The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and
television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality
for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews
that are positive for a given film or television show.
From the Critics
From RT Users Like You!
The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
The Tomatometer is 75% or higher, with 40 reviews (movies) or 20 reviews (TV). At least 5 reviews from Top Critics.
Percentage of users who rate a movie or TV show positively.
I was really curious about this. Considering it's William H. Macy's directorial debut and features Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin singing and playing guitar. In terms of the directing part, it's nothing revolutionary, but he did a nice job. As for the singing, they both have nice voices. Actually, the original music for this movie was one of my favorite parts. It's really good. The story is really interesting and heartfelt. Then it gets to this twist. It's unnecessary and doesn't quite fit in, not only with the beginning of this movie, but also in terms of other movies that have tried to tackle the same issue, and did it better. I hope that didn't give it away, but those are my thoughts on that. But I would say it's worth at least one watch.
When I saw the trailer for this, I was skeptical. It looked like basically two old white French dudes talking for an hour and a half. And it totally was. But. I was actually quite engaged the entire time. The back and forth dialogue is quickly paced, and even though we know how it ends, I was watching intently. The two old white men are actually Andre Dussollier and Niels Arestrup, the original cast of the play this movie was taken from. They fell back into their roles easily and were really interesting to watch. This may not be the most thrilling movie ever, but it's a fascinating, well-acted and written, piece of history that I personally didn't know about.
I have learned a valuable lesson about reading the book first. Fun fact. I'm super scared of spiders. There is a good 10 minutes of LOTR that I have not seen because of the giant spider thing. So, I'm just sitting watching this movie and then the griever thing pops up, and it looks like a giant mechanical spider thing. Needless to say, it scared the shit out of me. The reason I wasn't too concerned about reading the book first was because of the whole "teen dystopian trilogy" thing. And I enjoyed this for the most part. At the beginning, I was waiting for something to happen, it just felt like we were doing a modern Lord of the Flies thing, but once he ran into the maze for the first time, it started to get interesting. What also helped this was it's strong cast. I've never seen Dylan O'Brien act (not a Teen Wolf person), and I liked his performance. And I haven't seen Will Poulter (Galley) act since Chronicles of Narnia, so that was fun (and he seriously bulked up too!) Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt) is never a bad choice, and I don't know where Aml Ameen (Alby) or Ki Hong Lee (Minho) have been hiding, but I really liked them as well. Something else that was a pleasant surprise was that nothing was sugar coated for a younger audience, there was death and destruction, and they just went for it. The last five minutes is a lot to absorb for someone who hasn't read the book. Overall, this wasn't radical or genre defining, but it has piqued my interest enough that I wouldn't mind picking up the books or seeing the sequel.
You all know I hold a place in my heart for animated kids movies. Good ones anyway. I've been told to watch this multiple times, so I was excited to see it. Not going to lie, the first half hour I didn't get what all the hype was about. It was definitely cute, don't get me wrong, but I didn't get what made it so great. But, as it went on, it got better and better. At the end, I got it. The voice cast is great. You wouldn't think Alec Baldwin as Santa with a Russian accent and Hugh Jackman as an Australian Easter Bunny would work, but it actually did. Having Chris Pine and Isla Fisher around as well is never a bad decision. I still don't think it was quite as amazing as I was led to believe, but I thought it was an absolutely adorable movie, that kids will love and parents won't mind sitting through.
I watched the other ones, might as well finish out the series you know? And the thing is, this actually wasn't bad. I could go as far to say that this is the best one in the series. Which isn't saying a whole ton because I still perpetually rolled my eyes through a fourth of it. But that random climactic fight scene that was super exciting but then they justified it? Brilliant choice. Also loved the end where they credited everyone in the series. But yeah. This is nothing revolutionary. But, it also wasn't horrendous. Which is saying something.