Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Jack and Jill Fetches Bad Reviews

Plus, Immortals looks great but suffers from thin plotting, and J. Edgarnever quite gets at the heart of the man.

by | November 10, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got twin turmoil (Jack and Jill, starring Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes), mythical mayhem (Immortals, starring Henry Cavill and Mickey Rourke), and a multifaceted fed (J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer). What do the critics have to say?

Jack and Jill


Adam Sandler’s got a winning formula — lowbrow yuks plus sentimentality equals box office gold — but critics say Jack and Jill may test the patience of even the most loyal of Sandman acolytes, as its jokes are even more juvenile than usual. Sandler stars as Jack, a successful ad executive whose obnoxious twin sister Jill (also played by Sandler) moves to town; hilarity ensues. The pundits say Jack and Jill‘s gags are remarkably crass, and its relentless mocking of Jill is surprisingly mean-spirited, though Al Pacino scores some big laughs parodying himself. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we present a list of actors playing opposite themselves.)



Director Tarsem Singh certainly has a knack for eye-popping images, but critics say the problem with Immortals is that its attention to blood-soaked visual detail always trumps character development and storytelling. Henry Cavill stars as Theseus, a humble stonemason who vows revenge against the tyrannical King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) after the death of his mother, and soon our hero rounds up a posse to stop the tyrant and restore peace to the land. The pundits say Immortals looks great, but its silly dialogue and narrative shortcomings keep it from being an immersive sword and sandal thrill ride. (Check out co-star Freida Pinto’s Five Favorite Films.)

J. Edgar


J. Edgar purports to explore the professional and personal life of influential (many would say too influential) FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, but critics say Clint Eastwood‘s admittedly handsome biopic is ultimately too vague a portrait of its controversial subject, despite a committed performance from Leonardo DiCaprio. J. Edgar chronicles Hoover’s tenure at the bureau, as well as his oft-rumored but never substantiated love affair with Associate FBI Director Clyde Tolson. The pundits say the trouble with J. Edgar is that it’s a bit too cautious — it ticks off the events of Hoover’s life without exploring his motives and feelings, though DiCaprio is typically strong.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

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