Critics Consensus: Colombiana Goes Way Over The Top

Plus, Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark is creepy but thin, and Our Idiot Brother is sweetly funny.

This week at the movies, we've got a vengeful assassin (Colombiana, starring Zoe Saldana and Jordi Molla), a haunted mansion (Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes), and a senseless sibling (Our Idiot Brother, starring Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks). What do the critics have to say?

Colombiana

27%

Ain't nothing wrong with babes brandishing weapons and dispensing justice, right? Well, if you're in the mood for an over-the-top explosion-fest, critics say Colombiana might be the picture for you, if you're willing to look past the non-existent plotting and unintentional hilarity. As a young girl, Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) witnesses the brutal murder of her parents by a mobster. She spends the rest of her formative years training to be a stone-cold killer in order to enact revenge. The pundits say Colombiana won't win any points for subtlety or narrative cohesiveness, but if you're in the mood for some high-octane thrills, you could do much worse than this stylish thriller.

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

58%

He's the director of Pan's Labyrinth and the producer of The Orphanage, so it's safe to assume Guillermo del Toro loves creepy old houses. But while critics say his latest production, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (directed by newcomer Troy Nixey), has plenty of spooky atmosphere, its scares are too intermittent to be fully satisfying. Guy Pearce stars as an architect who's fixing up an old mansion, giving his daughter (Bailee Madison) an opportunity to explore the house's dark corners. What she finds, unfortunately, is the portal to a nightmarish underworld. The pundits say Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is well crafted and should appeal to fans of old-school haunted house flicks, but its characters are never fully fleshed out, and the movie runs out of steam as it goes along. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we count down Pearce's best-reviewed movies.)

Our Idiot Brother

67%

Paul Rudd has played confused characters before, but never someone as blissfully oblivious as the protagonist in Our Idiot Brother. And critics say he and his charming co-stars enliven this uneven but undeniably sweet and breezily amusing comedy. Paul Rudd stars as Ned, an utterly guileless organic famer who moves in with his three sisters (played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer) after his girlfriend gives him the boot. Soon, however, Ned's eternal optimism and unfailing honesty is wreaking havoc on his siblings' personal lives. The pundits say My Idiot Brother is pleasant and gently funny, and the ensemble cast helps to make the most of a simple premise.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Comments

BLBnow

Brad Barfoot

"Don't be Afraid of the Dark" is my only must see. "My Idiot Brother" interests me some.

Aug 25 - 05:03 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Great Choices; since I am currently The Idiot Brother of my family, the film has Great Appeal to me.

Aug 27 - 12:46 PM

redrooster0

Charlie Voelker

I'll stilll be seeing Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and Our Idiot Brother. This weekend looks at least enjoyable, except for Colombiana which looks like a pile of shit.

Aug 25 - 05:06 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

I KNOW . . . I can't even pronounce it: Columbia-banana? Columbia-Burana . . . CARMINA BURANA!!!!!

Aug 27 - 12:49 PM

M O.

M O

CARMINA BURANA!!!

Aug 28 - 11:05 AM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

Weak week for movies. Idiot brother has a good cast but looks really unfunny. So that's a rental. Might see DBAOTD, but the reviews for it are very disappointing. My box office predictions.
1 Help 15 million
2 DBAOTD 13 million ( I said it would win on sunday because I though it was PG-13, but then I found it's rated R, which probally kills it chance at being number 1)
3 Apes 10 million
4 Columbiana 8 million
5 Idiot brother 7 million ( If this was like a Warner bros. Comedy that would be a flop, but for Weinstein that's pretty good)

Aug 25 - 05:06 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Disappointing. I was looking forward to Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, but now it's just a rental.

Aug 25 - 05:13 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" should have been better, but sadly it was only mediocre. I had no hopes for "Columbiana" (or as I like to call it Dominican "Salt") and no interest in "Our Idiot Brother."

Aug 25 - 05:23 PM

The Dude

Gene Arnold

I'll probably see all the movies. Yes, even Columbiana as it looks like a fun afternoon matinee movie.

Aug 25 - 05:31 PM

MAMOVIES

Matheus Cassiano

WATCHING Del Toro with my other secret lover Katie...but I still love you Emma Stone!!

Aug 25 - 05:53 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Are you Jim Carrey?

Aug 25 - 06:02 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

How are you going to break this to your chubby, freckle faced children!?!?

Aug 25 - 06:57 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

If I were a lot younger, I'd marry you.
We'd go camping...tell ghost stories by the fire...
and SEEEXXXXXXXX

Aug 25 - 07:14 PM

Tall Cool One

Tall Cool One !

Zing!

Aug 26 - 06:37 AM

David Tanny

David Tanny

I'll be seeing Don't Be Afraid of the Dark no matter how low the tomato meter.
I love haunted house movies and the film's of Del Toro, so I have hopes I'll like it despite the reviews.

Aug 25 - 06:01 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Columbiana looks like a Blu-ray purchase for me though.

Aug 25 - 06:14 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Are you Jim Carrey?

Aug 25 - 06:02 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Columbiana looks like a Blu-ray purchase for me though.

Aug 25 - 06:14 PM

Bradley J.

Bradley J

Disappointed in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark's rating it was one of my most anticipated movies of the year, but I'm still definitely seeing it!

Aug 25 - 06:39 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I'm expecting all the new releases to barely make a dent in the box-office. Nothing is really all that exciting, with Don't Be Afraid of the Dark only being intriguing because of Del Toro's attachment. Colombiana looks simply awful, which is a shame because I really like Saldana. Idiot Brother is the kind of movie you catch on demand, nothing more nothing less. This is the weekend to catch up on movies that were missed over the summer.

Aug 25 - 06:56 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Perfect time to watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes!
But I'll still be seeing DBAOTD.

Aug 25 - 07:09 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

How are you going to break this to your chubby, freckle faced children!?!?

Aug 25 - 06:57 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

If I were a lot younger, I'd marry you.
We'd go camping...tell ghost stories by the fire...
and SEEEXXXXXXXX

Aug 25 - 07:14 PM

Tall Cool One

Tall Cool One !

Zing!

Aug 26 - 06:37 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Really not too interested in anything this week... I have not heard great things about DBAOTD so it's safely relocated to the watch on Blu-Ray folder.

Aug 25 - 06:59 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

The only great thing I heard about DBAOTD is that it got a rotten rating :)

Aug 26 - 06:44 AM

Big F.

Big Faggot

i'd like to watch you on blu ray

Aug 26 - 11:10 AM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Best comment ever.

Aug 26 - 02:40 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I don't know whether to be flattered or creeped out lol

Aug 26 - 03:28 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

It's like Emma Stone's current situation.

Aug 26 - 04:50 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Perfect time to watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes!
But I'll still be seeing DBAOTD.

Aug 25 - 07:09 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

If I were a lot younger, I'd marry you.
We'd go camping...tell ghost stories by the fire...
and SEEEXXXXXXXX

Aug 25 - 07:14 PM

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