Critics Consensus: That Awkward Moment When Your Movie is Rotten

Plus, Labor Day can't rise above its unbelievable premise.

This week at the movies, we've got three single bros (That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan) and a family-oriented fugitive (Labor Day, starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet). What do the critics have to say?

That Awkward Moment

22%

If you've had your fill of movies featuring young women griping about their relationship woes, you're in luck: That Awkward Moment is a movie featuring dudes griping about their relationship woes. Unfortunately, critics say that's about all that distinguishes this romantic comedy, which saddles its talented young cast with a predictable plot and a shortage of witty lines. It's the story of three friends (Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller) who make a pact to stay single -- that is, until each of them find themselves grappling with potential relationships. The pundits say That Awkward Moment attempts to make a statement about modern love, but it's fatally short on both insight and believability. (And be sure to check out Miles Teller's Five Favorite Films here.)

Labor Day

33%

Even the most preposterous scenario can be redeemed by a strong cast and a carefully sustained tone. Sadly, despite the best efforts of its leads, Labor Day fails to rise above its contrived premise. Josh Brolin stars as Frank, a convicted killer who escapes from prison and takes Adele (Kate Winslet), a depressed single mother, hostage in her own home. Over a long weekend, Adele falls for Frank, who takes up a position as the man of the house. The pundits say that Labor Day remains watchable because of Brolin and Winslet, but the material is ultimately too implausible to work as a whole. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we count down Brolin's best-reviewed films.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • 12 O'clock Boys, a documentary about a group of teenage dirt bikers in Baltimore, is at 95 percent.
  • Tim's Vermeer, a documentary by Teller about a Texas inventor researching the process behind the great Dutch painter's works, is Certified Fresh at 94 percent.
  • Charlie Victor Romeo, a documentary about airline pilots dealing with in-flight emergencies, is at 85 percent.
  • Love Is In The Air, starring Ludivine Sagnier in a romantic dramedy about a pair of exes seated next to each other on a trans-Atlantic flight, is at 83 percent.
  • At Middleton, starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga in a romantic comedy about two parents of prospective college students who bond on a campus tour, is at 56 percent.
  • The Wait, starring ChloŽ Sevigny and Jena Malone in a drama about a pair of sisters who hope to resurrect their recently deceased mother, is at 29 percent.
  • May I Kill U?, a black comedy about a mild-mannered bike cop who becomes a vigilante after a head injury, is at 15 percent.
  • Brightest Star, a drama about a young man who attempts to change himself in order to win the girl of his dreams, is at 14 percent.
  • Best Night Ever, a comedy from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer about a group of bachelorettes' wild Vegas excursion, is at zero percent.

Finally, props to Chris Frost for coming the closest to guessing I, Frankenstein's six percent Tomatometer.

Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Gee, sucks for Miles Teller. Maybe his fans will leave me alone now. At least they can take solace that the film isn't quite as awful as the latest Friedberg/Seltzer romp, which is the most modest of triumphs.

Speaking of Teller, I am looking forward to Tim's Vermeer, but I doubt it'll be any F For Fake. Probably also check out the new ones from favored actresses Ludivine Sagnier and Chloe Sevigny, although I can't say I'm excited for either beyond that.

Jan 30 - 04:38 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

Hey man. Whats up? Question. Do you think that this clearly shitty movie's performance, both critic-wise and box office-wise, has any correlation to his choices for 5 favorite films? Do you feel some how vindicated because of its Tomato meter?

Jan 30 - 10:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Couldn't care less. These comments are just quick sport. I love films deeply and I'm amused when some who don't think too much about their pleasures get frustrated by my wit and articulation. (*beats chest McConaughey-style*)

Jan 30 - 10:53 PM

Vincent

Jay Cutler

Woah, a dude on the internet.

Jan 31 - 12:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

That's El Duderino to you, man.

Jan 31 - 12:46 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I don't think anyone was defending The Awkward Moment, just the actor himself and his choice of favorite films.

Jan 31 - 12:29 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

And sweet it was of them.

Jan 31 - 02:02 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

OK, now you're just coming across as condescending.

Jan 31 - 09:11 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Cheeky, maybe.

Jan 31 - 09:34 PM

Francesco Fortuna

Francesco Fortuna

Not surprised about That Awkward Moment's score. However, Labor Day's score just plummited. Geez, it originally had like an 80+ score, what happened?

Jan 30 - 04:52 PM

Dave J

Dave J

More critics saw it! And the ones that did like it were probably paid to like it!

Jan 30 - 04:59 PM

Felipe Simbron

Felipe Simbron

But some of the critics are d*cks, like that guy who downvoted "Apocalypse Now", he's famous for doing that to "high score movies".

Feb 1 - 05:59 PM

Dave J

Dave J

More critics saw it! And the ones that did like it were probably paid to like it!

Jan 30 - 04:59 PM

Felipe Simbron

Felipe Simbron

But some of the critics are d*cks, like that guy who downvoted "Apocalypse Now", he's famous for doing that to "high score movies".

Feb 1 - 05:59 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

Hopefully Jason Reitman will be able to bounce back. Labor Day's his first rotten film as a director. Maybe next time he'll do a project that doesn't resemble a Nicholas Sparks novel...

Jan 30 - 05:04 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Nicholas Sparks? That premise sounds too dark for him. Maybe E.L. James is a better comparison.

Jan 30 - 05:13 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Nicholas Sparks is dark. Remember The note book. Date me or I'll kill myself! Then the Alzhemiers or as movies like to call that disease "Getting old".

Jan 30 - 10:46 PM

Vincent

Jay Cutler

Or that one where Robert Pattinson gets hit by a plane....though I laughed really loudly.

Jan 31 - 12:24 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

So Her was believable, yet we're questioning Labor Days premise?

Jan 30 - 11:48 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I think it's less of believability and more of what it does with the premises. An escaped convict holding a mother and son hostage is something that screams thriller and yet the movie instead tries to use it to kickstart a sappy romance story. I was honestly completely dumbfounded when I saw the trailer. Do they really expect us to go "Ah look, he doesn't have to tie her up anymore because he trusts her. Ah, how sweet!"

Jan 31 - 12:20 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I'm not gonna lie, that was verbatim my reaction :)

Jan 31 - 12:57 AM

Jeff Goldeneye

Life Finds a Way

Labor Day is ah certainly no Independence Day.

Jan 30 - 05:07 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Zac Efron has proven he's a good actor, and that he can carry even bad movies. But why can't he get better at choosing projects? Until he does, people will still treat him like a teen idol and nothing more.

I thought BEST NIGHT EVER would be released straight-to-DVD. Whatever. I'll watch it on cable someday when I'm bored, just I can laugh... at the failing career of Seltzer-Berg.

Jan 30 - 05:10 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

When did he prove that?

Jan 30 - 10:46 PM

Zachary Perlmutter

Zachary Perlmutter

Me and Orson Welles...

Jan 30 - 11:01 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I think he proved he was desperate to be taken seriously. You now, other than his bad singing I thought he was pretty spot on in Hair Spray.

Jan 30 - 11:51 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I haven't seen ME & ORSON WELLES so I can't back up Zachary. But critics and I agreed that he was great in CHARLIE ST. CLOUD and he made 17 AGAIN better than it should've been. He was also praised for THE PAPERBOY. He sucked in THE LUCKY ONE, though.

Jan 31 - 07:50 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Nicholas Sparks? That premise sounds too dark for him. Maybe E.L. James is a better comparison.

Jan 30 - 05:13 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Nicholas Sparks is dark. Remember The note book. Date me or I'll kill myself! Then the Alzhemiers or as movies like to call that disease "Getting old".

Jan 30 - 10:46 PM

Vincent

Jay Cutler

Or that one where Robert Pattinson gets hit by a plane....though I laughed really loudly.

Jan 31 - 12:24 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

No matter. Everyone's going to be watching the Super Bowl this weekend. These poor movies will be forgotten soon enough.

Jan 30 - 08:06 PM

Diego Tutweiller

The Artist Formerly Known as Tutweiller

Way to steal my joke, dick.

http://forum.rottentomatoes.com/posts/list/454549.page

#SpreadTheTruth

Jan 30 - 08:43 PM

Ash-Lord

Ash-Lord

Wow. They didn't even attempt to change the wording a little.

Jan 31 - 06:16 PM

Diego Tutweiller

The Artist Formerly Known as Tutweiller

Yyyyyyyyyup. Fucking Rotten Tomatoes, man. Stealing my fucking jokes.

Jan 31 - 06:49 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Love the article title. Nothing I need to see this week, I might check out "The Lego Movie" next weekend if reviews are good (if it's on the same level as "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1" I'm all for it); I'll check "Robocop" out too if the reviews are positive.

Jan 30 - 09:37 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

so you won't be checking out Robocop.

Jan 30 - 10:47 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Haha, I might get dragged to see it with my Mom, who'll probably still see it unless the reviews are truly atrocious.

Jan 30 - 11:24 PM

Diego Tutweiller

The Artist Formerly Known as Tutweiller

FUCK THAT! I wrote that article title as a thread A MONTH AGO, and they ripped me off! I'm suing for $957,000 for intellectual property theft and emotional damages.

Jan 31 - 04:20 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

Hey man. Whats up? Question. Do you think that this clearly shitty movie's performance, both critic-wise and box office-wise, has any correlation to his choices for 5 favorite films? Do you feel some how vindicated because of its Tomato meter?

Jan 30 - 10:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Couldn't care less. These comments are just quick sport. I love films deeply and I'm amused when some who don't think too much about their pleasures get frustrated by my wit and articulation. (*beats chest McConaughey-style*)

Jan 30 - 10:53 PM

Vincent

Jay Cutler

Woah, a dude on the internet.

Jan 31 - 12:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

That's El Duderino to you, man.

Jan 31 - 12:46 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

That Awkward moment when the token black guy in the film is a far superior actor, more respected, and will have a longer more promising career then the top billing white guys.

Jan 30 - 10:44 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Then the token black guy gets sexually subjugated when the white guys get to laugh at his "sad giraffe".

Jan 30 - 10:56 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Then they all realizes how important there friendships are when they get Race Matched Soul Mates!

Jan 30 - 11:58 PM

Francesco Fortuna

Francesco Fortuna

Yea Michael B. Jordan went from Fruitvale Station to this?

Jan 31 - 07:19 AM

James P.

James Dunphy

That awkward moment when someone finds a way to make things about race, which happens far too often.

Jan 31 - 07:41 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Nicholas Sparks is dark. Remember The note book. Date me or I'll kill myself! Then the Alzhemiers or as movies like to call that disease "Getting old".

Jan 30 - 10:46 PM

Vincent

Jay Cutler

Or that one where Robert Pattinson gets hit by a plane....though I laughed really loudly.

Jan 31 - 12:24 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

When did he prove that?

Jan 30 - 10:46 PM

Zachary Perlmutter

Zachary Perlmutter

Me and Orson Welles...

Jan 30 - 11:01 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I think he proved he was desperate to be taken seriously. You now, other than his bad singing I thought he was pretty spot on in Hair Spray.

Jan 30 - 11:51 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I haven't seen ME & ORSON WELLES so I can't back up Zachary. But critics and I agreed that he was great in CHARLIE ST. CLOUD and he made 17 AGAIN better than it should've been. He was also praised for THE PAPERBOY. He sucked in THE LUCKY ONE, though.

Jan 31 - 07:50 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

so you won't be checking out Robocop.

Jan 30 - 10:47 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Haha, I might get dragged to see it with my Mom, who'll probably still see it unless the reviews are truly atrocious.

Jan 30 - 11:24 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Couldn't care less. These comments are just quick sport. I love films deeply and I'm amused when some who don't think too much about their pleasures get frustrated by my wit and articulation. (*beats chest McConaughey-style*)

Jan 30 - 10:53 PM

Vincent

Jay Cutler

Woah, a dude on the internet.

Jan 31 - 12:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

That's El Duderino to you, man.

Jan 31 - 12:46 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Then the token black guy gets sexually subjugated when the white guys get to laugh at his "sad giraffe".

Jan 30 - 10:56 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Then they all realizes how important there friendships are when they get Race Matched Soul Mates!

Jan 30 - 11:58 PM

Zachary Perlmutter

Zachary Perlmutter

Me and Orson Welles...

Jan 30 - 11:01 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I think he proved he was desperate to be taken seriously. You now, other than his bad singing I thought he was pretty spot on in Hair Spray.

Jan 30 - 11:51 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Haha, I might get dragged to see it with my Mom, who'll probably still see it unless the reviews are truly atrocious.

Jan 30 - 11:24 PM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

skipping the theater this weekend
glad the month is over now whew

Jan 30 - 11:41 PM

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