Critics Consensus

Sicario: Day of the Soldado Is a Grim and Gritty Thriller

Plus, Uncle Drew isn't exactly a slam dunk, and Glow season 2, Leave No Trace, Custody, and Dark River are all Certified Fresh.

by | June 28, 2018 | Comments

This weekend at the movies, we’ve got federal agents in peril (Sicario: Day of the Soldado, starring Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin) and NBA stars in prosthetics (Uncle Drew, starring Kyrie Irving and Shaquille O’Neal). What are the critics saying?


Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) 63%

2015’s Sicario certainly isn’t an easy watch, but critics lauded director Denis Villeneuve‘s 2015 crime drama as a hard-hitting thriller with a powerful topical punch — and now its story continues with a sequel, Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Villeneuve and star Emily Blunt are both out this time around, but incoming director Stefano Sollima (Suburra) still has returning co-leads Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro to work with, as well as another timely storyline pitting their CIA operative characters against Mexican drug cartels moving inventory — and terrorists — across the southern border. Unfortunately, while much of what makes up Day of the Soldado will be familiar to fans of Sicario, critics say this follow-up is missing just a little of what made the original so thought-provoking; by taking a more action-oriented approach, this sequel risks wandering into the wish-fulfillment realm of frustrated foreign policy cinema occupied by bombastic films like Rambo: First Blood Part II. It still makes for a solid action outing, but one perhaps seen apart from its predecessor — and with a heavy grain of salt in these politically charged times.


Uncle Drew (2018) 62%

With the notable exceptions of Space Jam, Dennis Rodman’s oeuvre, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s classic work in Airplane!, it isn’t often that professional basketball players make the leap to big-screen stardom. But when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade — and when Kyrie Irving gave Pepsi a hit series of web shorts in which basketball stars in old-age makeup schooled unsuspecting opponents, Pepsi made itself a feature-length comedy out of the idea. Enter this weekend’s Uncle Drew, in which Irving and fellow NBA vets Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, and Nate Robinson pile on the prosthetics for a story about a pair of streetball rivals (Lil Rel Howery and Nick Kroll) in a battle for playground supremacy. Considering it’s based on a high-concept soft drink ad, critics say it’s reasonably successful as a crowd-pleasing sports comedy, even if its get-the-gang-back-together premise is overly familiar and the novelty of old-timers dunking quickly wears thin. Uncle Drew will likely satisfy NBA fans in search of some off-season action and curious moviegoers looking for light entertainment, provided their expectations are somewhat tempered.


What’s New on TV

GLOW: Season 2 (2018) 97%

Fearlessly led by its excellent ensemble, GLOW‘s second season adds a new layer of drama without sacrificing its self-effacing, delightfully silly humor.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Leave No Trace (2018) , Debra Granik‘s drama about a single father (Ben Foster) living off the grid with his teenage daughter in the forests of Oregon, is Certified Fresh at 100%.
  • The Cakemaker (2018) , a drama about a German baker who insinuates himself into the life of his recently deceased Israeli lover’s widow, is at 100%.
  • Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) , a French drama about an estranged married couple providing wildly different accounts of the past in a bitter child custody battle, is Certified Fresh at 93%.
  • This Is Congo (2018) , a documentary that charts the experiences of those living in the war-torn titular nation, is at 93%.
  • Three Identical Strangers (2018) , a documentary about identical triplets who are reunited after being separated at birth, is at 90%.
  • Winter Brothers (2018) , a Danish drama about two brothers who find themselves at odds with their local mining community and with each other, is at 86%.
  • Ideal Home (2018) , starring Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd in a comedy about a gay couple whose lives are upended by the sudden appearance of a grandson one of them never knew he had, is at 86%.
  • Dark River (2018) , starring Ruth Wilson in a drama about a woman who returns home to claim her family farm from her estranged brother, is Certified Fresh at 78%.
  • Love, Cecil (2018) , a documentary about celebrity photographer and costume designer Cecil Beaton, is at 78%.
  • Woman Walks Ahead (2018) , starring Jessica Chastain as Catherine Weldon, the New York artist who moved to North Dakota and formed a friendship with Sitting Bull, is at 55%.

Tag Cloud

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