Critical Consensus: "Casino Royale" Fresh, Certified Fresh; "Happy Feet" Shows Fancy Footwork; Guess The Tomatometer for "Prison"

This week at the movies prompts several questions. Will the latest Bond movie ("Casino Royale," starring Daniel Craig) leave pundits shaken and stirred? Can penguins learn to dance ("Happy Feet," featuring voice work by Elijah Wood, Nicole Kidman, and Robin Williams)? And can prison be fun ("Let's Go to Prison," starring Dax Shepard)? Find out what the critics have to say!

"Batman Begins" heartily displayed the virtues of taking a moribund series back to basics by ditching the camp and placing its titular superhero in a more plausible, real-world context. With "Casino Royale," the Bond series has taken a similar no-nonsense approach, and critics say the result is a triumph. "Casino Royale" delves into the 007 creation myth; the early days of the suave secret agent find him a lot more haunted -- and casually cruel -- in ways only vaguely suggested in the previous 20 Bond pictures. But scribes also note the film is hardly morose, with enough exciting action and in-jokes to please the diehards. Some even go so far as to say that Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean Connery. At 95 percent on the Tomatometer, "Casino Royale" has the Midas touch; it's not only Certified Fresh, it's also the best reviewed wide release of the year (although it's still a cut below "Dr. No" at 100 percent).


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For those of you whose cinematic appetite for flightless fowl was left unsatiated by "March of the Penguins," we've got good news. Featuring motion-capture dancing by Savion Glover and an eco-friendly message, "Happy Feet" is winning praise from critics for its sharp animation and rousing soundtrack. The film tells the story of a young penguin named Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) who's gotta dance when all the others Emperors gotta sing. At 80 percent on the Tomatometer, "Happy Feet" is the best reviewed animated feature of the year.


Sometimes you have to settle things the hard way: with a dance-off.

"Let's Go to Prison" was not screened for critics, which means it's unlikely to join the list of timeless jailhouse classics that includes "Cool Hand Luke," "The Shawshank Redemption," and "Caged Heat II: Stripped of Freedom." So kids, it's time to call up your parole officer to get some help Guessing that Tomatometer.


"There really is no life after "Arrested Development."

Also opening this week in limited release: "Who the $#%& is Jackson Pollock?, a documentary about the battle to verify what could be a painting by the famed abstract expressionist, is at 100 percent on the Tomatometer; "Flannel Pajamas," an indie about the deterioration of a longstanding relationship, is at 80 percent; the Argentine thriller "The Aura" is at 80 percent; the zero-budget teen indie "Dance Party, USA" is at 80 percent; the drug addiction drama "Candy," starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish, is at 65 percent; "Fast Food Nation," Richard Linklater's fictional multi-plotline treatment of the muckraking bestseller, is at 60 percent (read RT's interview with cast and crew members here); Emilio Estevez's "Bobby," an Altman-esque tale of the night of Robert Kennedy's assassination starring half the population of California, is at 56 percent; the Hollywood-skewering "For Your Consideration," Christopher Guest's latest ensemble comedy, is at 56 percent; and the Quay Brothers' twisted fairytale "The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes" is at 50 percent.


"Fast Food Nation": She deserves a break today.

And finally, props to dreday, who came the closest to guessing "The Return"'s Tomatometer of 13 percent. Everybody's celebratin.'

Recent James Bond Movies:
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59% -- Die Another Day (2002)
53% -- The World is Not Enough (1999)
53% -- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
83% -- Goldeneye (1995)
65% -- License to Kill (1989)

Recent CG Animated Films:
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78% -- Flushed Away (2006)
40% -- Everyone's Hero (2006)
65% -- The Ant Bully (2006)
70% -- Monster House (2006)
76% -- Cars (2006)

Comments

bwozar

Bernard Ozarowski

Off to midnight Casino Royale soon and I couldn't be more excited.

I'm thinking 19% for Let's Go To Prison

Nov 16 - 05:36 PM

DreCosby

Dre Cosby

Whoo! I called it. I think that was my first time. For this one let's say 10%.

Nov 16 - 06:11 PM

agentjames007

joe fisher

Oh come on Prison looks funny. And Casino Royale will be awesome beyond belief.

Nov 16 - 06:11 PM

killermonkey8822

Joey Chid

okay casino royale........pratically 6 more hours until i glue my eyes on to this movie......midnight showing.......cannot wait...i don't know why but i am so stoked for ths movie.....happy feet i could really care less about but since it got some pretty good reviews i will most likely end up seeing it......i dunno about let's go to prision it looks good but then again it looks stupid i dunno i am guessing somewhere between 40 and 60 percent for the tomater maybe more probably more but then again maybe less i dunno and i am out

Nov 16 - 06:50 PM

CannibalPenguins

Jaja Jaja

14% for Let's Go To Prison.

Nov 16 - 06:59 PM

Cinemaniac21

Chris Esenberg

While I'm sure the movie will rely completely on butt sex jokes, it has Gob in it..COME ON!!!
I'm guessing a 29 percent for "Lets Go to Prison"

Nov 16 - 07:41 PM

synergyred

Nancy Elizabeth

I'm going with 23% for Let's go to Prison. Yes, I picked that number and random but I want to play.

Despite the fact that I am not a Bond fan in any shape or form, my boyfriend is, so I'll be seeing it this weekend!

Nov 16 - 08:08 PM

wbgoose13

William Goss

Let's Go To Prison - 27%

Nov 16 - 08:22 PM

mizzoucritic

Sean Ludwig

12% for Let's Go to Prison.

I'm also sad that Bobby isn't recieving wide praise. 56% isn't dreadful, but for this kind of film, I was hoping it would end up higher than 70%. Here's hoping that when it goes to wide release, it'll go up.

Nov 16 - 09:15 PM

bookworm1994

Dillon James

Let's Go To Prison:
Maybe 67%. If it's good, 67, if it's great, 90%, if it's bad, 24%.

Nov 16 - 09:59 PM

VML

Victoria Leduc

I'm going to see "Let's Go to Prison" because it has GOB in it! I don't care if it doesn't have a fresh rating! XDD

Nov 16 - 11:59 PM

fizzypulp

Katie Teasdale

BOND IS FANTASTIC
Im not a bond fan until yesterday when i saw Casino Royale - it is what an action film should be .
All hail King David!

Nov 17 - 04:36 AM

badmoviecritic

James Bailey

[b]Will this weekend be a Bond-ing experience?[/b]
5 percent for lets go prison, cmon, there has been a lot of advertising for this movie, but the line 'do you want some merlot...i make it in the toilet' and 'its ok to cry, crying takes the sad out of you'..uhm, if these are what they are trying to tease the audience with (granted, i dont know who the hell will arnett or dax shepared are, though ive seen will arnett on celebrity poker showdown on bravo and he made phil hellmuth look like an aspiring oscar nominee)...anyways the movie looks like feces..

to bond, i wasn't very interested in seeing this movie, esp since the last 5 or 6 seem more like they are for the geriatic or mentally challenged set, but the good reviews are going to draw me into this one, guess i'll go see it with my dad, he likes decent action flicks, hence the possible bond-ing experience ahahahahahahahahaha wtf am i laughing that isnt funny, its stupid its..

Editor's note: The staff of rottentomatoes.com apologizes to the normal people reading this stupid reply. Sowwy!

Nov 17 - 07:08 AM

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Nov 17 - 09:51 AM

02PARSIM

Simon Parker

I saw Casino Royale last night and found it to be amazing! Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Connery, it deserves its now 96% totameter rating, hell it deserves 100% in my eyes. I want to see Happy Feet as well, but its not out in England til December 8th.

Nov 17 - 09:30 AM

Unbreakable Samurai

Unbreakable Samurai

I really want to see Casino Royale, I think I'm also going to see Stranger Than Fiction this weekend.
31% for Let's Go to Prison.

Nov 17 - 09:49 AM

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Nov 17 - 09:51 AM

PlanBFromOuterSpace

Rob Brown

[b]So how tainted are the reviews for old films?[/b]
I'm wondering just how old a movie can be on here and still have a rating that's completely trustworthy.

I ask this because when talking about "Casino Royale", the article states that "Dr. No" rates a solid 100% on the TomatoMeter which is pretty unbelieveable. In fact, there are over 100 films on here that got that perfect score, most of which are decades old, not to mention older than the people reviewing them. For the most part, the reviews for older films are not reviews that came out at the time of the movie's relaease, and you'd think that they'd lack the perspective of those reviews that WERE current at the time. A lot of these films were unique in that they were groundbreaking films in their particular genres, and you can't tell me that EVERYONE looked at these new innovations or changes as a positive thing.

That reminds me, I remember an article or sidebar from Entertainment Weekly or Premiere from years back where they compared the reviews of recent re-makes to the reviews of the originals, but both reviews were by the same critic. For instance, one of the critics in question absolutely crapped on the re-make of "Night of the Living Dead" saying that it coudn't TOUCH the greatness of the original, but then you see their review of the original from '68 or '69, and they totally hated that one too.

I understand that someone's mind can change later on, but I much prefer to see someone's original reaction. Does anyone else think that maybe there should be a different category on RT for classic or older films so that the overall rating for more recent films isn't unfairly compared to a movie that no one here saw in it's initial release or at least to reviews for a movie that WEREN'T written way back when?

Nov 17 - 10:42 AM

Praz

Rajit Sarkar

Even though I though that the trailer looked okay, I'm going to throw my hat into the ring by guessing 19% for "Let's Go to Prison."

Nov 17 - 10:47 AM

dagreenman18

Brian Lorenzo

wow people are really hating on Let's go to Prision. im gonna say 53%. it looks good and Will Arnnet is funny, but it won't break fresh.

Nov 17 - 01:42 PM

ouryan2003

ryan mcafee

11% for Lets go to Prison

Nov 17 - 02:32 PM

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