Critics Consensus

Atomic Blonde Is Slick, Explosive Fun

Plus, The Emoji Movie is 💩, and Midnight, Texas doesn't suck enough.

by | July 27, 2017 | Comments

This weekend at the movies, we have Charlize Theron at the Berlin Wall (Atomic Blonde, co-starring James McAvoy), and the inevitable cinematic consequence of being too lazy to type (The Emoji Movie, featuring the voices of T.J. Miller and James Corden). What are the critics saying?


Atomic Blonde (2017) 78%


Charlize Theron is certainly no stranger to big-screen action, but it’s been awhile since she had the opportunity to carry an entry in the genre by herself — and her 2005 starring vehicle, Aeon Flux, didn’t exactly turn out the way it was supposed to. It seems fairly likely that a far kinder fate awaits this weekend’s Atomic Blonde, in which Theron plays a superspy tasked with taking down a Berlin espionage ring during the waning days of the Cold War. Reviews describe a sleek, set piece-stuffed experience, with director David Leitch (John Wick) adding an extrai eye-catching layer of visual style to this adaptation of Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City — and Theron remains equally compelling whether she’s wearing a glamorous evening gown, breaking a bad guy’s face, or doing both of those things at the same time. The movie’s story, alas, is more of a mixed bag, but with moves this cool, most critics say there’s little reason to quibble; if you like going to the theater to watch villains get punched, Atomic Blonde should be right up your alley.


The Emoji Movie (2017) 7%


As Hollywood has taught us repeatedly in recent years, just because something sounds like a crazy idea for a movie and/or a crass cash grab, that doesn’t mean the end results can’t be delightfully entertaining. (The LEGO Movie, anyone?) Still, even if it’s possible for filmmakers to spin cinematic gold out of conceptual straw, that doesn’t mean it’s likely; sometimes what sounds like a bad idea is exactly that, and The Emoji Movie offers colorful yet creatively bankrupt proof. If nothing else, this animated adventure lives up to its title — it really is a movie populated with walking, talking emojis — so it could hardly be argued that anyone who buys a ticket won’t know exactly what they’re going to get. But if you’re somehow still on the fence about heading out to see it, critics universally urge you to reconsider; words like “meh,” “idiotic,” and “regret” — along with, yes, a handful of appropriately scornful emojis — sum up scribes’ viewing experiences. Here’s hoping things turn out better for that Fruit Ninja movie in the works.

What’s New on TV

Midnight, Texas: Season 1 (2017) 61%

Midnight, Texas doesn’t suck as much as it should.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

Tag Cloud

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