Critics Consensus

The Hitman's Bodyguard Misses the Mark

Plus, Logan Lucky and Marvel's The Defenders are Certified Fresh.

by | August 17, 2017 | Comments

This weekend at the movies, we have Deadpool trading quips with Nick Fury (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson) and the big screen return of Steven Soderbergh (Logan Lucky, starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver). What are the critics saying?

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) 43%

At this point, it seems safe to say that pretty much no one is looking for anything new out of a buddy action comedy; when new entries in the genre succeed, it’s because they work well within the established formula and/or treat audiences to stars with enough chemistry to offset the fact that we’ve seen it all before. With Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in the lead, The Hitman’s Bodyguard offers plenty of the latter, but unfortunately, critics say the story’s so rote that no amount of their profanity-peppered repartee would be enough to make it worth a trip to the theater. Still, there’s a certain amount of enjoyment to be had from a movie that throws these two together as a hunted hitman (Jackson) and the bodyguard who happens to hate him (Reynolds), and plenty of pundits have argued that the movie’s basic shoot-’em-up ingredients are part of the fun. You may want to stream it at some point, in other words, but a trip to the theater probably isn’t necessary.

Logan Lucky (2017) 92%

We’ve all long since learned that “retirement” in the entertainment industry rarely lasts long, and from the moment director Steven Soderbergh announced he was walking away from making movies in 2013, film buffs started wondering how quickly he’d be back. The answer is this weekend’s Logan Lucky, starring Adam Driver, Riley Keough, and Channing Tatum as siblings who hatch a robbery scheme in order to reverse their family’s miserable financial fortunes. It’s a well-cast heist movie with a fair amount of topical potential, in other words, and critics say Soderbergh and his gifted ensemble (which also includes Daniel Craig and Katie Holmes) fulfill it with an energetic action caper that seasons its breezy old-school escapism with humor and grounds the whole thing in a character-driven plot arc. Whether you’re a Soderbergh fan, intrigued by the cast, or simply in the mood for what Gary Thompson of the Philadelphia Daily News called “the best Burt Reynolds movie he never made,” Logan Lucky looks like a pretty safe investment.

What’s New on TV

Marvel's The Defenders: Season 1 (2017) 78%

Marvel’s The Defenders further develops well-known characters in an action-packed arc whose payoff packs more than enough of a punch to offset its flaws.

Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • California Typewriter (2017) , a documentary ode to the titular instrument and the people who remain devoted to it, is at 100 percent.
  • Gook (2017) , a drama about the friendship between Korean-American men and a young African-American girl during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, is at 94 percent.
  • Marjorie Prime (2017) , in which an aging widow turns to an AI construct of her deceased husband for emotional support, is at 90 percent.
  • The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) , about the dangers facing a man as his secrets threaten to spill over during a traditional initiation rite, is at 85 percent.
  • Shot Caller (2017) , starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a man who undergoes a harrowing transformation after being sent to prison, is at 75 percent.
  • Patti Cake$ (2017) , about a New Jersey teen who dreams of hip-hop stardom, is at 71 percent.
  • Lemon (2017) , about an actor whose fading hopes of stardom are mirrored by his less-than-satisfying family life, is at 70 percent.
  • Dave Made a Maze (2017) , starring Nick Thune as a frustrated artist whose cardboard fort becomes a supernatural gateway to mortal danger, is at 68 percent.
  • Crown Heights (2017) , a fact-based account of the long and torturous quest to free a man wrongly imprisoned for murder, is at 65 percent.
  • The Ice Cream Truck (2017) , in which a woman returns to her suburban hometown and discovers the fine line between frozen refreshment and death, is at 50 percent.
  • Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey (2017) , a ’60-set coming-of-age story about a pair of teens who take to the road with their relationship at a turning point, is at 50 percent.
  • 6 Days (2017) , a dramatization of the real-life 1980 terrorist attack at the Iranian Embassy in London, is at 40 percent.
  • The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2017) , a sequel to The Girl of Your Dreams starring Penélope Cruz as a Spanish actress returning home after achieving fame in Hollywood, is at 29 percent.

Tag Cloud

Biopics X-Men franchise spider-man streaming FXX Film Festival Extras Ellie Kemper Interview movie spy thriller boxoffice psychological thriller 21st Century Fox Song of Ice and Fire cartoon 20th Century Fox Animation Reality Competition Starz Trophy Talk Walt Disney Pictures thriller Marvel Television Paramount Network Marathons slashers true crime foreign Fall TV toy story CNN period drama Apple PaleyFest crime drama Trivia medical drama children's TV The CW rotten movies we love sports Rock unscripted disaster anime Pop Comedy Central dc golden globes video Brie Larson reviews FX on Hulu Syfy Reality CBS cops Super Bowl documentary AMC cancelled TV shows historical drama Martial Arts SDCC Apple TV Plus Sneak Peek Shudder festivals Endgame TIFF MSNBC ghosts elevated horror American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Christmas movies Pixar The Witch IFC Films finale Netflix Christmas movies cinemax hist Acorn TV TV renewals discovery Disney Plus television TV Land VICE 71st Emmy Awards Showtime universal monsters dramedy sag awards Winners Mudbound TLC adaptation south america National Geographic 24 frames strong female leads Thanksgiving USA Elton John Anna Paquin canceled green book MCU BBC America Schedule Comedy Classic Film Disney+ Disney Plus LGBT Sundance TV travel LGBTQ Ovation talk show breaking bad YouTube Red Amazon Awards cats WarnerMedia ABC Family Academy Awards batman free movies crossover werewolf 2015 cancelled TV series cancelled TNT Sci-Fi docudrama Disney Channel Character Guide 45 E! Writers Guild of America RT21 DC Universe VH1 police drama Winter TV Awards Tour Musicals Dark Horse Comics tv talk DirecTV biography Emmys DC streaming service Country Music Peacock Cosplay mockumentary Vudu Chernobyl Musical christmas movies latino Ghostbusters adventure President Marvel stand-up comedy serial killer zero dark thirty OneApp Black Mirror Television Academy WGN Rocketman 007 GLAAD based on movie joker CW Seed Comics on TV Paramount TCA Winter 2020 Pet Sematary Box Office supernatural mutant RT History Creative Arts Emmys San Diego Comic-Con Baby Yoda facebook Spring TV Horror robots 2019 2017 2020 Oscars natural history YouTube game show Toys renewed TV shows Rom-Com Epix Kids & Family YouTube Premium Podcast Star Wars Quiz A&E spain ABC Calendar casting USA Network jamie lee curtis screenings CMT SundanceTV Western space Tubi singing competition diversity Christmas Summer Food Network TruTV Fantasy Amazon Studios Emmy Nominations HBO Max halloween TCM See It Skip It Turner Black History Month HBO E3 Holidays Tomatazos GIFs war Bravo Film PBS scary movies Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Best and Worst spinoff doctor who FOX DC Comics social media justice league Lionsgate Video Games hispanic ratings teaser Amazon Prime Video harry potter The Walking Dead Spike book name the review Mary poppins Infographic Crackle History First Reviews anthology psycho blaxploitation Polls and Games Turner Classic Movies FX cars political drama Certified Fresh Funimation Heroines ITV Set visit canceled TV shows comics Pride Month cooking Women's History Month Nickelodeon Warner Bros. comiccon DGA dceu Adult Swim NYCC Columbia Pictures Mystery Amazon Prime Countdown directors dogs Sundance Now Pirates Avengers APB Netflix Comic Book technology El Rey aliens binge Masterpiece Premiere Dates New York Comic Con Tumblr YA Superheroe movies GoT spanish language Action Red Carpet IFC Shondaland indie Arrowverse Cartoon Network A24 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Crunchyroll OWN Photos Hulu series Star Trek transformers Grammys TCA romantic comedy SXSW crime thriller richard e. Grant Rocky Disney streaming service blockbuster Stephen King Lucasfilm dragons Mindy Kaling Sundance animated sitcom vampires Travel Channel Nat Geo Esquire kids First Look Discovery Channel NBC Fox News cancelled television Tarantino BBC Mary Tyler Moore Spectrum Originals TV The Arrangement Sony Pictures Mary Poppins Returns composers Year in Review Trailer miniseries theme song zombie Cannes what to watch Watching Series crime Logo independent nature versus Hallmark Christmas movies Drama politics TCA 2017 Captain marvel screen actors guild Marvel Studios Lifetime reboot Teen award winner comic Family TBS Pop TV game of thrones Britbox MTV romance Holiday science fiction Universal Superheroes Disney Binge Guide 2018 BET zombies ESPN revenge Nominations Opinion Apple TV+ cults 2016 quibi sequel CBS All Access Election The Purge witnail Valentine's Day Freeform Hallmark