Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: The Bourne Legacy Is A Solid Sequel

Plus, The Campaign is witty and crude, and Hope Springs is Certified Fresh

by | August 10, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a man on the run (The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz), a pair of congressional hopefuls (The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis), and spouses in a rut (Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones). What do the critics have to say?



The Bourne Legacy

56%

With Matt Damon in the title role, the Bourne franchise was a commercial and critical juggernaut. Now, Jeremy Renner tries to give the series a reboot, and while critics say The Bourne Legacy is a bit overlong and more disjointed than previous installments, it’s still a capable chase thriller with strong action scenes. Renner stars as Aaron Cross, who, like Jason Bourne, is a chemically-enhanced super-soldier. He soon discovers that the secret government agency that gave him his powers is trying to kill him, so he goes on the run with research scientist Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), who’s also a target of the same shadowy forces. The pundits say The Bourne Legacy isn’t as consistently exciting as the Damon Bournes, but it’s a solid enough conspiracy movie, and Renner and Weisz are excellent. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames, a slideshow of some of cinema’s greatest spies.)



The Campaign

65%

How amusing can a satire of politics really be these days, given the farcical nature of modern elections? Plenty, say critics, who call The Campaign a droll, biting, and often insightful look at the electoral process — though some of the jokes are pretty crude. Will Ferrell stars as Cam Brady, an incumbent congressman who’s running unopposed for re-election until he finds himself embroiled in a scandal. A pair of big-money bigwigs push inexperienced, mild-mannered Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) into the race, and things get nasty in a hurry. The pundits say The Campaign intermittently flails, but for the most part, it’s goofy, timely, and, more often than not, astutely funny.



Hope Springs

75%

Hollywood rarely shines its spotlight on the love lives of older folks, so a film like Hope Springs immediately stands out from the summer movie pack. Still, critics say it’s worth seeing for the virtuosic interplay between Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, even if the script occasionally betrays a heavy hand. Streep and Jones star as Kay and Arnold, whose marriage lost its spark a long time ago. In an attempt to shake things up, Kay enrolls the couple in an intense counseling session with a famous therapist, and she and Arnold take tentative steps toward rekindling their relationship. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Hope Springs is sometimes manipulative, but the leads are utterly absorbing and the situation is refreshingly true-to-life. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Jones’ best-reviewed movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Almayer’s Folly, Chantal Akerman/‘s adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel about an embittered ship captain at a remote trading post, is at 100 percent.
  • Meet the Fokkens, a documentary about 60-something identical twins who work as prostitutes in Amsterdam’s red light district, is at 100 percent.
  • The Green Wave, a documentary/animation hybrid about the anti-government protests that rocked Iran in 2009, is at 88 percent.
  • 2 Days in New York, starring Julie Delpy and Chris Rock in a comedy about a couple who are rudely interrupted by the woman’s wild family members, is at 71 percent.
  • Spike Lee‘s Red Hook Summer, a drama about a middle class kid who spends a summer with his religious grandfather in his inner-city Atlanta home, is at 68 percent.
  • $upercapitalist, a drama about a hedge fund trader whose life spins out of control after attempting a hostile takeover of a Hong Kong tech company, is at 17 percent.
  • Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D, a doc starring a fearless crew of stuntmen doing outrageous aerial tricks, is at 13 percent.
  • Goats, starring David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga in a coming-of-age dramedy about a teenager attempting to understand his eccentric family members, is at 13 percent.

Tag Cloud

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