Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "Harry Potter," "Walk the Line" Both Certified Fre

by | November 17, 2005 | Comments

This week’s wide releases find us within both a goblet and a burnin’ ring of fire. We’ve got legends, both fantastic ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") and musical (the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line"). Will these heavily anticipated films generate warmth, or be scorched by the critics?

As the Harry Potter series progresses, the decision to cast actors who would literally grow into their roles is paying bigger dividends each time out; it’s becoming the fantasy equivalent of the "Up" documentaries. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth installment, is complete with the sorcery and effects that marked the earlier films, but this time, critics say, it generates the most drama and excitement when it focuses on the characters’ (achingly real) adolescent pains. At 87 percent on the Tomatometer, this "Goblet" is on fire, so hot, in fact, that it’s Certified Fresh. It’s only slightly below the best reviewed film of the series, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," which scored a lofty 89 percent. And it’s the second best-reviewed wide release of the year, behind only "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" (Tomatometer: 95 percent).

There aren’t a lot of people who had both the Rev. Billy Graham and Glenn Danzig in their rolodexes. But there weren’t a lot of people like Johnny Cash, whose polarities are explored in "Walk the Line," starring Joaquin Phoenix as the young Man in Black, and Reese Witherspoon as his wife and musical partner June Carter Cash. Critics say this one’s hotter than a pepper sprout, with great musical and thespian performances, and while "Walk the Line" may fall prey to many of the problems that plague movie biopics, you won’t cry, cry, cry about it in a film this well acted. How high’s the Tomatometer, mama? Seventy-eight percent, and while the wheat and the oats may be a washout, "Walk the Line’s" crop is Certified Fresh.

Harry Potter Movies:
89% — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
82% — Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
78% — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

Recent Biopics:
92% — Capote (2005)
89% — The Aviator (2004
81% — Ray (2004)
89% — Kinsey (2004)
74% — Auto Focus (2002)

Tag Cloud

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