Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Wreck-it Ralph, Flight Are Certified Fresh

Plus, The Man With the Iron Fists is a spirited tribute to classic martial arts films.

by | November 2, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a sensitive villain (Wreck-it Ralph, with voice work by John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman), a troubled pilot (Flight, starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle), and a fighting blacksmith (The Man With the Iron Fists, starring Russell Crowe and RZA). What do the critics have to say?



Wreck-it Ralph

87%

What do video game characters do when the lights go off at the arcade? That’s the inspired premise of Wreck-it Ralph, which critics say is a visual phantasmagoria with a clever story and heartfelt characters that should appeal to kids and their parents. Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is the bad guy in a retro arcade game, but he longs for acceptance and love from his fellow video game characters. So he ventures out of his game in search of adventure and respect — a trek that could have devastating consequences for his pixelated peers. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Wreck-it Ralph falls a little short of the Toy Story movies, but it’s a deft mix of strong storytelling and sensorial ingenuity. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down memorable video game movies.)



Flight

77%

Flight is the tale of the flawed man behind a great act of courage, and critics say it features a terrific performance from Denzel Washington, while director Robert Zemeckis successfully balances white-knuckle action with a perceptive look at a vulnerable, troubled man. Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a commercial airline pilot whose mid-air heroics help to avert a catastrophic crash. Soon, however, his halo is tarnished, as investigators examine whether Whip was under the influence while flying. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Flight is effectively unsettling, a smart, surprisingly entertaining film about addiction that never lets its message overwhelm its narrative.



The Man With the Iron Fists

51%

As the mastermind of the Wu-Tang Clan’s sound, RZA famously sampled dialogue and sound effects from classic martial arts films. And he basically does the same thing in his directorial debut, The Man With the Iron Fists, which critics say is a disjointed but spirited and exciting pastiche of movie styles. RZA stars as a blacksmith who tries to defend his village against a bloodthirsty clan that descends on the town in search of gold. The pundits say The Man With the Iron Fists overcomes its narrative flaws to deliver an action-packed spectacle that brims with over-the-top exuberance. (Check out 24 Frames for a crash course in martial arts movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Finally, props to Linda Burke for coming the closest to guessing Silent Hill: Revelation 3D‘s five percent Tomatometer.

Tag Cloud

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