Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: The Debt is Certified Fresh

Plus, guess the Tomatometers for Apollo 18 and Shark Night 3D.

by | September 1, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got spy suspense (The Debt, starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington), lunar scares (Apollo 18, starring Lloyd Owen and Warren Christie), and marine mayhem (Shark Night 3D, starring Sara Paxton and Sinqua Walls). What do the critics have to say?

The Debt


The Debt promises a return to the twisty, morally ambiguous intrigue of Cold War-era spy movies. And critics say it mostly delivers; the film boasts an outstanding cast and scenes of white-knuckle tension that help to alleviate its occasional lapses. Helen Mirren stars as a retired member of an elite Mossad unit that tracked down a fugitive Nazi war criminal years before. However, it turns out the case wasn’t quite as closed as they thought, and revelations from the past reverberate in the present. The critics say The Debt is clunky in spots, but its outstanding cast and smarter-than-average script keep things on track.

Apollo 18


It appears the folks behind Apollo 18 were afraid that critics wouldn’t be over the moon for their film, and so it heads to theaters without being screened. Two astronauts are sent to the moon on a secret mission, only to discover that Earth’s only satellite is overrun with deadly parasites. Hey, everyone, stop playing Dead Space for a minute and guess that Tomatometer!

Shark Night 3D


There’s something fishy going on with Shark Night 3D, since it wasn’t screened for critics prior to its release. Sara Paxton stars as a party-hearty young woman whose trip to her family’s lake house is ruined when a school of sharks are discovered to be prowling the waters. Once again, it’s time to play Guess the Tomatometer! (And be sure to check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down some of cinema’s scariest marine life.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

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