Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Paranormal Activity 3 is Certified Fresh

Plus, The Three Musketeers, Johnny English Reborn, and The Mighty Macs all misfire.

by | October 20, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a vengeful spirit (Paranormal Activity 3, starring Katie Featherston and Sprague Grayden), a trio of swashbucklers (The Three Musketeers, starring Logan Lerman and Milla Jovovich), a silly spy (Johnny English Reborn, starring Rowan Atkinson and Gillian Anderson), and some holy hoopsters (The Mighty Macs, starring Carla Gugino and David Boreanaz). What do the critics have to say?

Paranormal Activity 3


You probably know what to expect with the Paranormal Activity franchise at this point, but that doesn’t mean that part three doesn’t have a few tricks up its sleeve: critics say this installment is as spooky and shriek-inducing as the first one – perhaps even more so. This time out, we discover the origins of Katie’s mysterious bedeviling, revealed through some serendipitously recorded VHS tapes. The pundits say the series’ conceit may not be fresh, but the Certified Fresh Paranormal Activity 3 has plenty of effective scares and creepy atmospherics to satisfy anyone in the market for a good ghost story.

The Three Musketeers


All for one and one for all? Well, the critics certainly don’t have a feeling of esprit de corps when it comes to The Three Musketeers, calling it an overblown special effects extravaganza that’s largely bereft of coherence or wit. Logan Lerman stars as the hot-headed young D’Artagnan, who teams up with the legendary trio of swashbucklers to prevent the megalomaniacal Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz) from plunging Europe into chaos. The pundits say The Three Musketeers has moments of mad, manic energy, but too often it’s just loud, busy, and lacking a sense of ribald fun.

Johnny English Reborn


Rubber-faced Rowan Atkinson’s brand of goofy, good-natured comedy didn’t win over the critics in the first Johnny English, and the same can be said of Johnny English Reborn. Atkinson is back as the titular “intelligence” agent who bumbles his way around the globe on a mission to save the Chinese premier from an assassination attempt. The pundits say Atkinson’s proclivity for physical comedy generates some laughs, but mostly, Johnny English Reborn is poorly paced and overrun with weather-beaten gags. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down some of cinema’s most memorable spy spoofs.)

The Mighty Macs


Hoosiers at a Catholic school doesn’t sound bad on paper, but critics say The Mighty Macs feels awfully familiar in execution, failing to add much girl-power spice to the inspirational sports movie playbook. Carla Gugino stars as Cathy Rush, a college basketball star who takes a coaching gig at a tiny women’s religious college. Can she lead her team to victory while striking a modest blow for feminism in the process? The pundits say The Mighty Macs is sweet, well-meaning, and really, really predictable, featuring better-than-averages performances and no surprises whatsoever.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

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