Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Hall Pass Flunks

Plus, Drive Angry is decent grindhouse fare -- for good and ill.

by | February 25, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got midlife crises (Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) and automotive vengeance (Drive Angry, starring Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard). What do the critics have to say?

Hall Pass


In the past, the Farrelly brothers’ deft mix of raunch and heart made for a potent comedic combination. However, with their latest, Hall Pass, critics say the brothers’ aim is off; though the movie has some very funny moments, it’s bogged down by a little too much gross stuff and a little too much sentimentality. Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis star as a pair of fortysomething buddies whose wives hope to stave off their marital problems by letting the guys live the single life for a week. Soon, however, the boys discover that untamed freedom is a little more than they bargained for. The pundits say Hall Pass is good for a couple gleefully crude gags, but the film is trying too hard to mix comedy with uplift, and has a few too many subplots.

Drive Angry


With a title like Drive Angry, you pretty much know what to expect — lots of action, and Nicolas Cage doing his unhinged thing, with subtlety and nuance left in the dust. Nothing wrong with that, necessarily, though critics say Drive Angry only partially delivers on its pedal-to-the-metal premise, offering some cheap thrills to compensate for its so-so script. Cage stars as a dead felon who escapes from Hell (not metaphorically) to rescue his daughter from a cult; hot on his trail is one of Satan’s minions (William Fichtner). The pundits say that those looking for some grindhouse fun will be pleased with Drive Angry‘s goofy energy, but don’t expect disciplined storytelling or much depth beyond the dramatic action set pieces. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down the best-reviewed work of co-star David Morse, as well as Fichtner’s Five Favorite Films.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Of Gods and Men, a drama about a group of French monks who are confronted with fear and violence in their midst, is at 85 percent.
  • Public Speaking, Martin Scorsese‘s documentary about author and social critic Fran Lebowitz, is at 83 percent.
  • Heartbeats, the tale of two friends who become obsessed with a mysterious newcomer, is at 65 percent.
  • The Grace Card, about a Southern police chief suffering from a crisis of faith, is at 43 percent.

Tag Cloud

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