Critics Consensus: Princess, Invictus Are Certified Fresh

Plus, A Single Man is a catch, but The Lovely Bones isn?t all that pretty.

This week at the movies, we've got a Southern-fried fairy tale (The Princess and the Frog, with voice work Anika Noni Rose and Keith David) and inspiration through rugby (Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon). What do the critics have to say?
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The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog has gotten plenty of notice for two reasons: it marks Disney's return to traditional cel animation, and it features an African American heroine. However, critics say that it's also a rousing, heart-warming, and likable (though somewhat predictable) movie that works on its own with or without the curiosity factor. Set in 1930s New Orleans, the film follows Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose), a beautiful aspiring chef who's turned into a frog after succumbing to a nefarious spell by Doctor Facilier (Keith David), a voodoo magician. Will Tiana return to human form? Will she be able to rescue the handsome prince? The pundits say The Princess and the Frog is hardly groundbreaking, but it has enough energy, catchy tunes, and excitement to render most objections moot. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we count down David's best-reviewed work.)


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Invictus

Sure, Invictus is yet another inspirational sports film, but critics say Clint Eastwood's drama about how sports helped heal South Africa is a strong, well-crafted entry in the genre. Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela, who, in the tense heady days after the end of Apartheid, was looking for a national symbol of unity. He found one in the South African rugby team, captained by Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), who face long odds in the World Cup. The pundits say that Invictus is sometimes too stately and glosses over some of the complexities of the times, but excellent work from Freeman and Damon, as well as a typically assured hand from Eastwood and exciting game footage more than compensate. (Check out The Great Directors: Clint Eastwood for an overview of the star's work behind the camera.).


Also opening this week in limited release:

Finally, props to Critic Alex Hagani and Alejandro R. for correctly guessing Armored's 44 percent Tomatometer, and to Alejandro P. and hatingvindiesel for pinpointing the fact that Transylmania would get a big goose egg.

Comments

Gotham-iz-Ashez

Kevin Styp

I'm glad to see Invictus up there...but what happened to The Lovely Bones man?! I was so sure it would get at least a 75%..what happened? Did anyone see it yet?

Dec 10 - 05:05 PM

Anna L.

Anna Long

Well, it IS in limited release, so that slightly explains the low rating.

Dec 10 - 05:43 PM

AntonChigurh

Chris Scharlau

I was sure lovely Bones would have been the big it picture this year(besides Avatar). But yeesh, 40%? Count me the hell out.

Dec 10 - 05:15 PM

Tony L.

Muffin nator

:/ You shouldn't not see a movie just because the critics don't like it. Speed Racer for whatever reason gets lots of love on RT and it got slammed by the critics. If you like the way it looks from trailers or commercials or whatever than see the movie, don't let the opinion of someone else affect you.

Dec 11 - 12:18 PM

Anna L.

Anna Long

Well, it IS in limited release, so that slightly explains the low rating.

Dec 10 - 05:43 PM

Zeppo1

Steve Smith

I'm glad to see Disney back to hand drawn animation. While I do love the Pixar films, I have had "Computer Animation Overload"! After awhile they start looking the same. I really hope people will support the return to the classic style.

Dec 10 - 05:55 PM

inactive user

Jared King

52 reviews for "The Lovely Bones", still Rotten. Meh.

"The Princess and the Frog" works on a visual level, so I'll rent it. Traditional animation will always, ALWAYS, be superior to computer animation. You could say otherwise. But you'd be WRONG.

And "Invictus" is worth seeing because of the cast and crew behind it.

Dec 10 - 05:57 PM

Costigan

spencer strausbaugh

I thought Slammin' Salmon was The Lovely Bones told from the Stanley Tucci POV.

Looking foreward to Princess and the Frog, Invictus, and The Lovely Bones. Although it seems Lovely Bones is a dissapointment....still expecting great things.

Dec 10 - 06:56 PM

Propadanda

Dan R

Hahahahaha that's the best comment I've ever seen.

Dec 10 - 11:24 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

some pretty good films. but surprised dat peter jackson made his first rotten film.

Dec 10 - 07:39 PM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

i'd like to see invictus

Dec 10 - 08:35 PM

Propadanda

Dan R

Hahahahaha that's the best comment I've ever seen.

Dec 10 - 11:24 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Damn I was really waiting on Lovely Bones.
What the hell happened??!

Dec 11 - 02:07 AM

penguin_party_of_1

Casey Shaffer

Big win for traditional animation! Down with the CGI beast!

Dec 11 - 05:59 AM

Jon C.

Jon Cox

definitely going to catch 'Princess and the Frog'
good thing 'Enchanted' got things back on track with traditional hand-drawn animation :)

Dec 11 - 08:33 AM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

amen to that

Dec 11 - 11:18 AM

Dadoo

Tim Ryan

Well written synopsis.

Dec 11 - 09:39 AM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

amen to that

Dec 11 - 11:18 AM

Psycho Manana Banana Man

Declan Mckeown

Dunno about Invictus, but The Princess and the Frog looks just alright.

Dec 11 - 11:24 AM

Tony L.

Muffin nator

:/ You shouldn't not see a movie just because the critics don't like it. Speed Racer for whatever reason gets lots of love on RT and it got slammed by the critics. If you like the way it looks from trailers or commercials or whatever than see the movie, don't let the opinion of someone else affect you.

Dec 11 - 12:18 PM

Throw An Onion

Joshua Mills

The Lovely Bones is good. I don't care about critics I'm seeing it anyway.

Princess and Invictus getting good reviews? Perfect two films to see this week.

Dec 11 - 12:49 PM

PonyoLikesHam

Stephen Stephen

Disney animation is back baby!!!!! As great as CGI animation like Pixar's fine works are, there is a magic that only hand drawn animation can give. The art is a treasure and let us pray The Princess and the Frog does well at the box office so that the Mouse House can continue 2D. If Frog doesn't do well that means that this generation's obese, tubby, dimwitted children are too braindead to go see animation that is made by a computer which they sit at for 7 hours straight as they type with their stubby, round fingers while eating cheese puffs and soda.

Dec 11 - 02:58 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

couldn't say i wasn't expecting the lovely bones to suck after that awful trailer.

Dec 11 - 03:53 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Nice to see hand drawn animation is actually coming back; I love Pixar films, but traditional animated films like The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, etc. have always had a special something about them that very few other animated movies can capture. And I have to say I am very surprised with The Lovely Bones' t-meter, Jackson is one of the greats, but it looks like he might've gotton caught up in the spectacle and forgot about the emotional drama of the movie, according to the reviews. Will still see it, just wait for video.

Dec 11 - 10:00 PM

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