Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Source Code Is Certified Fresh

Plus, Hop is floppy, and Insidious is a devil of a good time.

by | March 31, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got identity intrigue (Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan); a funny bunny (Hop, starring James Marsden and Russell Brand); and a juvenile ghoul (Insidious, starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne). What do the critics have to say?


Source Code

Recipe for a sci-fi thriller: take a sprig of Memento, a dash of Groundhog Day, and a pinch of Inception. Mix them together and you’ve got Source Code, which critics say is a smart, suspenseful popcorn flick with excellent performances. Director Duncan Jones’s follow-up to the bleak, haunting Moon, Source Code stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier on a mission: to save a Chicago commuter train from a bomber. One issue: he’s part of a government experiment called the Source Code, in which he can transmogrify into the bodies of others for the last eight minutes of their lives, thereby finding clues as to the identity of the bomber. But can our hero save the day? And who is our hero, anyway? The pundits say the Certified Fresh Source Code is multiplex fare of a very high order: it’s challenging, emotionally engaging, and brutally exciting.


Hop

24%

Easter’s right around the corner, so it would seem like an ideal time for a family comedy about a bunny battling with an army of chicks for control of the holiday, right? Unfortunately, critics say the CGI/live action hybrid Hop isn’t all that tasty – it might provide some laughs for the little ones, but parents and older siblings won’t find much to enjoy beyond some admittedly impressive animation. The seemingly ubiquitous Russell Brand provides the voice for E.B., a giant hare who ditches his pre-ordained occupation to become a drummer in L.A. After moving in with Fred (James Marsden), our cottontailed hero discovers that a bunch of little chicks are looking to depose his kind from making the annual rounds. The pundits say Hop lacks bounce — it’s short on both quality gags and inspiration, a confection that lacks substance. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we present a list of memorable movie rabbits.)


Insidious

66%

Insidious‘s setup doesn’t get any points for originality — it’s got a spooky house, creepy children, and a portal to a demonic world. However, it’s not the elements but how you put them together, and critics say Insidious is often a devilishly good time, a film that steadily builds an atmosphere of dread while dishing out shocks with efficiency. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star as a young couple who’ve just moved into the perfect house — or so they think until the oldest of their three children falls into a coma, and seems to be attracting evil spirits. The pundits say Insidious is a good old fashioned horror flick crafted with style and smarts — though the film’s ending is a bit of a letdown after a terrific buildup. (Check out our roundup of the creepiest movie children.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • The Elephant In The Living Room, a documentary about people who keep exotic and deadly animals as pets, is at 100 percent.
  • Circo, doc about a Mexican family’s hundred-year-old traveling circus, is at 100 percent.
  • The 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner In A Better World, about the violent repercussions of school bullying, is at 83 percent.
  • The Four Times, a drama about the cycle of life in a small Italian village, is at 78 percent.
  • Trust, starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener in a drama about the fallout from a teenager’s online encounter with a predator, is at 65 percent.
  • Super, starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page in a dramedy about a self-made superhero, is at 53 percent.
  • Rubber, a horror/comedy about an abandoned tire that comes to life, is at 50 percent.
  • Wrecked, starring Adrien Brody as a man who awakens to find himself trapped in a crashed car, is at 50 percent.
  • Queen to Play, starring Sandrine Bonnaire and Kevin Kline in the tale of a French chambermaid who becomes obsessed with chess, is at 50 percent.
  • Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, a documentary about a man’s attempt to lose weight and get off his meds, is at 50 percent.
  • Cat Run, starring Paz Vega in an action/comedy about two average guys who start a detective agency and stumble upon a deadly plot, is at 13 percent.

Tag Cloud

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