Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: A-Team, Karate Kid Reboots Both Not Too Bad

Plus, Winter's Bone is chilling and powerful, and a doc on Joan Rivers is smart and revealing.

by | June 11, 2010 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a pair of 1980s reboots, one featuring a band of ragtag mercenaries (The A-Team, starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper), and another about an aspiring martial artist (The Karate Kid, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan). What do the critics have to say?


The A-Team

Don’t you love it when a plan (or, in this case, a remake) comes together? And since we’re asking questions, is there anything wrong with a big dumb action flick every once in a while? The critics would likely answer yes to the former question, but on the later they’re largely split — at least in the case of The A-Team. For those of you who didn’t grow up in the 1980s, this is the tale of a crack commando unit that was sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit. They promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade; today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune, hoping to defeat the bad guys and clear their names. The pundits say if you like mindless action with a wink and a nod, you could do a lot worse than this reboot, which executes its set pieces with plenty of panache. If, however, you’re a fan of character development and plot, you’ve come to the wrong place.


The Karate Kid

A treasured highlight of 1980s mainstream cinema, The Karate Kid may not be a classic, but it’s got plenty of heart and charm. So, how does the remake fare? Not too badly, say critics, even if this appealing, energetic movie adheres to the plot of the original like it’s a sacred text. Jaden Smith stars as Dre, a youngster who moves to China with his mother; after running afoul of the local bully, Dre comes under the tutelage of the wise, subdued Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who teaches him a thing or two about both martial arts and life. The pundits say this Karate Kid is slickly mounted, and benefits greatly from strong performances (particularly Chan, who lends heft and melancholy to the Mr. Miyagi role). However, some find the note-for-note retelling of the first Kid simply reinforces how dated the material is. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down Jackie Chan’s best reviewed movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Winter’s Bone, drama about a 17-year-old’s desperate search for her father in an attempt to save her family’s home, is at 100 percent.

  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, an intimate documentary portrait of the comedian and talk show host, is at 89 percent.
  • Reel Injun, a doc about the history of Native Americans in cinema, is at 83 percent.

  • Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, a period drama about the liaison between the legendary fashion designer and the great composer, is at 56 percent.

Tag Cloud

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