Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: The Amazing Spider-Man Is Certified Fresh

Plus, Savages is uneven, pulpy fun, and Katy Perry: Part of Me is Certified Fresh.

by | July 5, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a legendary web-slinger (The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone), a deadly cartel (Savages, starring Taylor Kitsch and Salma Hayek), and a teenage dream (the 3D concert documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me). What do the critics have to say?



The Amazing Spider-Man

72%

The Spider-Man franchise might have set a record for the quickest reboot, though critics say The Amazing Spider-Man is still entertaining, gritty, action-packed stuff — even if we’ve seen it all before. It’s the story of how Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) gets bitten by a radioactive spider, becomes a superhero, develops a relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and battles a supervillain named the Lizard. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Amazing Spider-Man covers some pretty well-trodden ground, but Garfield and Stone are excellent and the action sequences pack a wallop. (Check out 24 Frames for a pictorial rundown of Marvel characters on the big screen.)



Savages

51%

Oliver Stone may have mellowed in recent years, but critics say Savages is a return to the disreputable Stone films of old — one that’s messy, but often queasily compelling. A couple of friends (Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson) run a profitable marijuana-dealing business, but a fearsome Mexican drug cartel led by the ruthless Elana (Salma Hayek) insists on a partnership – with severe consequences if they refuse. The pundits say Savages is tonally uneven and a bit overlong, but it’s also exuberantly pulpy and features fine supporting turns from Benicio Del Toro and John Travolta. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Stone’s best-reviewed movies.)



Katy Perry: Part of Me

75%

At first glance, Katy Perry: Part of Me looks like a tricked-out infomercial, but critics say it’s a rousing and brightly-colored concert documentary that gives some insight into the star’s offstage life. The film follows Perry on her “California Dreams” world tour, capturing her eye-popping stage show as well as archival footage of her younger days and glimpses of backstage drama. The pundits say that even if the Certified Fresh Katy Perry: Part of Me doesn’t delve too deeply, it’s still a revealing portrait of a likeable pop star dealing with the rigors of life on the road.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

TIFF supernatural Certified Fresh Toys SDCC Nickelodeon Logo OWN adventure The Arrangement SundanceTV Food Network Countdown AMC Winners vampires Watching Series Comedy Central PaleyFest Cosplay Winter TV social media Drama Nominations Nat Geo Polls and Games cops Crackle Thanksgiving Grammys Awards cooking WGN FOX Trivia Teen The CW zombie Pop BET Dark Horse Comics DC Comics Oscars RT History President Superheroes Summer based on movie Netflix History E! Exclusive Video Musicals Disney Channel Premiere Dates dramedy Music comiccon ITV Showtime DirecTV Rocky science fiction politics 2017 NYCC crime Extras docudrama Red Carpet Year in Review TV Land Trailer ABC Family Writers Guild of America Mystery ESPN VH1 serial killer Universal aliens USA TCA crime thriller Reality Competition psycho thriller Sci-Fi biography A&E TV Fox News LGBTQ Opinion cinemax CBS All Access GoT FXX Cartoon Network Tomatazos Star Wars Rock Super Bowl Masterpiece discovery Freeform Box Office Adult Swim war 007 Tumblr 24 frames El Rey crime drama Reality CMT Sundance CBS Kids & Family Action Best and Worst APB Animation X-Men Sneak Peek BBC Infographic Spring TV Emmys TCM Character Guide Syfy technology TBS MTV Star Trek IFC Interview Photos Starz sports Rom-Com 2015 Valentine's Day Horror TNT Country Fantasy Fall TV Ghostbusters Holidays Amazon First Look Disney diversity CNN Calendar NBC Pirates Marvel Martial Arts Lifetime travel FX police drama Comic Book Election BBC America TCA 2017 Video Games singing competition HBO Biopics ABC MSNBC TruTV period drama sitcom TLC GLAAD Podcast Esquire Comedy VICE Lionsgate American Society of Cinematographers Set visit Marathons harry potter PBS 2016 Mary Tyler Moore Schedule boxoffice Hulu GIFs Bravo