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

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