Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Over Her Dead Body is DOA, Guess The Eye's & Strange Wilderness' Tomatometer!

Also: Miley Cyrus rocks the house.

by | January 31, 2008 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got creepy visions (The Eye, starring
Jessica Alba), haunted romances (Over Her Dead Body, starring
Paul Rudd
and Eva Longoria Parker), woodland misadventures (Strange Wilderness,
starring Steve Zahn and
Allen Covert), and teen idols (Hannah Montana & Miley
Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
). What do the critics have to say?

In the world of romantic comedies featuring specters interfering in earthly
affairs, pundits say
Over Her Dead Body
is DOA. When his fiancée (Eva
Longoria Parker) dies on their wedding day, Henry (Paul Rudd) consults a psychic
with whom he falls head over heels in love; little does he know the spirit of
his dead flame is watching this new romance develop, and is none too pleased.
Critics say Dead is several notches below
Blithe Spirit
Can Wait
in the supernatural romance sweepstakes, featuring uninspired
performances and a script that lacks the energy and light touch to generate
laughs. At 25 percent on the Tomatometer, the critics are over Her Dead
. (Check out our interview with star Jason Biggs

"From this point on, you’re dead to me!"

Hannah Montana & Miley
Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
is pretty long
way from
Stop Making Sense
Gimme Shelter
. However, if you’re a
tween girl, you’ll probably find that it’s right up your alley. In Concert,
the squeaky-clean star of the Disney Channel performs her hits, and the movie
offers some backstage footage as well. Critics say Best of Both Worlds is
reasonably involving; it’s well-crafted, and Cyrus comes off as hard-working and
likeable. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper — and offers more perspectives — than
Cyrus’ live show. At 80 percent on the Tomatometer, Best of Both Worlds
should please its target demographic — and perhaps surprise some parents.

Reviews for The Eye were embargoed until the day of release, and
Strange Wilderness wasn’t screened at all. The Eye is the story of a blind
woman (Jessica Alba) who, after surgery, sees terrifying visions. Strange
follows a group of nature TV show hosts who hatch a plan to find
Bigfoot to boost ratings. Kids, you should know the drill by now: Guess those Tomatometers! (And read RT’s interview with Alba
here, and check out
our Total
with a roundup of memorable movie moments involving eyes.)


Also opening this week in limited release:

  • The Silence Before Bach
    a meditative, metaphorical documentary about the great composer, is at 100

  • The Witnesses
    a tale of five young Parisians coping with AIDS in the 1984, is at 88 percent on
    the Tomatometer.
  • The Lebanese import Caramel,
    a comedy about a discussion of life and love between five women, is at 88

  • Live and Become
    about a Jewish Ethiopian boy’s life in Israel, is at 81 percent.
  • And Praying with Lior, the story of a deeply religious boy with Down
    syndrome, is at 71 percent.

"I’ve always considered Mendelssohn to be Snoop to my Dre."

And finally, props to
Mr. Bowler,
Grover141, and
Punktuate for correctly guessing
Meet the Spartans
‘ three percent
Tomatometer. Remember this day, folks, for it will be yours for all time.

Recent Asian Horror Remakes:
0% — One Missed Call (2008)
10% — The Grudge 2 (2006)
12% — Pulse (2006)
45% — Dark Water (2005)
40% — The Grudge (2004)