Critics Consensus: Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a Blast From the Past

Plus, 300: Rise of an Empire is a good looking but empty spectacle.

This week at the movies, we've got a dog and his boy (Mr. Peabody & Sherman, with voice performances by Ty Burrell and Stephen Colbert) and some raging Spartans (300: Rise of an Empire, starring Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green). What do the critics have to say?

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

79%

It's never easy to stretch a series of shorts to feature-film length, especially when the source material is largely unfamiliar to its intended audience. Fortunately, critics say Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a mostly successful big screen adaptation, with enough cleverness and goofy action to please kids and their parents. Canine genius Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) and his adopted charge Sherman (Max Charles) use the WABAC machine to travel back in time and ensure that history's greatest moments happen as they should. However, when Sherman takes the machine for a joyride to impress a classmate, it's up to his doggie guardian to rescue him. The critics say Mr. Peabody & Sherman sometimes strains to maintain the inspired lunacy of the original cartoons, but most of the time, it's bright, funny, exciting, and heartfelt. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we run down some memorable time travel movies, as well as our interviews with the cast.)

300: Rise of an Empire

42%

If you're in the mood stylized bloodshed, you're in luck: 300: Rise of an Empire is chock full of beheadings, hacked-off limbs, and gallons of blood. But critics say beyond its admittedly impressive visuals, the film is short on the heroic bombast of its predecessor. This time out, it's a band of plucky seafaring Greeks, lead by Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) against the mighty Persian navy, headed by Artemisia (Eva Green); as we eventually learn through a series of flashbacks, this fight is partially driven by personal animosity. The pundits say Green is fantastic as a bellicose she-devil, but little resonates in 300: Rise of an Empire beyond the lovingly rendered killings and decapitations. (Check out this week's 24 Frames for a gallery of big stars in togas.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Miele, a drama about a woman who secretly helps people with terminal illnesses to die on their own terms, is at 100 percent.
  • Particle Fever, a documentary about the physicists working to find the Higgs boson particle, is at 92 percent.
  • In Fear, a thriller about a couple that gets lost en route to a would-be romantic getaway, is at 90 percent.
  • Journey To The West, Stephen Chow's adaptation of the classic Chinese novel about a Buddhist monk's epic excursion from China to India, is at 90 percent.
  • Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan in a period comedy about the adventures of a concierge and the oddball inhabitants of an ornate hotel, is Certified Fresh at 86 percent.
  • Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack in a thriller about a concert pianist who must deliver a flawless performance to stave off a sniper, is at 82 percent.
  • Bethlehem, a drama about the tense relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and a Palestinian informant, is at 65 percent.
  • The Face of Love, starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris in a drama about a widow who meets a man who's the spitting image of her dead husband, is at 53 percent.
  • Haunt, a horror film about a family that moves into an old house and stirs a malevolent curse, is at 20 percent.

Comments

Vits

Vicente Torres

I don't care whether RISE OF AN EMPIRE is a sequel, prequel or midquel. "300" barely had enough material for a plot. And its style has been copied so many times (more recently with THE LEGEND OF "HERCULES"). So I doubt it's gonna be good. I'm going with THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.

Mar 6 - 04:27 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Unfortunately, that option's not available to everyone. I'm hoping that 300 makes for some decent entertainment.

Mar 6 - 07:34 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I hope either Grand Budapest Hotel or Journey to the West get to my town soon! And, btw, haha @ Grand Piano. Are they writing scripts from Mad Libs now?

Mar 6 - 05:02 PM

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

If I have to chose between the two, I'm gonna go with the new 300. It just looks like a hell of a lot of fun! Not to mention, Mr. Peabody and Sherman looked pretty dumb from the trailers.

Mar 6 - 05:43 PM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

Wes Anderson is a terrible director. I mean, I liked Black Swan a little, but Resident Evil sucked so badly. The Royal Tenenbaums was a decent film. Pompeii was a complete misfire. The Master was so pretentious. He's just overrated.

Mar 6 - 06:39 PM

Jacob Holmes

Jacob Holmes

Not sure if you're serious or joking. That's 4 different directors you're talking about. Darren Aronofsky(Black Swan), Paul W.S. Anderson(Resident Evil, Pompeii), Paul Thomas Anderson(The Master). Wes Anderson did do The Royal Tenenbaums though

Mar 6 - 06:42 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Aren't Paul and Wes related? That must be weird at thanks giving. On the hand you have the prestigious brother everyone calls a genius of the craft and on the other you have the Brother that actually makes a ton of money and has a gorgeous wife? Either way I suppose the Father is proud of both of them eh?

Mar 6 - 08:46 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It says that Wes Anderson was born in Texas, and that Paul was born in England both born from different parents! It's just another coincidence that both of them happened to share the same last name!

Mar 7 - 11:44 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I have children born in two different countries? Your probably right but? Just saying.

Mar 7 - 08:29 PM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

I was born in Mexico, but my brother was born in the US.

Mar 8 - 08:26 AM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

Way to rip off Goldblum's joke, Cutler.

Mar 7 - 04:10 AM

Carlton DeLéon

Carlton DeLéon

IMO, the only good Wes Anderson film was Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Mar 7 - 06:23 AM

Mark Vandrell

Mark Vandrell

Don't feed that idiot. It's pretty sad he spends his life doing this, fat and cockless from his basement.

Mar 7 - 07:15 PM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

Your Mom's basement....

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Mar 8 - 08:27 AM

Jacob Holmes

Jacob Holmes

Not sure if you're serious or joking. That's 4 different directors you're talking about. Darren Aronofsky(Black Swan), Paul W.S. Anderson(Resident Evil, Pompeii), Paul Thomas Anderson(The Master). Wes Anderson did do The Royal Tenenbaums though

Mar 6 - 06:42 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Aren't Paul and Wes related? That must be weird at thanks giving. On the hand you have the prestigious brother everyone calls a genius of the craft and on the other you have the Brother that actually makes a ton of money and has a gorgeous wife? Either way I suppose the Father is proud of both of them eh?

Mar 6 - 08:46 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It says that Wes Anderson was born in Texas, and that Paul was born in England both born from different parents! It's just another coincidence that both of them happened to share the same last name!

Mar 7 - 11:44 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I have children born in two different countries? Your probably right but? Just saying.

Mar 7 - 08:29 PM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

I was born in Mexico, but my brother was born in the US.

Mar 8 - 08:26 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Unfortunately, that option's not available to everyone. I'm hoping that 300 makes for some decent entertainment.

Mar 6 - 07:34 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

There is that "Meh it's okay" percentage the trailers of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" have written all over them. When it was in the high 90s this past couple days I kept thinking "Then why does the trailer look so typical?!" Confusion resolved.

Mar 6 - 08:44 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Aren't Paul and Wes related? That must be weird at thanks giving. On the hand you have the prestigious brother everyone calls a genius of the craft and on the other you have the Brother that actually makes a ton of money and has a gorgeous wife? Either way I suppose the Father is proud of both of them eh?

Mar 6 - 08:46 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It says that Wes Anderson was born in Texas, and that Paul was born in England both born from different parents! It's just another coincidence that both of them happened to share the same last name!

Mar 7 - 11:44 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I have children born in two different countries? Your probably right but? Just saying.

Mar 7 - 08:29 PM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

I was born in Mexico, but my brother was born in the US.

Mar 8 - 08:26 AM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

shame about 'Rise of An Empire', I wanted it to be just as good as '300'
'Peabody & Sherman' looks really good though

Mar 6 - 09:22 PM

Ryan DiBenedetto

Ryan DiBenedetto

Loved the first 300 can't wait to see rise of an empire

Mar 6 - 10:29 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Well, I guess I spoke too soon about "Peabody": last weekend I was thinking "Holy crap, an update of a really old cartoon sketch is getting all these positive reviews, between this and Lego being such great surprises, 2014 is already so much better than 2013 for animation and Disney better watch its back!" (I know Frozen is still a huge hit and massively popular, but let's face it, Lego has stolen some of its thunder - I think Lego is a slightly better film anyway). But now... Just 75% with a 6.4/10 average, far below Lego or Frozen; still way better than it could've been though. I'll probably catch it on video.

Never saw "300", not really interested in the sequel.

Mar 7 - 12:06 AM

Carlton DeLéon

Carlton DeLéon

Frozen is highly overrated, I thought it was decent the first time I watched it, but I recently watched it a second time and barely could get through it. Definitely not the classic people want it to be.

Mar 7 - 06:26 AM

Casual Friday

Casual Friday

I second that. Great animation (the use of greys and dark blues in an animated feature is really cool) and one good character (Olaf) can't save Frozen from being lazy, cheesy, and disappointing.

Mar 7 - 08:53 AM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

It's OBSCENELY overrated - both times I've seen it I thought it was "pretty good", but the more I think about some of the dialogue and singing ("Sure you can! I KNOW you can! CAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVERRRRRR...", "You won't get away with this." "Heh... I already have (smirks)", "The only frozen heart around here is YOURS (cheesy punch in the face, everyone cheers despite most of them thinking Hans was just the swellest guy five minutes ago)", "You KINDA set off an eternal winter, EVERYWHERE."), ugh, some of it is just plain CORNY. And I didn't even really care about the characters THAT much - the beginning was so rushed that the sisters' bond never felt all that involving, as if people liked the idea of their relationship more than what was actually in the film - and call me a Pixar fanboy, but I'm deeply bugged that Toy Story and The Incredibles, which I thought were GREAT, got steamrolled over by this thing in box-office totals.

Mar 7 - 09:40 PM

Bradley T. Johnson

Bradley J

Frozen wasn't even close to being as corny as say Tangled and that movie got the same amount of positive marks. Talk about overrated, Tangled is probably my least favorite of the recent Disney movies. I don't think Frozen was overrated at all. Great music, great visuals and a story that tweaked Disney's nose several times and not to mention how touching the whole movie was. Everyone has their own opinion I suppose and yes even some of the constant hype surrounding the movie has bugged me, I still think it was a great film.

Mar 8 - 05:53 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I find that Animated films also have more of an opportunity to be over rated because there are Soooooooo Many horrible ones. The Croods and Despicable Me 2 for example are considered Top Animated films of 2013. They are Loud pointless and awful. When people say the saving grace of a film is the Noisy attention deprived Minions then your plot story and characters Suck.

Mar 8 - 07:54 AM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

I haven't seen Tangled in probably over a year, but I remember watching it when it came out and generally liking it; I think yeah, from what I remember, some parts are corny, but no more than in Frozen (oh, another geniusly brilliant line "We jump on one... two..." "TREE!", yurrgh...); and EVERYONE gives Frozen credit for finally saying "you can't marry a guy you just met" - does NOBODY remember Enchanted? And maybe I'm just not into the Broadway-style-singing, because a couple times, particularly the ice palace duet, I couldn't take it seriously. Maybe that's just me.

I agree on the lacking crop of animated films last year - DM2 all but fully relied on the Minions (who I still don't see as any more than generally-amusing-but-nothing special comic-relief characters; I liked The Croods for the visual phantasmagoria it provided, and I actually thought Grug was a sympathetic character, but yeah, the rest of the characters were more like caricatures/archetypes than anything else.

Mar 8 - 08:34 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Andrew, ENCHANTED was a parody of Disney. The message was more about making fun of other movies, while FROZEN tried to really teach that to kids while still being a straight up Disney movie. It's similar to SHREK getting THE PRINCESS BRIDE's credit. Except that the latter wasn't really a parody.

You're also right abotu DESPICABLE ME 2. When they showed images of each Best Animated Feature nominee at the Oscars, they showed the MINIONS instead of GRU, while the other movies showed their main characters.

Mar 8 - 10:56 AM

Casual Friday

Casual Friday

Well at least DM2 had more than one funny character. And if you ask me, the only thing more overrated than Frozen is Let It Go.

Mar 8 - 11:51 AM

Bradley T. Johnson

Bradley J

Yeah I really did not like DM2. I found the minions super annoying as up front characters and was hoping the film would stick to the touching relationship between Gru and his daughters instead but it never did. I loved the original Despicable Me however. Enchanted was fantastic and I really think that one is very overlooked.

Mar 8 - 01:48 PM

gregmss

Jack Gregson

I saw Peabody last week and found it surprisingly enjoyable and sweet, whilst I found 300: Rise of an Empire to be dumber than a bag of rocks.

Mar 7 - 01:31 AM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

Way to rip off Goldblum's joke, Cutler.

Mar 7 - 04:10 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Not a great week for me. I am only marginally interested in "Miéle" due to it's subject matter and Paricle Fever - that sparks my curiosity a good deal due to Nick Cave's song "Higgs Boson Blues" from his album "Push The Sky Away", which briliantly satirizes the existencial conundrums and scientifical world's dissilusioned response to what was ultimatly a failed experiment.
Wes Anderson's work fails, for some reason, to ressonate with me. It is undoubtedly a fault of mine, as he is a Director with a very unique vision and sensibility, allways surrounded with brilliant and recurrent cast members. Also, his movie's photography is allways beautifull to behold. But despite all that, his movies allways leave me cold and uninvolved. So I might watch TGBH, but only because of it's brilliant cast ensemble.

Mar 7 - 04:16 AM

Izzy R.

Izzy Reynard

Can't wait to see Grand Budapest. Too bad it's not going to make it's way in theaters where I live for some time.

Mar 7 - 05:54 AM

Carlton DeLéon

Carlton DeLéon

IMO, the only good Wes Anderson film was Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Mar 7 - 06:23 AM

Carlton DeLéon

Carlton DeLéon

Frozen is highly overrated, I thought it was decent the first time I watched it, but I recently watched it a second time and barely could get through it. Definitely not the classic people want it to be.

Mar 7 - 06:26 AM

Casual Friday

Casual Friday

I second that. Great animation (the use of greys and dark blues in an animated feature is really cool) and one good character (Olaf) can't save Frozen from being lazy, cheesy, and disappointing.

Mar 7 - 08:53 AM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

It's OBSCENELY overrated - both times I've seen it I thought it was "pretty good", but the more I think about some of the dialogue and singing ("Sure you can! I KNOW you can! CAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVERRRRRR...", "You won't get away with this." "Heh... I already have (smirks)", "The only frozen heart around here is YOURS (cheesy punch in the face, everyone cheers despite most of them thinking Hans was just the swellest guy five minutes ago)", "You KINDA set off an eternal winter, EVERYWHERE."), ugh, some of it is just plain CORNY. And I didn't even really care about the characters THAT much - the beginning was so rushed that the sisters' bond never felt all that involving, as if people liked the idea of their relationship more than what was actually in the film - and call me a Pixar fanboy, but I'm deeply bugged that Toy Story and The Incredibles, which I thought were GREAT, got steamrolled over by this thing in box-office totals.

Mar 7 - 09:40 PM

Bradley T. Johnson

Bradley J

Frozen wasn't even close to being as corny as say Tangled and that movie got the same amount of positive marks. Talk about overrated, Tangled is probably my least favorite of the recent Disney movies. I don't think Frozen was overrated at all. Great music, great visuals and a story that tweaked Disney's nose several times and not to mention how touching the whole movie was. Everyone has their own opinion I suppose and yes even some of the constant hype surrounding the movie has bugged me, I still think it was a great film.

Mar 8 - 05:53 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I find that Animated films also have more of an opportunity to be over rated because there are Soooooooo Many horrible ones. The Croods and Despicable Me 2 for example are considered Top Animated films of 2013. They are Loud pointless and awful. When people say the saving grace of a film is the Noisy attention deprived Minions then your plot story and characters Suck.

Mar 8 - 07:54 AM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

I haven't seen Tangled in probably over a year, but I remember watching it when it came out and generally liking it; I think yeah, from what I remember, some parts are corny, but no more than in Frozen (oh, another geniusly brilliant line "We jump on one... two..." "TREE!", yurrgh...); and EVERYONE gives Frozen credit for finally saying "you can't marry a guy you just met" - does NOBODY remember Enchanted? And maybe I'm just not into the Broadway-style-singing, because a couple times, particularly the ice palace duet, I couldn't take it seriously. Maybe that's just me.

I agree on the lacking crop of animated films last year - DM2 all but fully relied on the Minions (who I still don't see as any more than generally-amusing-but-nothing special comic-relief characters; I liked The Croods for the visual phantasmagoria it provided, and I actually thought Grug was a sympathetic character, but yeah, the rest of the characters were more like caricatures/archetypes than anything else.

Mar 8 - 08:34 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Andrew, ENCHANTED was a parody of Disney. The message was more about making fun of other movies, while FROZEN tried to really teach that to kids while still being a straight up Disney movie. It's similar to SHREK getting THE PRINCESS BRIDE's credit. Except that the latter wasn't really a parody.

You're also right abotu DESPICABLE ME 2. When they showed images of each Best Animated Feature nominee at the Oscars, they showed the MINIONS instead of GRU, while the other movies showed their main characters.

Mar 8 - 10:56 AM

Casual Friday

Casual Friday

Well at least DM2 had more than one funny character. And if you ask me, the only thing more overrated than Frozen is Let It Go.

Mar 8 - 11:51 AM

Bradley T. Johnson

Bradley J

Yeah I really did not like DM2. I found the minions super annoying as up front characters and was hoping the film would stick to the touching relationship between Gru and his daughters instead but it never did. I loved the original Despicable Me however. Enchanted was fantastic and I really think that one is very overlooked.

Mar 8 - 01:48 PM

Casual Friday

Casual Friday

I second that. Great animation (the use of greys and dark blues in an animated feature is really cool) and one good character (Olaf) can't save Frozen from being lazy, cheesy, and disappointing.

Mar 7 - 08:53 AM

Ese  .

Ese Wei

Zack Snyder should just stop making movies lol

Mar 7 - 10:36 AM

CC-2224 Hates Soccer

Commander "Cody" CC-2224 Hates Soccer

Please die.

Mar 7 - 03:29 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I agree.. Please.. PLEASE please Please Stop making movies Zack Snyder! Interesting side note, Zack Snyder's style is so simple that you can make a 300 sequel with out people realizing Zack Snyder is only involved as a producer.

Mar 8 - 07:55 AM

CC-2224 Hates Soccer

Commander "Cody" CC-2224 Hates Soccer

I was talking about people like you. Zack Snyder is awesome

Mar 8 - 05:36 PM

Retro Reviewer

Matt R.

Sucker Punch did suck though.

Mar 8 - 07:13 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It says that Wes Anderson was born in Texas, and that Paul was born in England both born from different parents! It's just another coincidence that both of them happened to share the same last name!

Mar 7 - 11:44 AM

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