film did get good reviews and does sound pretty intriguing. I just hope it isn’t as predictable as I think it may be…

    • Josh Leitzel

      JJ Abrams has already stated multiple times that it’s set in the same universe. It IS using the Cloverfield namesake to market itself because the idea is to create an anthology series out of the brand.

      • Dr.Malicious, MD

        I see…I did’t research this stuff so I didn’t know, but perhaps I should’ve before commenting. I stand (or in this case, sit) corrected.

        • Martin Bristow

          I salute you Sir; if only all forum commentators were as reasonable & unassuming as you the world would be a better place.

  • Alex Meyer

    I predict a grade of 10% for The Perfect Match.

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