Critics Consensus: Gravity is Certified Fresh

Plus, Runner Runner is a losing bet, and Metallica Through the Never is Certified Fresh.

This week at the movies, we've got stranded astronauts (Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney), a gambling racket (Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake), and some heavy metal thunder (the concert documentary Metallica Through the Never). What do the critics have to say?

Gravity

97%

It's too soon to tell whether Gravity will join 2001 and Apollo 13 in the pantheon of classic films featuring astronauts in peril. What we can say for certain, however, is that critics are over the moon for Alfonso Cuarón's outer space thriller, calling it a marvel of technical wizardry, white-knuckle tension, and emotional resonance. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star as a pair of astronauts who become stranded in the atmosphere when an unexpected debris shower destroys their shuttle and leaves them without a way to return to Earth. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Gravity is a singular movie achievement: it's bold, immersive, formally trailblazing, and achingly moving. (Check out our interviews with Bullock and Cuarón, as well as our gallery of memorable movie astronauts.)

Runner Runner

9%

A great cast and an intriguing premise do not a successful thriller make. Critics say Runner Runner is a surprisingly dull, by-the-numbers crime film that is made only slightly more watchable by virtue of its tropical setting and its overqualified acting ensemble. Justin Timberlake stars as Richie, an Ivy Leaguer whose online poker winnings are financing his education. But when Richie gets scammed, he travels to Costa Rica to confront Ivan (Ben Affleck), the site's CEO; soon enough, Richie is drawn into Ivan's high-roller lifestyle. The pundits say Runner Runner is predictable, short on suspense, and unconvincing in its depiction of the gambling demimonde. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we count down Affleck's best-reviewed films.)

Metallica Through the Never

78%

After a week in limited release, the Certified Fresh Metallica Through the Never goes wide this weekend; critics say it's one of the most inventively filmed, viscerally powerful concert documentaries to come along in quite some time -- though they also note that its fictional narrative, which features Dane DeHaan as a young roadie who encounters a variety of strange situations and people while on a mission for the band, is slightly less assured. Still, the pundits say that even non-metalheads are likely to be impressed by the sheer power of Metalica's live set, which is captured in eye-popping 3D.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • A.K.A. Doc Pomus, a documentary about the legendary R&B songwriter behind many of Elvis Presley's hits, is at 100 percent.
  • Let The Fire Burn, a documentary about a violent attack on an activist group by Philadelphia police, is at 90 percent.
  • The Dirties, a black comedy about a pair of high schoolers whose plan to make a film about getting revenge on a bully goes too far, is at 82 percent.
  • A Touch of Sin, an action drama about four different men in China who turn to violence after becoming victims of circumstance, is at 80 percent.
  • The Summit, a doc about the deaths of a number of climbers attempting to scale K2, is at 78 percent.
  • Concussion, a drama about a woman whose staid suburban existence is upended after taking a baseball to the head, is at 75 percent.
  • Bad Milo!, starring Ken Marino and Peter Stormare in a horror comedy about a demon living in a man's intestine, is at 71 percent.
  • Linsanity, a doc about NBA guard Jeremy Lin's seemingly out-of-nowhere success, is at 56 percent.
  • A.C.O.D., starring Adam Scott and Richard Jenkins in a comedy about a guy who learns he was part of a divorce study when he was a kid, is at 50 percent.
  • Parkland, starring Zac Efron and Paul Giamatti in a drama about the events that followed the assassination of President Kennedy, is at 48 percent.
  • All Is Bright, starring Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti in a comedy about two ex-cons who try to go straight by selling Christmas trees in New York City, is at 20 percent.
  • Argento's Dracula 3D, starring Asia Argento and Rutger Hauer in the Italian horror maestro's take on Bram Stoker's classic novel, is at zero percent.

Comments

Jacob Holmes

Jacob Holmes

Can't wait to see Gravity! It might get a little close, but I'm thinking that it will take the box office this weekend. Most of the theaters I've looked at have more 3D showtimes than 2D, so that'll be a huge boost. Cloudy 2 should hold over in 2nd. Runner Runner will probably get 3rd or 4th at best, be D.O.A. at worst. I'm not saying JT's a bad actor, but The Social Network was the only good movie I saw him in

Oct 3 - 04:47 PM

Zach Trotter

Zach Trotter

Gravity= possibly the best movie of the year?

Oct 3 - 05:03 PM

Guillermo Mendoza

Guillermo Mendoza

Most absolutely true!!

Oct 4 - 09:13 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

I would agree with that.

Oct 4 - 09:40 PM

Jamie R.

Jamie Rodemeyer

gwaviti luks dumb.

Oct 3 - 05:05 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

And your trolling looks obvious. Maybe if you spelled some words right you would've flew under the radar better.

Oct 3 - 07:17 PM

Chris Middleton

Chris Middleton

Technically he did spell one real word there. However somehow he mistakenly wrote "dumb" instead of "awesome". They do rhyme though so I guess I can understand the confusion.

Oct 3 - 09:25 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Dude, do you even rhyme?

Oct 4 - 09:40 PM

RoHiT

Good Looking RoHiT

Fuckin jamie shut up & suck your dad's cock.

Oct 3 - 09:48 PM

Stephane Hardy

Stephane Hardy

It looks spectacularly brilliant compared to you.

Oct 4 - 03:47 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Gravity should easily take first place at the box office this weekend. I'm guessing high 30s to mid 40s.

Oct 3 - 05:10 PM

Teddy K.

Ryan Gavetti

If you can put yourself in the right spot for Gravity, get real anxious for what is going on, it will be the experience of a lifetime. Even if you don't, the entire movie feels new and fresh; there's many things I'm sure will be copied in films to come.

Oct 3 - 05:14 PM

Prince Niko

Prince Niko

If it was not for 12 years a slave taking people breath away Gravity might would have had a chance to win BP

Oct 3 - 05:18 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Gravity" is the clear priority of wide releases. (Will Gemma Arterton ever get a chance to be in a decent film?)

But "Touch of Sin" and "Summit" are my most anticipated, even if I may have to wait until rentals to see them. "Bad Milo" looks fun, as does "Dracula 3D". Even the trailer is inexplicitly hilarious.

Oct 3 - 05:20 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

People, I beg you. Don't use RUNNER RUNNER as an excuse to keep on trolling Ben Affleck for being cast as BATMAN. Anyways, I won't be seeing it. Of course I choose GRAVITY (even though I'm not a fan of "2001" nor APOLLO 13). I like SOME Metallica songs, but I don't think enough to see a whole concert, let alone a concert film. And I haven't seen a Dario Argento movie yet, so I shouldn't start with DRACULA, right?

Oct 3 - 05:27 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Susperia and Deep Red are your best bets for starting points.

Oct 3 - 05:30 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Thanks for the recommendation.

Oct 4 - 03:05 PM

Erric Emerson

Erric Emerson

Start with Suspiria. One of the greatest soundtracks ever.

Oct 4 - 06:58 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Thanks for the recommendation.

Oct 4 - 03:05 PM

Facebook User

Facebook User

yep...the Goblins

Oct 6 - 09:30 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Susperia and Deep Red are your best bets for starting points.

Oct 3 - 05:30 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Thanks for the recommendation.

Oct 4 - 03:05 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

Sadly I'm sure Runner Runner will win at the box office. Justin Timberlake just put out another album this week and Ben Affleck is riding on his Batman casting so all the lil fanboys (and girls) will be lining up to see it.

This will be a repeat of earlier in mid-July, when Pacific Rim debuted lower than both Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups 2

Oct 3 - 06:16 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I don't think so, Justin Timberlake has never topped a box office. In Time was a critical and box office Flop. This looks like the same mess.

Oct 3 - 07:50 PM

Daniel Terestenyi

Daniel Terestenyi

I'm with you Lenny, the box office success, is not typically tied to high reviews. It seems that well known Hollywood names are what drives boxoffice success and not good movies.

Oct 4 - 08:45 AM

King  S.

King Simba

Even in that case Gravity has the edge easily. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are both easily bigger draws than Affleck and Timberlake.

Oct 5 - 12:49 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I agree with user Brad, this one looks like another flop for Affleck /Timberlake because of bad buzz both from users who so far gave it 36% and not just from the critics! Or a better way to put it the users seem to agree with the critics!

Oct 4 - 03:19 PM

Dave J

Dave J

As a matter of fact, I don't "Runner Runner" is even going to make 10 million on it's first week!

Oct 4 - 03:20 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I mean I don't "think" Runner Runner is even going to make 10 million...

Oct 4 - 03:55 PM

Fred Brooks

Fred Brooks

Nah, you're not even close my friend. Every box office site I've seen has "Gravity" easily winning the box office this weekend. It's expected to hit the 30 million mark at worst this weekend and the mid 40 million mark at best. "Runner Runner" is only expected to gross between 10-13 million this weekend. The buzz is just too strong for "Gravity" to not run away with the box office title from what I can tell.

Oct 4 - 03:24 PM

Guillermo Mendoza

Guillermo Mendoza

yup... Gravity probably will not make first, unless a ton of people go for the more expensive 3D experience. In my opinion Pacific Rim was more enjoyable and fun than Iron Man 3, the 3D and the level of scale was really amazing!

Oct 4 - 09:17 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Yeah, no, you're wrong. My proof? Go to any box office tracking site.

Oct 4 - 09:42 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

Ok I take back what I said. Gravity is being promoted with the perfect reviews (hell, all over my Facebook page it shows "Gravity is certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 98%!") and several box office sites are tracking it strongly.

As far as the film goes, I just saw Gravity in IMAX 3D and I gotta say I'm ready to pay 5 times the ticket price to watch it again just in regular 2D. It's that good.

Oct 4 - 10:56 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Yeah, I may see it again in 3D and then in 2D. It was amazing.

Oct 6 - 12:48 AM

King  S.

King Simba

Gravity has been much better promoted than Pacific Rim and Runner Runner is no Despicable Me 2 or Grown Ups 2 (box office wise that is). The marketing has made it clear that Gravity's not only a spectacle, but a powerful human survival story, and Sandra Bullock will be a big draw to females, an audience Pacific Rim failed to reach out to.

Oct 5 - 12:55 AM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

And your trolling looks obvious. Maybe if you spelled some words right you would've flew under the radar better.

Oct 3 - 07:17 PM

Chris Middleton

Chris Middleton

Technically he did spell one real word there. However somehow he mistakenly wrote "dumb" instead of "awesome". They do rhyme though so I guess I can understand the confusion.

Oct 3 - 09:25 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Dude, do you even rhyme?

Oct 4 - 09:40 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

and the proof for "aflecck as an actor sucks" keeps rolling on in! Ha ha ha...no but seriously let's just wait to Man of Steel 2 has a rotten rating to bash it for all the reasons other than Affleck as an actor.

Allright Gravity! Looking forward to that one.

Oct 3 - 07:48 PM

jomo999

Joe Morris

Actually most of the reviews are saying he's pretty good in the movie, some even singling him out as the only decent thin about it. Pity the movie itself sucks.

Oct 4 - 05:54 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Is that your future prediction of the Man of Steel 2 review? Affleck is the best part about this movie to bad the movie itself sucks. ?

Oct 5 - 09:02 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I don't think so, Justin Timberlake has never topped a box office. In Time was a critical and box office Flop. This looks like the same mess.

Oct 3 - 07:50 PM

Ash J. Gilmore

Ash J. Gilmore

Very excited for Gravity.
Runner Runner is going to flop.
I've never been a fan of Metallica.

Oct 3 - 08:30 PM

RoHiT

Good Looking RoHiT

Yeah, you're a die hard fan of 1D & Bieber.

Oct 3 - 09:58 PM

Angel Dimitrov

Angel Dimitrov

better shot up.

Oct 4 - 02:20 PM

Blondie

No Name

I like Metallica a lot. Doesn't mean the movie is going to be any good.

Oct 4 - 02:18 PM

Tyler M.

Tyler M. Mannix

Gravity is Certified Overrated.

Oct 3 - 08:42 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

Ooh, edgy...

Oct 4 - 02:40 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It just seemed like a cross between "Apollo 13" and many other films where the central character has to yet get over a child's death theme!

Oct 4 - 03:14 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Do go on. You almost upset people.

Oct 4 - 09:43 PM

Zach Trotter

Zach Trotter

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CommanderContrarian

Oct 5 - 11:56 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I am curious why critics ignore certain things about art films and totally point out the short comings of others. In any other film I'd bet Sandra Bullock's "Hysterical Woman who just can't cut it in a Man's work place" would be pointed out OVER and OVER and OVER again by Every critic.

In this film they are just ignore it. Why is that?

Oct 6 - 06:19 AM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

looking forward to 'Gravity'
sucks about 'Runner Runner'

Oct 3 - 09:11 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It was inevitable that "Runner Runner" was expected to get a sh-tty score!

Oct 4 - 04:04 PM

Chris Middleton

Chris Middleton

Technically he did spell one real word there. However somehow he mistakenly wrote "dumb" instead of "awesome". They do rhyme though so I guess I can understand the confusion.

Oct 3 - 09:25 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Dude, do you even rhyme?

Oct 4 - 09:40 PM

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