Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "Jarhead" Overflows, "Chicken Little" Undercooked

by | November 3, 2005 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got bored marines fixing for a fight with Saddam ("Jarhead") and a small piece of poultry who overreacts to acorns hitting him on the head ("Chicken Little"). Which of these films will score with critics?

Based on the real-life experiences of Marine Anthony Swofford in the first Gulf War, "Jarhead," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx, attempts to show a different kind of war-is-hell scenario; in this case, idle hands are the devil’s playthings. The critics say the movie is different from most war films in that, rather than action, "Jarhead" depicts boredom, exhaustion, and ambiguity. Maybe too much ambiguity. While critics are praising the film for its originality, they say it never quite coheres. "Jarhead" currently stands at 51 percent on the Tomatometer.

No joke: The sky IS falling — at least critically — on Disney’s first CGI feature, Chicken Little. The age-old parable gets a fresh coat of paint, as Chicken Little (voiced by Zach Braff) becomes ostracized after making under-researched claims of nimbus and cirrus plummeting. While critics say the movie isn’t bad looking, the most important thing — the story — is undercooked. At 35 percent on the Tomatometer, the critics dislike this one more than a "Little." Beware of low flying CGI flicks — "Valiant," 2005’s other animated avian adventure — scored even lower, at 23 percent on the Tomatometer.

Recent War Movies:
35% — The Great Raid (2005)
37% — Tears of the Sun (2003)
61% — We Were Soldiers (2002)
25% — Pearl Harbor (2001)
93% — Three Kings (1999)

Tag Cloud

jamie lee curtis Paramount Star Wars Celebration San Diego Comic-Con worst movies police drama Calendar Geeked Week finale Endgame Ghostbusters TCM South by Southwest Film Festival medical drama australia 4/20 debate NBC Exclusive Video trophy zombie sitcom APB CW Seed indie cars NYCC Action Wes Anderson Disney Channel FX on Hulu stand-up comedy Nominations binge TV Land singing competition indiana jones independent Super Bowl universal monsters thriller Opinion young adult Hulu Thanksgiving robots interviews slasher First Look spider-man target scene in color Comedy Central facebook OWN USA Network Mary poppins posters hispanic heritage month IFC Films Ovation TIFF Awards Tour TLC kaiju superhero anime FX harry potter Comic-Con@Home 2021 BBC king kong Photos documentaries biography international LGBTQ BAFTA Star Trek 2017 obituary YouTube Premium spain 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards 79th Golden Globes Awards game of thrones Interview book adaptation japan popular films dragons Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt dexter E3 CMT cats cooking dark HBO Go BET Awards Epix Watching Series Universal Pictures cults Sneak Peek MTV canceled free movies halloween Syfy PlayStation YouTube Red Columbia Pictures DC Universe ghosts DirecTV cancelled TV shows Crackle Podcast rt archives Heroines El Rey razzies news WGN Year in Review joker TCA Awards Baby Yoda scary hist deadpool comic book movie Toys prank IMDb TV supernatural high school foreign Avengers scorecard Shudder Comedy Trivia TV movies Spike summer preview teaser Focus Features TV doctor who Black History Month talk show Summer Instagram Live documentary spinoff 2019 Sundance TV 24 frames 93rd Oscars based on movie Cannes crime comic book movies aapi children's TV Adult Swim Premiere Dates docudrama Universal twilight festival Song of Ice and Fire science fiction Biopics Discovery Channel Apple TV Plus 99% Women's History Month Box Office diversity Reality spanish language VH1 MCU adaptation TCA Winter 2020 cancelled Red Carpet cartoon dogs SDCC HBO Max ITV name the review Tubi summer TV scene in color film series Creative Arts Emmys CBS die hard Fox Searchlight ABC Apple Television Academy Broadway Classic Film Schedule The Arrangement 20th Century Fox italian Music VICE Holidays MGM nbcuniversal lord of the rings batman Mindy Kaling series latino olympics Sony Vudu blockbuster golden globe awards sports IFC composers ABC Signature Drama movie streamig godzilla comiccon Mudbound Oscar Image Comics Animation strong female leads The CW mcc dceu ID Fall TV Travel Channel cancelled TV series art house Western Tokyo Olympics Winners Disney chucky cinemax Paramount Network RT21 Rocketman Black Mirror franchise Extras emmy awards asian-american slashers 90s stop motion archives National Geographic Netflix live action 1990s women venice rotten Warner Bros. 2020 black comedy Horror cops christmas movies Amazon Prime YA Sony Pictures 2018 dc VOD Martial Arts HFPA parents stoner target fast and furious marvel cinematic universe Winter TV LGBT rom-coms psycho superman a nightmare on elm street Superheroes reboot action-comedy Anna Paquin breaking bad satire scene in color series renewed TV shows SXSW 2022 Film television Film Festival Certified Fresh SXSW Best Actor vampires GLAAD President Crunchyroll Hallmark X-Men Best Picture trailers Brie Larson Kids & Family DC Comics broadcast marvel comics movies Election boxing Musical The Academy Best and Worst Turner Classic Movies hispanic spanish Marathons theme song Amazon Prime Video james bond Emmy Nominations summer TV preview Acorn TV politics 2021 Hallmark Christmas movies Freeform Oscars scene in color halloween tv The Walking Dead CBS All Access best crime drama Lucasfilm elevated horror Pop TV Rock MSNBC casting mutant GIFs mob Sundance Now revenge new york pirates of the caribbean Trailer spy thriller sequel Neflix TNT History adenture french TV One Amazon BBC One USA AMC Plus 2016 Fantasy Funimation psychological thriller Hollywood Foreign Press Association Academy Awards sopranos Pixar werewolf The Walt Disney Company DGA monster movies Rom-Com TCA 2017 spider-verse A24 critics Netflix Christmas movies The Purge remakes zero dark thirty video on demand Nat Geo A&E richard e. Grant screenings Marvel Studios Arrowverse classics kids concert Character Guide Masterpiece natural history versus Shondaland wonder woman Sundance Spring TV Pirates Lifetime Christmas movies Amazon Studios ratings romance crime thriller Sci-Fi ViacomCBS critic resources Showtime Tarantino First Reviews Pet Sematary political drama TV renewals space criterion Indigenous royal family Starz Tomatazos E! what to watch Fox News book NBA screen actors guild Spectrum Originals sag awards true crime Cartoon Network Walt Disney Pictures nature American Society of Cinematographers Prime Video festivals boxoffice OneApp video 71st Emmy Awards PBS BBC America Lionsgate Holiday Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Disney Plus south america Emmys Superheroe Alien leaderboard Marvel Television hidden camera Native 72 Emmy Awards heist movie animated adventure Dark Horse Comics king arthur Fargo mockumentary dreamworks Stephen King witnail technology disaster Teen tv talk sequels Infographic SundanceTV serial killer Legendary Bravo Disney+ Disney Plus rt labs nfl crossover Ellie Kemper WarnerMedia DC streaming service vs. BET telelvision travel Valentine's Day Countdown Video Games cancelled television game show Comics on TV New York Comic Con rotten movies we love docuseries live event TBS 94th Oscars quibi miniseries canceled TV shows aliens PaleyFest 73rd Emmy Awards Captain marvel Lifetime FOX Writers Guild of America Tumblr HBO Pop period drama worst Best Director war Quiz Christmas feel good blockbusters ABC Family saw Paramount Plus Comic Book 2015 Food Network Trophy Talk TruTV football justice league anthology Reality Competition romantic comedy directors YouTube Chernobyl Esquire Set visit new star wars movies genre CNN comic books discovery blaxploitation kong Country japanese Rocky zombies basketball Nickelodeon The Witch Mystery laika suspense Grammys Musicals scary movies mission: impossible Pride Month biopic ESPN Britbox golden globes streaming movies dramedy Peacock Turner child's play transformers rt labs critics edition TCA RT History Hear Us Out 45 Mary Poppins Returns Cosplay FXX Disney streaming service Star Wars GoT comics gangster new zealand green book social media toy story Apple TV+ Polls and Games reviews toronto all-time obi wan Awards black Logo comedies Binge Guide Mary Tyler Moore historical drama AMC Television Critics Association fresh comic Paramount Pictures Elton John award winner unscripted Pacific Islander 21st Century Fox jurassic park hollywood Family See It Skip It Tags: Comedy Best Actress Marvel 007 streaming know your critic legend