Critics Consensus: Hit & Run Is Hit And Miss

Plus, Premium Rush is a wild ride, The Apparition wasn't screened for critics.

This week at the movies, we've got a risky road trip (Hit & Run, starring Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard), a dangerous delivery (Premium Rush, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon), and a haunted house (The Apparition, starring Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan). What do the critics have to say?

Hit & Run

49%

Take two people, put them in a classic car, have them be hounded by various eccentrics, and what do you get? Hit & Run, which critics say is an odd and only occasionally satisfying mix of romance, comedy, and Tarantino -esque plot twists. Real-life partners Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard star as a young couple who decide to hit the road in search of new opportunities. However, along the way they're pursued by an old friend (Bradley Cooper) and a wacky federal marshal (Tom Arnold). The pundits say Hit & Run is often funny and sweet, but it's undone by jarring tonal shifts and a general lack of comedic discipline.

Premium Rush

76%

If you're in the mood for a good old-fashioned chase movie, critics say you could do a lot worse than Premium Rush, a cat-and-mouse thriller with enough visceral adventure to keep nagging logical questions at bay. Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a New York City bike messenger who picks up a package for delivery. What seems like a routine job is immediately complicated when a crooked cop (Michael Shannon) starts following Wilee, desperate to get his hands on the parcel at all costs. The pundits say Premium Rush doesn't always adhere to the rules of common sense, but it's so fast-paced and exciting that you probably won't care, and Shannon makes for a frightening antagonist. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we run down some noteworthy bicycle movies.)

The Apparition

3%

It appears the folks behind The Apparition are afraid it will scare up some bad reviews, as it was barely screened for critics prior to release. Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan star as a young couple who find their house haunted by a malevolent spirit, one that was unleashed by a university paranormal experiment. It's time to guess the Tomatometer! (And check out 24 Frames for a pictorial history of supernatural horror films.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Teddy Bear, a drama about a Danish bodybuilder who goes to Thailand looking for love, is at 89 percent.
  • Samsara, a globetrotting, dialogue-free documentary from the folks who brought you Baraka, is at 86 percent.
  • Sleepwalk With Me, a comedy written, directed by, and starring Mike Birbiglia about a standup comedian who has relationship and sleeping issues, is at 83 percent.
  • Somewhere Between, a documentary about Chinese adoptees in America, is at 83 percent.
  • The Brazilian import Neighbouring Sounds, a drama about a crime wave undermining the security of an affluent seaside community, is at 67 percent.
  • The Revenant, a horror comedy about a newly-minted zombie who searches for blood among society's dregs, is at 55 percent.
  • Little White Lies, starring Marion Cotillard and Jean Dujardin in a dramedy about a group of old friends who discuss their lives at a vacation house, is at 41 percent.
  • Hermano, a drama about adoptive brothers pulled apart by both neighborhood violence and a soccer rivalry, is at 38 percent.

Comments

Jaxx Raxor

Adam Jones

The Apparition has an interesting premise (a supernational entity that attacks if people believe in it) but from the trailer it seems like the typical slasher film trash. The Poesession despite having a more typical horror premise seems much more promising when it comes out next week in terms of horror films. 20% is my guess.

Hit and Run and Premium Rush seem like pretty bland films, decent almost end of summer season films but nothing spectacular. Wouldn't be surprised if one of last weekend's releases get's the Number 1 spot.

Aug 23 - 04:56 PM

Elisha Corlew

Elisha Corlew

26% for the apparition!

Aug 23 - 05:17 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The Apparition. A film starring a secondary character from the twilight saga Not screened for critics based on "real events" that happen to be surprisingly similar to an old british horror film called The Asphyx. I'm gonna say 7%

I haven't seen any commercials for Hit and Run. Are Bell and Dax un-marketable??

Aug 23 - 05:28 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'll have to check out "Asphyx". I'm already fairly sure it's a better movie.

Comedy Central has been playing a lot of ads for "Hit and Run", but they look so very bad. Only one joke, about an old man's "endowment".

Aug 23 - 05:40 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

oooohhhh The Asphyx, that 1973 movie about a guy able to bottle-up the receiving spirit of a recently deceased person rendering the person immortal; its directed by Peter Newbbrook and stars Robert Powell. Boring but intriguing.

Aug 27 - 11:39 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm still lukewarm on "Premium Rush". Sure, Gordon-Levitt and Shannon are two of the hottest actors nowadays, but, honestly, David Koepp is very hit and miss for me, especially with films he directs himself. Remember "Secret Window", where Johnny Depp gives up about halfway through and decides to make a comedy instead? And this is still the guy who wrote "Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls", lest we forget. "Nagging logical questions" and "does not adhere to common sense are phrases that follow this guy around like eager production assistants. ("Trigger Effect"?) Still, Michael Shannon is an actor I'd love to watch pitch a bad guy bitch (ZOD!!!)

A lotta stupid this week. I'm pretty certain I got a bigger laugh seeing Dax's film "Brother's Justice" at 0% (it was bad, but not that bad) than I'll have watching his new film. And the premise for "Apparition" is weak. Really weak. I assume it's some kind of religious allusion. For rookie horror, I think "Revenant" looks much more interesting. But even the limited releases don't really excite me this week. "Samsara" looks good, not just because I like "Baraka", but because the director also worked on "Koyaanisqatsi". These films aren't for everyone, but they're beautiful. I hope I'm not the only person who simply can't watch a film called "Hermano" unless it stars Will Arnett.

Aug 23 - 05:28 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The Secret Window has a lot of Sentimental value in my home, First date movie. I'll defiantly have to check out Premium Rush now. I'm shocked how similar the story seems now. "YOU STOLE MY NOVEL!" Nuh UH! "You STOLE my Package!" Nu UH! Here is to Levitt being Shannon the whole time after all! WHAT A TWIST!

Thanks for the Knowledge bombs Janson.

Aug 23 - 06:25 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I don't hate Secret Window. I just prefer to laugh at it.

Aug 23 - 06:27 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

With the ending of him eating the corn how could you not laugh at it! I wish directors took better care with Stephen King adaptions.

Aug 24 - 10:53 AM

Sean D.

Sean D

But...but...he nuked the fridge! The man is a genius of satire!

Aug 25 - 06:12 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

The Secret Window . . . /// . . . THAT'S the one with Johnny Depp as the writer with an evil doppelganger who wants credit for the writer's horror stories; Stephen King is RIPPING-OFF himself because THE DARK HALF (adapted to film starring Timothy Hutton) is also about a writer's evil-doppelganger looking for recognition. Within the first 15 minutes I figured out the ending of The Secret Window--the guy burned-down his own house. dumb-dum-dum-dumbbbbb

Aug 27 - 11:44 AM

DBrock

David E-Brock

Short stories rarely make good feature length films

Aug 28 - 12:10 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

I completely agree about David Koepp, particularly when it comes to THE TRIGGER EFFECT and SECRET WINDOW. There wasn't much of a mystery there in the latter; after Turturro bitched about Depp "keeping" his hat, I knew it was all in Depp's frickin' head. And as far as INDY 4 is concerned, did you see Harry S. Plinkett's review of it? He truly ripped Koepp a new asshole at the end of Part 1.

That being said, I actually liked STIR OF ECHOES, Koepp's directorial debut based on the Richard Matheson novel and starring Kevin Bacon in what I think is truly one of his few great performances. In fact, I thought the movie was even creepier than slightly superior THE SIXTH SENSE, which was released the exact same week. I even liked Koepp's directors commentary for some reason. However, you're right: no writer is more hit-and-miss than he is.

Aug 23 - 07:53 PM

Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis


I can't believe that Columbia Pictures decide to embargo reviews for Premium Rush.

Were they trying to lose box office?

Aug 23 - 05:31 PM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

Still no new release for me, I might rather rent Premium Rush.

I have to go to Hot Topic after that.

Aug 23 - 05:39 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'll have to check out "Asphyx". I'm already fairly sure it's a better movie.

Comedy Central has been playing a lot of ads for "Hit and Run", but they look so very bad. Only one joke, about an old man's "endowment".

Aug 23 - 05:40 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

oooohhhh The Asphyx, that 1973 movie about a guy able to bottle-up the receiving spirit of a recently deceased person rendering the person immortal; its directed by Peter Newbbrook and stars Robert Powell. Boring but intriguing.

Aug 27 - 11:39 AM

Alden Welles

Alden Welles

I guessing 8 for The Apparition.

Aug 23 - 06:21 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The Secret Window has a lot of Sentimental value in my home, First date movie. I'll defiantly have to check out Premium Rush now. I'm shocked how similar the story seems now. "YOU STOLE MY NOVEL!" Nuh UH! "You STOLE my Package!" Nu UH! Here is to Levitt being Shannon the whole time after all! WHAT A TWIST!

Thanks for the Knowledge bombs Janson.

Aug 23 - 06:25 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I don't hate Secret Window. I just prefer to laugh at it.

Aug 23 - 06:27 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

With the ending of him eating the corn how could you not laugh at it! I wish directors took better care with Stephen King adaptions.

Aug 24 - 10:53 AM

Sean D.

Sean D

But...but...he nuked the fridge! The man is a genius of satire!

Aug 25 - 06:12 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

The Secret Window . . . /// . . . THAT'S the one with Johnny Depp as the writer with an evil doppelganger who wants credit for the writer's horror stories; Stephen King is RIPPING-OFF himself because THE DARK HALF (adapted to film starring Timothy Hutton) is also about a writer's evil-doppelganger looking for recognition. Within the first 15 minutes I figured out the ending of The Secret Window--the guy burned-down his own house. dumb-dum-dum-dumbbbbb

Aug 27 - 11:44 AM

DBrock

David E-Brock

Short stories rarely make good feature length films

Aug 28 - 12:10 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I don't hate Secret Window. I just prefer to laugh at it.

Aug 23 - 06:27 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

With the ending of him eating the corn how could you not laugh at it! I wish directors took better care with Stephen King adaptions.

Aug 24 - 10:53 AM

Sean D.

Sean D

But...but...he nuked the fridge! The man is a genius of satire!

Aug 25 - 06:12 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

The Secret Window . . . /// . . . THAT'S the one with Johnny Depp as the writer with an evil doppelganger who wants credit for the writer's horror stories; Stephen King is RIPPING-OFF himself because THE DARK HALF (adapted to film starring Timothy Hutton) is also about a writer's evil-doppelganger looking for recognition. Within the first 15 minutes I figured out the ending of The Secret Window--the guy burned-down his own house. dumb-dum-dum-dumbbbbb

Aug 27 - 11:44 AM

DBrock

David E-Brock

Short stories rarely make good feature length films

Aug 28 - 12:10 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

5% for the Apparition

Aug 23 - 07:37 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Okay, right now it has an overall rating of 0.07 out of 10. I don't think I've ever seen a rating so low.

Aug 23 - 11:40 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

One Missed Call, maybe? That movie got destroyed by the critics.

Aug 24 - 01:05 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Well, the Apparition is now up to a 1.8. One Missed Call has a 2.5, which is still horribly pathetic. They'll probably end up with nearly the same score.

Aug 24 - 02:19 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Yah kind of feeling bad for Ashley Greene? A warrior's heart didn't do her RT score any favors either.

Aug 24 - 02:42 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

So pretty, for so many bad movies. The only way to go now is nudity. It saved Alyssa Milano's career, I'm just sayin.

Aug 24 - 10:15 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

I don't feel sorry for her,lol. But I am girl, remember. We're cruel like that. Actually, I haven't seen anything she's been in, so I really don't know if she's a decent actress or not.

Aug 25 - 07:09 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It Evaporated.

Aug 25 - 09:39 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

What evaporated?

Aug 25 - 02:32 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Oh, sorry for the confusion. I was joking because the film sorta vanished. I didn't see it, wasn't really looking for it, but I happened to notice that it was so strangely missing from theaters. Apparently, the film was pulled back to a few hundred screens at last minute, even though it's still listed as "wide".

Aug 26 - 06:58 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Wow, didn't know that. Thanks, Janson. The movie is now up to a 3%.

Aug 26 - 07:01 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I saw that! Something about, "you could do worse". Ringing endorsement.

Aug 26 - 07:09 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

BS is what it is! "You could do worse" hardly qualifies as a recommendation.

Aug 26 - 10:03 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

***It done disapparated. FTFY :P

Aug 25 - 06:07 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I don't speaky textish.

Aug 26 - 06:59 PM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

Oh Apparition. Didn't you learn from Safe House and The Cabin in the woods? By giving it a prerelease, at least you can leave with a 40s score if not ACTUAL ACCLAIM (then again,TCiTW isn't a horror movie but a movie that criticizes them harshly albeit deservedly)

Aug 23 - 07:49 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

I completely agree about David Koepp, particularly when it comes to THE TRIGGER EFFECT and SECRET WINDOW. There wasn't much of a mystery there in the latter; after Turturro bitched about Depp "keeping" his hat, I knew it was all in Depp's frickin' head. And as far as INDY 4 is concerned, did you see Harry S. Plinkett's review of it? He truly ripped Koepp a new asshole at the end of Part 1.

That being said, I actually liked STIR OF ECHOES, Koepp's directorial debut based on the Richard Matheson novel and starring Kevin Bacon in what I think is truly one of his few great performances. In fact, I thought the movie was even creepier than slightly superior THE SIXTH SENSE, which was released the exact same week. I even liked Koepp's directors commentary for some reason. However, you're right: no writer is more hit-and-miss than he is.

Aug 23 - 07:53 PM

C.r. Lopez

C.r. Lopez

"The Apparition,? from what I have seen in the trailers, has the appearance of a good looking horror film and that sad to say is all it has going for it. This looks like a rather generic and clichéd horror film that we see coming out every year, nothing new, nothing fresh( such as "The Innkeeper"), and nothing that audience haven't seen before that will scare up any money at the box-office. My guess would have to be a very generous 22%.

Aug 23 - 07:55 PM

Todd Foster

Todd Foster

7% for The Apparition.

Aug 23 - 09:04 PM

Samya Mridha

Samya Mridha

Samsara for me :)

Aug 23 - 09:16 PM

Ben Cela

Ben Cela

The force is weak with this one: The Apparition 10%. There's always that one guy who liked the movie.

Aug 23 - 09:35 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Gonna go watch Premium Rush over the weekend, really don't care about anything else coming out this week.

Aug 23 - 10:33 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Okay, right now it has an overall rating of 0.07 out of 10. I don't think I've ever seen a rating so low.

Aug 23 - 11:40 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

One Missed Call, maybe? That movie got destroyed by the critics.

Aug 24 - 01:05 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Well, the Apparition is now up to a 1.8. One Missed Call has a 2.5, which is still horribly pathetic. They'll probably end up with nearly the same score.

Aug 24 - 02:19 PM

Pep Danguilan

Pep Danguilan

12% for the Apparition.

Aug 24 - 12:34 AM

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