Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Rio 2 Fails to Take Flight

Plus, Draft Day is too predictable, and Oculus is effectively spooky.

by | April 11, 2014 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got Brazilian birds (Rio 2, with voice performances by Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg), a pigskin professional (Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner), and a malevolent mirror (Oculus, starring Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane). What do the critics have to say?

Rio 2


Plenty of animated films can entertain the kiddies for two hours without leaving much of an impression. Critics say Rio 2 is visually sharp and action-packed, but it’s also overly busy and short on big laughs. Married macaws Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) have settled down with their chicks in the big city, but when an ornithologist discovers a flock of endangered blue macaws, the family travels to the Amazon rainforest, where they find a group of birds who can’t relate to Blu’s city-slicker ways. The pundits say that althoughRio 2 is colorful and energetic, its lack of storytelling discipline and overabundance of musical numbers makes for a thinner experience than its predecessor. (Check out our video interview with the stars of Rio 2 here.)

Draft Day


Moneyball proved that front-office action could be as riveting as anything on the playing field. Unfortunately, critics say that while Draft Day is slick and well acted, it suffers from predictable plotting and a shortage of insight. Costner stars as Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver, who’s tasked with rebuilding the team after another losing season. But Sonny’s not just worried about the Browns’ roster — he’s got a host of family issues to deal with as well. The pundits say Costner is rock-solid in the lead role, but the other characters aren’t as well fleshed out, and the film often fumbles the football details. (Watch our interview with the stars of Draft Day, and browse our gallery of memorable football movies.)



If you think you’ve seen every permutation on the haunted house horror flick template, think again. Critics say Oculus is a very effective frightfest, one that features interesting characters and an encompassing sense of dread. After the bizarre death of their parents, a pair of siblings return to their childhood home in order to confront the murderous party responsible: a haunted antique mirror that has the power to distort reality. The pundits say Oculus is sharply crafted, well acted, and often very scary.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

TCM Holidays Countdown scary movies nature TCA Awards what to watch First Look 2019 canceled TV shows Adult Swim Marvel Television FX Dark Horse Comics Amazon Super Bowl Starz spanish language DC streaming service El Rey Trivia LGBTQ Universal TCA dc Chernobyl Hulu laika Lifetime Christmas movies hispanic Valentine's Day Calendar Holiday social media Discovery Channel The Purge HBO Go renewed TV shows dark Pop NYCC Ellie Kemper Sony Pictures dragons cults SDCC FX on Hulu zombies SXSW Crackle Star Trek Song of Ice and Fire psychological thriller APB spider-man A24 DC Comics documentaries 21st Century Fox Pop TV Esquire chucky cancelled TV shows supernatural 72 Emmy Awards Rom-Com CNN IFC Fantasy Spike romantic comedy Mary Tyler Moore Stephen King transformers screenings spain Cosplay Epix Nominations TV Land slashers San Diego Comic-Con Red Carpet obituary ABC cartoon A&E witnail Trailer The CW theme song Rocketman TruTV VICE Walt Disney Pictures Awards Tour Mary Poppins Returns name the review Kids & Family Academy Awards disaster BAFTA The Witch Tubi cops Winter TV adventure indiana jones talk show Crunchyroll Film Festival singing competition binge TLC Pet Sematary NBC television Mudbound war TCA 2017 cancelled television Marathons Teen Vudu stop motion video Elton John cancelled TV series ESPN Paramount Western dceu Fox News concert stand-up comedy streaming Cannes Character Guide news adaptation versus Apple TV+ Lucasfilm crossover 71st Emmy Awards canceled Warner Bros. Polls and Games CBS book 4/20 2015 Black History Month 007 Grammys Anna Paquin stoner Summer Shudder sequels golden globes Family Amazon Prime Video Film Musicals green book President Certified Fresh Turner Classic Movies classics directors werewolf Captain marvel Mary poppins Marvel Schedule emmy awards Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt science fiction Emmy Nominations psycho Nickelodeon Masterpiece Mystery Nat Geo Tomatazos BET Awards crime thriller series USA zero dark thirty free movies cinemax comics Winners festivals Musical Columbia Pictures anthology DirecTV CW Seed technology Funimation Sundance Now Set visit best hollywood Disney Plus cooking Emmys unscripted Disney Channel MTV Horror Premiere Dates Travel Channel ABC Family GIFs OWN quibi Marvel Studios Comedy Disney+ Disney Plus Christmas New York Comic Con YouTube Premium Women's History Month Rocky Superheroe TV MCU 2020 anime natural history sitcom BBC America latino Shondaland Sundance TV Binge Guide ratings Photos Fall TV true crime Television Critics Association movie The Walking Dead Mindy Kaling Hallmark Cartoon Network Turner AMC worst 2017 batman Comic Book spy thriller Black Mirror Martial Arts children's TV Ghostbusters YA RT History indie CMT facebook politics FOX PlayStation miniseries VOD Superheroes Paramount Network National Geographic Extras boxoffice Comics on TV franchise Interview 2016 teaser dramedy composers Tarantino TCA Winter 2020 discovery Brie Larson Sundance mission: impossible jamie lee curtis SundanceTV satire diversity Endgame Box Office foreign Podcast universal monsters Arrowverse Lifetime Animation criterion Disney streaming service BBC One a nightmare on elm street award winner cats HBO Rock Tumblr spinoff movies TNT south america harry potter tv talk all-time game show Avengers revenge hist child's play Amazon Studios films Sneak Peek cars Watching Series Showtime See It Skip It fast and furious PaleyFest comiccon Video Games Year in Review HBO Max GoT strong female leads mockumentary OneApp MSNBC Music travel Pixar Drama 20th Century Fox comic TBS Spring TV WGN ghosts Infographic Pirates History critics First Reviews ITV Peacock thriller Chilling Adventures of Sabrina BBC Pride Month blaxploitation zombie E3 game of thrones Country PBS Sci-Fi video on demand Opinion based on movie USA Network Trophy Talk animated Food Network casting RT21 crime joker space WarnerMedia GLAAD rotten Reality Competition kids VH1 Ovation twilight superhero Netflix Christmas movies X-Men The Arrangement reboot YouTube screen actors guild justice league CBS All Access christmas movies biography medical drama vampires Heroines documentary TV renewals Thanksgiving sports independent Action docudrama IFC Films Britbox elevated horror Reality Acorn TV parents BET doctor who crime drama Quiz rotten movies we love halloween Disney Oscars Best and Worst DC Universe richard e. Grant E! Biopics Amazon Prime comedies 24 frames aliens Election FXX Star Wars romance Lionsgate asian-american Classic Film Bravo Apple Freeform police drama political drama sequel nbcuniversal toy story Awards finale reviews cancelled TIFF Hallmark Christmas movies Spectrum Originals 45 serial killer Netflix Television Academy robots YouTube Red Writers Guild of America Creative Arts Emmys breaking bad blockbuster sag awards period drama Baby Yoda Syfy Toys Comedy Central mutant DGA Apple TV Plus dogs American Society of Cinematographers Hear Us Out die hard historical drama LGBT 2018 Logo