Critics Consensus: Red 2 is Mindlessly Silly and The Conjuring is Certified Fresh

Plus, Turbo is safe but solid, and guess R.I.P.D.'s Tomatometer.

This week at the movies, we've got old school operatives (Red 2, starring Bruce Willis and John Malkovich), a haunted house (The Conjuring, starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), a speedy snail (Turbo, with voice work by Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti), and afterlife cops (R.I.P.D., starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds). What do the critics have to say?

Red 2

42%

2010's Red was a Certified Fresh action comedy featuring some distinguished veteran actors, and while many of them have returned for Red 2, critics say this sequel doesn't have a whole lot else going for it. Bruce Willis reprises his role as former CIA agent Frank Moses, who's enjoying civilian life with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) when he's alerted to yet another plot to have him offed; in order to clear his name, he'll have to track down a nuclear weapon and avoid being taken out by an old friend. The pundits say Red 2 benefits again from its talented cast, who seem to be having fun, but its empty, rote action scenes are missing the first film's sense of gleeful mayhem.

The Conjuring

86%

Horror films have only rarely earned critical acclaim, and with The Conjuring, genre veteran James Wan seems to have learned from his past mistakes; critics say it's one of the best chillers to hit the big screen in recent years. Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) are paranormal detectives who are summoned by the Perron family to investigate mysterious goings on in their new home; as the Warrens dig deeper, they come face to face with a terrifying presence intent on pure destruction. The pundits say the Certified Fresh The Conjuring is an unnerving, smartly crafted film that's supremely effective at ratcheting up the tension and delivering plenty of scares. (Watch interviews with the cast and crew of the film.)

Turbo

67%

The kid-friendly counterprogramming comes this week in the form of Turbo, a DreamWorks Animation project with an impressive voice cast and a fun concept; critics say it's not bad, but it certainly had the potential to be better. Theo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) is a garden snail who calls himself Turbo and wants nothing more than to be a world class racer; the problem is, of course, that he's a garden snail. When a freak accident imbues Theo with super speed, he sees an opportunity to fulfill his dream and attempts to enter the Indy 500. The pundits say Turbo could have made better use of its wacky premise, but it features some snappy voice acting (Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Pena, and Bill Hader co-star) and the visuals are often thrilling.

R.I.P.D.

13%

As much as we'd love to tell you that R.I.P.D. is a rip-roaring mashup of True Grit and Men in Black, it wasn't widely screened for reviews prior to its release. What we can tell you is that it stars Ryan Reynolds (pulling double-duty this week with Turbo) and Jeff Bridges as a pair of afterlife lawmen who roam among the living to hunt down monstrous supernatural criminals disguised as regular people. You know the drill: it's time to guess the Tomatometer! (Check out our list of co-star Kevin Bacon's best reviewed movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Comments

Typhon

Typhon Q

I'm rather surprised that Turbo is fresh.

I'm guessing 43% for RIPD.

Jul 18 - 05:36 PM

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Joseph Smith

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Jul 20 - 05:04 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

ONLY GOD FORGIVES!

Meh on the rest. "Conjuring" has to prove itself, and I'll likely see it, but the commercials look as ho-hum as James Wan's other films.

Jul 18 - 05:41 PM

Chris C.

Chris C

What does it have to prove? It's at 84%. Highest rated horror movie in quite some time. That plus it has insanely good buzz. Wouldn't really surprise me if it ended up number one this weekend. I suppose DM2 could still take the top spot but Turbo is bound to take som of the business. And I'll say 45% for RIPD. I've thought it looked like goofy fun from trailer one so hopefully that is the case. Not screening a movie with the budget RIPD has is certainly baffling.

Jul 18 - 07:04 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

It has to prove much. You can't believe the meter. The best we can hope for is that it doesn't suck, but I'll hold on going to see this one and being hookwinked by reviews from sissies who aren't qualified enough to tell me if a horror movie is good or not.

Jul 18 - 09:56 PM

Ivo Tronico

Ivo Tronico

If you dont believe the meter why r u posting here and not in a more factible page? And proving that an 85% of "sissies" (aka certified critics) think is a really good horror movie doesnt mean anything then what supose to mean something? Only your opinion? Please watch it and let me know your "meter", I'll be waiting for it ^^

Jul 21 - 11:57 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Factible" isn't a real word. That's a fact.

Jul 21 - 09:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Since James Wan's previous films (Saw, Death Sentence, Insidious) were not very good, because the writers have previously turned in such crap as "House of Wax", "The Reaping" and "Whiteout", and because the trailers don't look particularly scary, it needs to prove to me that when the critics call it a "throwback" they mean something different than "cliched".

Jul 19 - 08:58 AM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

As a programmer, "Computer Chess" looks like the most interesting release this weak. Though I'll also probably end up watching "The Conjuring" and catching "The Act of Killing" when it inevitably comes to Netflix. I like Refn, but it seems "Only God Forgives" is a misfire.

Jul 18 - 05:48 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Oh and 37% for RIPD

Jul 18 - 05:56 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Oh and 37% for RIPD

Jul 18 - 05:56 PM

StonedMagician99

Andy Spencer

41% for RIPD.

Jul 18 - 06:14 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Jeff Bridges is just to fun to Watch. IF RIPD gets a 0% I'd still pay to see it...unless the 0% is something like "Jeff Bridges is only in the damn thing for 5 minutes"

Red was a silly fun movie but I lost interest pretty quick after the 2nd act. I'm not even sure I remember how it needed. Did it end on a cliff hangar?

All these haunted house stories are the same, the fact that this is FRESH with all the FRESH reviews saying "It's the same old ghost story" is awkward to me...

Jul 18 - 06:20 PM

Jo M.

Jo Maps

"Did it end on a cliff hangar? " that's funny...if that's on purpose

Jul 19 - 08:50 AM

Overfed Jed

Overfed Jed

I ah didn't like the original Red so ah there it is.

Jul 18 - 06:25 PM

vinsig0011

vincent Signorile

Can't wait to see Conjuring this weekend all the others look like rentals to me and 19 % for R.I.P.D.

Jul 18 - 06:43 PM

Teddy K.

Ryan Gavetti

I figured as much for Turbo, and "The Conjuring" is shaping up to be a good Halloween rental this year. Couldn't care less about Red 2. As for R.I.P.D., I could say the same for that film as well. I have no interest in it, but it may not be without its charms. Let's say a 55% for it, eh?

Jul 18 - 06:57 PM

Chris C.

Chris C

What does it have to prove? It's at 84%. Highest rated horror movie in quite some time. That plus it has insanely good buzz. Wouldn't really surprise me if it ended up number one this weekend. I suppose DM2 could still take the top spot but Turbo is bound to take som of the business. And I'll say 45% for RIPD. I've thought it looked like goofy fun from trailer one so hopefully that is the case. Not screening a movie with the budget RIPD has is certainly baffling.

Jul 18 - 07:04 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

It has to prove much. You can't believe the meter. The best we can hope for is that it doesn't suck, but I'll hold on going to see this one and being hookwinked by reviews from sissies who aren't qualified enough to tell me if a horror movie is good or not.

Jul 18 - 09:56 PM

Ivo Tronico

Ivo Tronico

If you dont believe the meter why r u posting here and not in a more factible page? And proving that an 85% of "sissies" (aka certified critics) think is a really good horror movie doesnt mean anything then what supose to mean something? Only your opinion? Please watch it and let me know your "meter", I'll be waiting for it ^^

Jul 21 - 11:57 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Factible" isn't a real word. That's a fact.

Jul 21 - 09:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Since James Wan's previous films (Saw, Death Sentence, Insidious) were not very good, because the writers have previously turned in such crap as "House of Wax", "The Reaping" and "Whiteout", and because the trailers don't look particularly scary, it needs to prove to me that when the critics call it a "throwback" they mean something different than "cliched".

Jul 19 - 08:58 AM

Missy Ellsworth

Missy Ellsworth

Sweet been waiting for the Conjuring. And when I saw how greatly reviewed it was I was shocked and now even more excited!

Jul 18 - 07:29 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

If something seems to good to be true....

Jul 18 - 09:41 PM

Cal Doritosaurus

Cal Doritosaurus

Why are you being so negative on The Conjuring? Why try and rain on someone's parade, just because you have no interest?

Jul 19 - 03:19 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

You must be new here. That's what Val does.

Jul 19 - 12:52 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I'm not trying to rain on parades. I'd just be cautious about it, all I'm saying.

Jul 19 - 05:24 PM

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers

R.I.P.D. - 34%

Jul 18 - 07:44 PM

Onion Rovirosa

Onion Rovirosa

i will just rewatch Pacific Rim and maybe the Conjuring

Jul 18 - 07:52 PM

Tom Carter

Tom Carter

I'm actually surprised that Conjuring is as well-received as it is. Honestly, I've noticed something from a lot of scary movies nowadays: they all like to rely on jump scares or trying more to be disgusting rather than scary. I more prefer horror movies that can get under your skin, that are more psychological, as jump scares don't last. A commercial where the main scare is a ghost clapping right next to someone doesn't register as scary to me. I'll say this: so far one recent horror film really has genuinely scared me, and that was Lars Von Trier's Antichrist. That film didn't rely on jump scares and all the cheap stuff in order to get under your skin. It relied more on how its leads were going down the rabbit hole and what they were becoming that really was scary (along with some insanely disturbing stuff in it). To me, a horror film would have to do a lot to top that, and I don't know if The Conjuring is the one...

Jul 18 - 08:37 PM

Erick Lorinc

Erick Lorinc

The Conjuring hasn't been showing it's scariest parts in the commercials. The whole last 3rd was a pretty nice surprise and was legitimately scary

Jul 19 - 04:33 AM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

so glad 'Turbo' did fine, I was very worried
and I'm very happy that 'The Conjuring' kept standing tall even with some rating changes each week before it came out

I'm seeing both this weekend! so glad to go back to the theater
SKIPPING EVERYTHING ELSE!!!

Jul 18 - 09:08 PM

Cole Ruster

Cole Ruster

Just saw the Conjuring, it was excellent.

Jul 18 - 09:22 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

No interest in "Red 2"; I thought the first film was fun until it ran out of steam in the third act, don't feel the need to see the sequel.

Nice to see a well-reviewed horror film in "The Conjuring", but I'm not really a horror fan so I'll pass on it.

"Turbo" looks like one of the most "EH" films of the year for me; none of the trailers grabbed my interest, it just looks generic. Nevertheless, it doesn't look terrible, so the 66% isn't too surprising to me.

"R.I.P.D."... I'm guessing somewhere around 15% for that one; the concept just sounds too bizarre, along the lines of "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" earlier this year. I'm kinda sad, though: Ryan Reynolds in what might be another box office flop, while Adam "HAHAHALOOKATMEIMANIDIOT!" Sandler makes boatloads. Note to Mr. Reynolds: FIRE YOUR AGENT.

The only thing I'll be seeing this weekend is "Pacific Rim" for the first time (I've been waiting to go see it with my Mom).

Jul 18 - 09:23 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Red ran out of steam after 30 minutes for me.

Jul 18 - 09:42 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Pacific Rim" is the best film of the summer.

Jul 19 - 09:00 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Sadly yes, and I'm not saying so because it's bad. Just because it could have been better. Not a great summer for movies.

Jul 19 - 05:25 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Nothing sad about it. The Rim rocked. Better than any 3D film of the last 4 years.

Jul 20 - 09:32 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I'm saying it's sad because nothing else was exceptionally noteworthy. Also, Rim had a rather cheesy conclusion.

Jul 20 - 10:11 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

That ending made "Avengers" look like a comic book in comparison. Literally. Paper and Ink.

Jul 21 - 09:02 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

Rim was pretty great, but hugely predictable.

Jul 21 - 07:24 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yeah, the good guys won. And?

Jul 21 - 09:01 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

If something seems to good to be true....

Jul 18 - 09:41 PM

Cal Doritosaurus

Cal Doritosaurus

Why are you being so negative on The Conjuring? Why try and rain on someone's parade, just because you have no interest?

Jul 19 - 03:19 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

You must be new here. That's what Val does.

Jul 19 - 12:52 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I'm not trying to rain on parades. I'd just be cautious about it, all I'm saying.

Jul 19 - 05:24 PM

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