Critics Consensus

Burnt Gets Burned

Plus, Our Brand Is Crisis is a so-so political satire, and Ash vs. Evil Dead is gory and hilarious.

by | October 29, 2015 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a cantankerous chef (Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller), an ace political strategist (Our Brand is Crisis, starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton), and defensive campers (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, starring Tye Sheridan and David Koechner). What do the critics have to say?


Burnt (2015) 28%

At this point, we expect celebrity chefs to act like college basketball coaches — it’s a surprise if they aren’t yelling all the time. The problem with Burnt, critics say, is that its central culinarian is such a jerk that he ends up giving the whole dish a bad taste. Bradley Cooper stars as Adam Jones, whose genius in the kitchen has often been undermined by a short temper and a taste for booze. In a bid for redemption, Jones tries to keep his emotions in check and repair his interpersonal relationships. The pundits say Burnt looks appetizing but is made with stale ingredients — in other words, its excellent cast and strong visuals can’t salvage its predictable plot.


Our Brand is Crisis (2015) 36%

It’s easy to be cynical about politics, so if you’re going to make a film that satirizes the electoral process, it needs to be sharp enough to draw blood. Unfortunately, the critics say that while Our Brand is Crisis offers a tough, smart performance from Sandra Bullock, its insights aren’t particularly deep. Based on a 2005 documentary of the same name, the film stars Bullock as Jane Bodine, a hotshot political strategist who’s hired to resuscitate the sagging campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate. What makes this election personal is that Jane’s hated rival Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton) is working for her candidate’s opponent. The pundits say Our Brand Is Crisis gets a decent amount of mileage out of its stars, but otherwise, this comedy is breezy when it should be down and dirty.


Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) 44%

Must an adolescent fantasy be so juvenile? Critics say Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse — which, as the title indicates, is the story of a group of Scouts who must save their community from a zombie outbreak — has enough decent gags for a killer webisode, but at feature length, its scatological humor and narrative slackness wear thin.


 

What’s Hot on TV

Supergirl: Season 1 (2015) 92%

Melissa Benoist shines as Superman’s plucky little cousin in Supergirl, a family-friendly comic-book adaptation that ditches cynicism for heart.


 

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 1 (2015) 98%

True to the movies that spawned it, Ash vs. Evil Dead is a gory, hilarious, and audacious resurrection of Sam Raimi‘s beloved horror franchise.


Wicked City: Season 1 (2015) 18%

Wicked City falls prey to the style-over-substance stereotype of the decade in which it takes place — although it does have a killer 1980s soundtrack.


THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 6, EPISODE 3: "THANK YOU" 94%

“Thank You” is an example of what The Walking Dead does best, combining gripping action with troubling existential questions in a heart-wrenching plot twist.


 

Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • The Wonders (2015) , starring Monica Bellucci in a drama about a the teenage daughter from a family of struggling beekeepers who becomes obsessed with a mysterious television personality, is at 97 percent.
  • Oklahoma! (1955) , a re-release of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, is at 96 percent.
  • The Armor Of Light (2015) , a documentary profile of an Evangelical minister speaking out in favor of gun control, is at 89 percent.
  • The Price We Pay (2015) , a documentary about the ways in which large corporations avoid paying taxes, is at 88 percent.
  • Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) , a documentary about the life and coming-out of the 1950s teen heartthrob, is at 88 percent.
  • The Royal Road (2015) , a documentary essay about personal identity set against the backdrop of California’s urban landscapes, is at 82 percent.
  • Flowers (Loreak) (2015) , a Spanish drama about a lonely woman who receives a series of bouquets from an unknown sender, is at 75 percent.
  • Love (2015) , Gaspar Noe‘s semi-ironically-titled drama about a sexually adventurous Parisian couple, is at 50 percent.
  • Thomas

    Another week of shitty movies.

    • Red Lentil Dahl

      How do they get made?

  • mimranyameen

    What a lovely week, What a lovely week.

Tag Cloud

ESPN mockumentary CBS AMC Film Travel Channel emmy awards Comics on TV Emmys legend biography spy thriller Sundance TV First Reviews crossover Classic Film zombies italian a nightmare on elm street talk show social media OneApp Marvel christmas movies ABC Family trailers international Creative Arts Emmys Shondaland reviews composers TBS Hallmark nature blockbuster revenge spanish language anthology Lucasfilm Song of Ice and Fire Character Guide romantic comedy Women's History Month Summer police drama Toys 90s Winter TV Countdown superman true crime children's TV Schedule Hallmark Christmas movies 99% TCA Awards worst movies Mindy Kaling toronto DC Universe cults discovery reboot Rom-Com obituary Chernobyl FX DC Comics Valentine's Day The Purge Family blaxploitation Alien serial killer anime television venice concert Mary Poppins Returns Disney Plus harry potter Academy Awards Masterpiece Food Network Reality travel Lifetime psychological thriller cancelled TV shows joker cancelled Horror transformers TCM tv talk laika kaiju TLC Lionsgate Brie Larson 007 zombie scene in color The CW science fiction Turner cancelled TV series new star wars movies Epix LGBTQ Dark Horse Comics latino Arrowverse space TCA 2017 politics National Geographic Biopics 21st Century Fox parents Warner Bros. Drama 72 Emmy Awards TCA pirates of the caribbean hist razzies based on movie independent criterion Rock aliens sports cartoon GLAAD toy story singing competition kids Holiday Cannes ABC period drama technology facebook 45 hispanic PaleyFest 2018 Pride Month game show cooking news prank all-time Wes Anderson Vudu YouTube Premium Cosplay critics RT21 robots sag awards YouTube Red hollywood sequel Paramount Network Podcast DGA Winners jurassic park 2019 1990s black halloween Pet Sematary Musical Nickelodeon ITV ID crime thriller james bond Baby Yoda Sneak Peek Watching Series Hulu E3 Disney spanish cops women crime drama SDCC unscripted asian-american Kids & Family binge psycho basketball zero dark thirty rom-coms Bravo Captain marvel festival PlayStation GIFs Tarantino MTV NBC Spectrum Originals Paramount festivals ViacomCBS HBO Go comiccon south america Crunchyroll YouTube Writers Guild of America LGBT 2021 natural history Black Mirror Endgame mutant San Diego Comic-Con chucky Box Office SXSW new zealand RT History finale scary movies Adult Swim The Witch Comedy Central vampires 2016 political drama live action ratings 4/20 game of thrones Trivia Showtime archives Oscars rotten movies we love CNN child's play Photos directors MCU screen actors guild FXX justice league miniseries canceled TV shows Amazon Quiz Marathons elevated horror Britbox series Film Festival TV renewals diversity animated Mudbound IFC Films Pop godzilla documentary Black History Month 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards documentaries sequels USA dc New York Comic Con Pirates die hard Teen Walt Disney Pictures twilight docudrama TruTV dogs Esquire historical drama Trailer CW Seed new york Disney Channel japan Interview remakes Television Critics Association The Academy comics Sony Pictures BBC movies telelvision Mystery Nat Geo DC streaming service universal monsters lord of the rings Exclusive Video dramedy GoT book nbcuniversal Superheroe casting screenings comic books crime spain FX on Hulu VOD MSNBC BET Awards best Infographic A&E stand-up comedy know your critic Marvel Studios marvel cinematic universe fast and furious Television Academy japanese WarnerMedia Mary poppins Musicals superhero olympics Lifetime Christmas movies franchise Heroines thriller Action Red Carpet CMT Funimation book adaptation streaming History Comedy target TV Land stoner TIFF Star Wars Ghostbusters Animation Amazon Prime Netflix cats movie worst jamie lee curtis heist movie scorecard Logo stop motion IFC indiana jones video Acorn TV Cartoon Network dceu WGN free movies ghosts BET Paramount Plus batman Spring TV Syfy Apple TV+ classics spider-man Crackle canceled Thanksgiving BBC One Superheroes adventure witnail films strong female leads Chilling Adventures of Sabrina cars sitcom The Arrangement Emmy Nominations indie 2017 Amazon Studios award winner werewolf VICE Netflix Christmas movies Grammys teaser BAFTA Hear Us Out Polls and Games Apple Shudder Pacific Islander medical drama 93rd Oscars blockbusters Election TNT The Walt Disney Company video on demand OWN HBO Max TCA Winter 2020 adaptation Elton John Awards Tour HBO satire Fall TV Tokyo Olympics hidden camera BBC America Tomatazos CBS All Access cancelled television American Society of Cinematographers PBS dark Opinion Ovation Discovery Channel Mary Tyler Moore Sundance Now Calendar popular richard e. Grant theme song Certified Fresh deadpool docuseries Image Comics rt archives saw Binge Guide 71st Emmy Awards President TV Holidays TV One Anna Paquin green book Disney streaming service Pixar slashers high school boxoffice Ellie Kemper 24 frames Rocky A24 Universal NBA Peacock See It Skip It YA Spike disaster kong comedies Stephen King spinoff golden globes dragons USA Network Martial Arts 2015 Nominations Comic Book E! romance Rocketman Avengers Year in Review Fox News Super Bowl suspense ABC Signature Tumblr Western renewed TV shows Premiere Dates doctor who monster movies king kong name the review Best and Worst Apple TV Plus The Walking Dead fresh what to watch Extras quibi french 20th Century Fox Video Games VH1 Disney+ Disney Plus Fox Searchlight versus aapi Awards Starz Tubi war 2020 Set visit Freeform Amazon Prime Video Fantasy Trophy Talk Reality Competition Country comic TV movies SundanceTV FOX Sundance Broadway football australia Pop TV halloween tv Music breaking bad foreign DirecTV mission: impossible Marvel Television Columbia Pictures El Rey APB rotten Star Trek Comic-Con@Home 2021 supernatural streaming movies nfl cinemax adenture Christmas Legendary Turner Classic Movies NYCC Sci-Fi X-Men First Look boxing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt golden globe awards