Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: 9 Looks Great, But The Plot's Weak

Plus, Sorority Row is so-so, Whiteout is snowed in, and guess the Bad Tomatometer.

by | September 10, 2009 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got post-apocalyptic conflict (9, with voice work by Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly ); Antarctic intrigue (Whiteout, starring Kate Beckinsale and Gabriel Macht ); campus killings (Sorority Row, starring Briana Evigan and Rumer Willis ), and an unconventional family (I Can Do Bad All By Myself, starring Taraji P. Henson and Tyler Perry). What do the critics have to say?



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1205483[/tomatometer]

9

Visual splendor does not necessarily a movie make. The critics say 9 looks unlike anything you’ve seen before, but the story’s mired in cliché. The film follows 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood), who’s an anthropomorphic hodgepodge of mechanics and cloth. Occupying a vast apocalyptic wasteland ruled by machines, 9 and his numerically-monikered compatriots team up to save the world from robot-kind. The pundits say Shane Acker is a brilliant cinematic stylist, and his CGI creation is dazzling and detailed. Unfortunately, others say 9‘s story doesn’t match the power of its images; it’s relatively generic stuff, and the characters aren’t very well-developed.



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1191365[/tomatometer]

Whiteout

Whiteout has an intriguing premise: it’s a murder mystery set in the desolate, unforgiving climes of Antarctica. Unfortunately, the intrigue stops there; critics say Whiteout is nearly barren of thrills. Kate Beckinsale stars as a federal agent who must investigate a murder at the South Pole, and discovers there are even more sinister goings-on buried deep in the snow. The pundits say Whiteout is bogged down by red herrings and other whodunit conventions. Worse, there’s little energy to the performances or the filmmaking. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down some of the best movies set in Antarctica.)



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1203795[/tomatometer]

Sorority Row

Sorority Row advertises itself as a cross between Mean Girls and Scream — which, going by the critics who’ve seen it (it was barely screened) is a bit of an exaggeration. That being said, some say this slasher flick is a little funnier and scarier than it looks. This quasi-remake of The House on Sorority Row finds a group of sorority girls who unintentionally kill a fellow sister – and find that the past comes back to haunt them. The pundits say Sorority Row is pretty generic, but it’s executed with a little more flair than average.



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1210415[/tomatometer]

I Can Do Bad All By Myself

We’ll need some time to determine if Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself lives up to its title, since the movie wasn’t screened for critics prior to release. Noted scene-stealer Taraji P. Henson stars as a hard-living nightclub singer who finds herself caring for her troubled nieces and nephews – and perhaps learning something in the process. Kids, guess that Tomatometer!


Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Crude, a documentary about the “Amazon Chernobyl,” a cause célèbre among environmentalists, is at 89 percent.

  • No Impact Man, a doc about the trials of a family that attempts to eliminate its impact on the environment, is at 85 percent.

  • Walt and El Grupo, a doc about Walt Disney‘s fruitful 1941 tour of South America, is at 80 percent.

  • The Other Man, starring Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas in the tale of a man who sets out to find the man his wife had an affair with, is at 23 percent.

  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, starring Michael Douglas and Amber Tamblyn in a thriller about a prosecutor who’s under investigation for evidence tampering, is at zero percent.

  • Finally, props to Splitter for coming the cloeset to Guessing Gamer‘s 22 percent Tomatometer.

Tag Cloud

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