Critics Consensus

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Plus, Valerian is visually stunning sci-fi lunacy and Girls Trip is a hilarious journey worth taking.

by | January 24, 2018 | Comments

This weekend at the movies, we have Christopher Nolan at war (Dunkirk, starring Fionn Whitehead and Kenneth Branagh), Luc Besson in space (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne), and four ladies on an R-rated excursion (Girls Trip, starring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith). What are the critics saying?


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“The sheer dexterity is overwhelming and only the sternest viewer will be able to resist the onslaught of such thoroughly marketed magic.”

Antony Lane, New Yorker
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“The sheer dexterity is overwhelming and only the sternest viewer will be able to resist the onslaught of such thoroughly marketed magic.”

Antony Lane, New Yorker

Girls Trip (2017) 92%


The post-Bridesmaids era has offered no shortage of bawdy comedies about ladies having an R-rated good time, but more often than not, the end results have left critics largely chuckle-free. The makers of this weekend’s Girls Trip are looking to buck that trend with the raunchy adventures of four friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish) whose trip to New Orleans for the Essence Festival offers no shortage of opportunities for bonding, female empowerment, and — most importantly — rude humor. For the most part, they appear to have been successful: led by an unforgettable performance from the cheerfully filthy Haddish, Trip strikes the tricky balance between building a compelling narrative with rootable characters and putting them in a series of boundary-pushing, guffaw-inducing set pieces. Whether you’re going out to the movies with your own Flossy Posse or just looking for some laughs, Girls Trip looks like it’s one of the better options to come along in quite some time.

What’s New on TV

Ozark: Season 1 (2017) 70%

Ozark hasn’t yet reached the same level as the classic crime dramas to which it will inevitably be compared, but its satisfyingly complex plot — and a gripping performance from Jason Bateman — suggest greater potential.

Opening This Week In Limited Release

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