Critics Consensus: Trouble with the Curve Is Solid But Predictable

Plus, Dredd 3D, End of Watch, and The Master are Certified Fresh, and guess House at the End of the Street's Tomatometer.

This week at the movies, we've got an aging baseball scout (Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams); a deadly judge (Dredd 3D, starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirby); cartel-busting cops (End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena); a religious leader (The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman); and a creepy dwelling (House at the End of the Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue). What do the critics have to say?

Trouble With the Curve

51%

Nobody plays a grizzled-but-secretly-lovable coot like Clint Eastwood. And critics say he and co-star Amy Adams are in fine form in Trouble with the Curve, even if the movie's plot is as well-worn as an old catcher's mitt. Gus Lobel (Eastwood) is an aging scout for the Atlanta Braves who's losing both his sight and his preternatural gift for judging talent. When the team hopes to secure a hotshot prospect in the draft, Gus' daughter Mickey (Adams) joins him on a trip to scout the player, mending their frayed relationship in the process. The pundits say Trouble With the Curve may not be a home run, but it's a solid single: it's warm, well-acted, and really predictable. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we count down the best movies starring Eastwood.)

Dredd 3D

78%

Judge Dredd, from 1995, has long been a punchline for fans of comic book adaptations. So it's a small miracle that critics are pretty psyched about the franchise's reboot -- they say Dredd 3D is tense, visceral, and visually dazzling. Karl Urban stars as the title character, a law-enforcement agent that acts as judge, jury, and executioner. Patrolling the streets of a dystopian megalopolis, Dredd battles a vicious drug syndicate that's taken over a heavily fortified apartment building. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Dredd is ultra-violent (sometimes excessively so), but it's also deftly paced, action packed, and surprisingly smart.

End of Watch

85%

A buddy-cop movie shot in a found-footage style, End of Watch might initially look like a feature length episode of COPS. However, critics say this is a gritty take on well-trodden turf, and it benefits greatly from the chemistry between leads Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. They play partners in the LAPD - one of whom is shooting a few days on the beat for a film school project - and what a wild few days they are. Upon making what seems like a routine bust, our heroes become the targets of a ruthless drug cartel. The pundits say the Certified Fresh End of Watch is an immersive experience, putting audiences on a ride-along with two terrifically realized characters.

The Master

85%

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master opens in wide release this weekend, and critics say this tale of a troubled man who falls under the influence of a shadowy religious leader is immersive, expertly crafted, and wonderfully acted. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a navy vet in the midst of personal turmoil who turns to Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the charismatic leader of a group called the Cause; soon, the two men are locked in a test of wills. The pundits say Certified Fresh The Master is a challenging work, but it's often hypnotic and elusive in the best sense. (Check out RT staffer Jeff Giles' Paul Thomas Anderson watching series here.)

House at the End of the Street

10%

It appears the folks behind House at the End of the Street were afraid the film wasn't built on the sturdiest of foundations, since reviews are currently unavailable. Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue star as a mother and daughter who move into a new neighborhood, only to learn that the house next door was the site of a gruesome double murder that remains shrouded in mystery. It's time to guess the Tomatometer! (And check out RT 24 Frames, which delves into Lawrence's life and career.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Finally, props to Brian Clarkson and Simon Opitz for coming the closest to guessing Resident Evil: Retribution's 29 percent Tomatometer.

Comments

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

I think we're guessing a 0% for HATES? Anyone?

Sep 20 - 05:05 PM

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

I said an ZERO and an Oogielove.

Sep 20 - 05:11 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

Only problem is that the box office won't be on Oogielove level.

Sep 21 - 05:57 AM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

House at the End of the Street. I love Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games, but this horror movie will get a 10% for sure.

Sep 20 - 05:46 PM

Andrew Milito

Andrew Milito

I think HATES will get Certified Fresh, even if it's only a 60%

Sep 20 - 06:10 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

I think you need to be more realistic. When a movie doesn't get screened in advanced, critics will think of it as a turkey. When the critics think the film is a turkey (they're always right), people will read the warning signs and keep their wallets in their pockets, thus staying far and away from the carcass. It happened twice with "Silent House" and "The Devil Inside", and will certainly happen with this one.

Sep 20 - 07:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Unfortunately, a lot of people opened their wallets for "Devil Inside". It was a #1 hit.

Sep 20 - 10:04 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

That is because the younger horror fans and tweens are picky and naive.

Sep 21 - 05:14 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Oh. I must have been confused about the definition of "people".

Sep 21 - 06:33 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The possession was a pile a crap as well but made bank. The strange thing is that Appirition (spelling? don't care to look it up) had a twilight and a potter star AND was a bad horror film and made nothing. It's weired.

Sep 21 - 07:38 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Both Crank films were not screened for critics and are rated fresh (in the sixties, but fresh is fresh). There are some other films that fall into the same category, but those are the only two that immediately come to mind.

Sep 21 - 06:45 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

13% for House at the End of the Street. I like Jennifer Lawrence and I think she's careful when she chooses her roles but I think this will be her worst reviewed film yet. I also can't stand her co-star, Max Theriot. Everytime I see his face, I want to punch it.

Off topic, THE NEW HOBBIT TRAILER WAS SO EPIC!!!

Sep 20 - 06:33 PM

Brian B.

Brian Barreto

Well, even if 'House at the End of the Street' is Razzie-caliber filmmaking, Jennifer Lawrence will redeem herself so quickly that you'll forget HATES ever happened. For example, she has a fall dramedy coming out later this fall that, if the hype is to be believed, will most likely have her earn her second Oscar nomination for 'Best Actress'. Not only that, but she's starring in two blockbusters (X-Men: First Class 2-Days of Future Past & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) that are both coming out next year. So, yeah--HATES will probably be that small blemish on her filmography that nobody will want to acknowledge. :)

Sep 20 - 09:19 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

Very, very true. I myself have to admit I do like Jennifer Lawrence and The Hunger Games.

Sep 21 - 06:28 AM

Andrew Milito

Andrew Milito

First Class 2 isn't released until 2014

Sep 21 - 01:01 PM

Jesse Satterwhite

Jesse Satterwhite

17% for HATES. I like Jennifer Lawrence a lot, but a good actress can't save a cliche teen horror movie.

Sep 20 - 07:13 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

Amen. I may have guessed lower, but that's probably because I've sat through way too many horror movies.

Sep 20 - 07:23 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

Amen. I may have guessed lower, but that's probably because I've sat through way too many horror movies.

Sep 20 - 07:23 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

I think you need to be more realistic. When a movie doesn't get screened in advanced, critics will think of it as a turkey. When the critics think the film is a turkey (they're always right), people will read the warning signs and keep their wallets in their pockets, thus staying far and away from the carcass. It happened twice with "Silent House" and "The Devil Inside", and will certainly happen with this one.

Sep 20 - 07:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Unfortunately, a lot of people opened their wallets for "Devil Inside". It was a #1 hit.

Sep 20 - 10:04 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

That is because the younger horror fans and tweens are picky and naive.

Sep 21 - 05:14 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Oh. I must have been confused about the definition of "people".

Sep 21 - 06:33 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The possession was a pile a crap as well but made bank. The strange thing is that Appirition (spelling? don't care to look it up) had a twilight and a potter star AND was a bad horror film and made nothing. It's weired.

Sep 21 - 07:38 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Both Crank films were not screened for critics and are rated fresh (in the sixties, but fresh is fresh). There are some other films that fall into the same category, but those are the only two that immediately come to mind.

Sep 21 - 06:45 PM

Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson

I'm gonna give House a 54%. Cause I'm feeling generous. Can't wait til next weekend when everyone can laugh at me!

Sep 20 - 07:58 PM

Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson

Okay... so I'm only around 40% off. Whatevs. I'll brush it off.

Sep 21 - 05:39 PM

Jeremy D.

Jeremy Dion

I'm guessing around 40% for HATES. Maybe that's a little bit too high...I still hope it'll be fresh cause I like Jennifer Lawrence. I'm slightly annoyed that most independent films only come out one week later here in Quebec. I guess I'll go check out Dredd, I don't really enjoy when a movie is super violent but then again, I really liked Kill Bill.

Sep 20 - 08:05 PM

Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis


Despite having good reviews Dredd 3D's box office isn't looking good. It's projected to do the worse out of all of the new releases.

Anyway 30% for HOTEOTS (Yeah Ms. Lawrence you only pick a script for a film if it's really good, right!)

Sep 20 - 08:33 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Even the pickiest actors will occasionally star in a bad film. I don't think choosing good films to star in is as easy as people on the internet make it out to be. There's a lot that can go wrong during production and turn potentially interesting projects into duds. I mean look at Lovely Bones. Before release everyone was predicting oscar wins for that film. An adaptation of a best selling book from the director of what many consider the greatest trilogy of all time starring one of the most talented up and coming actresses? What could possibly go wrong?

Sep 21 - 01:03 AM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

Quite a shame. I was getting excited. How much do you think "Dredd" will make?

Sep 21 - 05:28 AM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

btw whoever at RT chose the pic of jennifer Lawrence on the main page... I think I speak for most when I say THANK YOU

Sep 20 - 08:34 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Ditto!

Sep 20 - 08:55 PM

Brian B.

Brian Barreto

Amen to that.

Sep 20 - 09:10 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

5% for HATES.

Sep 20 - 08:52 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

100% HATE! I can't feel sorry for it.

Sep 20 - 10:15 PM

billmcvay1

Bill McVay

House at the End of the Street, 22% is my guess.

Sep 20 - 08:55 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Ditto!

Sep 20 - 08:55 PM

Brian B.

Brian Barreto

'The Master' was one of the most amazing pieces of film-making I've ever seen, in regards to its acting, directing, and craftsmanship, but the narrative's overly ambiguous, vague and fractured nature leave one feeling indifferent emotionally. I won't go into too much detail (you can read my review of it, if you want, on my profile), but the film doesn't have a clear message that its trying to convey to its audience. It's as lost as its characters. Don't get me wrong. It's an often spellbinding ride, but it's also a ride that leaves you feeling disconnected and kept at a distance. That remote feeling leaves one indifferent on an emotional level. Nevertheless, 'The Master' is absolutely worth watching. I highly recommend to everybody. Be sure to catch in 70mm. This film is visually spectacular, and it should be experienced in all of its glory.

As for HATES, I'm not interested in seeing it, even though it has Jennifer Lawrence, whom I always love to watch on the big screen. I predict anywhere from a 10-20% on the Tomatometer. Anyways, I want to see 'Trouble with the Curve'. It's been a while since I've seen Mr. Eastwood on the big screen, so I'll catch the film at a matinee showing further down the line. 'Dredd 3-D' looked surprisingly good from the trailers, but the fact that it got great reviews is just icing on the cake. I'll be watching Dredd 3-D this weekend, without a doubt. Finally, we have 'End of Watch'. It looks good, so I'll be watching it as well. Very good week for movies. :)

Sep 20 - 09:10 PM

Brian B.

Brian Barreto

Amen to that.

Sep 20 - 09:10 PM

Brian B.

Brian Barreto

Well, even if 'House at the End of the Street' is Razzie-caliber filmmaking, Jennifer Lawrence will redeem herself so quickly that you'll forget HATES ever happened. For example, she has a fall dramedy coming out later this fall that, if the hype is to be believed, will most likely have her earn her second Oscar nomination for 'Best Actress'. Not only that, but she's starring in two blockbusters (X-Men: First Class 2-Days of Future Past & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) that are both coming out next year. So, yeah--HATES will probably be that small blemish on her filmography that nobody will want to acknowledge. :)

Sep 20 - 09:19 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

Very, very true. I myself have to admit I do like Jennifer Lawrence and The Hunger Games.

Sep 21 - 06:28 AM

Andrew Milito

Andrew Milito

First Class 2 isn't released until 2014

Sep 21 - 01:01 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"The Master" is my must, as I finally found a somewhat local theater playing it. They're also playing a Glenn Beck movie, "Unelectable 2012" (sour grapes?), who bears a slight resemblence to Lancaster Dodd. "End of Watch" also looks pretty damn good. Not sold on "Dredd", and I get annoyed with the "Better than 'The Raid'" comparisons. Some people don't understand true action vs. FX gloss. Did anyone else think the ads for "Trouble with the Curve" were Cialis commercials for just a second? Jennifer Lawrence has similar side effects, but, seriously, does the film have anything other than her sweat working in its favor?

"17 Girls" looks good, from rookie French girls. The docs that are most interesting are the one about Bob Fass and "Head Games" more because it's from the director of last year's terrific "The Interrupters".

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