Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Cruel to Be Kind, Vantage Has Little Point, Guess Witless Protection's Tomatometer!

Also: Charlie Bartlett will nearly cure what ails ya.

by | February 21, 2008 | Comments

This week
at the movies, we’ve got views to a kill (Vantage Point, starring
Dennis Quaid
Matthew Fox
), medicated youth (Charlie Bartlett, starring

Anton Yelchin and
Robert Downey Jr.), a pair of DIY filmmakers (Be Kind Rewind, starring
Jack Black and
Mos Def), and
Southern justice (Witless
, starring
Larry the
Cable Guy
). What do the critics have to say?

political thriller featuring conflicting eyewitness accounts,

Vantage Point

certainly sounds intriguing, like a cross between
Unfortunately, critics say that while the premise is sound, the execution is
Vantage Point follows eight different people who try to unlock
the truth behind a political assassination attempt, despite their differing
perspectives. The pundits say Vantage Point has some tight, tense
moments, but is ultimately undone by its gimmicky technique and increasingly
far-fetched plot developments. At 33 percent on the Tomatometer, Vantage
isn’t quite on Point.

“You can play Doom RPG on this!"

In the
tradition of
Ferris Beuller’s Day Off

Charlie Bartlett is the
story of a teen who’s too clever by half. And critics say the movie’s pretty
sharp itself.

Anton Yelchin
stars in the
titular role as a teen who’s run afoul with every school he’s attended; in his
latest go-round, Charlie becomes something of a counselor to his classmates —
while attempting to outwit school administrators. The pundits say Charlie
features a star-making performance for Yelchin, as well as some sharp, clever
plotting, though some find it a little toothless. Still, at 56 percent on the
Tomatometer, you’re a (mostly) good man, Charlie Bartlett.

“Crossfire / You’ll get caught up in the / Crossfiyaaaa…”

has carved out one of the most distinctive niches in recent cinema; Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Science of Sleep
exude a mix of
childlike wonderment and dazzling visual inventiveness. But critics say his

Be Kind Rewind
, maintains Gondry’s oddball aesthetic without
the emotional uptick of his previous flicks. The film

Jack Black
as a man who has unintentionally erased all the VHS tapes at
his friend’s (
Mos Def) video store; the pair team up to remake the movies
themselves. The pundits say that Rewind has sweetness and originality to
spare, but is slighter and less disciplined than Gondry’s previous mind-benders.
At 68 percent on the Tomatometer, Rewind is Kind to the Gondry faithful.

"Don’t worry, Miss Farrow, Supergirl is lost forever."

the folks behind

Witless Protection
were concerned that movie critics
needed protection from their film, since it wasn’t screened for critics.

Larry the
Cable Guy

stars as a small-town lawman who runs afoul of the FBI after
rushing to the rescue of an attractive witness in a high-profile case, who may
have been victimized by rogue agents. Hilarity (allegedly) ensues. Kids, guess
that Tomatometer!

When they say no outside food or snacks, they mean it.

opening this week in limited release:

  • The Oscar-nominated Austrian import
    The Counterfeiters
    a WWII drama about a money-forging scheme in a concentration camp, is at 91

  • The Duchess of Langeais
    , the latest from nouvelle vague legend
    Jacques Rivette,
    is at 68 percent.

  • And the low-budget horror flick
    The Signal
    , a tale of transmissions that
    turn the city into a bunch of mad killers, is at 58 percent.

In the grim dystopia of 2015, baseball has changed quite a
bit, devolving into a kind of gladiator stickball.

Robert Downey Jr. Movies:
89% — Zodiac (2007)
59% — Game 6
30% — Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
74% —
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
28% — The Shaggy Dog (2006)

Gondry Movies:
92% — Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006)
70% —

The Science of Sleep
94% —
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
49% — Human Nature (2002)

Tag Cloud

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