Critical Consensus: "Cinderella Man" is No Pumpkin; "Pants" Looks Good

Skaters! Pants! The Great Depression! This week at the movies has it all. Will ?Cinderella Man? win the battle for critical accolades? Will ?Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? be a good fit with the critics? Will ?Lords of Dogtown? make a perfect critical landing? Will the metaphors ever cease?

Ever wonder why they keep making movies about gritty, scrappy prizefighters overcoming adversity inside and outside the squared circle? Because they always work. Everybody loves that stuff. From ?Million Dollar Baby? to ?Rocky,? from ?When We Were Kings? to ?Raging Bull,? boxing movies tap into our primal feelings in ways that no other sports movies can. So it?s no surprise that Ron Howard?s latest, ?Cinderella Man,? the story of Depression-era comeback kid James Braddock, is a big winner, with the ringside judges (I mean, the Tomatometer critics) scoring it an 84 percent. That's better than their previous Academy Award-winning collaboration "A Beautiful Mind," which scored 78 percent. And Russell Crowe is riding an unbeaten streak to rival Joe Louis.'

Another macho, take-no-prisoners, slam-bang summer movie is ?The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants??. Oops. Sorry. This coming-of-age chicklet-flick about four teenage girls and a pair of magical jeans is making grown movie critics cry. And there?s a good reason for that: the film is about real issues that teenagers face, and real rites of passage, in a non-raunchy, non-simplistic way. At 84 percent on the Tomatometer, these ?Pants? are looking good.

Have you ever watched a group of skaters at the park? They can usually pull off one of those cool moves at some point, but it?s hard for them to do it twice. Well, "Lords of Dogtown," a fictional retelling of the highly acclaimed documentary "Dogtown and Z Boys," is exactly like that: it takes the same storyline and winds up smack on the pavement. At 36 percent on the Tomatometer, this is one major bummer, dude.

Russell Crowe
Average Tomatometer: 69%
Last Five Films with Tomatometer:
85% - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
78% - A Beautiful Mind
78% - Gladiator
40% - Proof of Life
37% - Mystery, Alaska

Renee Zellweger
Average Tomatometer: 62%
Last Five Films with Tomatometer:
27% - Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
60% - Down with Love
72% - Cold Mountain
68% - White Orleander
87% - Chicago

Ron Howard
Average Tomatometer: 69%
Last Five Films with Tomatometer:
57% - The Missing
78% - A Beautiful Mind
53% - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
63% - EdTV
71% - Ransom

Comments

jeanfc

Jean Francois Cormier

Kinda of a weird weekend coming up... A boxing film that looks very good - but does not have the action, special effects and explosion teens like, and a mega-chiky flick that may only appeal to 16 year-old girls...

I would not be surprised if something from last week (Star Wars, Longest Yard, Madagascar) makes it to 1st place this weekend.

Jun 3 - 10:09 AM

Vitamin M

Matthew Haynes

You're probably right, star wars will probably take it again or maybe Madagasgar.
I wish to skip ahead to batman, this week has nothing but wait for video's.

Jun 3 - 12:13 PM

TheAnswerMVP2001

Snipes .

no action!?! its a boxing movie, you don't think guys beating the crap out of each other is action!?! Action doesn't always have to be explosions and shooting, that is just what they have brainwashed you to think. Cinderella Man will be #1.

Jun 4 - 01:04 AM

mymodestmouse

Cindy Loney

Mystery Alaska...37%?!

I really liked that movie. Bah, what do they know...

Jun 3 - 10:19 AM

Vitamin M

Matthew Haynes

You're probably right, star wars will probably take it again or maybe Madagasgar.
I wish to skip ahead to batman, this week has nothing but wait for video's.

Jun 3 - 12:13 PM

TheAnswerMVP2001

Snipes .

no action!?! its a boxing movie, you don't think guys beating the crap out of each other is action!?! Action doesn't always have to be explosions and shooting, that is just what they have brainwashed you to think. Cinderella Man will be #1.

Jun 4 - 01:04 AM

Stankton

Reginald Grimshanker

The 47 percent that Lords of Dogtown has sure looks promising.

Jun 4 - 06:52 AM

skletonkee

Nicholas Hatten

[b]word up to sehn....[/b]
these articles keep getting better and better...hope your on the rt payroll....keep rocking the good stuff!!!

Jun 4 - 09:13 PM

Now it's dark

Kirby K

Hope there's more movies like Cinderfella this summer. Seems like an x-mas or fall movie. Should bring in the boomers.

Jun 5 - 06:58 PM

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