Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Interstellar and Big Hero 6 are Certified Fresh

Plus, The Theory of Everything is smart and well-acted, and we tell you what's Fresh on TV.

by | November 6, 2014 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a perilous space mission (Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway) and a boy and his robot (Big Hero 6, featuring voice performances by Ryan Potter and Scott Adsit). What do the critics have to say?


Interstellar

72%

Many have tried, but few have approached 2001: A Space Odyssey‘s heady mix of philosophical depth and space adventure (though last year’s Gravity had its moments). Director Christopher Nolan is clearly gunning for the sci-fi pantheon with Interstellar, and while critics say the movie is loaded with ambition and jaw-dropping visuals, its plot is sometimes a muddle. In the not-too-distant future, Earth is on the verge of becoming uninhabitable. Coop (Matthew McConaughey) a former test pilot, is recruited for a risky mission to find another planet that might be able to sustain human life. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Interstellar veers between brilliance and bombast, but its best moments approximate a sense of awe that recalls Andrei Tarkovsky‘s’s Solaris. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down McConaughey’s best-reviewed films, as well as our interviews with the stars.)



Big Hero 6

89%

Does the world need another superhero origin story? If it’s as lively as Big Hero 6, then the answer is yes; critics say this colorful, beautifully-crafted animated film scores on the strength of its distinctive setting, heartfelt story, and its loveable robotic hero, the puffy, literal-minded Baymax. Hiro Hamada is a pre-teen science geek whose older brother has invented an inflatable healthcare robot. However, tragedy strikes, and Hiro, Baymax, and a ragtag group of nerds must team up to save the city. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Big Hero 6 isn’t particularly original, but it’s briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching. (Check out Baymax’s Five Favorite Films here.)

What’s Fresh on TV:


Critics say that Olive Kitteridge (Certified Fresh at 95 percent) lives up to its compelling source material, thanks to fascinating performances from the likes of Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and Bill Murray.


Despite a familiar Cold War spy template, critics say The Game (100 percent) has enough style, intelligence, and twists to be worth playing.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

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