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.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Until an ending that flies ruinously off the rails, Paul Feig's bouncy comedy-thriller brings out the scrappy best in Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively and offers an unexpected take on the twists and turns of female friendship.
Director Paul Feig doesn't seem able to decide whether he's making a slightly outré crime comedy, a blithely twisted relationship thriller, a brightly lit horror melodrama, or maybe an arch meta-take on all three.
It's gratifying to see Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick both earning their keep in director Paul Feig's borderline-nutso crime comedy, one that won't be confused for a new Gone Girl. But even second-rate trashy turnarounds are worth savoring.
Feig, better known for straight-up comedy, draws out the movie's early acts deliciously, letting the actors play with their roles and creating a near-Hitchcockian tone of slinky ominousness, cut with the driest of wit.
If your tastes in crime fiction lean more toward whiskey-soaked detectives, A Simple Favor might be bubbly enough to give you a headache despite the darkness of its themes. But that's okay. More prosecco for the rest of us.
So it's something of a shock when the plot's inciting incident sends the movie into thriller-mechanics territory that's never as fun, and practically hobbles A Simple Favor from ever regaining its delightful first-act edge.
For all its ludicrous plot twists and a mystery that falls too conveniently into place, "A Simple Favor" is just fun. It's light and frothy. Secrets are revealed, great-looking people wear fabulous clothes, and it's all perfectly twisty and engrossing.