Critics Consensus

Bridge of Spies Is Certified Fresh

Plus, Fargo, The Last Kingdom, The Walking Dead, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are all Certified Fresh.

by and | October 15, 2015 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a captured pilot (Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance), terrified teenagers (Goosebumps, starring Jack Black and Dylan Minnette), a haunted novelist (Crimson Peak, starring Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain), and a team of underdogs (Woodlawn, starring C. Thomas Howell and Sean Astin). What do the critics have to say?


Bridge of Spies (2015) 91%

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are about as dependable as any director-star combo in movie history, and with Bridge of Spies, they bring gravitas to a little-known slice of Cold War intrigue. Critics say the film is finely crafted and deeply involving, its old-fashioned-ness belying some inspired stylistic touches. Hanks stars as James Donovan, an American attorney called upon to defend a Soviet agent at a trial, and who subsequently finds himself involved in a clandestine prisoner exchange between the CIA and the KGB. The pundits say Bridge of Spies simmers with low-key tension, and Spielberg captures the uneasy mood of the period with painstaking detail.


Goosebumps (2015) 78%

What if all the monsters, ghouls, and creepy-crawlies in R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books were real? And what if they got loose and wreaked havoc on a small town? That’s the premise behind Goosebumps, a spooky, family-friendly adventure that critics say is charming enough to overcome some minor flaws. Dylan Minnette stars as Zach, a big city teen who moves in next door to Stine (Jack Black) and his daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush). When Zach inadvertently unleashes the very real creatures that Stine has been keeping captive within the pages of his books, the three of them must act quickly to save their town. The pundits say Goosebumps is mostly a fun, over-the-top ride that should please fans of the source material, even if the cheeky humor is hit-or-miss.


Crimson Peak (2015) 73%

Guillermo del Toro is undoubtedly one of contemporary cinema’s most distinctive visual stylists — and critics say his unparalleled eye goes a long way toward making Crimson Peak watchable, though this old-fashioned ghost story is decidedly short on scares. Set in turn-of-the-century Buffalo, the film stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing, an aspiring novelist who’s swept off her feet by Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), a mysterious, rakish Englishman who spirits her away to a crumbling estate haunted by both ghosts and grim secrets. The pundits say Crimson Peak is extravagantly crafted and always pleasing to the eye, though its narrative is often far less compelling.


Woodlawn (2015) 73%

The inspirational sports drama Woodlawn was barely screened for critics prior to its release in theaters this weekend. Based on a true story, it’s a faith-based drama about a high school football team struggling to come together in racially-divided Birmingham in the early 1970s. Guess the Tomatometer!


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  • Chris Geriak

    “faith-based drama”

    No way it’s more than a 20%, though that in itself is a bit generous. I really feel bad for Sean Astin, he was just such a notable actor and now look at where he’s at.

    • krisko612

      War Room is at 37%. Not exactly a number to be proud of, but not all faith-based films get as low of a tomatometer as you might think. Who knows, this one could (possibly) be decent?

      Then again, I haven’t actually seen any of the recent crop of religious-themed films. I have a hard time believing that they could possibly be as bad as critics usually point out. I would personally be thrilled to see a fresh faith-based film for once, but I know it would take nothing short of a miracle for that to happen, and this doesn’t seem like the film to do it.

    • Emilio Rodriguez

      I think you might want to rethink that statement. It’s currently at a 100%.

  • Mike Smith

    Truth against Momentum for the same plot??? Or, did you read it wrong?

    Zero percent for Woodlawn!!!

    • Emilio Rodriguez

      Zero percent for Woodlawn… guess again. It’s currently at a perfect 100%.

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