Critics Consensus: Everybody's Fine Is Just OK

Plus, Brothers is a mixed bag, and guess the Tomatometers for Armored and Transylmania.

This week at the movies, we've got a fractured family (Everybody's Fine, starring Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore); a sibling rivalry (Brothers, starring Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal); an inside job (Armored, starring Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne); and vampire hilarity (Transylmania, starring Patrick Cavanaugh and James DeBello). What do the critics have to say?
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Everybody's Fine

Robert De Niro has an intensity and presence that shines through even when he's not playing Travis Bickle/Jake La Motta types. And critics say his measured performance is easily the best thing about Everybody's Fine, a dramedy that too often veers into schmaltz. De Niro stars as a widowed middle-aged man who is attempting to mend fences with his unhappy children; he takes a cross-country trip to visit each of his brood, with mixed results. The pundits say Everybody's Fine has some touching moments, and De Niro works hard to hold the whole thing together, but too often the movie becomes overly sentimental, and the supporting players aren't given three-dimensional characters to play.

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Sometimes a film contains such good acting that one is willing to overlook its faults. One example might be Jim Sheridan's Brothers, a film critics say often works despite being frequently overwrought. A remake of Susanne Bier's Certified Fresh 2005 drama, Brothers stars Tobey Maguire as Sam, a Marine who's presumed lost on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, on the home front, Sam's wife Grace (Natalie Portman) and his brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) become closer than ever -- and their relationship wreaks havoc on the family when it turns out Sam is still alive. The pundits say Brothers contains strong performances from the three leads and has moments of real power, but doesn't quite cohere into a fully satisfying whole, and often sinks into melodrama and heavy-handedness. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we count down Portman's best-reviewed films.

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The folks behind Armored must have wanted to shield it from bad reviews, since it wasn't screened prior to release. Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne star in this tale of security employees that attempt to steal from their own company. Kids, guess that Tomatometer!



Perhaps it's a sign that Transylmania is a bloodless horror comedy, since the people behind it wouldn't let critics see it beforehand. Transylmania tells the tale of a group of college exchange students who find themselves in a vampire-filled university. Guess that Tomatometer... again!

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Up in the Air, starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga in a dramedy about a frequent flyer, is Certified Fresh at 85 percent (check out director Jason Reitman's Five Favorite Films here).
  • Big River Man, a documentary about a wacky Slovenian's attempt to swim the Amazon River, is at 91 percent.
  • Before Tomorrow, a period drama about a boy and his grandmother surviving the harsh climes of the Arctic, is at 83 percent.
  • Gigante, the story of a security guard who becomes obsessed with a woman he sees at the supermarket where he works, is at 80 percent.
  • Loot, a doc about two World War II vets in search of stolen treasure, is at 60 percent.
  • Until the Light Takes Us, a doc about Norway's dark and occasionally violent black metal scene, is at 40 percent.
  • Serious Moonlight, starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton in a comedy about a woman who duct tapes her straying spouse to a toilet, is at 29 percent.
  • Strip, a comedy about the employees of a second rate electronics store, is at zero percent.


Logan A.

Logan Alexander

I didn't figure Brothers would get rave reviews, but I knew the performance would.

SO glad to see Up In The Air get rave though. My Pic for Best Picture this year, Clooney for Best Actor.

Dec 3 - 05:55 PM

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Jared King

All wide releases look like...suck. To differing degrees. "Translymania" looks like the WORST MOVIE OF THEY YEAR!

Dec 3 - 05:58 PM

Dave J

Dave J

What the heck is "Transylmania", I can live without seeing "Brothers" and "Everybody's Fine". Sill wondering if "Armored" is any good.

Dec 3 - 06:02 PM


That Guy

Armored - 40%
Transylmania - 5%

Dec 3 - 06:04 PM

Plumas Fleiban

Lucás Leiva

Armored - 37%
Transylmania - 0%

Dec 3 - 06:11 PM

Eric WP

Eric P

Armored - 32%
Transylmania - 3%

Dec 3 - 06:28 PM


Daniel Raimondi

Transylmania-Worst than transformers 2?

Dec 3 - 06:34 PM


James Barcomb

I'll be shocked if Transylmania gets a single positive review. How in the world did it get a theatrical release in the first place?

Dec 3 - 06:47 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

Armored- 21%
Transylmania- 11%

Dec 3 - 07:20 PM

Wall E.

Wall E

Armored: 14%
Transylmania: 2%

Dec 3 - 07:25 PM


Casey Shaffer

I don't think Transylmania looked as bad as Scary Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, Disaster Movie (and the list goes on). So I'll guess 23%.

Dec 3 - 07:27 PM


Rick V

Transylmania looks just as bad as Epic/Date/Disaster movie. My guess is below 10% as an estimate, but if I had to choose a specific number, 6%.

Dec 3 - 07:36 PM


Rick V

Pardon the double post, forgot about Armored.
Armored ~20%

Dec 3 - 07:36 PM


Rick King



Dec 3 - 07:46 PM

Steven V.

Steven Veach

I'm guessing armored will clock in at around 33%.

Transylvania, maybe 11.

Dec 3 - 07:50 PM

Alexson Philip

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Dec 3 - 08:08 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

armored should get 31%
transylmania 35%

Dec 3 - 08:53 PM

Critic John Doe

John Doe

Armored 46%
Transylmania 19%

Dec 3 - 09:01 PM


CJ Sheltz

Transylmania: 24%

Armored: 30%

Dec 3 - 09:26 PM

Alejandro R.

Alejandro Romero

Armored: 44%
Transylmania: 2%

Dec 3 - 09:40 PM

akon m.

akon morish

Dec 4 - 01:28 AM

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