Critical Consensus: Boring To Be "Wild," And There Is Indeed Another "Scary Movie"

This week's wide releases include a group of zoo creatures that reconnect with their roots ("The Wild") and another installment of the genre-spoofing "Scary Movie" series ("Scary Movie 4"). What do the critics say?

A fourth "Scary Movie" is hitting theaters; this time it's parodying "War of the Worlds," "Saw," and an obscure but terrifying slasher flick called "Brokeback Mountain." A lot of people like these movies -- heck, they have made four of them -- but those people aren't generally movie critics; the scribes are calling this latest installment a hit-or-miss affair. But, if you're in the market for this kind of thing, you should know that "Scary Movie 4," at 44 percent on the Tomatometer, currently stands as the second-best reviewed film in the series, behind the original (52 percent).

Four animals bust out of the zoo in search of their natural habitats, only to fall into the clutches of a buffoonish-but-dangerous animal cult leader. If the plot description for "The Wild" sounds a tad familiar, that's because it's essentially the same as last summer's not-so-red-hot "Madagascar" (55 percent on the Tomatometer). It's amazing that, given the seemingly limitless potential of CGI, the scribes are already accusing new animated films of being derivative. The critics also say "The Wild" is noisy and busy without being particularly funny or engaging. At 17 percent on the Tomatometer, "The Wild" is the second-worst reviewed CGI film to date, only outranking "Doogal," which is at five percent.

On to America's favorite game: Banana Kid correctly guessed "The Benchwarmers" would end up with a 12 percent on the Tomatometer. Unfortunately, no one came particularly close to "Phat Girlz'" not-great-but-not-terrible Tomatometer of 31 percent.

Scary Movies:
52% -- Scary Movie (2000)
11% -- Scary Movie 2 (2001)
39% -- Scary Movie 3 (2003)

Recent CGI Films:
60% -- Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
5% -- Doogal (2006)
46% -- Hoodwinked (2006)
37% -- Chicken Little (2005)
27% -- Valiant (2005)



Zach Heltzel

[b]My opinion on both films[/b]
Scary Movie 4 was surprisingly good compared to last iterations, I enjoyed it. The Wild on the other hand was terrible, by terrible I mean "worse than Doogal" terrible.

Guess the Tomatometer:
Scary Movie 4: 52%
The Wild: 22%

Apr 13 - 04:27 PM


Michael Zimmerman

"Scary Movie 4" got a 42%? Damn, it's higher than "SM3". Maybe Dave Zucker got his shit together since the last iteration. I'm gonna see it just to watch Debra Wilson as Oprah.

Apr 13 - 05:49 PM


Victoria Leduc

"The Wild" should have been called "Madagascar with Better Animation". Yet, "Madagascar" totally sucked because of its terrible animation and no-plot. I haven't seen "The Wild" and I don't think I will.

Apr 14 - 06:16 PM


Ken Schrock

I'm just happy that Thank You For Smoking is expanding, I'm going to go see it tonight.

Apr 15 - 01:24 PM


First Last

thank you for smoking rocks, one of the best comedies in years

Apr 15 - 06:46 PM

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