RT Critical Consensus: "Dukes of Hazzard," Running on Fumes

by | August 4, 2005 | Comments

While it was never the pinnacle of sophistication, "The Dukes of Hazzard" maintained a goofy outlaw charm in its heyday on the tube. "Goofy" is an adjective some have used to describe this remake, starring Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, and Jessica Simpson; some less charitable scribes say "dumb" is closer to the truth. They say the plot, vacuous as it is, is just an excuse to string together the various car chases, but Jessica Simpson’s much-publicized debut as Daisy Duke serves its purpose. Inconsequential and raunched-up, "Dukes of Hazzard" makes a flying leap to mediocrity at 26 percent on the Tomatometer.

Wong Kar-Wai returns to his usual theme of unrequited love and loneliness with the loose follow-up to "In the Mood for Love" in "2046." Starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, and Faye Wong, "2046" is hailed by some critics as another beautifully-woven tone poem, though a few others have called it hollow and pretentious. "2046" is 86 percent on the Tomatometer and is only one percent lower than "In the Mood for Love"’s 87 percent. The movie is playing in select cities.

There are two camps when it comes to judging Bill Murray as an actor. One camp says he’s a master of subtle, minimalist acting, while the other says he’s just being himself, cruising on autopilot. Whether one enjoys "Broken Flowers," his latest, is dependent upon which opinion one holds, as this episodic and minimalist movie depends largely on Murray to carry it through its running time. There are more critics with him than against, as "Broken Flowers" scores 81 percent on the Tomatometer and is one of Murray’s highest rated movies. "Broken Flowers" is also playing in select cities.

Recent TV Adaptations
NA – Serenity (2005)
NA – Aeon Flux (2005)
26% — Bewitched (2005)
13% — Honeymooners (2005)
21% — Fat Albert (2004)
61% — Starsky & Hutch (2004)
18% — Thunderbirds (2004)

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