Critics Consensus: Where the Wild Things Are Is A Wild Rumpus

Plus, Law Abiding Citizen is guilty of contrivance, and guess The Stepfather's Tomatometer!

This week, we've got a wild rumpus (Where the Wild Things Are, starring Max Records and Catherine Keener), a legal skirmish (Law Abiding Citizen, starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler), and unconventional parenting (The Stepfather, starring Dylan Walsh and Sela Ward). What do the critics have to say?
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Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most beloved classics of modern children's literature, but the brief text doesn't necessarily lend itself to feature-length cinematic treatment. Critics have largely praised Spike Jonze for maintaining the spirit of the book while adding some visually daring touches to bring it to life; however, some feel the narrative is a little thin. Max (Max Records) is a troubled youngster who disappears into a fantasy world of his own making, populated by fluffy monsters who symbolize the various facets of his personality. The pundits say Wild Things may be a little too creepy for the wee ones, and it lacks a strong plot. However, the images Jonze crafts are so wondrous that older kids -- and adults -- will find the film to be a fascinating, poignant dreamscape.


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Law Abiding Citizen

Nobody says that a thriller needs to be completely plausible to be watchable. However, staying somewhere within the bounds of believability is generally required, and on this count, and several others, critics say Law Abiding Citizen fails. Gerard Butler stars as a man whose family has been murdered; he becomes enraged when the prosecutor (Jamie Foxx) makes a plea deal with the killer, and goes about exacting revenge. The pundits say Law Abiding Citizen isn't just outrageously contrived; worse, it lingers a little too long over some gruesome violence under the guise of making a political statement about the judicial system. (Check out our interview with director F. Gary Gray, who shared his Five Favorite Films with RT.).


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The Stepfather

It appears the folks behind The Stepfather are being a little too strict with their baby, as it wasn't screened for critics prior to release. A remake of the 1987 cult classic of the same name, the movie stars Dylan Walsh as a man who's so perfect for Sela Ward that he must be hiding a dark secret. Kids, guess that Tomatometer!.


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Comments

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

pretty much exactly what i thoguht these films would get.
where the wild things are well...i thought it would be alot more amazing like a 93% but it seems to not be like that..lac is gay i knew it would be..the step father looks like another god father...its eihter gonna be awesome or dreadful.

Oct 15 - 04:43 PM

K

KateBeckinsaleLover Clarke

That's really too bad about Law Abiding Citizen scoring so low, I'm still going to see it though because it looks amazing and has two awesome actors in it: Gerard Butler and Jamie Fox. I'm glad Where the Wild Things got a high rating, the book was great and I'm hoping that'll translate well on screen. And The Stepfather (while not a necessary remake, still looks good) was not screened from critics so I'm going to guess and say it'll be at 22%.

Oct 15 - 04:48 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

when will there ever be a batman 3. like cmon.

Oct 15 - 04:49 PM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

hopefully in a couple years or so Batman 3 is inevitable

Oct 15 - 05:36 PM

Graham T.

Graham Taylor

The Stepfather: 23% is what I'm guessing.
Where the Wild things are looked really good in the trailers, so I'll check it out. I'm disappointed at the reception to Law Abiding Citizen; I thought it looked quite good.
I think everyone will probably go and see Paranormal Activity though, so that's a real challenger for the top spot. And the new Michael Sheen movie, The Maid, is fantastic, so that's definitely worth seeing, although it's called The Damned United in Britain.

Oct 15 - 04:51 PM

Brendan C.

Brendan Carell

Step Father 112%. That is until RT notices the glitch and fixes its 0% score.

Oct 15 - 04:51 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

lol

Oct 15 - 05:00 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

lol

Oct 15 - 05:00 PM

Jpeffer

Jake Peffer

Can't wait to see Where The Wild Things Are, been looking forward to it for a good while now. I thought Law Abiding Citizen would be better than the reviews are. I'll still check it out since I like Jamie Foxx a good bit. The Stepfather looks like another generic horror movie so I don't really care about it. I guess 16% for it.

Oct 15 - 05:14 PM

Don't Tase Me Bro

Don't Tase Me Bro

But Where the Wild Things Are is supposed to be amazing...the internet says so anyway.

Oct 15 - 05:25 PM

Marlon E.

Marlon Elsbree

I'm a guess 17% for The Stepfather. Where The Wild Things Are looks so strange that I'll probably go see it.

Oct 15 - 05:26 PM

arendr

Arend Anton

I'm pretty sure that movie isn't called "The Maid."

Oct 15 - 05:32 PM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

hopefully in a couple years or so Batman 3 is inevitable

Oct 15 - 05:36 PM

thisdisplayname

Jason Gersztyn

Sucks that Law Abiding Citizen is getting such awful reviews. I was sort of excited to see it; however, now I certainly plan to avoid it. Well, at least until it's out to rent.

Where the Wild Things looks like something that might be fun, but I only planned on seeing it if the reviews were overwhelmingly positive (85% ). All the hype has been getting on my nerves.

I think I'll save my money for next week when Astro Boy opens. I've been stoked for it all year long.

P.S. I'm guessing about a 20% meter for Stepfather.

Oct 15 - 05:37 PM

bluestar50

Todd Foster

I'm guessing 9 percent for Stepfather.

Oct 15 - 05:37 PM

thejuggernautlives

Michael Dickson

I'm going to see Law Abiding Citizen tonight at midnight, and I have no doubt I'll come out of it with another reason that convinces me critics don't know what they're talking about. For movies like LAC, Pandorum, and others like them, I try to focus on the RT community rating, because it is usually closer to what actual movie fans think about the movie. If you check, LAC has a 94% RT community rating, and an 8.0 on IMDB.

Oct 15 - 05:41 PM

inactive user

Jared King

"Stepfather" looks beyond horrible. Here's hoping for a 0 percent. "LAC" looks like a$s.

I still plan on seeing WTWTA...yeah, that's not gonna work as an acronym.

Oct 15 - 05:47 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

Thank God I got the internet back!

Anyways, I still have inordinately high expectations for Where the Wild Things Are: like it being a miraculous aesthetic achievement. Although I had hoped for a 90 percentile, the not superlative reviews actually give me greater hope. Most classics aren't given the credit they are due upon their initial release, such as: Eyes Wide Shut (preemptive counterattack: the movies ****ing fantastic, watch the unrated cut that Kubrick wanted before you mouth off), 2001-most all of Kubrick's movies-, The Big Lewboski, and soon to be Synecdoche New York.

Oct 15 - 05:52 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Think you might be a little pre-disposed to Eyes Wide Shut. A guy with the user name "King Kubrick" probably isn't the most impartial judge. I like most of Kubricks body of work, but have never been able to get thru Eyes Wide Shut in a single sitting without falling asleep. It just wasn't gripping film making for me and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman weren't at the top of their game. It was a little like watching an M. Night Shamaylan acting performances for me. They were like line reading automatons who occasionally got naked. Not saying it's an abysmal movie, just not for me and your opinion of it might be colored by a pre-disposition to it because it was Kubricks last work.

Oct 15 - 06:38 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

Perhaps I could be labelled as a little biased in favor of Kubrick's films. How you got that impression I have no idea. I would argue cruise gave a wonderful performance and Kidman's stilted acting was indicative of the dreamscape Cruise's character found himself in. Hence the title Eyes Wide Shut. Hence the other bizarre performances. Hence the ritualistic orgy. Hence the awesomeness of the film.
But you're opinion has its merits. The deliberate pacing ain't for everybody.

Stepfather looks like another studio remake intent on robbing a horror film of its personality in favor of commercially safe mediocrity. 15% I'm guessing.

Oct 15 - 06:48 PM

Throw An Onion

Joshua Mills

You're quite obsessed with Kubrick's work aren't you?

Oct 15 - 10:06 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

Plus Armond White said its the best kids movie since Popeye! So you know its good.

Oct 15 - 06:21 PM

inactive user

Jared King

"Popeye"? I hope he dosen't mean with Robin Williams. Ah hell, I know he does. I swear, my computer froze at that comment.

Oct 15 - 06:56 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Think you might be a little pre-disposed to Eyes Wide Shut. A guy with the user name "King Kubrick" probably isn't the most impartial judge. I like most of Kubricks body of work, but have never been able to get thru Eyes Wide Shut in a single sitting without falling asleep. It just wasn't gripping film making for me and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman weren't at the top of their game. It was a little like watching an M. Night Shamaylan acting performances for me. They were like line reading automatons who occasionally got naked. Not saying it's an abysmal movie, just not for me and your opinion of it might be colored by a pre-disposition to it because it was Kubricks last work.

Oct 15 - 06:38 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

Perhaps I could be labelled as a little biased in favor of Kubrick's films. How you got that impression I have no idea. I would argue cruise gave a wonderful performance and Kidman's stilted acting was indicative of the dreamscape Cruise's character found himself in. Hence the title Eyes Wide Shut. Hence the other bizarre performances. Hence the ritualistic orgy. Hence the awesomeness of the film.
But you're opinion has its merits. The deliberate pacing ain't for everybody.

Stepfather looks like another studio remake intent on robbing a horror film of its personality in favor of commercially safe mediocrity. 15% I'm guessing.

Oct 15 - 06:48 PM

KISSman

Tommy D

I'm pretty surprised that Law Abiding Citizen is currently at 10%, but when I read the negative reviews, it seems that what they don't like about it are its violent and SAW-like qualities. Well, if that's what is so 'bad' about it, I'll be seeing it this weekend!

Oct 15 - 06:41 PM

bondfreak

Jay Rog

Where the Wild Things Are looks sensational and i cannot wait to go see it. Law Abiding Citizen just didnt appeal to me and The Stepfather is going to get the usual 10-20% range for these horror films that arent screened. I still have a craving to go find paranormal activity before it gets overhyped and such. Go find it!

Oct 15 - 06:41 PM

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