Critics Consensus

It Is Certified Fresh

Plus, Home Again is too familiar, and HBO drops another hit with The Deuce.

by | September 7, 2017 | Comments

This weekend at the movies, we have Reese Witherspoon housing some young hunks (Home Again, co-starring Lake Bell and Michael Sheen) and the long-awaited big-screen arrival of Stephen King’s Losers’ Club (It, starring Jaeden Lieberher and Bill Skarsgård). What are the critics saying?

It (2017) 86%

Plenty of Stephen King’s bestsellers have made the journey to theaters over the last several decades, but 1986’s It — about friends forced to do battle with an ancient evil plaguing the streets of their quaint Maine town — has thus far been relegated to the small screen. That changes with this weekend’s Andrés Muschietti-helmed adaptation, which covers the book’s first half, focusing on the group’s younger years and their first terrifying battle against the being known as Pennywise. Filmgoers have certainly been eager to see a blockbuster-sized It, and broke the horror movie ticket presale record to prove it; happily, critics say that show of faith has been richly rewarded with one of the better films derived from the King oeuvre. By sticking to the book’s opening act, Muschietti’s given his movie more room to develop its characters — and just as importantly, made it possible to balance the story’s supernatural horror against moments of humor and the real-world drama of its deeper themes. Even if you already know the story by heart, be prepared to sleep with the lights on for a night or two… and maybe eye red balloons suspiciously for a while, too.

Home Again (2017) 33%

It’s been a little while since Hollywood served up an old-fashioned romantic comedy, and Home Again — starring Reese Witherspoon as a single mom whose life is upended when she decides to house a trio of younger men — certainly seems to fit the bill. And for good reason: aside from rom-com veteran Witherspoon, the movie comes with an impressive pedigree. Producer Nancy Meyers is a name familiar to fans of the genre as the writer and/or director of entries like Baby Boom, Father of the Bride, and Something’s Gotta Give — and writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer, who’s making her directorial debut here, is Meyers’ daughter. In other words, Home Again looks like a surefire winner on paper, which makes it all the more disappointing that so many critics have been so resolutely unimpressed with the end result. Reviews describe a film that definitely has its share of Meyers’ creative DNA, for better as well as for worse; if fans of the aforementioned hits will likely find it acceptably entertaining, they may also feel like they’ve seen it all done better before. On the other hand, it’ll help you avoid scary clowns this weekend.

What’s New on TV

The Deuce: Season 1 (2017) 93%

The Deuce again demonstrates David Simon‘s masterful grasp of urban grit, while never losing detailed sight of its colorful characters.

Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Trophy (2017) , a documentary about the environmental impact of African big game hunting, is at 100 percent.
  • Spettacolo (2017) , a documentary about the unusual — and dwindling — traditional drama hosted by an Italian village for the last half-century, is at 100 percent.
  • Free in Deed (2017) , about a minister trying to heal a parishioner’s child as he faces his own demons, is at 100 percent.
  • Motherland (Bayang ina mo) (2017) , a look at the real-life Manila hospital whose maternity ward ranks as the world’s busiest, is at 100 percent.
  • Nobody's Watching (Nadie nos mira) (2017) , a drama about an Argentinian immigrant working to build a new life for himself in New York, is at 100 percent.
  • School Life (2017) , a documentary look at a year in the life of an Irish boarding school, is at 88 percent.
  • Anti Matter (2017) , about a woman desperately trying to understand the aftereffects of a science experiment gone wrong, is at 86 percent.
  • Year by the Sea (2017) , starring Karen Allen as a woman at a crossroads in her life and marriage, is at 78 percent.
  • Napping Princess (Hirune-hime: Shiranai watashi no monogatari) (2017) , a futuristic anime in which a young woman sets out to free her father after he’s wrongly accused of a crime, is at 77 percent.
  • The Limehouse Golem (2017) , starring Bill Nighy as a Scotland Yard inspector trying to catch a serial killer in Victorian London, is at 72 percent.
  • The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) , a Dardennes brothers drama about a woman determined to solve the mystery of a death that happened on her doorstep, is at 70 percent.
  • The Challenge (2017) , a documentary investigating the lives of Qatari sheikhs who work as amateur falconers for fun, is at 63 percent.
  • Rememory (2017) , a sci-fi drama about the intrigue that unravels when a man dies after inventing a memory extraction machine, is at 23 percent.
  • Rebel in the Rye (2017) , a biopic about the early life of author J.D. Salinger, is at 22 percent.
  • Fallen (2017) , an adaptation of the YA bestseller about a teen girl in a paranormal love triangle, is at 14 percent.

Tag Cloud

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