Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "King" And "Queen" Are Movie Royalty; "Labyrinth" Worth Exploring; "Hitcher" Not Screened

by | January 18, 2007 | Comments

This week lighting up your local theaters, we have a little girl lost somewhere between reality and fantasy ("Pan’s Labyrinth," starring Ivana Baquero), the royal lady herself ("The Queen," starring Helen Mirren), a charming and murderous dictator ("The Last King of Scotland," with Forest Whitaker), and a hitchhiker with a sinister destination in mind ("The Hitcher," starring Sean Bean and Sophia Bush). What are the critics saying?

"Pan’s Labyrinth" is "Alice in Wonderland" for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable. Told through the eyes of a little girl whose imaginary world is inhabited by nightmarish creatures, "Pan’s Labyrinth" is a visually imaginative and timeless, allegorical take on the fears we all face. At 97 percent, this is one "Labyrinth" to lose yourself in.


It is a little-known fact that the stink bomb originated in Franco-era Spain.

Full of wit, humor, and pathos, Stephen Frears‘s "The Queen" is a moving portrait of the British royals during the period after Princess Diana’s death features not one but two remarkable performances, that of Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Sheen as the newly-ordained Prime Minister Tony Blair. They embody their characters and lay bare the motivations behind these prominent people, giving viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of the British monarchy. With 98 percent on the Tomatometer, critics are hailing "long live ‘The Queen.’"


Her Majesty ponders over the message of today’s Family Circus.

For people who didn’t know anything about "The Last King of Scotland" beforehand, the movie could’ve been about anything (Royalty? Death? The country where The Jesus and Mary Chain come from?) Now, thanks to unremitting awards buzz and Forest Whitaker‘s esteemed performance, everybody knows it’s actually a blunt and brutal political thriller. Whitaker recently picked up the Golden Globe for his role as real-life megalomaniac dictator Idi Amin. At 90 percent on the Tomatometer, critics are also exclaiming "long live the ‘King.’" We can picture imaginative theater owners doing a double feature with this and "The Queen" for the weekend.


Mulder and Scully find themselves yet again among the throes of the paranormal.

Like good parents, horror flicks are always reminding us what not to do (never skinny dip at night, never go upstairs, and, for the love of Pete, never assume it’s your friend that’s playing the practical joke). "The Hitcher" is no different. It stars Sean Bean as a rather surly hitchhiker who terrorizes some hapless teenagers, driving home the movie’s central moral: never pick up strangers. "The Hitcher" is this week’s single new wide release. And, guess what — it’s not being screened for critics. You know the drill: guess that Tomatometer.


"One does not simply hitchhike into Mordor."

Also opening this week in limited release: "Alone With Her," a teenage stalker drama, is at 56 percent; "The Italian," the drama of a boy trying to find his mother, is at 93 percent; "The GoodTimesKid," a comedy reportedly recorded on stolen film, is at 60 percent; and "Mafioso," an obscure 1962 flick playing again in America 45 years later, is at 91 percent.


"Alone With Her": Colin Hanks as society’s most non-threatening stalker ever.

Recent Horror Remakes:
———————————-
48% — The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
18% — Black Christmas (2006)
10% — When A Stranger Calls (2006)
27% — The Omen (2006)
13% — The Wicker Man (2006)

Guillermo Del Toro-Directed Movies:
———————————-
79% — Hellboy (2004)
44% — Blade II (2006)
91% — The Devil’s Backbone (2006)
54% — Mimic (2006)
84% — Cronos (2006)

Tag Cloud

Disney Plus crime TV renewals scorecard ratings dragons rotten movies we love Mystery 24 frames green book SundanceTV Universal south america 2019 name the review police drama Mary poppins New York Comic Con Amazon San Diego Comic-Con BBC CBS All Access laika Interview discovery Rocky YouTube Red stand-up comedy OWN free movies Logo Ovation series CW Seed canceled Netflix Christmas movies Chilling Adventures of Sabrina GLAAD cults Winter TV Box Office mutant Columbia Pictures Paramount Ghostbusters reviews theme song Rock award winner Britbox romance Superheroe classics Comic Book indiana jones MSNBC Valentine's Day Pop Endgame Amazon Studios critics french documentaries halloween tv asian-american television science fiction WGN YouTube Premium dramedy Countdown casting period drama VOD Pixar dogs Warner Bros. CNN Film Festival Disney streaming service First Look golden globes Pet Sematary werewolf harry potter A24 Pride Month FX on Hulu adaptation PBS Amazon Prime Video teaser spinoff Marvel Television what to watch Extras versus The CW canceled TV shows Chernobyl Sony Pictures Masterpiece Avengers anthology Funimation mockumentary comedies strong female leads anime Calendar El Rey Syfy PaleyFest binge Mary Poppins Returns Premiere Dates medical drama Apple TV+ christmas movies cartoon renewed TV shows President Video Games hollywood Infographic revenge Binge Guide 21st Century Fox comic Comedy Central parents Best and Worst APB sequels blockbuster TV Watching Series Disney TCA Awards ABC Lifetime Christmas movies 45 Thanksgiving quibi Food Network Amazon Prime Travel Channel Television Critics Association TV Land IFC Films TCA 2017 Showtime WarnerMedia crossover USA Network vampires Winners The Purge FX NBC ESPN Country Kids & Family GIFs finale CMT Rom-Com remakes Horror Stephen King documentary Netflix witnail Emmy Nominations BET cancelled television Baby Yoda twilight miniseries obituary hispanic GoT comiccon Tumblr Comedy child's play Star Wars FOX football The Academy singing competition Toys 2020 Trivia cancelled Lucasfilm Heroines crime thriller serial killer Marvel NYCC war Holidays worst foreign Black History Month spanish DirecTV chucky richard e. Grant Star Trek children's TV Photos stop motion Mary Tyler Moore Year in Review Summer diversity disaster cancelled TV shows travel mission: impossible ABC Family Sundance natural history satire Martial Arts The Arrangement TNT game show rotten PlayStation Acorn TV History archives DC Universe Sundance TV Freeform nature Fox Searchlight zombie Arrowverse a nightmare on elm street game of thrones BAFTA Emmys The Walking Dead First Reviews Hear Us Out Spectrum Originals australia cars doctor who Marvel Studios Nat Geo space Podcast TruTV MTV Cannes Cosplay Polls and Games die hard National Geographic docudrama Disney+ Disney Plus talk show streaming movies IFC E! halloween indie dark breaking bad zombies transformers slashers TCA Winter 2020 joker blaxploitation Esquire 72 Emmy Awards scary movies Walt Disney Pictures justice league aliens japanese Western Drama Television Academy Rocketman fast and furious spain Shudder 007 political drama DC streaming service Tomatazos romantic comedy kids psychological thriller Christmas Tarantino Discovery Channel Starz 20th Century Fox sequel comics Super Bowl cancelled TV series thriller Peacock stoner Writers Guild of America 71st Emmy Awards Grammys independent E3 screenings YA technology Musicals worst movies Adult Swim Fantasy spy thriller Creative Arts Emmys Sci-Fi Bravo Spike dc VH1 Disney Channel Pirates psycho superhero ITV Shondaland Classic Film sitcom OneApp Action Lionsgate Brie Larson elevated horror Hallmark Fox News Captain marvel VICE Character Guide Nominations Apple TV Plus dceu Ellie Kemper Awards Tour nfl Election Lifetime Dark Horse Comics Pop TV Spring TV Hallmark Christmas movies boxoffice Oscars spanish language films facebook robots news Marathons Mudbound Schedule See It Skip It AMC Anna Paquin italian TCA Black Mirror Trophy Talk toy story Family Vudu YouTube X-Men adventure concert 2017 Women's History Month Sneak Peek Comics on TV Sundance Now movie Certified Fresh screen actors guild Fall TV crime drama LGBT Crunchyroll directors Reality Holiday nbcuniversal cats DC Comics Mindy Kaling cinemax reboot HBO latino Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt American Society of Cinematographers Red Carpet Paramount Network Academy Awards BBC America unscripted Animation Turner Classic Movies CBS Biopics MCU social media Cartoon Network jamie lee curtis batman 2015 politics FXX HBO Max Awards sports 2018 book SXSW Hulu Song of Ice and Fire Opinion tv talk USA sag awards Nickelodeon biography Superheroes venice TBS 2016 festival TLC all-time Music Elton John DGA criterion hist SDCC Set visit LGBTQ true crime toronto The Witch animated RT History video zero dark thirty supernatural video on demand franchise Turner RT21 BET Awards best Quiz HBO Go Tubi Epix cops Musical spider-man Film ghosts 4/20 TCM BBC One based on movie Apple cooking Teen composers historical drama TIFF Trailer festivals Reality Competition universal monsters A&E emmy awards Crackle