Critics Consensus

Gods of Egypt: God-Awful

Plus, Triple 9 is well acted but overstuffed, and Broad City is as funny as ever.

by | February 25, 2016 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got desert battles (Gods of Egypt, starring Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a big city heist (Triple 9, starring Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor), and winter games (Eddie the Eagle, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman) What do the critics have to say?

Gods Of Egypt (2016) 15%

Months before its release, Gods of Egypt drew heat for its lily-white casting. However, critics say a lack of diversity is only one of its many problems, which also include bombastic performances, cheesy special effects, and a surfeit of unintentional laughs. Set (Gerard Butler) has violently claimed the throne and ruled despotically, so it’s up to Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Bek (Brenton Thwaites) to break his grip on power. The pundits say Gods of Egypt is a spectacularly misconceived would-be epic that might be more fun if it fully embraced its utter preposterousness.

Triple 9 (2016) 53%

Star-studded it may be, but Triple 9 is pretty far from Ocean’s Eleven or Now You See Me territory. Critics say this violent crime drama delivers its share of pulpy thrills, but its plot is both overstuffed and predictable. A crew of ruthless thieves comprised of former soldiers and dirty cops are blackmailed by Russian mobsters into taking on a nearly impossible heist, and to succeed, they’ll need to create a major distraction — a 999, code for “officer down.” The pundits say Triple 9‘s top notch roster of acting talent (which includes Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, and Kate Winslet) helps to elevate this dark, occasionally brutal genre picture.

Eddie The Eagle (2016) 80%

Die-hard sports fans will dimly remember Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, the British ski jumper whose indomitable spirit and last place finish at the 1988 Winter Olympics made him a folk hero. The critics say Eddie the Eagle, a fictional retelling of Edwards’ story starring Taron Egerton in the title role, is an occasionally over-saccharine inspirational sports film that nonetheless succeeds on the basis of its infections charm and strong performances.

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Broad City: Season 3 (2016) 100%

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Togetherness: Season 2 (2016) 88%

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  • TomNewYorker

    seeing both Triple 9 & Gods of Egypt.
    Saturday i’m seeing Jack of the Red Hearts & Sunday i’m seeing Eddie The Eagle.

  • I can’t even believe ‘Gods of Egypt’ opened in theaters.

    It belongs in the bargain Blu-Ray bin at the gas station.

    • ArielVronsky

      God of Egypt was the most dissapointing thing since my son.

  • Bret Osborne

    “and last place finish at the 1988 Winter Olympics made him a folk hero. ”

    Thanks for the spoiler.

    • Yeah right? I had no idea about the outcome and was quite interested in watching the movie.

    • TomazZzz

      Ye.. but thats clear from the beggining i guess… Its not like he is jumping pro while training…

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