Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a Blast From the Past

Plus, 300: Rise of an Empire is a good looking but empty spectacle.

by | March 6, 2014 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a dog and his boy (Mr. Peabody & Sherman, with voice performances by Ty Burrell and Stephen Colbert) and some raging Spartans (300: Rise of an Empire, starring Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green). What do the critics have to say?

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

81%

It’s never easy to stretch a series of shorts to feature-film length, especially when the source material is largely unfamiliar to its intended audience. Fortunately, critics say Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a mostly successful big screen adaptation, with enough cleverness and goofy action to please kids and their parents. Canine genius Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) and his adopted charge Sherman (Max Charles) use the WABAC machine to travel back in time and ensure that history’s greatest moments happen as they should. However, when Sherman takes the machine for a joyride to impress a classmate, it’s up to his doggie guardian to rescue him. The critics say Mr. Peabody & Sherman sometimes strains to maintain the inspired lunacy of the original cartoons, but most of the time, it’s bright, funny, exciting, and heartfelt. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down some memorable time travel movies, as well as our interviews with the cast.)

300: Rise of an Empire

45%

If you’re in the mood stylized bloodshed, you’re in luck: 300: Rise of an Empire is chock full of beheadings, hacked-off limbs, and gallons of blood. But critics say beyond its admittedly impressive visuals, the film is short on the heroic bombast of its predecessor. This time out, it’s a band of plucky seafaring Greeks, lead by Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) against the mighty Persian navy, headed by Artemisia (Eva Green); as we eventually learn through a series of flashbacks, this fight is partially driven by personal animosity. The pundits say Green is fantastic as a bellicose she-devil, but little resonates in 300: Rise of an Empire beyond the lovingly rendered killings and decapitations. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames for a gallery of big stars in togas.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Miele, a drama about a woman who secretly helps people with terminal illnesses to die on their own terms, is at 100 percent.

  • Particle Fever, a documentary about the physicists working to find the Higgs boson particle, is at 92 percent.

  • In Fear, a thriller about a couple that gets lost en route to a would-be romantic getaway, is at 90 percent.

  • Journey To The West, Stephen Chow‘s adaptation of the classic Chinese novel about a Buddhist monk’s epic excursion from China to India, is at 90 percent.

  • Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan in a period comedy about the adventures of a concierge and the oddball inhabitants of an ornate hotel, is Certified Fresh at 86 percent.

  • Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack in a thriller about a concert pianist who must deliver a flawless performance to stave off a sniper, is at 82 percent.

  • Bethlehem, a drama about the tense relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and a Palestinian informant, is at 65 percent.

  • The Face of Love, starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris in a drama about a widow who meets a man who’s the spitting image of her dead husband, is at 53 percent.

  • Haunt, a horror film about a family that moves into an old house and stirs a malevolent curse, is at 20 percent.

Tag Cloud

Baby Yoda Best and Worst scorecard scary movies FX on Hulu Spectrum Originals cars robots south america Crunchyroll TCA 2017 summer preview mutant revenge streamig Classic Film Best Director Lionsgate deadpool Sony OneApp king kong Super Bowl YouTube Premium casting latino justice league football National Geographic italian animated Creative Arts Emmys CW Seed BAFTA TruTV a nightmare on elm street posters discovery boxing First Reviews Character Guide reviews kids Thanksgiving Paramount Pictures 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Funimation kaiju Broadway canceled rotten comics blockbusters mob teaser satire 007 dexter diversity NYCC book adaptation The CW SXSW 2022 rotten movies we love politics The Arrangement crime drama Disney+ Disney Plus summer TV preview Star Wars binge psychological thriller Photos new star wars movies CMT LGBTQ movies festival Emmy Nominations scene in color series Election Comic-Con@Home 2021 dreamworks legend 2015 nature TCA Winter 2020 Musical Mudbound hidden camera mockumentary marvel cinematic universe Best Actress adenture children's TV FOX VOD crime thriller debate mcc Amazon Prime Reality Avengers The Walking Dead 20th Century Fox trophy new york CBS docuseries hist superhero obi wan Year in Review The Purge sequels ESPN Academy Awards king arthur video on demand Film Festival Esquire OWN comic book movies spider-man lord of the rings christmas movies Tomatazos Prime Video Amazon gangster DC Universe laika BBC zombie cancelled TV shows TV movies medical drama Family ABC Signature 73rd Emmy Awards SDCC Food Network Quiz crime Television Critics Association target scene in color 99% MSNBC miniseries VICE 2016 Hollywood Foreign Press Association news 1990s basketball Fox News Trailer Nat Geo First Look DirecTV SundanceTV 45 93rd Oscars summer TV 2020 Turner Classic Movies Ovation Apple Mary Poppins Returns ITV french leaderboard political drama cartoon kong films Biopics Discovery Channel sequel Star Trek saw Trophy Talk serial killer sopranos Chernobyl game show jurassic park versus name the review twilight Sony Pictures Best Picture PBS screenings toronto Pixar MTV WGN Paramount Network singing competition Acorn TV NBA richard e. Grant President Paramount AMC Geeked Week Comics on TV Epix Mary poppins E3 MCU Dark Horse Comics vampires 24 frames Pop 72 Emmy Awards police drama crossover Britbox HBO Max boxoffice Amazon Prime Video Arrowverse 2019 cancelled TV series disaster VH1 YouTube Red spain Indigenous Horror LGBT Rocketman natural history game of thrones cops Emmys harry potter festivals Syfy Certified Fresh spinoff See It Skip It comedies Polls and Games Apple TV+ hispanic Captain marvel Cannes what to watch 2017 Superheroe Universal Pictures Tubi screen actors guild Binge Guide olympics GLAAD WarnerMedia rt labs critics edition composers book Pacific Islander Lifetime Christmas movies Netflix Christmas movies Drama Holiday joker RT History spider-verse RT21 golden globes Heroines Starz directors werewolf 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival social media Music TBS Logo The Witch Rom-Com zero dark thirty 71st Emmy Awards facebook Travel Channel vs. marvel comics technology asian-american Tumblr YouTube HBO HFPA space concert Interview green book reboot Lifetime science fiction IMDb TV indie witnail Marvel renewed TV shows pirates of the caribbean biography cancelled chucky Infographic Turner IFC Films TCA comiccon 2021 nbcuniversal Mystery ABC Family foreign Neflix Fantasy Ghostbusters E! women Nominations classics travel Fox Searchlight A24 psycho popular worst movies anime Paramount Plus quibi Ellie Kemper new zealand El Rey DGA Watching Series Western Musicals mission: impossible Walt Disney Pictures Alien streaming TCA Awards Image Comics Universal interviews spanish language cats Stephen King DC streaming service TV One Winners Film archives CBS All Access japanese target Pride Month San Diego Comic-Con theme song jamie lee curtis japan Pirates scene in color film series Fall TV Shudder telelvision Black History Month finale cinemax Comedy Central Summer romantic comedy Mindy Kaling emmy awards australia supernatural ghosts HBO Go FXX TCM universal monsters Marvel Studios Disney all-time Comedy Comic Book Sundance Now movie action-comedy best aliens Best Actor Awards Tour Kids & Family Amazon Studios dark indiana jones Pet Sematary dragons Pop TV Spike Wes Anderson monster movies Marvel Television parents TV Land anthology cooking comic book movie USA Network Mary Tyler Moore Hallmark Christmas movies dceu Cosplay Reality Competition Podcast period drama Tags: Comedy true crime Endgame biopic stop motion fast and furious The Walt Disney Company venice Winter TV comic books Spring TV Trivia Sundance based on movie 4/20 Brie Larson History Columbia Pictures free movies criterion NBC MGM sports Animation PlayStation trailers broadcast toy story New York Comic Con canceled TV shows fresh heist movie superman critics Bravo black Instagram Live Vudu The Academy Disney streaming service Opinion Schedule talk show TLC sitcom BET 94th Oscars A&E child's play Hallmark Valentine's Day Masterpiece golden globe awards blaxploitation rom-coms cults suspense Awards 21st Century Fox FX CNN Women's History Month romance TNT live event Peacock television halloween TV BBC America james bond Extras Showtime Sci-Fi doctor who Tarantino Calendar dogs genre TV renewals Rock comic war strong female leads ID aapi Black Mirror Set visit ABC breaking bad young adult Hear Us Out live action Elton John slasher Marathons SXSW feel good Warner Bros. Native Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Red Carpet 79th Golden Globes Awards art house Shondaland slashers Video Games blockbuster Fargo docudrama Adult Swim Freeform stand-up comedy die hard BET Awards Holidays ViacomCBS video adaptation halloween tv TIFF Oscars remakes nfl YA Legendary sag awards tv talk APB hispanic heritage month Country Oscar cancelled television Toys thriller batman award winner critic resources IFC documentary dc Teen ratings documentaries Nickelodeon Countdown independent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt godzilla Tokyo Olympics Netflix Disney Channel Disney Plus hollywood franchise royal family Superheroes Martial Arts rt labs wonder woman Star Wars Celebration Rocky PaleyFest Christmas Cartoon Network Sneak Peek stoner high school dramedy adventure Song of Ice and Fire Lucasfilm GIFs GoT Apple TV Plus Box Office zombies Television Academy spanish Anna Paquin Hulu spy thriller Focus Features AMC Plus American Society of Cinematographers black comedy obituary Exclusive Video rt archives international transformers series DC Comics historical drama X-Men razzies scene in color worst Writers Guild of America USA elevated horror Premiere Dates unscripted Crackle scary Action know your critic BBC One Sundance TV 90s streaming movies Grammys prank