Critics Consensus

Angry Birds Fails to Soar

Plus, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is good for some laughs, and The Nice Guys is Certified Fresh.

by and | May 19, 2016 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got furious fowl (The Angry Birds Movie, featuring voice performances by Jason Sudeikis and Josh Gad), a neighborhood feud (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne), and mismatched detectives (The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling). What do the critics have to say?


The Angry Birds Movie (2016) 43%

First the good news: at press time, The Angry Birds Movie is the best-reviewed video game film adaptation of all time. The bad news is that it’s still Rotten on the Tomatometer. It’s the story of Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), an oft-enraged bird who fears that a group of pigs want to invade his avian paradise. Critics say The Angry Birds Movie has a colorful look and a few decent gags, but it wastes a stellar voice cast on a script filled with lowbrow humor and mixed messages.


Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) 64%

Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne squared off against an obnoxious fraternity in 2014’s Neighborsand the result was a Certified Fresh hit comedy. This time around, Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) face a similar predicament when a sorority led by party girl Shelby (Chloë Grace Moretz) moves in next door, so they reunite with frat boy Teddy (Zac Efron) to fight fire with fire. Critics say Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising manages to squeeze enough fresh laughs out of its recycled premise to make it worth a watch, even if it doesn’t feel like a particularly necessary sequel.


The Nice Guys (2016) 91%

Shane Black may not have invented the odd couple action/comedy, but he’s one of its greatest purveyors – he wrote the script for Lethal Weapon and directed Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Now he’s back with The Nice Guys, and critics say this wild and woolly comedy – about a private eye who teams up with an enforcer to find a missing woman – boasts terrific comic chemistry between Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, along with a surfeit of groovy 1970s style.


What’s Hot on TV

Lady Dynamite: Season 1 (2016) 95%

Maria Bamford‘s Lady Dynamite is a vibrant, subversive, sweet, meta-fictional ride – but also a courageous, boundary-busting and ultimately deep portrayal of a troubled psyche.


 

Preacher: Season 1 (2016) 89%

A thrilling celebration of the bizarre, Preacher boasts enough gore, glee, and guile to make this visually stunning adaption a must-see for fans of the comic and newcomers alike.


Chelsea: Season 1 (2016) 41%

Chelsea comes up short in its attempts to innovate the conventional talk show format — and even worse, it frequently fails to be smart or funny.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) , a documentary about a Ukrainian preacher who made it a personal mission to save local kids from addiction, is at 100 percent.
  • Margarita with a Straw (2016) , starring Kalki Koechlin in a drama about a woman struggling with both cerebral palsy and matters of the heart, is at 90 percent.
  • Weiner (2016) , a documentary about the failed mayoral candidate and serial sexter, is at 87 percent.
  • Maggie's Plan (2016) , starring Greta Gerwig and Ethan Hawke in a comedy about a woman who wants a baby without the responsibilities of marriage, is at 79 percent.
  • Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) (2016) , starring Adrien Brody in a noirish thriller about a newspaper columnist who’s tasked by a mysterious woman to solve her husband’s murder, is at 50 percent.
  • Ma ma (2016) , starring Penelope Cruz in a drama about a cancer-stricken woman who develops a relationship with a recent widower, is at 10 percent.
  • Crockett

    Angry birds, nice guys, mean female neighbors. What a choice!

  • Nathan C.

    The video game movie curse continues…

    • Jshadow

      5 more days left until Warcraft.

      • Alex Meyer

        Actually it’s three weeks, as it doesn’t come out in the U.S. until June 10. Are you not from the U.S.?

        • Jshadow

          Nope, EU/Asia gets it 2 weeks earlier.

  • Alex Meyer

    If Weiner should go so far as to get an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature, I wonder if Anthony Weiner himself will attend the ceremony.

  • Making a movie based on an app is so stupid… about as dumb as making a movie based on Bazooka Joe gum comic strip.

Tag Cloud

superman Cosplay Disney+ Disney Plus docuseries Nat Geo RT History movie mutant true crime anime Shondaland Esquire cults Television Academy TruTV blockbusters 21st Century Fox FXX stoner Extras unscripted YouTube Premium space werewolf jurassic park First Look Crunchyroll discovery foreign films Chernobyl Musical Martial Arts Dark Horse Comics Mindy Kaling dogs ABC Family Brie Larson social media Comedy Central Creative Arts Emmys laika CMT TBS war FX Sundance 2017 rotten movies we love Drama TNT nfl Writers Guild of America festivals Acorn TV Winners renewed TV shows History TV tv talk 45 Music Trophy Talk Character Guide richard e. Grant DirecTV Stephen King godzilla animated BBC One asian-american game of thrones Black Mirror concert Lifetime Christmas movies El Rey Ovation historical drama 2019 best Fantasy ghosts YouTube toy story Anna Paquin Sneak Peek revenge Disney 20th Century Fox cinemax TIFF BBC America Calendar The Purge The Walking Dead Bravo romance diversity VICE dark talk show women black Fox Searchlight 4/20 adaptation child's play New York Comic Con Star Trek venice HBO Go Lionsgate psychological thriller streaming king kong Pride Month San Diego Comic-Con Holidays obituary spider-man Thanksgiving singing competition Heroines Vudu adventure Tumblr sequel Podcast binge Spring TV cats nature Christmas Interview Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Biopics National Geographic prank comic books DC streaming service Mudbound based on movie anthology Box Office Song of Ice and Fire Rocky MTV free movies elevated horror teaser OWN TCA Awards Cartoon Network Spike theme song series latino rt archives Funimation WarnerMedia cartoon Marathons documentary PlayStation USA Network LGBT Captain marvel comic comedies video on demand 2021 ITV Premiere Dates 2015 YouTube Red Kids & Family PBS Epix south america ID Election slashers spanish language TCA Summer sports Netflix Christmas movies indiana jones stand-up comedy sag awards 2020 political drama 99% CBS All Access Ellie Kemper mission: impossible quibi football BBC Classic Film cancelled parents E! Binge Guide Paramount Network deadpool remakes GoT joker Superheroes MSNBC Paramount Plus Apple Apple TV Plus Disney Plus A24 ViacomCBS spain Musicals Rocketman TV renewals WGN SundanceTV Horror Marvel Television NYCC zero dark thirty Trailer worst Film Festival Syfy GIFs Travel Channel worst movies Rom-Com Hulu toronto Pop TV E3 Elton John cancelled TV series supernatural SXSW Comic Book cooking critics Certified Fresh 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards mockumentary criterion Avengers romantic comedy canceled Teen doctor who Hallmark Christmas movies blaxploitation emmy awards Super Bowl Toys Tarantino cancelled television Turner Classic Movies Watching Series cars dramedy documentaries serial killer LGBTQ TV One police drama superhero news 007 Pet Sematary MCU Mary Poppins Returns ABC NBC boxoffice classics finale Marvel natural history Peacock Amazon Studios Amazon Prime Video vampires TCA Winter 2020 American Society of Cinematographers Fox News spinoff composers TCA 2017 reviews golden globe awards DC Comics dragons Oscars Photos cops Broadway jamie lee curtis Set visit video TCM Action Valentine's Day psycho 71st Emmy Awards President The Academy hidden camera Turner Cannes CW Seed Awards Tour Grammys telelvision crime thriller spy thriller halloween tv dc See It Skip It miniseries HBO Max transformers VOD 2016 OneApp Shudder chucky razzies sitcom disaster TLC monster movies zombies Women's History Month X-Men Quiz award winner AMC science fiction crime drama Sundance TV indie robots Disney streaming service strong female leads Reality Competition Opinion PaleyFest Amazon Tomatazos Lucasfilm cancelled TV shows Countdown thriller FOX halloween game show Mary Tyler Moore christmas movies Mary poppins Britbox Spectrum Originals Warner Bros. Pixar breaking bad Schedule Trivia Legendary witnail justice league BET Awards Sundance Now reboot GLAAD biography twilight Pop what to watch Showtime ABC Signature rotten directors Ghostbusters facebook Alien Fall TV green book Pirates DC Universe all-time Crackle fresh Netflix Comics on TV Mystery docudrama Apple TV+ Academy Awards Infographic kids APB First Reviews DGA fast and furious YA Reality australia dceu Tubi Superheroe IFC The Arrangement CNN Western Year in Review Discovery Channel The Walt Disney Company Winter TV golden globes Baby Yoda medical drama hollywood The CW italian french stop motion aliens ESPN FX on Hulu comiccon Hallmark Hear Us Out Rock The Witch Red Carpet Emmy Nominations Sony Pictures Polls and Games Awards nbcuniversal screenings independent screen actors guild zombie Logo crossover A&E Nickelodeon Arrowverse CBS festival USA 24 frames rom-coms boxing comics pirates of the caribbean harry potter Animation versus travel die hard satire Exclusive Video ratings Endgame Paramount television Family Holiday a nightmare on elm street Food Network scary movies scorecard BAFTA 72 Emmy Awards politics Adult Swim japanese SDCC james bond IFC Films Marvel Studios Television Critics Association popular Black History Month VH1 TV Land RT21 Freeform BET name the review Starz spanish Disney Channel children's TV universal monsters movies Sci-Fi 2018 Nominations Film Columbia Pictures trailers Universal hist canceled TV shows Comedy casting HBO Video Games Lifetime Country Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt archives hispanic franchise Walt Disney Pictures Best and Worst Amazon Prime Star Wars blockbuster batman period drama crime Masterpiece technology Emmys book kaiju sequels kong