Critics Consensus: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Not Screened -- Guess the Tomatometer!

Plus, Parker is low-energy, and Movie 43 also goes unscreened for critics.

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This week at the movies, we've got killer siblings (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton), an avenging crook (Parker, starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez), and a smorgasbord of comedy vignettes (Movie 43, starring Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman). What do the critics have to say?

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters


It appears the folks behind Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters thought the film would be a little too grim -- and not Grimm enough -- for critics, since it was barely screened prior to its release. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the titular vigilantes, who've been out for witch blood ever since that little incident in the gingerbread house. Time to play guess the Tomatometer!



Jason Statham is undoubtedly one of the finest B-movie action stars alive, but not all of his vehicles are created equal. Consider Parker, a twisty crime drama with a middling script and a surprising lack of energy. Statham stars as a career criminal who's double-crossed after a successful heist; soon, he's headed to Florida to stymie his former cronies as they attempt to pull off a big heist. The pundits say Parker is pretty formulaic stuff, and Statham's considerable charisma is mostly absent here. (Check out this week's 24 Frames, in which we present a pictoral history of Statham's films.)

Movie 43


Movie 43 is so jam-packed with famous actors that movie critics are likely to be blinded by its supernova-like star wattage; perhaps that's why it was barely screened prior to its release. It's a series of interconnected comedy vignettes starring the likes of Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and Emma Stone, among others. Once again, try to guess the Tomatometer! (And check out this week's Total Recall, in which we run down some memorable anthology movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Supporting Characters, a comedy about a pair of film editors who have a series of misadventures while trying to salvage an indie movie, is at 100 percent.
  • Yossi, a drama about a closeted doctor who finds love with a young man he meets on vacation, is at 94 percent.
  • Himizu, a drama about a teenager whose life is upended by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, is at 92 percent.
  • Our School, a documentary about three Roma children integrating into a Romanian public school, is at 89 percent.
  • Werner Herzog's Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, a documentary about life in a village in Siberia, is at 82 percent.
  • The Pirogue, a drama about a Senegalese fisherman who helps a group of desperate people emigrate to Spain in search of work, is at 80 percent.
  • Guilty Of Romance, a thriller about a housewife who discovers more than she bargained for when she turns tricks in her spare time, is at 64 percent.
  • Nana, a drama about a four-year-old girl who occupies herself in solitude on her family's farm, is at 60 percent.
  • John Dies at the End, a sci-fi/horror/comedy about a new drug that makes its users targets of an extraterrestrial invasion, is at 54 percent.
  • Knife Fight, starring Rob Lowe as a political strategist who begins to question his spin-doctoring ways, is at 25 percent.
  • The Taste of Money, a drama about a successful but dysfunctional family whose world is upended when the patriarch has an affair with the maid, is at 20 percent.