Critics Consensus: Captain Phillips is Certified Fresh

Plus, Machete Kills doesn't cut that deep.

This week at the movies, we've got a hostage situation (Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Keener), and a deadly mission (Machete Kills, starring Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez). What do the critics have to say?

Captain Phillips

93%

Director Paul Greengrass (United 93, Bloody Sunday) is an expert at adapting true stories to the big screen with a sense of you-are-there immediacy. Tom Hanks is great at portraying relatable people operating under extraordinary duress. Together, they make Captain Phillips a tense, endlessly involving thriller that entertains even as it raises intriguing questions. Hanks plays Phillips, the captain of a cargo ship that?s hijacked by Somali pirates; as the situation becomes more grim by the minute, it?s up to the captain to maintain composure and keep his crew safe. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Captain Phillips is potent, powerful stuff, with terrific performances and a script that gives multiple dimensions to all parties involved. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we count down Hanks' best-reviewed films.)

Machete Kills

29%

There's a thin line separating trashy fun and plain ol' trash, and unfortunately, critics say Machete Kills is too often on the wrong side of the divide; despite its emphasis on gleefully over-the-top violence and campy laughs, the movie is too slackly paced and overlong to fully register as a guilty pleasure. This time out, the president enlists our blade-wielding hero (played by Danny Trejo) to stop a billionaire arms trader bent on inciting chaos across the globe. The pundits say Machete Kills is like its predecessor in many ways, just less so; it's got some clever cameos and delightfully tasteless action, but there's less energy on display this time out. (Take a look through our gallery of the ladies of the Machete movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Something tells me Carlos Estevez isn't going to make it out of Machete Kills unscathed. But as enticing as that sounds, I'm most looking forward to Escape From Tomorrow. The trailer is not what I was expecting. CBGB is such a lost opportunity. Bobby Moynihan should have played Lester Bangs. His current Wiki pic bears an uncanny resemblence. Now there's a film that needs to be made.

Oct 10 - 05:00 PM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

Who's Carlos Estevez?

Oct 10 - 05:45 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

It's Charlie Sheen's real name. He's credited in the movie under that name.

Oct 10 - 06:27 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

This is true.

Oct 11 - 11:26 AM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Still need to see "Gravity", really want to but haven't found the time. I'm also interested in "Captain Phillips", just not sure if I'll see it in the theater or not. That's all for me this week.

Oct 10 - 05:22 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I saw Gravity last week. It's something that you would definitely want to catch in theaters. Preferably Imax.

Oct 10 - 06:39 PM

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Thomas Rooney

Thomas Rooney

Lolno.

Oct 13 - 12:48 AM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

Who's Carlos Estevez?

Oct 10 - 05:45 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

It's Charlie Sheen's real name. He's credited in the movie under that name.

Oct 10 - 06:27 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

This is true.

Oct 11 - 11:26 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Just like with PIRANHA, and Rodriguez' previous FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, it seems like this tongue-in-cheek movies only work as a one-time joke. Their sequels always get bad reviews. I didn't even like the 1st MACHETE. Actually, PLANET TERROR is the only one of the GRINDHOUSE franchise I've liked so far. So I'm going with CAPTAIN PHILLIPS.

Because of 50/50 and WARM BODIES, I'll give MANDY LANE a shot. ROMEO & JULIET has been adapted so many freaking times that it's starting to feel like a Hollywood gimmick. Seriously, there are a bunch of Shakespeare plays who haven't been adapted yet. Still, this new version can't possibly be worse than ROMEO MUST DIE.

Oct 10 - 06:27 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

It's Charlie Sheen's real name. He's credited in the movie under that name.

Oct 10 - 06:27 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

This is true.

Oct 11 - 11:26 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Hopefully, Captain Phillips will be more along the lines of Bourne and not Green Zone. Gravity is going to maintain its position at the top of the box office this week, I think.

Oct 10 - 06:38 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I saw Gravity last week. It's something that you would definitely want to catch in theaters. Preferably Imax.

Oct 10 - 06:39 PM

Branden M.

Branden Mata

I wanna see Captain Phillips but I'm not sure if I'm going to this weekend.

Oct 10 - 06:46 PM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

SKIPPING everything this weekend!

Oct 10 - 09:30 PM

RoHiT

Good Looking RoHiT

Gonna watch Captain Phillips.

Oct 10 - 10:24 PM

Patty Wright

Patty Wright

Great movie

Oct 11 - 01:57 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Looking forward to Captain Phillips. Glad to see Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks bouncing back after their previously underwhleming efforts. Never saw Machete, not interested in the sequel.

The people behind Escape From Tomorrow are probably really dissapointed that Disney didn't try to file a lawsuit, instead choosing just to ignore the film, killing all the attention it would have got in the process. Now, there's nothing for it to rely on other than middling reviews. Smart move, Disney, smart move. Personally, I'm much more excited for Tomorrowland, the "official" film centered on the titular theme park.

Oct 11 - 12:06 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Many critics are Disney drones, but Todd McCarthy and Jordon Hoffman gave it pretty glowing reviews. It's destined to be a cult classic, and already is in some circles.

Oct 11 - 11:33 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I honestly might have felt more excited for it if it wasn't so heavily sold on how it was filmed. Heck, a lot of the reviews the trailer proudly displayed seemed to be talking more about the nature of its making rather than the actual quality of the film itself. It makes me wonder how much more is really going for the film other than being shot in a major theme park without anyone noticing (if anything, that secrecy probably only negatively affected the film's quality).

And for Disney drones, critics sure were pretty hard on Lone Ranger. And after all the slamming they got for supposedly causing that film's failure, I doubt they're really feeling much goodwill towards the studio.

Oct 11 - 01:43 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm more intrigued by the positive reviews', and some of the negative reviews', comparisons to Eraserhead.

Oct 11 - 04:05 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Lots of films market the "YOU WON'T BELIEVE HOW THIS WAS FILMED!" thing though are come off very successful. Like Gravity, or Avatar. 1 empty warehouse full of lots of Green and Gray created Avatar world!? No way!! I also remember that Elizabeth Olsen horror film (title anyone?) was very blah but was marketed as BEING FILMED IN ONE SHOT! WOA!!! IT clearly wasn't if you seen it but That is why I saw it.

Oct 12 - 06:25 AM

King  S.

King Simba

True, but when it becomes the only thing the film is promising it makes you wonder is there really anything else going for it? Apparently, that was the case with that Elizabeth Olsen horror film, at least from what I heard.

Also, a lot of reviewers seem to be stating my concerns when I first heard about the nature of the film's shooting - that having to shoot in such secrecy resulted in the film feeling very disjointed. This is quite the opposite of Gravity and Avatar, where the way they were filmed actually enriched the experience.

Oct 12 - 07:06 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I agree with you. I have not seen Gravity but on Paper I hate Avatar. It is one of the biggest piles of White guilt anti military propoganda I've ever heard, but WOW What an amazing Looking film! Love the imagination of James Cameron. Gravity being as popular as it is was spoiled before and after it came out on many web sites. This site spoiled it for me but I was kind of asking for it in a way. Still if its a visual feast for the eyes I still look forward to seeing it.

Oct 12 - 08:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The lack of narrative plot in Avatar was much more damaging than its ecological or even imperial themes. Well intentioned, but bad storytelling.

Oct 13 - 01:40 PM

Ken Wolfson

Ken Wolfson

Captain Phillips looks outstanding. I'm looking forwards to it.

Oct 11 - 09:17 AM

Patty Wright

Patty Wright

Great movie.

Oct 11 - 01:57 PM

Sean Pak

Sean Pak

Two weeks, two great films, and 12 Years a Slave coming next week. Thank god for the fall movie season.

Oct 11 - 09:39 AM

Andrew Milito

Andrew Milito

I wish Escape From Tomorrow was playing at my local theater, I'm very interested in it. Might check out Captain Phillips or Gravity

Oct 11 - 10:51 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

This is true.

Oct 11 - 11:26 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Many critics are Disney drones, but Todd McCarthy and Jordon Hoffman gave it pretty glowing reviews. It's destined to be a cult classic, and already is in some circles.

Oct 11 - 11:33 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I honestly might have felt more excited for it if it wasn't so heavily sold on how it was filmed. Heck, a lot of the reviews the trailer proudly displayed seemed to be talking more about the nature of its making rather than the actual quality of the film itself. It makes me wonder how much more is really going for the film other than being shot in a major theme park without anyone noticing (if anything, that secrecy probably only negatively affected the film's quality).

And for Disney drones, critics sure were pretty hard on Lone Ranger. And after all the slamming they got for supposedly causing that film's failure, I doubt they're really feeling much goodwill towards the studio.

Oct 11 - 01:43 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm more intrigued by the positive reviews', and some of the negative reviews', comparisons to Eraserhead.

Oct 11 - 04:05 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Lots of films market the "YOU WON'T BELIEVE HOW THIS WAS FILMED!" thing though are come off very successful. Like Gravity, or Avatar. 1 empty warehouse full of lots of Green and Gray created Avatar world!? No way!! I also remember that Elizabeth Olsen horror film (title anyone?) was very blah but was marketed as BEING FILMED IN ONE SHOT! WOA!!! IT clearly wasn't if you seen it but That is why I saw it.

Oct 12 - 06:25 AM

King  S.

King Simba

True, but when it becomes the only thing the film is promising it makes you wonder is there really anything else going for it? Apparently, that was the case with that Elizabeth Olsen horror film, at least from what I heard.

Also, a lot of reviewers seem to be stating my concerns when I first heard about the nature of the film's shooting - that having to shoot in such secrecy resulted in the film feeling very disjointed. This is quite the opposite of Gravity and Avatar, where the way they were filmed actually enriched the experience.

Oct 12 - 07:06 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I agree with you. I have not seen Gravity but on Paper I hate Avatar. It is one of the biggest piles of White guilt anti military propoganda I've ever heard, but WOW What an amazing Looking film! Love the imagination of James Cameron. Gravity being as popular as it is was spoiled before and after it came out on many web sites. This site spoiled it for me but I was kind of asking for it in a way. Still if its a visual feast for the eyes I still look forward to seeing it.

Oct 12 - 08:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The lack of narrative plot in Avatar was much more damaging than its ecological or even imperial themes. Well intentioned, but bad storytelling.

Oct 13 - 01:40 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I honestly might have felt more excited for it if it wasn't so heavily sold on how it was filmed. Heck, a lot of the reviews the trailer proudly displayed seemed to be talking more about the nature of its making rather than the actual quality of the film itself. It makes me wonder how much more is really going for the film other than being shot in a major theme park without anyone noticing (if anything, that secrecy probably only negatively affected the film's quality).

And for Disney drones, critics sure were pretty hard on Lone Ranger. And after all the slamming they got for supposedly causing that film's failure, I doubt they're really feeling much goodwill towards the studio.

Oct 11 - 01:43 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm more intrigued by the positive reviews', and some of the negative reviews', comparisons to Eraserhead.

Oct 11 - 04:05 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Lots of films market the "YOU WON'T BELIEVE HOW THIS WAS FILMED!" thing though are come off very successful. Like Gravity, or Avatar. 1 empty warehouse full of lots of Green and Gray created Avatar world!? No way!! I also remember that Elizabeth Olsen horror film (title anyone?) was very blah but was marketed as BEING FILMED IN ONE SHOT! WOA!!! IT clearly wasn't if you seen it but That is why I saw it.

Oct 12 - 06:25 AM

King  S.

King Simba

True, but when it becomes the only thing the film is promising it makes you wonder is there really anything else going for it? Apparently, that was the case with that Elizabeth Olsen horror film, at least from what I heard.

Also, a lot of reviewers seem to be stating my concerns when I first heard about the nature of the film's shooting - that having to shoot in such secrecy resulted in the film feeling very disjointed. This is quite the opposite of Gravity and Avatar, where the way they were filmed actually enriched the experience.

Oct 12 - 07:06 AM

Patty Wright

Patty Wright

Captain Philips movie was awesome. Action the whole movie

Oct 11 - 01:56 PM

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