Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Salt Is Moderately Tasty

Plus, Ramona and Beezus is sweet but dull.

by | July 23, 2010 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a spy on the run (Salt, starring Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber) and some feuding sisters (Ramona and Beezus, starring Selena Gomez and John Corbett). What do the critics have to say?



Now that the Cold War is long over, they don’t make thrillers like they used to. Oh, wait, maybe they do. The critics say Salt is a solid, meat-and-potatoes spy flick with a standout performance from Angelina Jolie — and, unfortunately, a completely preposterous plot. Jolie is Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who goes on the run after being accused of spying for the Russians. Will she be able to prove her innocence? The pundits say Salt is an effective popcorn movie that firmly establishes Jolie in the upper echelon of action stars, bar gender. However, many also note that even popcorn movies need cohesiveness and believability, and that Salt is often tripped up by its gaping plot holes.(Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down Jolie’s best-reviewed movies.)


Ramona and Beezus

Filled with true-to-life vignettes and mischievous humor, the works of Beverly Cleary have long been staples of the pre-teen reading diet. Now, Ramona and Beezus is finally getting the big screen treatment, and the result, say critics, is pleasant but generic. Newcomer Joey King stars as Ramona, the irrepressible scamp that drives her big sister Beezus (Selena Gomez) up a wall with her wild imagination and penchant for making a mess. Will sisterhood ultimately win the day? The pundits say this is sweet, innocuous fare that’s well-acted and mildly amusing, but also ultimately kind of dull and sitcommy.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

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