Critics Consensus: Need for Speed is Busted

Plus, The Single Moms Club wasn't screened for critics -- guess the Tomatometer!

This week at the movies, we've got fast cars (Need For Speed, starring Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots) and supportive mothers (The Single Moms Club, starring Nia Long and Amy Smart). What do the critics have to say?

Need For Speed

23%

Movies based on video games don't have a great track record, and unfortunately, the trend continues with Need for Speed; critics say that despite a couple decent action scenes, this slick action flick stalls when it comes to plotting and characterization. Aaron Paul stars as Tobey Marshall, a hotshot driver and mechanic with something to prove: he was framed in the vehicular death of a friend and served time in prison. He decides to avenge this injustice by entering a risky cross-country race against his former nemesis. The pundits say the cast is strong in underwritten roles, but on the whole, Need for Speed lacks the giddy panache to make it a ride worth taking. (Check out our video interview with Paul, as well as our gallery of the stars and cars of Need for Speed.)

The Single Moms Club

16%

As is usually the case, the latest effort from director Tyler Perry wasn't screened for critics prior to its release in theaters. In The Single Moms Club, a disparate group of women are tasked with coming together to plan a school event after their kids get into trouble. Guess the Tomatometer!

Also opening this week in limited release:

Comments

L

L .

What's up with the description for Need For Speed being Peabody? Weird.

Mar 13 - 05:07 PM

L

L .

Single Moms - 14%

Mar 13 - 05:09 PM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

Well, that's embarrassing. It's been fixed.

Mar 13 - 06:43 PM

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Next thing-Peabody will be NUMBER ONE this weekend, and those Muppets will be One next weekend!!!

Mar 13 - 07:31 PM

L

L .

Single Moms - 14%

Mar 13 - 05:09 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Only Enemy and Bad Words stand out to me. Art of the Steal looks like a less-than-stellar return for Kurt Russell. Better Living looks good almost solely for Sam Rockwell (though the poor reviews didn't keep the writers from getting the Explorers gig).

Mar 13 - 05:18 PM

quietus28

jj l

Definitely interested in Bad Words. Looks reminiscent of the better parts of Role Models.

Mar 17 - 11:00 AM

Retro Reviewer

Matt R.

So...Need For Speed's plot is the same as Mr. Peabody & Sherman? Wow, never saw THAT coming.
Also 20% for Single Mom's Club.

Mar 13 - 05:19 PM

Luis Garit

Luis Garit

Based on the description for Need for Speed it is one of the first positively received video game films

Mar 13 - 05:39 PM

Eoghan Christie

Eoghan Christie

Then explain why it's at 23%.

Mar 28 - 04:22 AM

Dominic Santiago

Dominic Santiago

I never thought Need for Speed was a cartoon.

Mar 13 - 05:52 PM

Eoghan Christie

Eoghan Christie

It's actually a video game series.

Mar 28 - 04:21 AM

Emilio Rodriguez

Emilio Rodriguez

Single Mom's Club - 9%

Mar 13 - 05:54 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

15% for SINGLE MOMS CLUB. I noticed that each of the women in the club get a romantic subplot. Then the title won't make sense! By the way, when I saw the trailer, I was surprised. You know why? Because only half of the cast is black! L.O.L.!

I loved PRISONERS and a lot of Jason Bateman's work, so I'll give ENEMY anD BAD WORDs a chance. I never saw VERONICA MARS the show, so I'll skip the movie.

Mar 13 - 05:55 PM

Will Polk

Will Polk

That Need For Speed description though.

17% for Single Moms Club

Mar 13 - 06:07 PM

Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer

Single Mom's Club--21%

Mar 13 - 06:09 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

12% for single moms

Mar 13 - 06:24 PM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

Well, that's embarrassing. It's been fixed.

Mar 13 - 06:43 PM

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Next thing-Peabody will be NUMBER ONE this weekend, and those Muppets will be One next weekend!!!

Mar 13 - 07:31 PM

Casual Friday

Casual Friday

so...NOTHING is Certified Fresh this week? and Muppets is only at 57%? man...

Mar 13 - 08:56 PM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

this sucks, not only do I have to skip 'Need for Speed' since it did poorly but I have to wait another week to see 'Veronica Mars' with my sisters
lame -_-

Mar 13 - 09:19 PM

William Muniz

William Muniz

If you go to primewire.ag you can see it
i saw it yesterday

Mar 15 - 04:34 AM

Amr Khaled

Amr Khaled

single moms club - 12%

Mar 14 - 01:32 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Interested to see how Veronica Mars does. It is the first Kick-starter all profit all the time Fan funded film isn't it? The future of film making is here and it wants all the monies!

Mar 14 - 03:29 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

I really want to see Enemy - mostly because it's based on Saramago's novel - translated to the english language as "The Double" but whose title, if translated literally, would be "The Duplicated Man".
I am only mildy interested in "Bad Words" despite it's very shady concept because its a Jason Bateman project - my love for "Arrested Development" makes me interested in what Bateman does. He actually directed some episodes on AD and he did pretty good. But if the reviews average go below 60 I am skipping on it as lately critics seem to be too forgiving on comedy movies. I guess they are really desperate for a laugh.

Mar 14 - 06:21 AM

Nat Brautigam

Nat Brautigam

Tyler Perry - 15%

Mar 14 - 04:20 PM

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