Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Battle: Los Angeles Loses The Fight

Plus, Mars Needs Moms is so-so, but Red Riding Hood misses the mark.

by | March 11, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a war of the worlds (Battle: Los Angeles, starring Aaron Eckhart and Ramon Rodriguez); an interplanetary quest (Mars Needs Moms, starring Seth Green and Joan Cusack); and a lupine love story (Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman). What do the critics have to say?



Battle: Los Angeles

36%

The extraterrestrial invasion movie never seems to go out of style. Still, it helps if we have heroes we can root for and a strong storyline, two things that critics say are generally lacking in Battle: Los Angeles. Aaron Eckhart stars as a marine who must lead his charges into battle to protect Santa Monica after hostile outer space visitors have attacked many of the world’s major cities. The pundits say Battle: Los Angeles has a few kinetic action sequences, but those can’t make up for a lack of three-dimensional characters, an overabundance of shaky cam, and a feeling that we’ve seen this kind of thing before. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down some noteworthy cinematic alien invasions.)



Mars Needs Moms

37%

There’s nothing wrong with a kids’ film espousing the timeless message that your parents love you. It’s too bad, critics say, that beyond that handy reminder, Mars Needs Moms is something of a mixed bag; its technology is sometimes impressive, but the script isn’t particularly original. Seth Green stars as a nine-year-old who has an argument with his mom, but realizes the error of his ways when he sees her being abducted by a UFO. Our pint-sized hero stows away on the craft in an effort to extricate his mother from the Martians’ clutches. The pundits say Mars Needs Moms has some decent laughs and a good message, but they’re mixed on the animation and largely find the story lacking.



Red Riding Hood

10%

The tale of Little Red Riding Hood is loaded with potential for an irreverent retelling, one that expands on the dark implications lurking on the edges of this most famous of stories. However, Twilight is popular these days, and critics say what we end up getting with Red Riding Hood is a badly executed drama featuring a love triangle and werewolves. Amanda Seyfried stars as a young woman in an arranged betrothal to a boring guy; soon, she falls in love with the village bad boy, while a series of mysterious wolf attacks create suspicion among the townsfolk. The pundits say Red Riding Hood amounts to a strange miscalculation: the clothes may be from days of yore, but the dialogue is oddly contemporary, and the plot seems like little more than an attempt to cash in on conventions that theoretically make teenage girls swoon.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • The Desert Of Forbidden Art, a documentary about a man who rescued priceless works of art by hiding them in the Uzbek desert, is at 100 percent.
  • I Will Follow, an indie drama about a successful woman at life’s crossroads, is at 100 percent.
  • Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in a new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel, is at 90 percent.
  • Certified Copy, starring Juliette Binoche as a woman who pretends to be married to a man she just met while on a tour of rural Italy, is at 86 percent.
  • Black Death, about a medieval knight who embarks on a journey to save his village from the plague, is at 79 percent.
  • 3 Backyards, starring Edie Falco in a drama of three stories that occur on the same day in a suburban neighborhood, is at 71 percent.
  • Kill the Irishman, starring Ray Stevenson and Val Kilmer in the based-on-true-events tale of a notorious Cleveland mobster, is at 70 percent.
  • Elektra Luxx, starring Carla Gugino and Timothy Olyphant in a comedy about a retired porn star in a new phase of her life, is at 31 percent.
  • Monogamy, an indie drama about a wedding photographer who’s hired to take more voyeuristic pictures, is at 20 percent.

Tag Cloud

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