Critics Consensus

The 33 Is Too Predictable

Plus, Love the Coopers is a downer, and W/ Bob and David finds the Mr. Show stars in fine form

by and | November 12, 2015 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got heroic miners (The 33, starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche), yuletide revelers (Love the Coopers, starring Olivia Wilde and Diane Keaton), and a gridiron underdog (My All American, starring Aaron Eckhart and Sarah Bolger). What do the critics have to say?

The 33 (2015) 48%

The story of the brave Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped more than 2,000 feet underground is the kind of real-life inspirational tale that practically begs for a big-screen adaptation. Unfortunately, critics say The 33 shoehorns its inherently dramatic tale into a formulaic disaster movie template. If you watched the news in 2010, you know the basic outline: a cave-in traps a group of mine workers for nearly two months, and the film follows events both below and above ground, as the miners’ families and supporters try to stay strong while a rescue team goes to work. The pundits say the cast of The 33 does well with its limited characters, but the film is ultimately too predictable and surface-level to fully resonate.

Love the Coopers (2015) 18%

The holidays can turn even the staunchest Scrooge into a gooey sentimentalist, so there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with a film that follows an age-old seasonal recipe. Too bad, then, that critics say that despite its all-star guest list, Love the Coopers is louder — and less funny — than a bad Christmas sweater. Diane Keaton stars as the matriarch of the Cooper clan, the members of which are all on shaky ground in their personal lives as they gather for presumed seasonal merriment. Will everyone hit some sort of low point before banding together in celebration? The pundits say Love the Coopers might jerk a tear or two, but mostly, it’s alternately too gloomy and too contrived to achieve any kind of festive goodwill.

My All American (2015) 31%

With so many inspirational sports films in the world, it takes something truly special to rise above the competition. Unfortunately, critics say My All American, the directorial debut of Rudy and Hoosiers scribe Angelo Pizzo, fails to distinguish itself from the pack, even if it’s earnest and well-acted. Based on the true story of college football player Freddie Steinmark, the film stars Aaron Eckhart as University of Texas coach Darrell Royal, who spots talent in the undersized Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) and offers him a full scholarship. Upbeat and dedicated, Steinmark leads the 1969 Longhorns through a legendary season even as he is struck with tragic news. The pundits say My All American is uplifting and heartfelt with strong performances from its cast, but it’s predictable and far from subtle, and viewers with an aversion to schmaltz should steer clear.


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  • frank ford

    “but the film is ultimately too predictable” It’s a true-story, dummies.

    • “Predictable entertainment” is probably an oxymoron. If it’s predictable it’s not entertainment, true story or not.

      • Turretgunner

        I couldn’t disagree more. Predictability does not always equate to non-entertaining. There are many components to what makes a film entertaining – the dialogue, the plot, the ending, character development, the acting, the cinematography, the editing, the directing, etc. I just watched an older film the other night on cable which couldn’t have been more predictable, but I still found it very entertaining. The movie was Shane with Alan Ladd, Van Heflin and Jack Palance, which many people think of as a western classic. Often a movie’s predictability may be overcome with other positives and instead becomes more of a solid foundation for other aspects of the film. I’m not saying that is the case with The 33 because I haven’t seen it yet. But I will say that for me, I tend to accept some measure of predictability for authenticity than I do when a movie is complete fiction. .

  • NJtoTX

    The email Rotten Tomatoes newsletter came with the subject line

    ” Critics cheer for Antonio Banderas but will The 33 make it?”

    Say, what? Do they even read their own reviews? Or are they paid to promote the movie?

    • tOST

      Warner Bros. owns RT, why do they need to pay to promote their movie on their website?

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