Critics Consensus: The Internship Could Use Some Work

Plus, The Purge uneasily mixes allegory and gore.

This week at the movies, we've got entry-level hilarity (The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson/) and home-invasion terror (The Purge, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey). What do the critics have to say?

The Internship

34%

Not content to simply crash weddings, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson infiltrate corporate America in The Internship. Unfortunately, critics say the movie depends almost entirely on its amiable leads to generate laughs, since its predictable script rarely gives them much funny stuff to do. Vaughn and Wilson star as a pair of unemployed watch salesmen who apply for internships at Google and soon are competing against a variety of ambitious millennials for permanent jobs. The pundits say The Internship is an awfully slack comedy, one that produces its share of chuckles but runs a bit too long and often feels like a feature-length commercial for Google. (Check out this week's Total Recall for a countdown of Wilson's best-reviewed movies.)

The Purge

38%

The Purge has ambition: it wants to be a white-knuckle thriller, a pitch-black comedy, and an allegory about the haves and have-nots. That's a lot for any move to juggle, and critics say The Purge scores some interesting political points before devolving into generic slasher territory. Set in a dystopian future America in which the government allows an annual 12-hour period of complete lawlessness, The Purge stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey as a suburban couple who must decide whether to help a desperate intruder who's on the run from a heavily armed mob. The pundits say The Purge never fully makes good on its intriguing premise, eventually trading satirical aims for rote shocks. (Check out this week's 24 Frames for a gallery of home invasion movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Dirty Wars, a documentary that explores the United States' covert military operations, is at 93 percent.
  • You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!, a drama about a group of actors who gather for a late playwright's will reading and end up staging a performance of one of his plays, is at 80 percent.
  • Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon's micro-budgeted modern-day reworking of Shakespeare's comedy, is at 79 percent.
  • Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer in a drama about the repercussions of a man's disappearence during a vacation in Cambodia, is at 76 percent.
  • The Judy Blume-scripted Tiger Eyes, a drama about a teenage girl dealing with the death of her father and her new environs after her family's cross-country move, is at 75 percent.
  • Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, a doc about the life and influence of the incendiary talk show host, is at 75 percent.
  • Hey Bartender, a doc about a group of innovative New York City mixologists, is at 67 percent.
  • The Prey, a French thriller about a convicted bank robber who goes on the run after being framed for murder by his former cellmate, is at 63 percent.
  • The Rambler, starring Dermot Mulroney and Natasha Lyonne in a dramedy about a man who's just been released from prison and wants to reconnect with his estranged brother, is at 60 percent.
  • Rapture-Palooza, starring Anna Kendrick and Craig Robinson in a sci-fi comedy about a couple who must defend humanity from the Antichrist, is at 38 percent.
  • Violet & Daisy, starring Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel in a thriller about a pair of teenage assassins whose latest target forces them to reconsider their choice of profession, is at 21 percent.

Comments

The Movie King

Jacob Martin

Nothing for me. Still waiting for Man of Steel.

Jun 6 - 05:30 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

That better, and I mean better, be a great movie. Because if otherwise, Nolan's fans are gonna have a crusade, and I don't want to be caught in the middle.

Jun 7 - 01:40 PM

Laura  P.

Laura Porter

Start working at home with Google! It's by-far the best job Ive had. Last Monday I got a new Alfa Romeo from bringing in $7778. I started this 9 months ago and practically straight away started making more than $83 per hour. I work through this link, www.Bling6.com

Jun 19 - 03:54 PM

SecondBest

This Guy

Well that sucks, I was hoping these were going to be good. I still want to see them though, will rent them when they come out.

Jun 6 - 05:37 PM

Sean Reddy

Sean Reddy

Don't let the review on The Internship fool you... I enjoyed every second of the movie. It's tough to review a comedy because everybody has a different taste in comedy. If you enjoyed Wedding Crashers, you will enjoy this movie as well. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn work great together.

Jun 8 - 01:10 AM

Matt Jordan

Matt Jordan

Agree with Sean on this one. Think for your self and give a shot, worth a trip to the theater.

Jun 9 - 01:30 PM

Overfed Jed

Overfed Jed

Oh sure, we can have a google movie but my Internet Explorer movie is unmarketable? What the heck, 20 Century Fox?

Jun 6 - 05:45 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

They prefer competent persons, or people. Both of which you aren't. Someone like me is well respected and intelligent. That is why my Bing movie is in porduction.


Plus, Google is a search engine. Internet Explorer is a Browser. (Masters in Web Design)

Jun 6 - 08:59 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

*Chrome. At the very least, I hope your degree was expensive as shit.

Jun 6 - 10:32 PM

Overfed Jed

Overfed Jed

I'm using the Google Chrome browser right now.

Jun 7 - 05:29 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

They are using the search engine because no one uses Google Chrome, right?

Plus, so much for our treaty Janson.

Jun 7 - 09:41 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Is this Jay? Ooops. You so sneaky I forgot your new name. Nice disguise with that master's degree. Threw me off.

Jun 7 - 11:57 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Sorry, meant Bachelors (dumb Iphone). But whats so hard to believe. Just cause I troll doesn't mean I'm retarded.

Jun 7 - 02:06 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Yeah, retards are too intelligent and good natured in general to troll.

Jun 7 - 05:21 PM

Cooper Jones

Cooper Jones

Soooo, Much Ado Right Guys

Jun 6 - 06:05 PM

Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman

Much Ado About Nothing for me, and next week: Man of Steel! I just hope it's not as bad as some of Snyder's other films.

Jun 6 - 06:50 PM

Brian Toohey

Brian Toohey

Based on the amazing reviews it's getting, it's probably safe to say it's going to be the best things he's ever done, and clears him of Sucker Punch and the crappier elements of Watchmen.

Jun 6 - 06:57 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Great Reviews? You mean, positive word of mouth from the actors producers and marketing team? It's not even a week till it's release and there isn't any advanced reviews...well I gotta say I'll probably be one of the few people that really enjoy it because I have very low expectations.

Jun 6 - 07:37 PM

Jaxx Raxor

Adam Jones

I agree, it's interesting that Man of Steel hasn't gotten any advance reviews yet unlike Iron Man 3 but I suspect this film international presence is much less (despite having a British lead, Man of Steel seems to be a very American movie that will have limited appeal overseas, or at least compared to other summer blockbusters).

Also Bradly, my expectations are pretty high. Snyder is a great director (I enjoyed both 300 and Watchmen a lot despite the mixed reviews for both) but not exactly the best screenwriter (i.e Suckerpunch). I am obsessed with the Man of Steel Trailers, and I expect the RT meter to be 85% at a minimum, with 93%-96% being more likely.

Jun 6 - 08:24 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

300 I thought was Fantastic. I thought Watchman was an absolute Mess. I've been a Watchman fanatic for years and when people saw the film they had no idea why I would be a Watchman fanatic, so then I saw the film and wondered the same thing. Then I re-read the book and was a Watchman Fanatic all over again. I'm not sure why the movie didn't have the same affect on me that the graphic novel did. It was a really faithful adaptation.

Jun 7 - 07:53 AM

Brian Toohey

Brian Toohey

Much Ado & Wish You Were Here

Jun 6 - 06:56 PM

Brian Toohey

Brian Toohey

Based on the amazing reviews it's getting, it's probably safe to say it's going to be the best things he's ever done, and clears him of Sucker Punch and the crappier elements of Watchmen.

Jun 6 - 06:57 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Great Reviews? You mean, positive word of mouth from the actors producers and marketing team? It's not even a week till it's release and there isn't any advanced reviews...well I gotta say I'll probably be one of the few people that really enjoy it because I have very low expectations.

Jun 6 - 07:37 PM

Jaxx Raxor

Adam Jones

I agree, it's interesting that Man of Steel hasn't gotten any advance reviews yet unlike Iron Man 3 but I suspect this film international presence is much less (despite having a British lead, Man of Steel seems to be a very American movie that will have limited appeal overseas, or at least compared to other summer blockbusters).

Also Bradly, my expectations are pretty high. Snyder is a great director (I enjoyed both 300 and Watchmen a lot despite the mixed reviews for both) but not exactly the best screenwriter (i.e Suckerpunch). I am obsessed with the Man of Steel Trailers, and I expect the RT meter to be 85% at a minimum, with 93%-96% being more likely.

Jun 6 - 08:24 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

300 I thought was Fantastic. I thought Watchman was an absolute Mess. I've been a Watchman fanatic for years and when people saw the film they had no idea why I would be a Watchman fanatic, so then I saw the film and wondered the same thing. Then I re-read the book and was a Watchman Fanatic all over again. I'm not sure why the movie didn't have the same affect on me that the graphic novel did. It was a really faithful adaptation.

Jun 7 - 07:53 AM

Jaxx Raxor

Adam Jones

The first "meh" week of the movie summer season. The Internship could surprise at the box office this weekend but I'm not really counting on it. The Purge will flop I bet.

Jun 6 - 08:19 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I don't think so. The Purge seems to be drawing a lot more interest than movies of its ilk from general audiences, based on what I have heard people around me saying.

Jun 6 - 09:28 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Unlike last week's "After Earth" and "Now You See Me" with comparably rotten reviews? Along with "Gatsby", this is actually the third wide-all-rotten week of the summer so far.

Jun 6 - 10:36 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Man I know, there's nothing to go see right now and I wanted to go to the movies. I guess I'll have to wait for Superman.

Jun 7 - 09:07 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, some of the movies on "limited" release kind of look interesting with "Dirty Wars" coming out on top!

Jun 7 - 01:57 PM

Jaxx Raxor

Adam Jones

I agree, it's interesting that Man of Steel hasn't gotten any advance reviews yet unlike Iron Man 3 but I suspect this film international presence is much less (despite having a British lead, Man of Steel seems to be a very American movie that will have limited appeal overseas, or at least compared to other summer blockbusters).

Also Bradly, my expectations are pretty high. Snyder is a great director (I enjoyed both 300 and Watchmen a lot despite the mixed reviews for both) but not exactly the best screenwriter (i.e Suckerpunch). I am obsessed with the Man of Steel Trailers, and I expect the RT meter to be 85% at a minimum, with 93%-96% being more likely.

Jun 6 - 08:24 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

They prefer competent persons, or people. Both of which you aren't. Someone like me is well respected and intelligent. That is why my Bing movie is in porduction.


Plus, Google is a search engine. Internet Explorer is a Browser. (Masters in Web Design)

Jun 6 - 08:59 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

*Chrome. At the very least, I hope your degree was expensive as shit.

Jun 6 - 10:32 PM

Overfed Jed

Overfed Jed

I'm using the Google Chrome browser right now.

Jun 7 - 05:29 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

They are using the search engine because no one uses Google Chrome, right?

Plus, so much for our treaty Janson.

Jun 7 - 09:41 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Is this Jay? Ooops. You so sneaky I forgot your new name. Nice disguise with that master's degree. Threw me off.

Jun 7 - 11:57 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Sorry, meant Bachelors (dumb Iphone). But whats so hard to believe. Just cause I troll doesn't mean I'm retarded.

Jun 7 - 02:06 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Yeah, retards are too intelligent and good natured in general to troll.

Jun 7 - 05:21 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I will be attending an early screening of Man of Steel this weekend, to hell with all this shit!

Jun 6 - 09:23 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I don't think so. The Purge seems to be drawing a lot more interest than movies of its ilk from general audiences, based on what I have heard people around me saying.

Jun 6 - 09:28 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I've been hearing alot of excitement about the Purge but I doubt that it'll live up to expectations.

Jun 6 - 09:43 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Really, I've heard none.

Jun 7 - 09:07 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I really don't know what idiot was expecting The Internship to be good. Anyways, despite the reviews, I'm still looking forward to watch The Purge.

Jun 6 - 09:52 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

*Chrome. At the very least, I hope your degree was expensive as shit.

Jun 6 - 10:32 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Unlike last week's "After Earth" and "Now You See Me" with comparably rotten reviews? Along with "Gatsby", this is actually the third wide-all-rotten week of the summer so far.

Jun 6 - 10:36 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Man I know, there's nothing to go see right now and I wanted to go to the movies. I guess I'll have to wait for Superman.

Jun 7 - 09:07 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, some of the movies on "limited" release kind of look interesting with "Dirty Wars" coming out on top!

Jun 7 - 01:57 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I'm thinking the best parts of The Internship were in the trailer.

Jun 6 - 10:39 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The premise to the "Purge" is STUPID. It's an idiotic plot device to give an artificial excuse for mayhem. There is no rational or plausible reason for any government to allow a 12 hour moratorioum on crime. This is a shallow Occupy/1% exploitation of social paranoia, and even Hawke's inferior remake to "Assault on Precinct 13" offers a much more realistic setting for a taut scenario of battling against empowered lawlessness. Writer/director DeMonaco not only deflated John Carpenter's original, but he further retards the premise into this absurd and pointless hypothetical that defies ay logical purpose. Ambitious, my ass. Interestingly, his only other fresh film was another otherwise forgettable, absurdly plotted artificial premise "The Negotiator", which managed to pass the time with the performances of Jackson/Spacey.

My must see is the latest film from French legend Alain Resnais "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", which I've been waiting for since it played at Cannes last year. The 91-year-old is still fresh after all these years. Also, I'll have to see "Dirty Wars". Jeremy Scahill is one of the best journalists working today, and I'm glad he's getting some respect from the MSM. Facts and research trump polemics and demagoguery. And I'm as interested to see what Joss Whedon can do with his B&W Shakespeare as anybody. Much more interested that the 1st world tourism problems of "Wish You Were Here" at least. And who doesn't want to see Dylan McDermott's "Rambler"?

It is very strange to remember that there's never been a Judy Blume adaptation before.

Jun 6 - 11:00 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I also think the premise is idiotic. It's as ludicrous as saying 1 night a year everyone goes killing senior citizens to thin the herd.

Jun 7 - 07:47 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I'd pitch that to a studio if I were you. Call it "Logan's Run...TO THE EXTREME!"

Jun 7 - 07:54 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Well the inane part of it is that, anyone who would commit such violent atrocities even one night a year would not confine themselves to doing it just once a year.

Jun 7 - 09:08 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

And shut down hospitals as well? Sorry random stroke victims. How many years before they use this "holiday" to launch a coup on this sadistic government?

Jun 7 - 09:24 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

I agree that the premise of The Purge is illogical and ludricous. I am stunned at how many people seem to think that the movie had a great premise but failed to live to its potential. As soon as I read the plot of the movie it stroke me as being so ludicrous that one could except no less of the movie than absolute crap. I'm actually suprised it got such a "high" rating. I was expecting a far lower score, to be honest.

Jun 7 - 09:52 AM

Dave J

Dave J

"The Purge" is being compared to Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" and possibility from "Assault On Precinct 13"!

Jun 7 - 04:22 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I think people are in those tiny Ethan Hawke highs that usually follow his Before Sunrise and sequels where they expect great things from him that 50/50 pan out.

Jun 7 - 05:24 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I really liked Wedding Crashers, so it's a little dissapointing to see that the second pairing of Vaugh and Wilson score so low. Oh well, this feels like the calm before the storm anyway with Man of Steel debuting (really hope it's as good as the early screenings suggest).

Saoirse Ronan seems to be having a pretty rough year. Shame, as I think she's one of the most promising young actresses.

Jun 6 - 11:56 PM

Vincent  F.

Vincent Fissore

Saoirse Ronan needs to fire her agent, methinks. And she will need to work hard to try and get rid of the memory of "The Host"...

Jun 7 - 09:48 AM

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