Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: Mangy "Dog," Rom-Com "Failure," Evil "Eye"

by | March 9, 2006 | Comments

This week’s wide releases include a pair of remakes for very different demographics ("The Shaggy Dog" and "The Hills Have Eyes"), and a romantic comedy ("Failure to Launch"). What will the critics say?

"The Shaggy Dog" is a remake of the 1959 Fred MacMurray family comedy. This one stars Tim Allen as a district attorney who is accidentally injected with a chemical that periodically turns him into a dog; family togetherness ensues. Critics say this family fare is not sharp on its own modest terms, and despite some decent moments (many of them courtesy of Robert Downey Jr.), it lacks, ahem, bite. At 36 percent on the Tomatometer, this "Dog" could use a trip to the vet; it’s not as healthy as the original, which stands at 75 percent.

Listen up, Hollywood, because I’m only going to say this once. Don’t you know that you’re asking for trouble from movie critics if you put negative descriptors in your title? It’s like a red cape in front of a charging bull. "Failure to Launch," starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker, tells the story of a regular 30-something dude whose parents want him to move out, so they hire a woman to try to go on a date with him. Scribes say the leads have an acceptable level of chemistry, and that the film benefits from quirky supporting players, particularly Zooey Deschanel. But they hasten to add that the title is a bit too apt, for the setup and the script are too contrived for the material to really achieve liftoff. At 34 percent on the Tomatometer, this one’s a… never mind.

Wes Craven‘s "The Hills Have Eyes" gets the remake treatment from Alexander Aja, the director behind the recent slasher fave "High Tension." The film tells the story of a family road trip that comes to an abrupt halt, thanks to a clan of bloodthirsty genetic mutants. Critics say it’s a pretty gruesome experience, and one of the better horror remakes of recent years; whether those are compliments depends on your taste. At 53 percent on the Tomatometer, this one’s a slight notch below the original (63 percent).

Recent Matthew McConaughey Movies:
20% — Two For the Money (2005)
86% — Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D (2005)
38% — Sahara (2005)
19% — Paparazzi (2004)
42% — How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Tag Cloud

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