Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Fast & Furious 6 is Certified Fresh

Plus, The Hangover Part III is short on laughs, and Epic is a solid animated fantasy.

by | May 23, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got racing renegades (Fast & Furious 6, starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson); the Wolfpack on the prowl (The Hangover Part III, starring Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms): and a fantastical forest (Epic, with voice work by Amanda Seyfried and Beyoncé Knowles). What do the critics have to say?

Fast & Furious 6


While most movie franchises find themselves running on fumes after one or two sequels, the Fast & Furious movies have improved as they’ve gone along. Critics say Fast & Furious 6 shows the series still has plenty left in the proverbial tank — its absurd plot is merely an excuse to stage (even more) deliriously exciting chases, stunts, and crashes. This time out, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his merry band of thieves postpone retirement when government agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) asks for their help in taking down a vicious criminal gang that counts old friend Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) among its members. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Fast & Furious 6 is as gleefully preposterous as previous installments, and if you’re in the mood for exhilarating, supercharged action set-pieces, you’ve come to the right place. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames for a gallery of the cars of Fast & Furious.)

The Hangover Part III


The Hangover Part II was mostly content to recycle its predecessor, so switching things up for the second sequel was probably a good idea. Unfortunately, critics say The Hangover Part III is so joke-free that it barely qualifies as a comedy, and while the stars make for good company as usual, the energy level isn’t particularly high. Phil and Stu (Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms) decide to get their out-of-control buddy Alan (Zach Galifianakis) into rehab, but their plan is foiled when a mobster (John Goodman) forces the Wolfpack to track down their old frenemy Chow (Ken Jeong). The pundits say The Hangover Part III is substantially darker than the previous installments, and it lacks the go-for-broke exuberance that made the original a massive hit. (Check out this week’s Total Recall for a countdown of Cooper’s best-reviewed movies, as well as our interviews with the stars.)



Given the advances in CGI, it takes more than pretty pictures to make an animated feature worthwhile. Still, critics say Epic is so visually stunning and briskly-paced that it (mostly) overcomes its generic storytelling. While looking for her missing father in a forest, a teenage girl (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) stumbles across fantastical creatures and finds herself in the midst of a battle between good and evil. The pundits say say Epic‘s plot will seem familiar even to small children, but it’s a beautifully animated fantasy with an inspired vocal cast.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

Walt Disney Pictures australia 73rd Emmy Awards scene in color BBC America crime comic books SXSW batman thriller king kong leaderboard 93rd Oscars comedies what to watch crime thriller cooking historical drama adventure Syfy Discovery Channel Mystery 2021 technology anthology archives Mindy Kaling TCA 2017 hollywood tv talk festivals olympics canceled TV shows BET nbcuniversal fresh versus HBO Max 71st Emmy Awards vs. children's TV History Cannes Epix Winter TV book adaptation CBS rt labs critics edition scary hispanic heritage month Box Office documentaries blockbuster revenge Britbox Funimation gangster stand-up comedy Fantasy Amazon Prime king arthur reboot Turner Classic Movies Film Festival discovery canceled WGN rt archives 007 reviews satire Lionsgate international NBA remakes Anna Paquin Neflix cops Comedy Central critic resources spain know your critic unscripted screen actors guild MCU AMC women Baby Yoda comiccon social media Disney streaming service BET Awards independent Disney rotten movies we love Paramount Pictures 2018 superman Emmy Nominations Avengers Character Guide robots indie romantic comedy TruTV 2016 FOX DC streaming service streaming toy story christmas movies FX on Hulu Calendar transformers Exclusive Video YA Grammys Election 4/20 Photos cancelled television rotten period drama Sneak Peek spinoff Fox Searchlight aapi Bravo criterion YouTube Premium stop motion Warner Bros. Biopics classics 2020 festival based on movie LGBT Netflix Christmas movies NBC sag awards Trivia 2019 Best Picture animated Polls and Games marvel comics Universal Pictures football aliens ViacomCBS Comic Book Best Actress foreign 21st Century Fox Sundance Super Bowl feel good MGM toronto worst movies action-comedy VOD Marvel Television obi wan 20th Century Fox Television Academy Rom-Com Action black Thanksgiving politics Mudbound ITV APB biography Arrowverse Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Captain marvel comic book movies science fiction 2015 Superheroes anime doctor who Logo Comic-Con@Home 2021 HFPA CBS All Access art house Dark Horse Comics hispanic sports halloween fast and furious trophy Apple Paramount miniseries lord of the rings Columbia Pictures American Society of Cinematographers new york Adult Swim nfl sopranos OWN Spectrum Originals interviews NYCC Winners 79th Golden Globes Awards spanish Paramount Network MTV medical drama Marvel Studios Prime Video marvel cinematic universe Fall TV cartoon political drama President Nat Geo National Geographic Year in Review witnail DC Universe Red Carpet GIFs basketball streaming movies free movies italian IFC jamie lee curtis Alien Tokyo Olympics new zealand comic Trophy Talk Stephen King latino halloween tv theme song dragons comics kaiju directors Hallmark Christmas movies Drama travel GLAAD asian-american quibi Amazon Studios dc psychological thriller talk show VH1 Crunchyroll south america 99% zombie SDCC CMT jurassic park Awards GoT harry potter Fargo Hollywood Foreign Press Association Awards Tour Brie Larson Comedy Spring TV Sci-Fi posters Instagram Live royal family Broadway dogs die hard The Witch Rocky 24 frames Academy Awards serial killer deadpool werewolf Comics on TV a nightmare on elm street Song of Ice and Fire San Diego Comic-Con Lifetime TCA universal monsters elevated horror stoner DirecTV facebook Pixar news Netflix Pride Month Tumblr kong ID emmy awards Reality documentary Tarantino slashers french SXSW 2022 BBC One dexter golden globes HBO Go docudrama 45 scene in color series Best Actor Christmas Elton John docuseries genre See It Skip It Valentine's Day USA Apple TV Plus Best Director The Academy all-time Hear Us Out The Walt Disney Company Watching Series breaking bad godzilla Starz PBS heist movie obituary A&E young adult singing competition child's play Musicals Western Disney Plus summer preview Universal television CW Seed Cartoon Network space Disney Channel spider-verse comic book movie game show films green book rom-coms Lifetime Christmas movies Classic Film Reality Competition Summer sitcom superhero Travel Channel Food Network cars Musical Lucasfilm worst broadcast Holidays Shudder Apple TV+ crossover binge telelvision black comedy franchise target scene in color Mary poppins Nominations HBO Nickelodeon Sundance Now IMDb TV boxoffice TNT monster movies cancelled TV shows Opinion Disney+ Disney Plus crime drama indiana jones critics game of thrones A24 DC Comics Schedule high school Toys Peacock WarnerMedia best Music screenings cults Rocketman dceu PaleyFest rt labs X-Men summer TV preview video saw Masterpiece Star Wars Geeked Week Countdown Turner cats concert Tubi MSNBC Women's History Month blaxploitation dark richard e. Grant mission: impossible golden globe awards YouTube Black History Month The Purge 94th Oscars TCA Awards TIFF Extras Focus Features prank ABC Signature ABC Oscar Fox News Superheroe supernatural mockumentary Indigenous vampires Hallmark Star Trek Native Country nature South by Southwest Film Festival 72 Emmy Awards Legendary Sony Freeform Hulu YouTube Red natural history Pirates Binge Guide dreamworks Rock romance Emmys Spike hidden camera The CW Animation composers TBS mcc scorecard summer TV Amazon RT History japan Infographic casting Set visit Film suspense live event ABC Family Premiere Dates strong female leads Cosplay hist AMC Plus scene in color film series Trailer war 1990s Pop TV cancelled Pet Sematary TV Certified Fresh Paramount Plus parents Ellie Kemper blockbusters DGA PlayStation kids TV movies video on demand Chernobyl teaser FXX japanese pirates of the caribbean The Arrangement justice league Sundance TV Acorn TV Showtime award winner name the review wonder woman debate Oscars RT21 boxing Podcast TV One El Rey CNN Wes Anderson LGBTQ IFC Films Crackle BAFTA ghosts Teen Esquire finale Writers Guild of America TV Land dramedy Ovation Family Amazon Prime Video zombies Interview ratings Mary Tyler Moore joker TCM popular BBC E! Shondaland The Walking Dead TLC cancelled TV series adenture 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards scary movies legend Pop live action USA Network Marvel Vudu movie streamig sequel laika Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tags: Comedy Image Comics Endgame Television Critics Association series mob FX james bond Black Mirror E3 twilight zero dark thirty target ESPN police drama Heroines Ghostbusters spy thriller slasher book new star wars movies spider-man New York Comic Con spanish language Martial Arts chucky Creative Arts Emmys First Reviews First Look diversity Star Wars Celebration Marathons OneApp adaptation TCA Winter 2020 Video Games razzies Sony Pictures 2017 true crime Pacific Islander psycho cinemax Tomatazos Horror Kids & Family renewed TV shows sequels trailers disaster VICE biopic Quiz SundanceTV Best and Worst 90s venice movies TV renewals mutant Holiday Mary Poppins Returns