Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Furious 7 Is Certified Fresh

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by | April 2, 2015 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got just one wide release: Furious 7, the latest installment of the venerable action series starring starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Michelle Rodriguez. What do the critics have to say?

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The Fast and Furious movies have always delivered white-knuckle thrills. However, critics say what separates Furious 7 from the pack is its heart — without skimping on its patented gravity- and logic-defying action sequences, this new installment doubles as a poignant farewell to the late Paul Walker. If you care about the plot, here it is: rogue ex-secret agent Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) seeks revenge on our heroes after they injured his brother in the previous film, and in turn, the gang teams up with the government to bring him down. Vehicular devastation ensues. The pundits say Furious 7‘s story is as silly as ever, but its energetic, over-the-top action will satisfy fans in the series — and might even win some converts. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down the best and worst films of the Furious 7 stars.)

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Critics say that Darren Star’s witty writing and Sutton Foster’s charisma help to elevate Younger (92 percent) above some of TV Land’s previous sitcoms.

Pundits say that Bloodline (75 percent) remains an addictive, tightly drawn brainteaser framed on a believable canvas, even though its tricky timeline detracts from the potency of the story and its characters.

Also opening this week in limited release:

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