Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "Music" Is Catchy; "Bridge" Is Sturdy; "Girls" Is So-So; "Breach" Is Tense; Guess "Ghost Rider" Tomatometer

by | February 15, 2007 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got skulls ("Ghost Rider," starring Nicolas Cage), songwriters ("Music and Lyrics," starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore) secret worlds ("Bridge to Terabithia"), single parents ("Daddy’s Little Girls," starring Tyler Perry and Gabrielle Union), and spies ("Breach," starring Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe). What do the critics have to say?

In the world of popular music, there are a number of great songwriting duo: Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. In "Music and Lyrics," Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore team up to write a tune, and critics say the movie is as disposable — and sweet — as your average summer hit. Grant plays a washed-up pop star commissioned to write a tune for a pop starlet; he discovers that Barrymore, who waters his plants, has a way with words, and the two make beautiful music together. The pundits say the film is as predictable as they come, but its stars elevate the material beyond the usual rom-com fare. At 66 percent on the Tomatometer, "Music and Lyrics" has a good beat, and you can dance to it.

Opening for Speed Metal! in Seattle, WA.

Ah, the pre-teen years. Such an angst-ridden period in one’s life. "Bridge to Terabithia," the story of two 10-year-olds who retreat into a fantasy land to escape the sadness in their lives, is a movie that understands what it’s like to be a kid, and for that, critics say it’s family entertainment of a very high order. "Terabithia" is a coming-of-age tale about friendship that doesn’t skimp on tragedy, but doesn’t lack for uplift, either. And it features engaging performances from its young stars, Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb. At 88 percent on the Tomatometer, "Terabithia" may be a worth a trip.

"Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!!"

Madea may be gone, but Tyler Perry’s back with "Daddy’s Little Girls," his second film as a director, and the first in which he doesn’t play his no-nonsense, straight-talking alter ego. This time, he’s a single dad locked in a custody battle with his wife for their three daughters; he enlists a beautiful attorney (Gabrielle Union) to help, and romance blossoms. The pundits say Perry’s filmmaking skills have improved with this effort, but the film is ultimately too predictable and preachy to work. It currently stands at 22 percent on the Tomatometer.

"And I think American Idol should be on five times a week!"

Director Billy Ray is carving out an interesting niche spinning tales of frauds in high places. His first film, "Shattered Glass," told the story of the journalist/fabulist Stephen Glass; now comes "Breach," based upon the career of imprisoned FBI turncoat Robert Hanssen. Ryan Phillippe stars as a young agent assigned to check up on Hanssen (Chris Cooper), who his superiors believe may be leaking information to the Soviets. Critics say "Breach," despite a lack of explosive action scenes, is a first-rate mind-game thriller that authentically captures the culture within the agency. "Breach" is currently at 88 percent on the Tomatometer.

Chris Cooper practices a Bob Dole impression.

"Ghost Rider," the comic book adaptation starring Nicolas Cage as a stunt motorcyclist who finds his cranium ablaze after a Faustian bargain, was not screened for critics in time to make this week’s Critical Consensus. So get off your Harley and Guess that Tomatometer.

"Have you got any ibuprofen? I have a burning headache."

Also opening this week in limited release: "Avenue Montaigne," a comedy a about a young woman’s introduction to Paris and France’s official selection for Academy consideration, is at 82 percent; "Bamako," the tale of a troubled small town in Mali starring Danny Glover, is at 80 percent; and "Close to Home," a tale of young women in the Israeli army, is at 40 percent.

Parisians: never too cool for a staring contest.

Recent Nicolas Cage Movies:
63% — The Ant Bully (2006)
71% — World Trade Center (2006)
14% — The Wicker Man (2006)
61% — Lord of War (2005)
60% — The Weather Man (2005)

Recent Drew Barrymore Movies:
71% — Curious George (2006)
64% — Fever Pitch (2005)
68% — My Date With Drew (2005)
42% — 50 First Dates (2004)
90% — Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut (2004)

Tag Cloud

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