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

Women's History Month Grammys dc a nightmare on elm street vampires Discovery Channel Mary poppins VOD Awards Tour SXSW LGBT SundanceTV cinemax BET Awards 4/20 cars CBS All Access book Baby Yoda name the review CBS nbcuniversal foreign Lionsgate cancelled TV series Masterpiece 45 21st Century Fox animated Infographic award winner Fall TV concert Heroines Video Games Best and Worst Amazon composers rotten Watching Series cops boxoffice theme song VH1 Disney Plus singing competition latino slashers DirecTV black Certified Fresh Marathons finale Christmas anime streaming supernatural 24 frames DC Comics Nominations Ovation Avengers nfl screen actors guild asian-american reviews unscripted Britbox San Diego Comic-Con Trivia Film Festival doctor who Western Funimation teaser zombies comics indiana jones WarnerMedia Disney halloween Fox Searchlight Tumblr Comic Book TIFF SDCC video on demand Turner spinoff The Witch Apple TV Plus Columbia Pictures Podcast breaking bad canceled Action GoT Warner Bros. Extras romance YA Shudder joker GIFs MCU game of thrones cooking natural history zero dark thirty Peacock Travel Channel ratings social media Binge Guide BBC BAFTA Crackle ID Captain marvel rotten movies we love space BBC America HBO Go Acorn TV Schedule festival Creative Arts Emmys Reality Competition criterion Black History Month TCA Awards Spring TV sequel 2020 facebook CNN E! Pop See It Skip It Trophy Talk 71st Emmy Awards Hallmark miniseries Nickelodeon werewolf APB satire dogs Hear Us Out aliens french biography Endgame scary movies 007 Star Trek TV Lifetime Christmas movies Photos RT21 The Walking Dead Comedy science fiction Ghostbusters Tarantino Mary Tyler Moore Valentine's Day comic books Showtime Super Bowl stand-up comedy Premiere Dates 72 Emmy Awards OneApp Television Critics Association Song of Ice and Fire cartoon chucky BBC One toy story RT History sequels TBS Chilling Adventures of Sabrina based on movie Cartoon Network critics Family The Academy disaster children's TV LGBTQ adventure thriller movies laika MSNBC zombie cats Turner Classic Movies Dark Horse Comics Vudu south america New York Comic Con National Geographic emmy awards Shondaland Martial Arts IFC Red Carpet dceu Oscars best transformers Paramount ITV psycho YouTube spy thriller crossover Cosplay historical drama independent spain Pirates romantic comedy Amazon Prime Video cancelled television Emmys Netflix Christmas movies Apple nature ABC Family Lifetime Adult Swim child's play Election Ellie Kemper IFC Films Amazon Prime Comedy Central Film die hard hollywood remakes Disney streaming service PBS HBO Max halloween tv Interview toronto football war Superheroes ABC FX on Hulu movie technology Sneak Peek spanish language Logo First Reviews worst Pet Sematary kids FX ESPN Sundance 20th Century Fox YouTube Red Year in Review Sundance TV golden globes TLC documentary President Crunchyroll NYCC Hulu screenings Thanksgiving Winners political drama GLAAD cults BET politics sitcom Disney+ Disney Plus stop motion Fox News Quiz Starz The Arrangement The CW Holidays USA justice league richard e. Grant what to watch Brie Larson crime drama Sundance Now Disney Channel christmas movies adaptation Cannes The Purge archives psychological thriller DC Universe Hallmark Christmas movies Mystery Rock Summer Marvel Apple TV+ mutant spider-man free movies Trailer television Nat Geo Writers Guild of America classics jamie lee curtis Spike Bravo stoner mockumentary Emmy Nominations PaleyFest 2019 TV renewals TCA 2017 MTV Pride Month travel Epix canceled TV shows CW Seed Pixar Esquire series franchise obituary strong female leads japanese discovery DC streaming service Reality comiccon A&E TCM cancelled Star Wars Sci-Fi police drama cancelled TV shows venice First Look anthology HBO El Rey Character Guide Mindy Kaling AMC Rom-Com sports Tomatazos universal monsters Food Network Marvel Television Musical Animation Music films dramedy Netflix Fantasy spanish harry potter Toys Comics on TV medical drama tv talk Set visit comic dragons Box Office Holiday revenge TNT NBC mission: impossible dark Lucasfilm Superheroe comedies Calendar Chernobyl 2015 renewed TV shows news Mary Poppins Returns Mudbound Musicals Marvel Studios hispanic crime thriller sag awards Rocky VICE Academy Awards Anna Paquin docudrama game show binge Walt Disney Pictures twilight American Society of Cinematographers Elton John all-time blaxploitation robots 2016 serial killer Pop TV Spectrum Originals Winter TV Sony Pictures ghosts 2018 TV Land Black Mirror true crime Amazon Studios hist documentaries Teen video versus italian PlayStation batman scorecard Paramount Network Drama X-Men casting parents DGA Biopics australia Polls and Games festivals History blockbuster Arrowverse YouTube Premium directors TCA TruTV Syfy Rocketman quibi fast and furious TCA Winter 2020 elevated horror Kids & Family period drama OWN Horror indie witnail Classic Film talk show Freeform Awards WGN Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt USA Network reboot Countdown E3 Television Academy worst movies Country diversity Universal Tubi CMT Stephen King 2017 crime A24 FOX superhero green book FXX Opinion