Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: Yuma is Certified Fresh; Shoot 'Em Up Shoots And Scores

When it comes to laughs, Brothers Solomon is infertile

by | September 6, 2007 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got shootouts (3:10 to Yuma, Starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale); shoot-em-ups (Shoot ‘Em Up, starring Clive Owen); and last shots (The Brothers Solomon, starring Will Forte and Will Arnett). What do the critics have to say?

Ah, the Western… Every time the genre is pronounced dead, it seems as though a movie like 3:10 to Yuma comes along to revive it. Christian Bale stars as a financially-strapped rancher who joins a group to escort a train robber (Russell Crowe) to federal court; mind games and quick-draw action ensue. Critics say the film is one of the best Westerns in years, featuring outstanding performances from Crowe, Bale, and Ben Foster, and simultaneously utilizing old-fashioned storytelling while deepening the psychological complexity. And while it might fall a little short of the original (93 percent), at 81 percent, Yuma is Certified Fresh all the same. (Check out our interview with Yuma director James Mangold and star Peter Fonda here.)


“Sorry kid. I don’t think there’s gonna be a Robin in the next one.”

There appear two be two critical schools of thought on Shoot ‘Em Up. The first: It’s one of the most preposterous, over-the-top action movies ever. The second: What’s wrong with that? Clive Owen stars as a lone gunman who joins forces with Monica Bellucci to protect a baby from a vicious criminal (Paul Giamatti). Critics say Shoot is patently ridiculous, but features outrageously visceral action sequences and an undercurrent of dark humor. At 69 percent on the Tomatometer, Shoot may be worth a shot.


The argument over which stunk more between Lady in the Water and Derailed is about to be settled.


There’s a raunchy new comedy about romantically challenged young men learning a thing or two about responsibility with the impending birth of a child. No, not Knocked Up — we’re talking about The Brothers Solomon. Will Forte and Will Arnett star as a pair of socially awkward siblings who attempt to fulfill their dying father’s wish for a grandchild — a plan that goes hopelessly awry. Unfortunately, critics say Solomon is stupid rather than funny, featuring talented people in situations that fall flat. At zero percent on the Tomatometer, Solomon is ill-concieved.


Not even Science Now thought favorably of The Brothers Solomon.


Also opening this week in limited release: In the Shadow of the Moon, a documentary about the astronauts who set foot on the earth’s satellite, is at 100 percent on the Tomatometer; Salvador Allende, a doc about the controversial Chilean president is at 90 percent; Hatchet, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to slasher films, is at 80 percent; I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, directed by and starring Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Jeff Garlin as a man looking for love, is at 71 percent; The Hunting Party, a dramedy set during the Bosnian conflict starring Richard Gere and Terrence Howard, is at 45 percent; Fierce People, a drama about class conflict starring Diane Lane and Anton Yelchin, is at 40 percent; and Romance and Cigarettes, John Turturro‘s blue-collar musical starring Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, and Susan Sarandon, is at 33 percent.


Aren’t we all looking for someone to eat cheese with?

Finally, props to Bruce Campbell (is it really you?) for coming closest to guessing Halloween‘s 21 percent Tomatometer. Loved Army of Darkness.

Recent Russell Crowe Movies:
—————————————
26% — A Good Year (2006)
80% — Cinderella Man (2005)
84% — Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
76% — A Beautiful Mind (2001)
40% — Proof of Life (2000)

Recent Clive Owen Movies:
———————————-
91% — Children of Men (2006)
87% — Inside Man (2006)
20% — Derailed (2005)
78% — Sin City (2005)
69% — Closer (2004)

Tag Cloud

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