Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Cinderella is Certified Fresh

Plus, Run All Night is hit and miss, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is Certified Fresh.

by | March 12, 2015 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a fairy tale princess (Cinderella, starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett) and a regretful hit man (Run All Night, starring Liam Neeson and Ed Harris). What do the critics have to say?



Revisionist fairy tales are all the rage these days, so it’s a bit surprising that director Kenneth Branagh has taken the opposite tack with his mostly-straightforward version of Cinderella. Not that that’s a bad thing; critics say this is charming, visually striking family entertainment with more than a touch of the old Disney magic. You probably know the story by heart, but here goes: after her aristocratic father’s tragic death, Cinderella (Lily James) is left in the care of her wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her cruel stepsisters. But with the help of a fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter), our heroine wins the heart of a prince. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Cinderella doesn’t bring many new twists to the classic tale, but it’s so exquisitely crafted and energetically acted that it hardly matters. (Watch our video interview with Branagh, James, and Blanchett, and click through our gallery of the most important shoes in the movies.)

Run All Night


Another week, another movie in which Liam Neeson is out for blood. Critics say Run All Night is a so-so entry in this budding subgenre, one that’s better than Taken 3 but a notch or two below A Walk Among the Tombstones. Neeson plays Jimmy, a broken-down mob assassin with a long personal and professional history with crime boss Shawn (Ed Harris). But when Jimmy kills Shawn’s kid in order to save his son’s life, he finds his old buddy gunning for him. The pundits say the main reason to watch Run All Night is Neeson and the strong cast, but otherwise, the plot is too convoluted and the execution is too workmanlike. (Check out Harris’ best-reviewed films here.)

What’s On TV:

Critics say that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Certified Fresh at 95 percent) is as odd as it is hilarious, thanks in part to a spot-on performance from Ellie Kemper.

The pundits say season three of Bates Motel (90 percent) further blurs the lines around TV’s creepiest taboo mother/son relationship, uncomfortably darkening its already fascinating tone.

Critics say that while The Returned (64 percent) is overshadowed by its superior source material, the US version retains enough of the creep factor and character drama to appease fans of the genre.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Of Horses and Men, an Icelandic dramedy featuring a series of interlocking stories about disparate people and their equine companions, is at 100 percent.
  • Seymour: An Introduction, a documentary profile of concert pianist and teacher Seymour Bernstein directed by Ethan Hawke, is at 100 percent.
  • It Follows, an indie horror film about a malevolent force that preys on teens in a Michigan suburb, is Certified Fresh at 95 percent.
  • The Wrecking Crew, a doc about the legendary L.A. session musicians who backed up everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Beach Boys, is at 93 percent.
  • 3 Hearts, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve in a romantic drama about two sisters who fall for the same man, is at 82 percent.
  • Champs, a documentary in which legendary pugilists Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield discuss their lives in and outside the ring, is at 60 percent.
  • Walter, a dramedy about a movie theater employee who believes he’s the son of God, is at 57 percent.
  • Treading Water, starring Douglas Smith and Zoë Kravitz in a dramedy about a lonely teenager with a rare medical condition that makes him smell like a fish, is at 50 percent.
  • Cymbeline, starring Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris in a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy featuring warring bikers and cops, is at 33 percent.
  • The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi in a comic fantasy about a shoe repairman who discovers a machine magical properties, is at 11 percent (check out co-star Method Man’s Five Favorite Films here).
  • Home Sweet Hell, starring Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson in a drama based on the true story of the brazen kidnapping of a brewery heir, is at eight percent.

Tag Cloud

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