Tomatometer Watch: Prometheus

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Prometheus

73%

Don't call it a prequel. Or do. Wait, now it isn't. At this stage everyone's probably a little weary of the speculation over whether or not Ridley Scott's Prometheus is a direct forerunner to his 1979 classic Alien -- most of us simply can't wait to get a look at the thing. Well, the wait is (almost) over and the first reviews have started to arrive from the trades and outlets in the UK (once again those lucky geezers have the jump on American audiences). What do the critics have to say?
We won't delve too deeply into it for fear of possible spoilers, but so far the word is strong -- well, strong enough, with plenty of praise for Scott's visuals and a sense of welcome return to sci-fi for the filmmaker, who hasn't touched the genre since 1982's Blade Runner.

"Not only does Prometheus herald the rebirth of Alien, it breaths life back into intelligent sci-fi," says Grant Rollins at the UK's Sun, while the Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy says the movie brings "enough visual spectacle, tense action and sticky, slithery monster attacks to hit the spot with thrill-seeking audiences worldwide."

At The Guardian, however, Peter Bradshaw writes that Scott "has counter-evolved his 1979 classic Alien into something more grandiose, more elaborate -- but less interesting," and Variety's Justin Chang reports that Prometheus "remains earthbound in narrative terms, forever hinting at the existence of a higher intelligence without evincing much of its own."

Where will the critics meet on Prometheus? Scott's highwater mark is his 1977 debut The Duelists, which is at 100% (albeit with only 14 reviews aggregated), but the more appropriate comparisons in terms of genre would be Alien -- currently at 96% -- and Blade Runner, which is 92% fresh. We'd be surprised if the movie charts in that hallowed company, but it's gotta be better than Alien: Resurrection, right?

If you need to temper those expectations, of course, remember that Sir Ridley's last endeavor, 2010's underwhelming Robin Hood, earned a less than stellar 43% from critics.

Stay tuned for more reviews as they come in.

Prometheus is in theaters on June 8.

Comments

SinnerRShiki

SinnerRShiki .

Saw Prometheus today and thought it was pretty good. Please read my review for more info.

May 30 - 12:16 PM

Epic Barney Funk

Barney Funk

I see this movie maintaining a pretty high score from the critics. Even if it fails with the critics, there will be enough interested viewers out there to crowd the theaters on June 8th and make what at least looks like a good movie a success. Definitely can't be any worse than some of the other releases. Not going to point any fingers but.... BATTLESHIP!

May 30 - 12:19 PM

MANBAT

Meh McMehson

This better be good, or it will not be a good year for me or anyone around me.

May 30 - 12:38 PM

Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Ok, this is my last post talking about Prometheus. I have to say it:

It´s a bad movie!!!! really bad. Difficult to explain without saying spoilers. I was so excited because of the trailers, because of the early critics.. and now I feel scammed. I feel like I went to see 3D premier movie only to find a mess. Who wrote this? Did he ever watched sci fi before? It seems unlikely.

Get rip of your hype now, and don´t dare to enter to the cinema with the slightly common sense. Only doing that you may enjoy the movie...

Jun 5 - 04:48 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

One too many posts, Philistine!

Jun 6 - 06:59 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I'm getting worried about this one. The second I saw the Coors Lite/Prometheus commercial I started to wonder if this flick will live up to its hype. I know product placement and endorsements are in so many movies these days but if Fassbender or Elba crack open a Coors and comment on its cool, rocky mountain flavor I'm walking out of the theater....

May 30 - 01:12 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

Where was that TV commercial???? I would have loved to see and laugh at that one... Laughing right now just envisioning it.... Walking into the theater, credits roll, Logan Marshall-Green comes running up a hillside chasing down Noomi Rapace with a beer in his left hand.... But before he can say, "what did you find?" his beer belly glistens in the sun and he cracks that cold cool refreshing coors light..... (give me a break?!?!)

May 30 - 01:25 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

It was on during the basketball game last night. I'm not mad about it but it just seemed like such a weird mash up of genres; Dark, brooding sci-fi movie mixed into a beer commercial for the swill they call Coors Lite. I guess I understand why the studio would want some help selling the film and covering some production costs but talk about sell out. Ripley would not be pleased.

May 30 - 01:37 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

I wonder if she would strap a flame-thrower to a machine gun/grenade launcher and head over to the coors offices and give them some what-for....

May 30 - 01:40 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Hey, you're being too harsh. Sales for flamethrowers went way up after Aliens, and yes its placement in that film was blatant, but it was still an awesome movie. Cameron went on to stretch the boundaries of taste when he very obviously advertised a jet and a horse in True Lies, but I was still fine with it.

May 30 - 02:10 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

I still want that harrier - I will trade my car for one of those ANY DAY OF THE WEEK (as long as the gas is free)

May 30 - 02:27 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

You would just have to say, "Sorry! Sorry!", when you crash into everything. In an Austrian accent of course.

May 30 - 08:46 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Coors light, Basketball, and "intelligent science-fiction" don't mix anyway. Anyone who sits around in front of a television watching a ball go back and forth for two hours CANNOT appreciate "intelligent science-fiction," anyway. "Intelligent Science Fiction" would CONVICT the basketball viewer, making him realize that basketball is a low form of entertainment./// COORS BEER IS POISON, ANYWAY!!!! (beer makes you fat and puts spots on your liver)

May 30 - 08:08 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Yet another installment of Gordon's grand overgeneralizations.

May 30 - 08:43 PM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

Anyone who likes basketball can't like intelligent Sci-Fi? LOL!

May 31 - 05:01 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I guess I should feel bad for rooting for the Heat, then...

But I do agree about the rocky mountain bearpiss. I'm an ale man myself.

May 31 - 06:32 AM

Cary Whitt

Cary Whitt

Rooting for the Heat is like rooting for David Beckham to get laid

Jun 2 - 09:05 PM

Paul Atreides

Paul Atreides

Spoken like a bitter, true redneck (or worse), who didn't have the athletic ability to play the game. NASCAR fan, perhaps? Go Spurs...

Jun 1 - 08:39 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Popovich is obviously the better coach, but I'm betting on that James-Wade hunger.

Jun 1 - 10:01 AM

Paul Atreides

Paul Atreides

I'm betting on San Antonio being the better, deeper team, although Miami has the best two players... oh, and I'm betting on James' uber-narcissism ultimately producing another choke, too. I do think that Spoelstra is an underrated coach.

Jun 1 - 07:53 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

Where was that TV commercial???? I would have loved to see and laugh at that one... Laughing right now just envisioning it.... Walking into the theater, credits roll, Logan Marshall-Green comes running up a hillside chasing down Noomi Rapace with a beer in his left hand.... But before he can say, "what did you find?" his beer belly glistens in the sun and he cracks that cold cool refreshing coors light..... (give me a break?!?!)

May 30 - 01:25 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

It was on during the basketball game last night. I'm not mad about it but it just seemed like such a weird mash up of genres; Dark, brooding sci-fi movie mixed into a beer commercial for the swill they call Coors Lite. I guess I understand why the studio would want some help selling the film and covering some production costs but talk about sell out. Ripley would not be pleased.

May 30 - 01:37 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

I wonder if she would strap a flame-thrower to a machine gun/grenade launcher and head over to the coors offices and give them some what-for....

May 30 - 01:40 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

Prometheus could be underwhelming and I'd still see it multiple times if only to promote big budget R-rated flicks. Screw Terminator: Salvation and Transformers, give me T2 and Aliens. If only ethical standards allowed us to clone James Cameron so he could direct every movie.

May 30 - 01:26 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

My only issue with that is that if we let James direct everything - it would take the movies that he did 10 years to come out. Not to mention that his direction in sci-fi has gone south of the border since T-2...... (sorry to say)

May 30 - 01:28 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

You mean all one science fiction film he's made since T-2? I'll give him a single disappointment. If the Avatar sequels are awesome I'll forgive him for the first one. True Lies was great, and Titanic did its job perfectly, so we can't say if he's gone south.

May 30 - 02:16 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

Well, his sci-fi did. And that is my opinion. But truth be told, I dont think hardly any sci-fi movies coming out anytime soon will ever do better than Cameron's original Terminator. That and Aliens and Terminator 2 set standards for him and for sci-fi... And Titanic was really good - this is why I was so excited when Avatar came out - I thought a movie in the sci-fi genre might finally win best picture (I have doubts that this will ever happen since District 9 did not win it, add to that list Star Wars, 2001 A Space Odyssey and E.T. - the Academy seems to downright hate sci-fi movies)

May 30 - 02:23 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

Well, except for a film coming soon called "Elysium" .... I have very very high hopes for that. Blomkamp is basically sci-fi badass of the jungle right now. So is Ridley if this is as good as I think it will be.

May 30 - 02:28 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

(I was referring to the TV series and other whatnot that JC was involved in Post T-2, not just Avatar...)

May 30 - 02:54 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Didn't he direct Relic? Though that was more of a creature feature than a SCI FI. The mystery behind the beast was very SCI FI though much like Rise of the Apes was Sci Fi. How come nobody liked Relic...

May 30 - 06:32 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

The Relic? The one in the museum with Tom Sizemore? I liked it. Good monster movie.

May 31 - 01:48 AM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

I do recall seeing the relic, and what I do remember is that it was a bit violent AND the reason for the existence of the monster in the movie was laughable at best according to most critics.... I think that movie fell more into the horror category.

May 31 - 06:32 AM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

James Cameron did not direct that movie...
(The Relic)

May 31 - 06:33 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Relic" was directed by Peter Hyams. I'm not sure if "Cloud Atlas" will be sci/fi or not but it has Oscar potential.

May 31 - 06:41 AM

Paul Atreides

Paul Atreides

Meh... I'm not big on Cameron, although I've enjoyed some of his movies ('Aliens', most notably). His films are structured well, but the characters are frequently a bit one-dimensional to suit me--especially the 'bad guys'. It's like he has Snydley Whiplash in mind when creating/directing every villain, lol. There is rarely any subtlety with any of his films... but he's a master of the generic blockbuster, that's for sure. And I can't speak for 'Relic' the movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

Jun 1 - 09:00 AM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

I would also like to add that I think what we all are forgetting is that when Ridley Scott's Alien and Blade Runner both were initially released, they were met with mixed reviews from both critics and audiences. It wasn't until years later that both films went down as being 2 of the greatest and most memorable Sci-Fi films of all time. Who's to say Prometheus will be any different if the Final Tomatometer is below 60%? One thing that has been already proven more than once is that Scott's Sci-Fi films aren't really loved from the gate. It takes years for them to actually start leaving a legacy behind them. That's my wishful thinking for Prometheus anyway.

Jun 1 - 07:59 AM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

My only issue with that is that if we let James direct everything - it would take the movies that he did 10 years to come out. Not to mention that his direction in sci-fi has gone south of the border since T-2...... (sorry to say)

May 30 - 01:28 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

You mean all one science fiction film he's made since T-2? I'll give him a single disappointment. If the Avatar sequels are awesome I'll forgive him for the first one. True Lies was great, and Titanic did its job perfectly, so we can't say if he's gone south.

May 30 - 02:16 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

Well, his sci-fi did. And that is my opinion. But truth be told, I dont think hardly any sci-fi movies coming out anytime soon will ever do better than Cameron's original Terminator. That and Aliens and Terminator 2 set standards for him and for sci-fi... And Titanic was really good - this is why I was so excited when Avatar came out - I thought a movie in the sci-fi genre might finally win best picture (I have doubts that this will ever happen since District 9 did not win it, add to that list Star Wars, 2001 A Space Odyssey and E.T. - the Academy seems to downright hate sci-fi movies)

May 30 - 02:23 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

Well, except for a film coming soon called "Elysium" .... I have very very high hopes for that. Blomkamp is basically sci-fi badass of the jungle right now. So is Ridley if this is as good as I think it will be.

May 30 - 02:28 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

(I was referring to the TV series and other whatnot that JC was involved in Post T-2, not just Avatar...)

May 30 - 02:54 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Didn't he direct Relic? Though that was more of a creature feature than a SCI FI. The mystery behind the beast was very SCI FI though much like Rise of the Apes was Sci Fi. How come nobody liked Relic...

May 30 - 06:32 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

The Relic? The one in the museum with Tom Sizemore? I liked it. Good monster movie.

May 31 - 01:48 AM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

I do recall seeing the relic, and what I do remember is that it was a bit violent AND the reason for the existence of the monster in the movie was laughable at best according to most critics.... I think that movie fell more into the horror category.

May 31 - 06:32 AM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

James Cameron did not direct that movie...
(The Relic)

May 31 - 06:33 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Relic" was directed by Peter Hyams. I'm not sure if "Cloud Atlas" will be sci/fi or not but it has Oscar potential.

May 31 - 06:41 AM

Paul Atreides

Paul Atreides

Meh... I'm not big on Cameron, although I've enjoyed some of his movies ('Aliens', most notably). His films are structured well, but the characters are frequently a bit one-dimensional to suit me--especially the 'bad guys'. It's like he has Snydley Whiplash in mind when creating/directing every villain, lol. There is rarely any subtlety with any of his films... but he's a master of the generic blockbuster, that's for sure. And I can't speak for 'Relic' the movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

Jun 1 - 09:00 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

It was on during the basketball game last night. I'm not mad about it but it just seemed like such a weird mash up of genres; Dark, brooding sci-fi movie mixed into a beer commercial for the swill they call Coors Lite. I guess I understand why the studio would want some help selling the film and covering some production costs but talk about sell out. Ripley would not be pleased.

May 30 - 01:37 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

I wonder if she would strap a flame-thrower to a machine gun/grenade launcher and head over to the coors offices and give them some what-for....

May 30 - 01:40 PM

BLaCKWoLF

BLaCKWoLF .

I have such high expectations for this film. I love the franchise so dearly and the marketing campaign has left me in a very eager state of anticipation.

Ever since the French screening, it seems as if the film could be quite polarizing. Some love it. Others were disappointed and confused by it.

Very hard to know what the overall picture will look like.

May 30 - 01:40 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I never bank on the confused.

May 31 - 06:41 AM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

I wonder if she would strap a flame-thrower to a machine gun/grenade launcher and head over to the coors offices and give them some what-for....

May 30 - 01:40 PM

Akash Kumar

Akash Kumar

it'll probably get over an 80 :)

May 30 - 02:07 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Hey, you're being too harsh. Sales for flamethrowers went way up after Aliens, and yes its placement in that film was blatant, but it was still an awesome movie. Cameron went on to stretch the boundaries of taste when he very obviously advertised a jet and a horse in True Lies, but I was still fine with it.

May 30 - 02:10 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

I still want that harrier - I will trade my car for one of those ANY DAY OF THE WEEK (as long as the gas is free)

May 30 - 02:27 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

You would just have to say, "Sorry! Sorry!", when you crash into everything. In an Austrian accent of course.

May 30 - 08:46 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

You mean all one science fiction film he's made since T-2? I'll give him a single disappointment. If the Avatar sequels are awesome I'll forgive him for the first one. True Lies was great, and Titanic did its job perfectly, so we can't say if he's gone south.

May 30 - 02:16 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

Well, his sci-fi did. And that is my opinion. But truth be told, I dont think hardly any sci-fi movies coming out anytime soon will ever do better than Cameron's original Terminator. That and Aliens and Terminator 2 set standards for him and for sci-fi... And Titanic was really good - this is why I was so excited when Avatar came out - I thought a movie in the sci-fi genre might finally win best picture (I have doubts that this will ever happen since District 9 did not win it, add to that list Star Wars, 2001 A Space Odyssey and E.T. - the Academy seems to downright hate sci-fi movies)

May 30 - 02:23 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

Well, except for a film coming soon called "Elysium" .... I have very very high hopes for that. Blomkamp is basically sci-fi badass of the jungle right now. So is Ridley if this is as good as I think it will be.

May 30 - 02:28 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

(I was referring to the TV series and other whatnot that JC was involved in Post T-2, not just Avatar...)

May 30 - 02:54 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Didn't he direct Relic? Though that was more of a creature feature than a SCI FI. The mystery behind the beast was very SCI FI though much like Rise of the Apes was Sci Fi. How come nobody liked Relic...

May 30 - 06:32 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

The Relic? The one in the museum with Tom Sizemore? I liked it. Good monster movie.

May 31 - 01:48 AM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

I do recall seeing the relic, and what I do remember is that it was a bit violent AND the reason for the existence of the monster in the movie was laughable at best according to most critics.... I think that movie fell more into the horror category.

May 31 - 06:32 AM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

James Cameron did not direct that movie...
(The Relic)

May 31 - 06:33 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Relic" was directed by Peter Hyams. I'm not sure if "Cloud Atlas" will be sci/fi or not but it has Oscar potential.

May 31 - 06:41 AM

Paul Atreides

Paul Atreides

Meh... I'm not big on Cameron, although I've enjoyed some of his movies ('Aliens', most notably). His films are structured well, but the characters are frequently a bit one-dimensional to suit me--especially the 'bad guys'. It's like he has Snydley Whiplash in mind when creating/directing every villain, lol. There is rarely any subtlety with any of his films... but he's a master of the generic blockbuster, that's for sure. And I can't speak for 'Relic' the movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

Jun 1 - 09:00 AM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

Well, his sci-fi did. And that is my opinion. But truth be told, I dont think hardly any sci-fi movies coming out anytime soon will ever do better than Cameron's original Terminator. That and Aliens and Terminator 2 set standards for him and for sci-fi... And Titanic was really good - this is why I was so excited when Avatar came out - I thought a movie in the sci-fi genre might finally win best picture (I have doubts that this will ever happen since District 9 did not win it, add to that list Star Wars, 2001 A Space Odyssey and E.T. - the Academy seems to downright hate sci-fi movies)

May 30 - 02:23 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

I still want that harrier - I will trade my car for one of those ANY DAY OF THE WEEK (as long as the gas is free)

May 30 - 02:27 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

You would just have to say, "Sorry! Sorry!", when you crash into everything. In an Austrian accent of course.

May 30 - 08:46 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

Well, except for a film coming soon called "Elysium" .... I have very very high hopes for that. Blomkamp is basically sci-fi badass of the jungle right now. So is Ridley if this is as good as I think it will be.

May 30 - 02:28 PM

SciFiMan

Andrew Turner

(I was referring to the TV series and other whatnot that JC was involved in Post T-2, not just Avatar...)

May 30 - 02:54 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

When Hollywood Reporter and Variety have opposing views on a film, it usually means the movie will get a somewhat mixed response from critics, which is ok. What I am more concerned with is the Pre-Phantom Menace-like anticipation for this movie from certain segments of fandom. It can't possibly live up to the hype. I simply want a visceral, smart sci-fi movie in glorious IMAX 3D. If there is an alien or two all the better.

May 30 - 02:59 PM

Julian N.

Julian Nunez

Seriously can't wait for this. Here in the US it opens next week, and all the early buzz on twitter was positive, and it looks like the critics are enjoying it as well. Hope it delivers.

May 30 - 03:50 PM

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