Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: The Impossible is Certified Fresh

Plus, Promised Land is earnest but implausible, and Texas Chainsaw 3D wasn't screened -- guess the Tomatometer!

by | January 3, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a family in peril (The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor), a town versus a corporation (Promised Land, starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski), and killer with a chainsaw (Texas Chainsaw 3D, starring Alexandra Daddario and Tremaine “Trey Songz” Neverson). What do the critics have to say?



The Impossible

81%

Based upon a true story, The Impossible puts viewers though a ringer, and critics say the film is both visceral and harrowing, despite the occasional attempt at emotional manipulation. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as parents on vacation in Thailand with their three children when a brutal tsunami hits and forces them to fight for their lives. The pundits say the Certified Fresh The Impossible is sometimes a bit too schmaltzy, but it’s ultimately an inspiring, powerful tale of survival.



Promised Land

51%

Promised Land has a prestigious cast (Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski) and a distinguished director (Gus Van Sant), and it tackles a hot-button issue (fracking). Unfortunately, critics say it’s also over-earnest and contains several implausible plot twists. Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Damon) is dispatched to an economically depressed town to secure drilling rights for an energy company. However, he meets resistance from a grassroots effort by local residents. The pundits say Promised Land is both well-acted and well-meaning, but it never quite reconciles its story with its political aims.



Texas Chainsaw 3D

19%

It appears that the folks behind Texas Chainsaw 3D are concerned that their film is way too scary for weak-willed movie critics, since it wasn’t screened prior to its release. Once again, a scary dude named Leatherface is terrifying teenagers deep in the heart of Texas. Hey everybody, time to ring in the new year by playing guess the Tomatometer! (And check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down some memorable 3D horror movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • 56 Up, the latest installment of the long-running British documentary series that checks in with its subjects every seven years, is at 100 percent.
  • A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, a drama about a long-distance friendship between an Israeli girl and a Palestinian boy, is at 56 percent.
  • A Dark Truth, starring Andy Garcia and Forest Whitaker in a thriller about an ex-CIA agent who investigates a massacre in South America, is at zero percent.

Tag Cloud

ABC Family CMT war Character Guide Fall TV Masterpiece Marathons NBC E3 WGN Set visit Sundance DC Comics Awards TCA Teen ABC Nominations cats Logo Video Games Biopics supernatural thriller AMC ITV FOX Food Network diversity 2016 discovery Writers Guild of America dramedy GoT Election Countdown BBC America crime thriller Paramount Watching Series The CW CNN Infographic TCA 2017 Lifetime Emmys USA Animation Martial Arts Pirates TNT technology CBS All Access political drama PBS Opinion First Look Podcast Star Wars Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Musical aliens crime Action Trailer cinemax 2017 sports biography Dark Horse Comics SundanceTV Amazon Cosplay serial killer Toys Tomatazos comiccon Ghostbusters harry potter Certified Fresh romance police drama Sci-Fi Warner Bros. Ellie Kemper VICE historical drama Trivia Super Bowl Comedy Central social media President Year in Review 007 crime drama HBO IFC Nat Geo TIFF The Arrangement MTV Bravo transformers FXX TCM DirecTV ESPN adventure Showtime Valentine's Day E! Comedy A&E period drama Premiere Dates RT History Rom-Com Winners boxoffice Superheroes TruTV Music Red Carpet Holidays 2015 Interview Pop Disney Channel based on movie Cartoon Network NYCC Fantasy Mindy Kaling Grammys Polls and Games Oscars X-Men TBS Hulu Horror CBS Starz Reality Competition Syfy Country El Rey Mary Tyler Moore GIFs vampires Nickelodeon TV composers Mystery Sneak Peek SDCC BET Musicals cops Adult Swim VH1 DC Universe science fiction Rocky Disney Tumblr TV Land FX BBC Spring TV Best and Worst zombie GLAAD talk show Kids & Family Winter TV sitcom cooking History Drama 45 American Society of Cinematographers Fox News Box Office Esquire Freeform docudrama what to watch binge Crackle Netflix LGBTQ Star Trek Lionsgate Marvel YA PaleyFest Extras Thanksgiving 24 frames politics singing competition travel Rock OWN Comic Book APB Universal Photos Reality Schedule MSNBC psycho Summer TLC Calendar