Summer Movie Scorecard 2017

#43

Leap! (2016)
52%

#43
Adjusted Score: 55712%
Critics Consensus: From its bland story to its unremarkable animation, Leap! does little to distinguish itself from a long list of like-minded -- and superior -- family-friendly alternatives.
Synopsis: Best friends Félicie and Victor hatch a plan to escape from their rural orphanage in 19th-century France. Félicie dreams of... [More]
Directed By: Eric Summer, Éric Warin

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 56283%
Critics Consensus: The Hitman's Bodyguard coasts on Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds' banter -- but doesn't get enough mileage to power past an overabundance of action-comedy clichés.
Synopsis: The world's top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world's... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Hughes

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 50143%
Critics Consensus: Everything, Everything should tug young adult heartstrings fairly effectively, but may not be quite engrossing enough to woo less melodramatically inclined viewers.
Synopsis: Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed... [More]
Directed By: Stella Meghie

#40

Paris Can Wait (2016)
47%

#40
Adjusted Score: 51992%
Critics Consensus: Paris Can Wait's likable stars are ill-served by a film that lacks interesting ideas or characters and has little to offer beyond striking travelogue visuals.
Synopsis: Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Married to a successful but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin),... [More]
Directed By: Eleanor Coppola

#39

Rough Night (2017)
45%

#39
Adjusted Score: 54188%
Critics Consensus: Rough Night's gifted stars are certainly good for some laughs, but their talents aren't properly utilized in a scattered comedy that suffers from too many missed opportunities.
Synopsis: Jess is an engaged politician who reunites with three of her college friends for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami.... [More]
Directed By: Lucia Aniello

#38

Churchill (2017)
49%

#38
Adjusted Score: 54792%
Critics Consensus: Churchill gets sterling work out of Brian Cox in the leading role, but it isn't enough to overcome a muddled and ultimately unsuccessful approach to an incredible real-life story.
Synopsis: Tensions mount for beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as D-Day nears in June 1944. Fearful of repeating past mistakes,... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Teplitzky

#37

The Glass Castle (2017)
52%

#37
Adjusted Score: 60655%
Critics Consensus: The Glass Castle has an affecting real-life story and a hard-working cast in its corner, but they aren't enough to outweigh a fundamentally misguided approach to the material.
Synopsis: Based on a memoir, four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire... [More]
Directed By: Destin Daniel Cretton

#36

The Dinner (2017)
46%

#36
Adjusted Score: 53367%
Critics Consensus: The Dinner's strong ensemble isn't enough to overcome a screenplay that merely skims the surface of its source material's wit and insight.
Synopsis: As two couples dine at an upscale restaurant, their polite discourse disguises the fact that they are struggling with weighty... [More]
Directed By: Oren Moverman

#35
Adjusted Score: 63507%
Critics Consensus: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets uses sheer kinetic energy and visual thrills to overcome narrative obstacles and offer a viewing experience whose surreal pleasures sometimes outweigh its flaws.
Synopsis: In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories.... [More]
Directed By: Luc Besson

#34

47 Meters Down (2017)
53%

#34
Adjusted Score: 61251%
Critics Consensus: 47 Meters Down doesn't take its terrifying premise quite as far as it should, but its toothy antagonists still offer a few thrills for less demanding genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Young sisters Kate and Lisa and travel to Mexico for a vacation filled with sun, fun and adventure. Lisa needs... [More]
Directed By: Johannes Roberts

#33

Despicable Me 3 (2017)
58%

#33
Adjusted Score: 68410%
Critics Consensus: Despicable Me 3 should keep fans of the franchise consistently entertained with another round of colorful animation and zany -- albeit somewhat scattershot -- humor.
Synopsis: The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain... [More]
Directed By: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 80183%
Critics Consensus: Annabelle: Creation adds another strong chapter to the Conjuring franchise - and offers further proof that freaky-looking dolls remain reliably terrifying.
Synopsis: Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into... [More]
Directed By: David F. Sandberg

#31

Cars 3 (2017)
69%

#31
Adjusted Score: 81642%
Critics Consensus: Cars 3 has an unexpectedly poignant story to go with its dazzling animation, suggesting Pixar's most middle-of-the-road franchise may have a surprising amount of tread left.
Synopsis: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that... [More]
Directed By: Brian Fee

#30

Alien: Covenant (2017)
65%

#30
Adjusted Score: 87815%
Critics Consensus: Alien: Covenant delivers another satisfying round of close-quarters deep-space terror, even if it doesn't take the saga in any new directions.
Synopsis: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#29

Landline (2017)
74%

#29
Adjusted Score: 80671%
Critics Consensus: Landline's talented cast -- and a fast-paced approach from director/co-writer Gillian Robespierre -- help this charming multi-generational dramedy overcome a familiar storyline.
Synopsis: Two sisters come of age in '90s New York when they discover their dad's affair. Eventually, they learn he's not... [More]
Directed By: Gillian Robespierre

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