Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "Domino" Topples, "Elizabethtown" Disappoints

by | October 13, 2005 | Comments

This week, the wide releases regale us with tales of beautiful bounty hunters ("Domino"), existential romance ("Elizabethtown"), and masses of deadly condensed water vapor ("The Fog"). Which films will connect with the critics?

The life of the late Domino Harvey would seem custom-made for a film. She was the daughter of a legendary actor (Laurence Harvey), she was supermodel-beautiful, and she worked as a bounty hunter. A story like that would make for a good movie, right? Well, according to the critics, that’s half correct: Tony Scott‘s "Domino," starring Keira Knightley, is certainly more a movie than a biography, but it’s also not terribly good. The scribes say it’s simply a slam-bang, senses-assaulting action flick that gives off little indication that its heroine was a real person. At 18 percent on the Tomatometer, this "Domino" is getting knocked over. It’s also the worst-reviewed film of Scott’s career.

When "Elizabethtown" was screened at the Toronto Film Festival, it didn’t get very good reviews. Director Cameron Crowe told audiences and critics that it was still a work in progress, that more cuts would be made. Well, the new version is now in theaters, and it isn’t faring much better, either. Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst star in this you-can-go-home-again romantic comedy about a man returning to his hometown in Kentucky for his father’s funeral. The critics say Crowe never establishes a coherent tone, and despite the cuts, it’s still overlong. At 29 percent on the Tomatometer, "Elizabethtown" may not be worth a visit.

In a development more ominous than dark clouds on the horizon, "The Fog," a remake of the John Carpenter classic starring Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, and Selma Blair, has not been screened for critics.

Recent Cameron Crowe Movies:
39% — Vanilla Sky (2001)
89% — Almost Famous (2000)
85% — Jerry Maguire (1996)
77% — Singles (1992)
100% — Say Anything (1989)

Recent Tony Scott Movies:
39% — Man on Fire (2004)
67% — Spy Game (2001)
71% — Enemy of the State (1998)
39% — The Fan (1996)
89% — Crimson Tide (1995)

Tag Cloud

American Society of Cinematographers USA Adult Swim Fall TV period drama green book psychological thriller historical drama blaxploitation IFC Films Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Infographic History dramedy Song of Ice and Fire YouTube Premium elevated horror Trivia Box Office Character Guide TIFF adventure Music Countdown ESPN Cannes TV RT21 game show WGN Martial Arts Pixar ITV toy story harry potter Walt Disney Pictures Interview Schedule Logo Christmas discovery cops Election Musicals docudrama sports VH1 diversity nature Apple politics sitcom VICE President YA Food Network Lionsgate Trailer facebook Marvel Video Games jamie lee curtis Amazon casting based on movie Freeform Film Festival DC Comics spider-man unscripted 21st Century Fox Sci-Fi Biopics MTV social media Dark Horse Comics BET Super Bowl GLAAD comiccon E3 psycho cinemax Sundance Now crime thriller animated NYCC Sony Pictures Teen mockumentary MCU CBS All Access Lucasfilm PBS Opinion SundanceTV cults CW Seed strong female leads Ovation Holidays DirecTV spy thriller Comics on TV Nominations Star Trek crossover DGA ABC Family 20th Century Fox CMT Awards Tour transformers MSNBC crime drama composers E! Certified Fresh Black Mirror Western war Writers Guild of America serial killer Comedy Central television FOX Universal 24 frames Comic Book romance Premiere Dates Syfy aliens Mystery Ghostbusters Amazon Prime Marathons teaser 007 Columbia Pictures Horror Acorn TV Star Wars 45 Mary poppins Shudder Spike X-Men Set visit Tarantino San Diego Comic-Con police drama TCA 2017 Winter TV Creative Arts Emmys dc spinoff medical drama Valentine's Day Rom-Com Year in Review crime Spectrum Originals Musical Showtime cooking doctor who Lifetime Nat Geo TBS witnail singing competition Starz zombies Disney ratings Esquire travel The Arrangement TCA GoT Action Drama Calendar zombie TCM ABC 2016 Chernobyl Country Disney Channel Superheroe Rocketman zero dark thirty Quiz TV Land Photos OWN Warner Bros. Netflix FXX richard e. Grant Sundance Fox News theme song science fiction IFC boxoffice Spring TV 2015 natural history Rock The Witch Winners Mudbound true crime disaster Grammys LGBT Best and Worst CBS biography TNT Chilling Adventures of Sabrina El Rey YouTube Red comic thriller Tumblr festivals 2019 streaming LGBTQ supernatural anthology First Look Captain marvel 2018 robots National Geographic Cosplay Emmys Red Carpet Stephen King Britbox Brie Larson justice league mutant See It Skip It Rocky miniseries CNN what to watch BBC cats finale space vampires NBC technology Mary Tyler Moore award winner Kids & Family The CW Sneak Peek hist Comedy HBO Hulu Pop Nickelodeon Heroines A&E Vudu Reality Competition Pet Sematary Animation GIFs Cartoon Network APB BBC America Crackle Epix Bravo USA Network RT History Anna Paquin Superheroes TruTV Watching Series Toys political drama Fantasy Ellie Kemper Paramount Mary Poppins Returns Mindy Kaling Tomatazos adaptation Extras FX Polls and Games golden globes Masterpiece DC Universe binge PaleyFest 2017 New York Comic Con Trophy Talk Pirates dragons Pride Month Thanksgiving Elton John SDCC AMC anime Shondaland talk show Oscars DC streaming service TLC Summer Awards Podcast Reality Paramount Network SXSW dceu sequel Women's History Month