Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "SOAP," "Material Girls" Not Screened; "Accepted" Denied; "Sunshine" Shines

by | August 17, 2006 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got snakes…. on a plane ("Snakes on a Plane," starring Samuel L. Jackson), slackers on a campus ("Accepted," starring Justin Long), and Duffs on the screen ("Material Girls," starring Hilary and Haylie Duff). What do the critics have to say?

"Snakes on a Plane," the movie with the greatest title since "Dude, Where’s My Car?", has captured the imagination of the blogosphere. However, it will have to wait to capture the imagination of the critics, since it wasn’t screened in advance. The plot involves an FBI agent (Samuel L. Jackson) who, golly, would really like to expel those ophidians from the aircraft upon which he’s traveling. Since "SOAP" (as the fanboys and girls call it) has no reviews, we’re going to play our favorite game: Guess the @#&$*$ Tomatometer.

Contrary to the wishes of Samuel L. Jackson, these guys are putting the snakes on the @#&$*$ plane.

There’s something inherently appealing about a bunch of party-hearty students and their battles with the uptight squares; that’s why movie people keep trying to recapture the magic of "Animal House" and "Rock ‘n’ Roll High School." "Accepted" tells the story of a high school graduate (Justin Long) who’s having no luck getting into college, so he decides to start his own fake institute of higher learning. To his surprise, a bunch of like-minded outcasts join him. Critics say the movie has its share of laughs, but it never totally gels, and turns a little too sweet at the end. At 31 percent on the Tomatometer, "Accepted" has been waitlisted.

"Accepted": In culinary class, these guys are preparing an official South Harmon Institute of Technology sandwich.

Critics can beg, and critics can plead, but they can’t see "Material Girls" (that’s right!), ’cause the audience members with the cold hard cash are always Mr. (and Ms.) Right. Or, perhaps the people behind the latest Duff sisters vehicle feel the film is in the same artistic league as Madge‘s "Body of Evidence." Guess this Tomatometer while you’re at it.

The Duff sisters flee in anguish after their unsuccessful auditions for "Hulk 2"

"Little Miss Sunshine" was a big hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and now that it’s hitting the theaters, the scribes are just as enthusiastic as the folks in Park City. This tale of a dysfunctional family hitting the road for a child pageant is Certified Fresh, and features sharp performances from its ensemble cast, particularly Greg Kinnear and Steve Carell. At 94 percent, this one’s a ray of "Sunshine." (Check out RT’s interview with co-directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton here.)

Also in theaters in limited release this week: "Factotum," the Sundance-approved Bukowski adaptation starring Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor, is at 75 percent; "The Illusionist," a tale of intrigue in turn of the century Vienna starring Ed Norton, Jessica Biel, and Paul Giamatti, is at 67 percent; Dutch import "Moonlight," a tale of risky teenage love, is at 60 percent; "Trust the Man," a rom-com starring David Duchovny and Julianne Moore, is at 39 percent; and "10th & Wolf," a story of mob family ties starring James Marsden and Giovanni Ribisi, is at zero percent.

Finally, props to XeternityX, who came closest to predicting "Pulse"’s 12 percent Tomatometer. Nobody got particularly close to "Zoom," still flying high at zero percent. Be forwarned when guessing the Tomatometers for this week’s unscreened releases: the average T-meter for movies not screened for critics is 11.75 percent.

Recent Samuel L. Jackson Movies:
25% — Freedomland (2005)
13% — The Man (2005)
82% — Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
18% — XXX: State of the Union (2005)
23% — In My Country (2005)

Recent Hilary Duff Movies:
7% — Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)
6% — The Perfect Man (2005)
15% — Raise Your Voice (2004)
11% — A Cinderella Story (2004)
24% — Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

Tag Cloud

rt labs critics edition canceled TV shows television dark Sony Apple TV+ young adult emmy awards 2021 wonder woman saw See It Skip It directors toronto olympics 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Funimation what to watch dragons Country Paramount PaleyFest blockbusters japan 45 SundanceTV LGBTQ Pop Oscars 71st Emmy Awards dceu Podcast IFC Films The Purge DC Universe stop motion remakes Pop TV Shondaland Dark Horse Comics Polls and Games boxoffice Fox News crime cops YouTube Premium Western dogs quibi foreign Captain marvel President Academy Awards blockbuster Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt king kong Comedy Sundance Pride Month dexter Election Turner Film Festival mockumentary romance technology Emmy Nominations Oscar streaming Reality Competition Writers Guild of America Geeked Week cancelled TV shows Fox Searchlight slashers Netflix Christmas movies fast and furious Comic Book Disney slasher natural history war disaster adaptation golden globes Walt Disney Pictures Ghostbusters ABC Signature ghosts scorecard Creative Arts Emmys superman Lucasfilm police drama genre DC streaming service finale Thanksgiving cooking Comedy Central Fantasy APB psychological thriller South by Southwest Film Festival 90s Black History Month CBS Spectrum Originals crime drama OneApp MSNBC sequel 73rd Emmy Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association diversity jamie lee curtis BBC One 007 Binge Guide Anna Paquin venice james bond sag awards animated transformers telelvision target scene in color DGA tv talk mcc docudrama 79th Golden Globes Awards razzies ID Interview zero dark thirty nbcuniversal casting FOX HBO Infographic cults Native indie films harry potter versus Brie Larson teaser worst movies pirates of the caribbean Watching Series Universal Pictures Alien Winter TV period drama Mystery Showtime Travel Channel name the review kids DC Comics dramedy Cannes comedies trophy 93rd Oscars SXSW 2022 BET international Rock Reality Chernobyl stand-up comedy Awards all-time chucky dreamworks Tarantino cancelled TV series Toys boxing streamig Freeform Mindy Kaling New York Comic Con werewolf USA Network football book adaptation Tags: Comedy Marvel action-comedy politics Christmas 2019 aliens Martial Arts mutant Disney+ Disney Plus Character Guide target The Witch documentary TV movies comic book movies Prime Video VOD Vudu spanish language blaxploitation comics anthology french mob sopranos Marvel Studios lord of the rings Year in Review Apple cats best series aapi Elton John halloween tv Hallmark Christmas movies theme song Star Wars Crunchyroll Apple TV Plus Nominations HBO Go Emmys The Arrangement worst Adult Swim BBC vampires black Black Mirror sports satire Best Actor Hallmark Teen ABC 2015 72 Emmy Awards YouTube Red Paramount Plus Turner Classic Movies Acorn TV Britbox japanese latino CW Seed TIFF thriller superhero new star wars movies Exclusive Video cartoon science fiction The Walking Dead Certified Fresh dc anime Sundance TV First Look Mary poppins AMC Plus PlayStation BAFTA doctor who Fargo First Reviews true crime crossover NBC golden globe awards 2016 Disney Channel scene in color TV Land hidden camera BET Awards historical drama Endgame Sundance Now Television Critics Association live action spanish high school comic books Syfy Rocky archives Cartoon Network Best Actress A&E RT21 4/20 Avengers monster movies MGM American Society of Cinematographers talk show cancelled child's play australia critics comic batman SDCC 94th Oscars posters Extras X-Men award winner Pet Sematary Schedule elevated horror HBO Max CBS All Access Video Games independent legend OWN miniseries festival travel IFC 2017 21st Century Fox Marathons Broadway Esquire screenings hist San Diego Comic-Con Starz cancelled television SXSW Warner Bros. Disney Plus Tumblr Logo hispanic heritage month CMT mission: impossible new zealand Action FXX Crackle cinemax Instagram Live TCM Drama 2018 reviews GoT Universal Sony Pictures A24 summer TV preview Opinion PBS Quiz 1990s interviews asian-american Mary Poppins Returns NYCC christmas movies joker scene in color film series Star Wars Celebration The CW Arrowverse Television Academy Musicals Legendary DirecTV Best Director laika Chilling Adventures of Sabrina revenge CNN video on demand MTV Columbia Pictures Lionsgate Amazon Prime zombie political drama parents Summer comiccon nfl Spike franchise unscripted Food Network GLAAD ViacomCBS Trophy Talk social media National Geographic Awards Tour Comic-Con@Home 2021 fresh universal monsters Shudder TCA children's TV kaiju MCU Nickelodeon ratings royal family Winners Amazon Studios ITV justice league popular VH1 romantic comedy ESPN jurassic park Wes Anderson women Netflix YouTube Pixar HFPA crime thriller E3 Horror die hard game of thrones Bravo VICE black comedy Neflix adenture italian gangster Sci-Fi spain Lifetime strong female leads GIFs medical drama feel good Super Bowl news Baby Yoda Disney streaming service Image Comics summer preview TBS binge canceled Mary Tyler Moore Cosplay Heroines TCA 2017 heist movie green book USA basketball Grammys Kids & Family TruTV discovery supernatural rt archives Trivia Box Office Amazon Prime Video Comics on TV Holiday twilight facebook IMDb TV marvel cinematic universe Paramount Pictures king arthur Rocketman art house Ovation Nat Geo Premiere Dates concert The Academy TV richard e. Grant live event Tokyo Olympics 24 frames TCA Awards FX ABC Family critic resources Rom-Com Peacock obituary rotten movies we love Masterpiece Fall TV Paramount Network Song of Ice and Fire Valentine's Day Marvel Television Classic Film kong spy thriller LGBT Family breaking bad Superheroe halloween marvel comics movie TV One TV renewals TLC singing competition new york movies south america biography suspense Set visit spinoff scary movies Sneak Peek prank witnail Red Carpet Amazon classics broadcast Star Trek Hulu 99% stoner game show Musical Trailer hispanic E! psycho docuseries Tomatazos Film deadpool adventure indiana jones festivals Spring TV space Mudbound Biopics Calendar rotten Ellie Kemper Hear Us Out streaming movies RT History rt labs zombies toy story renewed TV shows BBC America Pacific Islander comic book movie sitcom YA reboot Best and Worst robots Tubi Countdown WGN Epix free movies Superheroes summer TV nature sequels scary Discovery Channel hollywood Lifetime Christmas movies rom-coms Women's History Month obi wan serial killer 2020 Photos based on movie debate trailers book leaderboard vs. screen actors guild El Rey NBA Indigenous The Walt Disney Company Best Picture Music spider-man Pirates Holidays Stephen King criterion AMC scene in color series TCA Winter 2020 FX on Hulu composers a nightmare on elm street know your critic TNT Focus Features documentaries WarnerMedia godzilla cars video biopic spider-verse Animation History 20th Century Fox