Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Need for Speed is Busted

Plus, The Single Moms Club wasn't screened for critics -- guess the Tomatometer!

by | March 13, 2014 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got fast cars (Need For Speed, starring Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots) and supportive mothers (The Single Moms Club, starring Nia Long and Amy Smart). What do the critics have to say?



Need For Speed

22%

Movies based on video games don’t have a great track record, and unfortunately, the trend continues with Need for Speed; critics say that despite a couple decent action scenes, this slick action flick stalls when it comes to plotting and characterization. Aaron Paul stars as Tobey Marshall, a hotshot driver and mechanic with something to prove: he was framed in the vehicular death of a friend and served time in prison. He decides to avenge this injustice by entering a risky cross-country race against his former nemesis. The pundits say the cast is strong in underwritten roles, but on the whole, Need for Speed lacks the giddy panache to make it a ride worth taking. (Check out our video interview with Paul, as well as our gallery of the stars and cars of Need for Speed.)



The Single Moms Club

19%

As is usually the case, the latest effort from director Tyler Perry wasn’t screened for critics prior to its release in theaters. In The Single Moms Club, a disparate group of women are tasked with coming together to plan a school event after their kids get into trouble. Guess the Tomatometer!

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

singing competition crime PaleyFest TCA Marvel GLAAD Trailer Pixar Comic Book USA Tumblr 2017 Red Carpet Calendar Fantasy golden globes biography Disney Year in Review Starz See It Skip It Super Bowl Comedy Central cops Grammys Best and Worst El Rey festivals TV Land romance Nickelodeon finale Ghostbusters Song of Ice and Fire mutant Lucasfilm Ovation Country The Arrangement 20th Century Fox Set visit History Sundance Now Music Disney Channel aliens GIFs Fall TV talk show Ellie Kemper Biopics vampires political drama Sony Pictures Premiere Dates Western CBS YA X-Men Countdown Schedule Warner Bros. cults historical drama Musical Winners Infographic Emmys Box Office FOX what to watch TruTV Food Network A&E Paramount dc Extras RT History Rom-Com Election Masterpiece police drama OWN Drama ITV USA Network Freeform Amazon Showtime Cartoon Network CNN Pop Polls and Games ratings politics hist cats Oscars Pirates Photos NBC NYCC transformers Columbia Pictures robots Marathons Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 007 Awards 45 2016 social media Superheroes diversity Universal Fox News American Society of Cinematographers First Look TNT Sundance 21st Century Fox dramedy Mary Tyler Moore Nominations Video Games National Geographic Nat Geo blaxploitation Creative Arts Emmys Britbox spy thriller Writers Guild of America Character Guide Interview E3 sitcom Reality Competition Musicals AMC Crackle Apple 2015 medical drama E! PBS LGBTQ Horror WGN binge Mindy Kaling President FX Walt Disney Pictures period drama CW Seed DC Universe based on movie Paramount Network Teen Toys BET harry potter cooking Holidays VICE DC Comics Summer TCM BBC war adventure Sneak Peek Shondaland crime drama thriller Kids & Family travel Spring TV Cosplay dceu FXX Lifetime discovery Podcast streaming Spike Acorn TV MSNBC zombies Watching Series Christmas CMT APB boxoffice ESPN ABC Family Reality Syfy VH1 Animation Martial Arts Comedy Netflix Mystery YouTube Red HBO 24 frames Hulu science fiction TV Superheroe unscripted SundanceTV Bravo zombie DC streaming service Certified Fresh composers Star Wars GoT sports CBS All Access TLC ABC docudrama crime thriller Valentine's Day BBC America MTV TBS Winter TV IFC TIFF Rocky SDCC supernatural justice league Lionsgate Esquire cinemax crossover comiccon Dark Horse Comics TCA 2017 Rock Star Trek IFC Films Trivia Opinion psycho YouTube Premium Action technology Thanksgiving Tomatazos Sci-Fi DirecTV The CW SXSW Logo serial killer Adult Swim