Critics Consensus: Over Her Dead Body is DOA, Guess The Eye's & Strange Wilderness' Tomatometer!
Also: Miley Cyrus rocks the house.
In the world of romantic comedies featuring specters interfering in earthly affairs, pundits say Over Her Dead Body is DOA. When his fiancée (Eva Longoria Parker) dies on their wedding day, Henry (Paul Rudd) consults a psychic with whom he falls head over heels in love; little does he know the spirit of his dead flame is watching this new romance develop, and is none too pleased. Critics say Dead is several notches below Blithe Spirit and Heaven Can Wait in the supernatural romance sweepstakes, featuring uninspired performances and a script that lacks the energy and light touch to generate laughs. At 25 percent on the Tomatometer, the critics are over Her Dead Body. (Check out our interview with star Jason Biggs here.)
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Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert is pretty long
Stop Making Sense or
Gimme Shelter. However, if you're a
tween girl, you'll probably find that it's right up your alley. In Concert,
the squeaky-clean star of the Disney Channel performs her hits, and the movie
offers some backstage footage as well. Critics say Best of Both Worlds is
reasonably involving; it's well-crafted, and Cyrus comes off as hard-working and
likeable. Plus, it's a lot cheaper -- and offers more perspectives -- than
Cyrus' live show. At 80 percent on the Tomatometer, Best of Both Worlds
should please its target demographic -- and perhaps surprise some parents.
Reviews for The Eye were embargoed until the day of release, and Strange Wilderness wasn't screened at all. The Eye is the story of a blind woman (Jessica Alba) who, after surgery, sees terrifying visions. Strange Wilderness follows a group of nature TV show hosts who hatch a plan to find Bigfoot to boost ratings. Kids, you should know the drill by now: Guess those Tomatometers! (And read RT's interview with Alba here, and check out our Total Recall with a roundup of memorable movie moments involving eyes.)
Also opening this week in limited release:
- The Silence Before Bach, a meditative, metaphorical documentary about the great composer, is at 100 percent.
- The Witnesses, a tale of five young Parisians coping with AIDS in the 1984, is at 88 percent on the Tomatometer.
- The Lebanese import Caramel, a comedy about a discussion of life and love between five women, is at 88 percent.
- Live and Become, about a Jewish Ethiopian boy's life in Israel, is at 81 percent.
- And Praying with Lior, the story of a deeply religious boy with Down syndrome, is at 71 percent.
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Recent Asian Horror Remakes:
0% -- One Missed Call (2008)
10% -- The Grudge 2 (2006)
12% -- Pulse (2006)
45% -- Dark Water (2005)
40% -- The Grudge (2004)