Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Warm Bodies is a Date Night of the Living Dead

Plus, the old boys do it tough in Bullet to the Head and Stand Up Guys.

by | January 31, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a zombie rom-com (Warm Bodies, starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer), an aging hit man (Bullet to the Head, starring Sylvester Stallone), and aging ex-cons (Stand Up Guys, starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin.) What do the critics have to say?

Warm Bodies


It can’t be easy putting a fresh spin on something as well-trod as the zombie genre, but this week’s Warm Bodies — starring Nicholas Hoult as an undead teen who falls for Teresa Palmer’s human survivor — gives it a shot, mixing horror and romance in a way that might befit Shakespeare (if the Bard had grown up watching Dawn of the Dead, perhaps.) And for the most part, critics have warmed to Jonathan Levine’s zom-com, suggesting the movie gets its balance of horror, romance and comedy pretty right — even if it doesn’t exactly maximize the potential of a rich premise. Currently, Warm Bodies is Certified Fresh at 78%.

Bullet to the Head


It seems the march of time shall not weary Sylvester Stallone, who keeps cranking out the action movies like a star half his age. This week the Italian Stallion returns in Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head, playing a New Orleans hit man who partners with a DC cop (Sung Kang) to bring down a crime boss. Unfortunately the critics aren’t terribly impressed with Sly’s latest, saying that — despite some deliberately trashy fun — the movie suffers by comparison with Hill’s classic buddy actioner, 48 HRS. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames, in which we take a look at Stallone’s career on the big screen.)

Stand Up Guys


Take three Oscar-winning acting greats and put them in a crime comedy about an ex-con and his two old pals and you’d think it’d be a recipe for a winner. Not so, say the critics. Stand Up Guys features Al Pacino as a recently-released mob veteran who reconnects with his best friend (Christopher Walken) and their associate (Alan Arkin), yet despite the presence of such screen legends, reviews are largely dismissive, suggesting that the movie is a mediocre waste of its talented cast.
(For Pacino on better days, check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down the actor’s ten best-reviewed movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

discovery dramedy Comedy Central Biopics MTV TV Land BBC TBS ESPN Sci-Fi Interview Pop Red Carpet thriller NBC social media Drama ABC MSNBC Disney Channel Marvel Character Guide HBO Grammys Food Network The CW Esquire Masterpiece GLAAD Showtime crime thriller adventure Holidays FOX Nickelodeon Calendar CBS Cosplay politics ITV TCM Lifetime 24 frames Bravo harry potter Sneak Peek comiccon Rom-Com 2016 cinemax Lionsgate diversity Ghostbusters Set visit sports Superheroes LGBTQ AMC IFC Winners Reality Emmys 2015 Writers Guild of America SDCC PBS 2017 Schedule Marathons Amazon First Look Syfy OWN vampires TCA 2017 Rocky Photos Spring TV VH1 Cartoon Network Nominations Horror Countdown NYCC President History Kids & Family Toys Reality Competition docudrama sitcom BBC America TNT Hulu SundanceTV Best and Worst DirecTV Adult Swim Infographic E! Starz Premiere Dates DC Comics Watching Series Summer singing competition Star Wars Thanksgiving TIFF Mystery Fantasy Fox News science fiction Country Extras Opinion CBS All Access Action Music USA Nat Geo crime drama Animation Freeform Exclusive Video Winter TV FXX Fall TV Video Games Universal Year in Review Election ABC Family TCA FX Awards Valentine's Day GIFs Tumblr serial killer Certified Fresh PaleyFest TruTV Logo travel boxoffice Oscars period drama Box Office A&E American Society of Cinematographers Tomatazos Musicals 007 Podcast WGN CNN Pirates GoT Martial Arts BET Crackle CMT cooking VICE Disney Sundance El Rey Trivia Netflix Trailer Comedy Rock Polls and Games