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

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