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) 62%

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) 64%

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

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