Critical Consensus: Life Has Its Ups And Downs, Darjeeling Is Transporting
Plus: Guess the Saw IV Tomatometer!
The perpetually awesome
Steve Carell and
Juliette Binoche team up for
in Real Life, a rom-com about an advice columnist who falls for his
brother's significant other. It sounds good on paper: who wouldn't be intrigued
by the pairing of the brilliantly guileless Carell with Binoche, an actress of
uncommon range and depth? Though Life suffers from an uneasy mix of sitcom wackiness and sentimentality, director Peter Hedges has a clear love for the film's characters, with most critics agreeing Carell and company overcome the weak script. At 60 percent, Dan looks to survive his mid (Tomatometer) Life crisis.
"Want to join my Lynne Cheney book discussion group?"
Wes Anderson's back, and with him comes the visual splendor and melancholy humor for which he's known. In The Darjeeling Limited, Adrien Brody joins Anderson regulars Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman in the story three brothers trekking across the Subcontinent in search of spiritual truth. The critics aren't all on board with Darjeeling; some find Anderson's quirks overwhelming and impersonal. But the majority says it's engaging and funny in that deadpan Wes Anderson way, with loads of quirky visual touches. At 66 percent on the Tomatometer, The Darjeeling Limited may be worth the trip. (Check out our Wes Anderson Total Recall feature here.)
"I'm telling you, Wes Anderson has never seen Harold and Maude!"
For those of you who yearn for even more insight into the twisted mind of Jigsaw, you're in luck: Saw IV hits theaters Friday. However, if you're a movie critic, you won't be able to see it before the rest of us civilians, since it wasn't screened before release. Whoever correctly guesses the Tomatometer will be the sharpest tool in the RT shed.
Scott Patterson wishing he were back in Stars Hollow.
Seeger, with some random groupie.
Recent Steve Carell Movies:
24% -- Evan Almighty (2007)
74% -- Over the Hedge (2006)
92% -- Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
83% -- The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
51% -- Melinda and Melinda (2005)
27% -- Saw III (2006)
35% -- Saw II (2005)
46% -- Saw (2004)