Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Daybreakers Has Bite

Plus, scratch Leap Year from you calendar, and Youth in Revolt is a clever lark.

by | January 7, 2010 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a vampire virus (Daybreakers, starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe); a romantic road trip (Leap Year, starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode); and a teenage wasteland (Youth in Revolt, starring Michael Cera and Portia Doubleday). What do the critics have to say?



Given the recent glut of vampire flicks, Daybreakers needs a little something extra to stand out — a healthy dose of dystopia, maybe? Well, critics say the result is a skillful B-movie that should please both horror and action fans. Ethan Hawke stars as a scientist who’s desperately working on a substitute for blood — which is essential, since the world’s human population is dying off and being replaced by O positive-thirsty vampires. He soon joins a group of humans who are forming an underground resistance to the bloodsucking majority. The pundits say Daybreakers is smart, atmospheric, and energetic, and if it doesn’t fully live up to its strong premise, it’s still a better-than-average horror/action picture.


Leap Year

Amy Adams is darned likable. However, critics say her winsome screen presence can only go so far in redeeming the predictable, laugh-deficient romantic comedy Leap Year. Adams stars as Anna, who decides to travel to Dublin to pop the question to her dithering long-term boyfriend. However, after travel problems, she’s forced to make the trek with good-looking but combative Declan (Matthew Goode). Will these crazy kids find love along the way? The pundits say Leap Year wastes the charm of its leads on a bland, unfunny, utterly generic story. Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Adams’ best-reviewed films.)


Youth in Revolt

Nobody plays a sensitive nebbish quite like Michael Cera. But can he play cool? Smooth? The critics say Youth in Revolt benefits greatly from a strong dual performance from Cera, and the result is a funny, charming comic lark. Cera stars as Nick Twisp, a precocious teenager who becomes enamored with dreamgirl Sheeni (Portia Doubleday). However, she’s more into bad boys, so Twisp concocts a roguish, devil-may-care alter ego, Francois Dillinger, in order to win her. The pundits say Cera shows interesting range, and Doubleday has the potential to be a big star, even if Youth in Revolt occasionally lapses into predictability.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Sweetgrass, a picturesque documentary about modern-day cowboys in Montana, is at 92 percent.

  • Bitch Slap, an exploitation film homage/parody about three bad girls who’ve run afoul of a criminal syndicate, is at 40 percent.

  • Wonderful World, starring Matthew Broderick in a dramedy about a washed-up children’s entertainer who learns to lighten up, is at 30 percent.

Tag Cloud

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