Critics Consensus

Zootopia is Certified Fresh

Plus, London Has Fallen is largely preposterous, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is uneven save for Tina Fey.

by and | March 3, 2016 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got an urban jungle (Zootopia, with voice performances by Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman), a city under siege (London Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart), and a reporter under fire (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie). What do the critics have to say?


Zootopia (2016) 98%

“Talking animals learning how to accept one another’s differences and get along” might sound like a storyline for the worst kind of lowest-common-denominator family-friendly fare, but for Disney’s Zootopia, it’s the springboard into one of the best-reviewed movies of the year — animated or otherwise. Ginnifer Goodwin stars as Judy Hopps, a bunny (don’t call her cute) whose dreams of a fulfilling career on the police force are foiled by a narrow-minded chief (Idris Elba) and an aggravating con artist fox (Jason Bateman). Judy finds herself embroiled in a missing-animals case that sends Zootopia bounding into noir territory, all while imparting an inclusive message in an admirably non-didactic way. The pundits say this Certified Fresh film is worlds deeper than your typical family film, and it’s sure to delight children and adults alike.


London Has Fallen (2016) 28%

Olympus Has Fallen might not be a masterpiece, but it was a better-than-average president-in-peril action flick with a terrific cast. Well, many of the principal stars — including Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman, and Melissa Leo — are back for London Has Fallen, but critics say this middling sequel distinguishes itself mostly with absurd plotting and excessive jingoism. This time out, a terrorist group has mounted an attack on Britain’s  landmarks, and it’s up to Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) to protect an assemblage of world leaders. The pundits say London has Fallen is preposterous, cliched, and excessively brutal, but fans of 1980s grade-B action films might find it passable.


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) 67%

In Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Tina Fey plays an inexperienced war correspondent embedded in Afghanistan. It’s a setup that promises sharp satire, but critics say that despite a hilarious performance from its star, the film is sometimes a bit too glib for its own good. Loosely based upon a memoir by journalist Kim Barker, the film follows Fey’s misadventures through a war zone, in which she deals with culture shock, sexism, and ever-present danger. The pundits say Fey’s portrait of an intelligent woman dealing with self doubt helps ground a film that too often suffers from tonal uncertainty.


What’s Hot on TV

Hap & Leonard: Season 1 (2016) 88%

While the plot could be more concise, Hap and Leonard benefits from engaging characters and an absorbing, offbeat atmosphere.


The Real O'Neals: Season 1 (2016) 67%

Funny writing and a solid cast save The Real O’Neals from traditional sitcom perils.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Cemetery of Splendor (2016) , Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s drama about a military hospital that’s the site of otherworldly activity, is at 100 percent.
  • They Will Have to Kill Us First (2016) , a documentary about seven Malian musicians who fled from a jihadist takeover in the north of the country, is at 100 percent.
  • Trapped (2016) , a documentary about efforts by anti-abortion legislators to profoundly inconvenience providers and patients, is at 100 percent.
  • Road Games (2016) , a thriller about a Brit who encounters danger while hitchhiking in the French countryside, is at 100 percent.
  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016) , an observational drama about a young man who dreams of leaving his hometown but fears for his younger brother, is at 93 percent.
  • The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) , a Norwegian thriller about a fjord collapse and the subsequent danger to a sleepy tourist town, is at 83 percent.
  • Emelie (2016) , a thriller about a babysitter who is not what she seems, is at 83 percent.
  • Colliding Dreams (2016) , a documentary about the history of Zionism, is at 83 percent.
  • The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016) , an animated film about an orphan who becomes the apprentice of a fantastical beast, is at 82 percent.
  • Ava's Possessions (2016) , starring Louisa Krause and Jemima Kirke in a horror/comedy about a woman recovering from demonic possession, is at 75 percent.
  • Mekong Hotel (2016) , another drama from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, in which a young woman is visited by her vampire-like mother, is at 67 percent.
  • Knight of Cups (2016) , starring Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett in Terrence Malick‘s moody drama about a beleaguered Hollywood screenwriter, is at 53 percent.
  • The Other Side of the Door (2016) , starring Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto in a horror film about a family haunted by the spirit of a deceased child, is at 43 percent.
  • Camino (2016) , starring Zoe Bell in the tale of a photographer who stumbles into the crossfire of a dangerous conflict, is at 40 percent.
  • Bryce Young

    I can’t imagine another movie being better reviewed the rest of the year. 99%?!

  • jimee

    Well deserved. Saw it last night and my wife and I left the theatre thoroughly entertained and inspired.

Tag Cloud

fast and furious festivals Christmas Rock RT History hist telelvision joker blaxploitation critics NYCC biography HBO Max Avengers Sundance Now BET Awards Disney+ Disney Plus VOD Character Guide 99% Emmys mutant Pop dark 007 cars San Diego Comic-Con japanese serial killer technology Watching Series hollywood cats cancelled television kaiju cancelled Ghostbusters Travel Channel Holidays Chernobyl VICE remakes RT21 Netflix The Academy Shudder Classic Film Marvel Television dc Spike Sony Pictures GIFs Schedule Election anthology dogs witnail zombies Freeform Trailer die hard Nominations cancelled TV series free movies Infographic crime drama Turner Women's History Month TCA 2017 LGBTQ Food Network independent Turner Classic Movies Year in Review Arrowverse Netflix Christmas movies binge stoner cults E3 unscripted Exclusive Video Lucasfilm Horror Broadway football Black Mirror Kids & Family sequels twilight FX Emmy Nominations nature Television Academy mockumentary Extras Tumblr comics A&E Premiere Dates venice justice league chucky ABC Spectrum Originals comiccon VH1 Red Carpet Mary poppins SundanceTV Sneak Peek elevated horror The Walking Dead Brie Larson Captain marvel social media Academy Awards discovery WarnerMedia rotten SDCC indie Esquire Podcast Film Festival docuseries spinoff aliens criterion Song of Ice and Fire HBO Go renewed TV shows Showtime hispanic Video Games vampires Britbox women police drama comic Tarantino psycho Hallmark National Geographic Certified Fresh canceled TV shows YouTube Red New York Comic Con TNT Funimation Polls and Games Ovation Martial Arts YouTube Premium The Arrangement Logo spain foreign Trophy Talk FOX prank Super Bowl Winners USA indiana jones video on demand Legendary halloween tv Epix Reality monster movies Marvel Rom-Com Country Endgame President Family Reality Competition DC Comics IFC TLC rotten movies we love Television Critics Association casting Apple TV+ First Look news godzilla south america directors Toys asian-american Set visit franchise game of thrones Pride Month Nickelodeon kong razzies scorecard diversity OneApp Universal Black History Month Awards Comedy Central PBS 2017 Shondaland Tubi trailers animated war Anna Paquin singing competition pirates of the caribbean breaking bad MCU docudrama Superheroe movies Opinion YA Trivia 2021 Interview The Walt Disney Company romance all-time halloween Holiday Ellie Kemper Apple TV Plus Summer ESPN Elton John Disney Channel The Witch toronto DC Universe miniseries robots archives BBC One reviews quibi WGN TCM 2016 TV CMT Apple PaleyFest TIFF versus based on movie historical drama tv talk The Purge Baby Yoda APB CNN DGA Rocky 2015 slashers dramedy Mindy Kaling screen actors guild golden globe awards First Reviews adventure A24 Fox News Best and Worst History Star Trek superhero green book Masterpiece Syfy anime doctor who FXX 2019 movie james bond book Oscars revenge Paramount Mary Tyler Moore MSNBC E! BET richard e. Grant Music Animation 71st Emmy Awards Heroines Comedy Fox Searchlight Cartoon Network Calendar Alien Biopics Cannes classics Adult Swim Discovery Channel worst Grammys french what to watch kids Paramount Plus ITV rom-coms jamie lee curtis canceled TV Land transformers spy thriller crossover ratings TCA Awards dceu Peacock science fiction cartoon rt archives Musical blockbuster documentary teaser superman GoT zero dark thirty Vudu worst movies Pet Sematary Musicals stop motion spanish language toy story Thanksgiving Lifetime Christmas movies TCA Winter 2020 ABC Family Disney streaming service italian 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards TruTV space Columbia Pictures best spider-man 45 sag awards IFC Films Amazon Prime Video 24 frames Amazon Studios Sundance Hear Us Out Pirates Paramount Network nfl films 2018 Fall TV composers Amazon thriller cops medical drama Marvel Studios christmas movies Walt Disney Pictures CBS All Access American Society of Cinematographers Spring TV deadpool theme song Pop TV Mystery TCA Acorn TV X-Men sitcom Lifetime psychological thriller AMC 2020 ghosts The CW YouTube Hallmark Christmas movies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt disaster 21st Century Fox fresh USA Network Binge Guide documentaries screenings Bravo zombie Tomatazos Rocketman sequel talk show boxing Crackle Quiz adaptation OWN universal monsters video BAFTA Marathons cinemax Comic Book television political drama Fantasy Box Office HBO facebook Disney Plus ViacomCBS romantic comedy streaming ABC Signature Creative Arts Emmys Crunchyroll DC streaming service name the review Photos Winter TV spanish Disney popular laika Awards Tour child's play concert hidden camera DirecTV crime blockbusters FX on Hulu harry potter natural history game show cancelled TV shows TV One GLAAD Action stand-up comedy CBS dragons festival El Rey series Mudbound finale batman satire 4/20 Pixar Cosplay children's TV black LGBT Warner Bros. obituary scary movies BBC cooking NBC PlayStation crime thriller australia Drama jurassic park werewolf golden globes a nightmare on elm street Star Wars MTV CW Seed latino 20th Century Fox emmy awards BBC America Comics on TV Sci-Fi Hulu Nat Geo reboot award winner Amazon Prime SXSW Film Writers Guild of America mission: impossible nbcuniversal boxoffice ID Dark Horse Comics comic books politics king kong parents Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Superheroes travel strong female leads TBS Lionsgate Western Teen comedies 72 Emmy Awards true crime Starz Mary Poppins Returns period drama Sundance TV Stephen King Valentine's Day Countdown supernatural TV renewals See It Skip It sports