Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: X-Men: Days of Future Past is Certified Fresh

Plus, Blended isn't a trip worth taking.

by | May 22, 2014 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got time-traveling Marvel mutants (X-Men: Days of Future Past, starring Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence) and a misbegotten family vacation (Blended, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore). What do the critics have to say?

X-Men: Days of Future Past


Marvel fans, the wait is over, and the news is good. Critics say X-Men: Days of Future Past is nearly everything a summer blockbuster should be: star-studded, action-packed, ambitious, thoughtful, and above all, fun. This time out, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) goes back in time to prevent an assassination that, if it’s carried out, will lead to the creation of a new weapons system that threatens the existence of the X-Men — and potentially, all of humanity. The pundits say the Certified Fresh X-Men: Days of Future Past is so filled with detail that it may occasionally confuse non-diehards, but director Bryan Singer keeps the action moving at such a confident pace that it’s difficult not to avoid getting into the spirit of things. (Check out our video interview with the stars, as well as this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down every X-Men movie by Tomatometer.)



Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have teamed up on the big screen twice before, but if you’re hoping that Blended offers an amiable good time in the vein of The Wedding Singer or 50 First Dates, critics say you’re out of luck with this odd, unfunny mix of would-be laughs and excessive sentimentality. After a disastrous blind date, single parents Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) agree to never see each other again. Naturally, they both wind up at the same South African resort, and after some wacky hijinks involving the local wildlife, they discover they actually like each other. The pundits say Blended is pretty desperate stuff — it’s got a creaky plot, a truckload of stereotypical characters, and, worst of all, a shortage of funny gags. (Watch our video interview with the stars, and flip through our gallery of memorable on-screen couples.)

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