Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Planes: Fire And Rescue is a Dull Ride

Plus, The Purge: Anarchy is pulpy but preposterous, and Sex Tape is too tame.

by | July 17, 2014 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got winged heroes (Planes: Fire And Rescue, with voice performances by Dane Cook and Ed Harris), criminal-minded citizens (The Purge: Anarchy, starring Frank Grillo and Michael K. Williams), and a mortified married couple (Sex Tape, starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel). What do the critics have to say?

Planes: Fire And Rescue


Some animated features offer enough magic and wonder to entertain the whole family, while others might keep the kiddies occupied but won’t do much for their parents. The critics say Planes: Fire And Rescue is an example of the latter; the visuals are striking, but the characters are bland and the action is predictable. This time out, Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) has left racing behind to join Blade Ranger (Ed Harris) and his squad of fire and rescue planes, who must contain an out-of-control forest blaze. The pundits say Planes: Fire & Rescue is sure to delight vehicle-obsessed children, but their parents or guardians are likely to find it thin and inoffensive at best.

The Purge: Anarchy


If you’re in the mood for disreputable B-movie thrills ‘n’ chills, critics say you could do worse than The Purge: Anarchy, a ludicrously-plotted, blood-drenched sci-fi action flick whose pulpy pleasures are unfortunately undermined by its overreaching message. Like its predecessor, The Purge takes place during a 12-hour stretch during which all laws are suspended and criminals run wild; this time, a grizzled cop (Frank Grillo) defends several law-abiding citizens while seeking to avenge the death of his son. The pundits say The Purge: Anarchy is gritty and tense, but its predictable narrative and allegorical pretensions dull its occasionally sharp edge. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames for a gallery of horror sequels.)

Sex Tape


Sex Tape promises a playful blend of heart and raunch, and it stars two dependable comic talents in Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel. Unfortunately, critics say the movie has a few good moments but never generates the kind of manic energy that this kind of farce requires. Diaz and Segel star as a married couple looking to add a dash of spice to their stagnant relationship. However, when they accidentally distribute a video of their private activities, our heroes go to absurd lengths to destroy the evidence. The pundits say Sex Tape too often strains for laughs while keeping its naughty premise from achieving full boil. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Diaz’s best-reviewed films.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Fanny, a drama about a woman who marries a rich man before the father of her child realizes he loves her, is at 71 percent.
  • Alive Inside, a documentary about how music helps to engage people with debilitating memory loss, is at 70 percent.
  • A Five Star Life, a drama about a luxury hotel critic dealing with a shakeup in her support system, is at 60 percent.
  • Michel Gondry‘s Mood Indigo, starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in a romantic fantasy about a man who tries to save a woman with an unusual medical condition, is at 56 percent.
  • Aftermath, starring Edward Furlong in a sci-fi thriller about a group of strangers hiding in a basement in order to survive nuclear radiation and zombie hoards, is at 56 percent.
  • I Origins, starring Michael Pitt and Brit Marling in a sci-fi drama about a researcher whose study of the human eye leads to a dramatic discovery, is at 50 percent.
  • Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here, co-starring Kate Hudson in a comedy about a thirtysomething dad in the midst of reevaluating his life, is at 29 percent.
  • Video Games: The Movie, a documentary about the pioneers of the medium, is at 25 percent.
  • Persecuted, starring James Remar and Bruce Davison in a thriller about an evangelist who runs afoul of a corrupt senator, is at zero percent.

Tag Cloud

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