Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Colombiana Goes Way Over The Top

Plus, Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark is creepy but thin, and Our Idiot Brother is sweetly funny.

by | August 25, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a vengeful assassin (Colombiana, starring Zoe Saldana and Jordi Molla), a haunted mansion (Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes), and a senseless sibling (Our Idiot Brother, starring Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks). What do the critics have to say?



Ain’t nothing wrong with babes brandishing weapons and dispensing justice, right? Well, if you’re in the mood for an over-the-top explosion-fest, critics say Colombiana might be the picture for you, if you’re willing to look past the non-existent plotting and unintentional hilarity. As a young girl, Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) witnesses the brutal murder of her parents by a mobster. She spends the rest of her formative years training to be a stone-cold killer in order to enact revenge. The pundits say Colombiana won’t win any points for subtlety or narrative cohesiveness, but if you’re in the mood for some high-octane thrills, you could do much worse than this stylish thriller.

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark


He’s the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the producer of The Orphanage, so it’s safe to assume Guillermo del Toro loves creepy old houses. But while critics say his latest production, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (directed by newcomer Troy Nixey), has plenty of spooky atmosphere, its scares are too intermittent to be fully satisfying. Guy Pearce stars as an architect who’s fixing up an old mansion, giving his daughter (Bailee Madison) an opportunity to explore the house’s dark corners. What she finds, unfortunately, is the portal to a nightmarish underworld. The pundits say Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is well crafted and should appeal to fans of old-school haunted house flicks, but its characters are never fully fleshed out, and the movie runs out of steam as it goes along. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Pearce’s best-reviewed movies.)

Our Idiot Brother


Paul Rudd has played confused characters before, but never someone as blissfully oblivious as the protagonist in Our Idiot Brother. And critics say he and his charming co-stars enliven this uneven but undeniably sweet and breezily amusing comedy. Paul Rudd stars as Ned, an utterly guileless organic famer who moves in with his three sisters (played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer) after his girlfriend gives him the boot. Soon, however, Ned’s eternal optimism and unfailing honesty is wreaking havoc on his siblings’ personal lives. The pundits say My Idiot Brother is pleasant and gently funny, and the ensemble cast helps to make the most of a simple premise.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

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