Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Princess, Invictus Are Certified Fresh

Plus, A Single Man is a catch, but The Lovely Bones isn’t all that pretty.

by | December 10, 2009 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a Southern-fried fairy tale (The Princess and the Frog, with voice work Anika Noni Rose and Keith David) and inspiration through rugby (Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon). What do the critics have to say?


The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog has gotten plenty of notice for two reasons: it marks Disney’s return to traditional cel animation, and it features an African American heroine. However, critics say that it’s also a rousing, heart-warming, and likable (though somewhat predictable) movie that works on its own with or without the curiosity factor. Set in 1930s New Orleans, the film follows Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose), a beautiful aspiring chef who’s turned into a frog after succumbing to a nefarious spell by Doctor Facilier (Keith David), a voodoo magician. Will Tiana return to human form? Will she be able to rescue the handsome prince? The pundits say The Princess and the Frog is hardly groundbreaking, but it has enough energy, catchy tunes, and excitement to render most objections moot. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down David’s best-reviewed work.)



Sure, Invictus is yet another inspirational sports film, but critics say Clint Eastwood‘s drama about how sports helped heal South Africa is a strong, well-crafted entry in the genre. Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela, who, in the tense heady days after the end of Apartheid, was looking for a national symbol of unity. He found one in the South African rugby team, captained by Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), who face long odds in the World Cup. The pundits say that Invictus is sometimes too stately and glosses over some of the complexities of the times, but excellent work from Freeman and Damon, as well as a typically assured hand from Eastwood and exciting game footage more than compensate. (Check out The Great Directors: Clint Eastwood for an overview of the star’s work behind the camera.).

Also opening this week in limited release:

Finally, props to Critic Alex Hagani and Alejandro R. for correctly guessing Armored‘s 44 percent Tomatometer, and to Alejandro P. and hatingvindiesel for pinpointing the fact that Transylmania would get a big goose egg.

Tag Cloud

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