What the Flick!? Takes on Robots, Politicians

RT's Editor in Chief reviews Real Steel and The Ides of March with critics from the AP and The Wrap.

by | October 7, 2011 | Comments

We here at Rotten Tomatoes spend a lot of time reading and posting reviews from professional critics, but we don’t actually review movies ourselves. That changed early last year, when I started appearing on “What the Flick!?”, a web-based movie review show. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s a pretty irreverent discussion about what’s good and bad in theaters; the show boasts professionals like Christy Lemire (AP, Ebert Presents At the Movies), Ben Mankiewicz (Turner Classic Movies) and Alonso Duralde (The Wrap), and I’ve been sharing my own personal (and half-baked) reviews with them each week.

We figured it was high time that we started showing those video reviews here on RT, and from now on, we’ll be sharing the What the Flick!? show with you each week. Feel free to tell us what you think of the reviews, either here or on the What the Flick!? YouTube channel. And in case you’re concerned about a possible conflict of interest, don’t worry; my own reviews don’t count towards the Tomatometer.

This week, we’re talking about The Ides of March and Reel Steel.


The Ides of March

George Clooney’s fourth directorial effort has him tackling the world of politics in this adaptation of a play called Farragut North. Clooney’s got a great cast here, including Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, and Evan Rachel Wood.


Real Steel

Some people have been calling this “Rock’Em, Sock’Em Robots: The Movie,” but this film is actually based on a story by Richard Matheson (author of I Am Legend). No one on What the Flick!? likes it much, but at least one person thinks it’s a decent movie for the kids.