Critics Consensus

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Is Back in Theaters, and It's Still Awesome

Plus, Tulip Fever wasn't widely screened for critics.

by | August 31, 2017 | Comments

This weekend at theaters, we have the return of a Steven Spielberg classic (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr) and the belated bloom of a period romance (Tulip Fever, starring Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan). What are the critics saying?

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017) 100%

An unassailable sci-fi masterpiece and a highlight from one of the most acclaimed filmographies in modern cinema, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one of those movies every film buff needs to see at least once — and thanks to this weekend’s 40th anniversary reissue, you don’t need to have been alive in 1977 to do see it on the big screen. In fact, due to its new 4K restoration, filmgoers who manage to catch it during this special one-week run might even be better off than the audiences who originally made Close Encounters a hit. Whether you’ve seen this early Spielberg effort countless times or have never gotten around to experiencing it, your mission is clear: polish off your mountain of mashed potatoes and watch Richard Dreyfuss make first contact at a theater near you.

Tulip Fever (2017) 10%

Generally when a movie languishes in studio scheduling limbo for years, it doesn’t bode well for its chances at the box office — and when that movie ends up sneaking into theaters during a soft end-of-summer weekend, those odds drop even further. On the other hand, Tulip Fever has more than a few things in its favor, including a period plot steeped in forbidden love, a prestige cast that balances veteran stars like Dame Judi Dench and Christoph Waltz against up-and-comers like Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, and Cara Delevingne, and a behind-the-scenes pedigree that includes a screenplay from Oscar winner Tom Stoppard and music by Danny Elfman. All of which is to say that this tale of a 17th-century painter (DeHaan) who develops a hankering for the married young woman he’s been hired to paint (Vikander) could have a lot more to offer than its long trip to the box office might suggest; unfortunately, we don’t yet have enough to go on to have an idea of which way critics are going to lean on Tulip Fever. While we wait for more reviews to roll in, how about a round of Guess the Tomatometer?

Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Dolores (2017) , a documentary look at the enduring legacy of pioneering labor activist Dolores Huerta, is at 100 percent.
  • The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) , a Cold War drama about a corrupt teacher whose status in the Communist Party shields her from reprisal, is at 79 percent.
  • Jesus (2017) , in which a father and son’s problematic relationship is complicated after the boy commits a violent crime, is at 78 percent.
  • Viceroy's House (2017) , a period drama taking place at the dawn of India’s independence from British colonial rule, is at 73 percent.
  • Kill Me Please (Mate-me por favor) (2017) , about a group of Brazilian teens whose lives are shadowed by a rash of local murders, is at 70 percent.
  • Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) , heralding the return of Seann William Scott as hockey enforcer Doug “The Thug” Glatt, is at 52 percent.
  • Hazlo Como Hombre (2017) , about the comedy of errors that ensues among two close couples when one of the men discovers he’s gay, is at 43 percent.
  • Jackals (2017) , a horror movie about a family’s efforts to extricate and deprogram a young man from the clutches of a cult, is at 43 percent.
  • A Boy Called Po (2017) , about an autistic boy who retreats into a fantasy world to escape bullying, is at 29 percent.
  • Unlocked (2017) , a spy thriller uniting the talents of Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Noomi Rapace, and Orlando Bloom, is at 27 percent.
  • I Do... Until I Don't (2017) , a new rom-com from writer-director-star Lake Bell that takes a look at the institution of marriage, is at 22 percent.
  • The Layover (2017) , starring Alexandria Daddario and Kate Upton as two women in a pratfall-peppered catfight over a man, is at zero percent.

Tag Cloud

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