Critics Consensus

The Accountant Yields a Modest Return on Investment

Plus, Kevin Hart: What Now? is funny, and guess Max Steel's Tomatometer.

by | October 13, 2016 | Comments

This week at the movies, we have a gun-toting savant (The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick), a guy with some jokes (Kevin Hart: What Now?, starring Kevin Hart), and a teenage superhero (Max Steel, starring Ben Winchell and Maria Bello). What are the critics saying?


The Accountant (2016) 52%

Ben Affleck goes from the Batcave to the balance sheets with this weekend’s The Accountant, an action thriller with a twist: His character, numbers wiz Christian Wolff, has personality traits indicating he’s on the autism spectrum. That’s a rather unique ingredient for a movie whose main character is a CPA who can also kick bad-guy butt — but unfortunately, critics say it’s also pretty much the only interesting element in an otherwise (ahem) by-the-numbers affair. Although Affleck’s earned positive reviews for his appropriately affectless performance, reviews describe the movie surrounding it as messy, preposterous, and — worst of all — not terribly exciting. Affleck fans hoping for hard-hitting cinema may want to hold out for Live by Night‘s limited release on December 25.


Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) 76%

During the stand-up tour commemorated with Kevin Hart: What Now?, Hart played to record-setting crowds — including the sold-out stadium set captured in the film — which makes this one live comedy film with an obvious built-in audience. Critics say that crowd will be well served by the material Hart performs here, which includes its share of guffaw-worthy punchlines and gets by on the comedian’s bottomless well of energy even when the jokes don’t land quite as squarely as they should. If you’re a fan, in other words, Kevin Hart: What Now? is a safe investment of your ticket-buying dollar; if you aren’t, it won’t change your mind, but you probably weren’t planning on seeing it anyway.


Max Steel (2016) 0%

A seemingly ordinary teenage boy unites with an alien symbiote to save the world in Max Steel, the long-gestating live-action adventure based on the Mattel action figure and animated series. Unfortunately, it wasn’t screened in advance for critics, so we can’t tell you whether this latest toy-to-film adaptation clears the bar set by Battleship or Jem and the Holograms. You know what that means: guess the Tomatometer!


What’s New on TV

 

Supergirl: Season 2 (2016) 92%

The arrival of the more famous cousin in Supergirl does nothing to detract from the show’s lead, who continues to deliver strength, action, and relatability.


American Housewife: Season 1 (2016) 58%

American Housewife is boosted by a strong and enjoyable lead performance by Katy Mixon, yet her performance alone strains to sustain an excessively quirky show that relies too heavily on stereotypes.


Falling Water: Season 1 (2016) 26%

Falling Water attempts complexity and intrigue but churns out an unimaginative concept lacking a redeemable payoff.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Tower (2016) , a partly animated documentary delving into the events surrounding a gunman’s August 1966 assault from the top floor of the University of Texas Tower, is at 100 percent.
  • Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) , an anime biopic about 19th century artist Katsushika Ōi, is at 100 percent.
  • Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) , a look at the life and career of the renowned fireworks artist, is at 100 percent.
  • Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) , a documentary tribute to Angelou‘s cultural legacy, is at 100 percent.
  • Aquarius (2016) , about a woman’s standoff with the developers trying to push her out of her apartment, is at 96 percent.
  • Certain Women (2016) , in which writer-director Kelly Reichardt peers into the small-town lives of three women, is at 95 percent.
  • Little Sister (2016) , about a novitiate nun’s return home to see her war veteran brother, is at 92 percent.
  • Coming Through The Rye (2016) , a coming-of-age story framed by a teenage boy’s search for J.D. Salinger, is at 89 percent.
  • Asura: The City of Madness (2016) , about a dirty cop caught between a zealous prosecutor and a corrupt mayor, is at 83 percent.
  • Christine (2016) , starring Rebecca Hall in a dramatized look at real-life newscaster Christine Chubbuck’s conflicted life and eventual suicide, is at 81 percent.
  • Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) , in which cinema’s favorite giant lizard returns to his Toho stomping grounds, is at 79 percent.
  • Ordinary World (2016) , starring Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as an aging punk struggling to figure out life after his band, is at 63 percent.
  • Desierto (2016) , about a band of illegal immigrants hunted by a homicidal vigilante, is at 54 percent.
  • Jack Goes Home (2016) , in which a mother and son’s fraught relationship is tested after the death of his father, is at 17 percent.

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