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Critics Consensus: Guess I, Frankenstein's Tomatometer

Plus, Gimme Shelter is earnest but clumsy, and Gloria is Certified Fresh.

by | January 23, 2014 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got only one new wide release: the dark fantasy adventure I, Frankenstein, starring Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy. What do the critics have to say?

I, Frankenstein

5%

Apparently, the folks behind I, Frankenstein were concerned that the critics would respond to the film like torch-wielding villagers, so they decided not to screen it prior to its release in theaters. Aaron Eckhart stars as Dr. Frankenstein’s creation, an immortal being that gets sucked into a brutal conflict between demons and gargoyles. Hey everybody, it’s time to play guess the Tomatometer! (And check out this week’s total recall, in which we compile a list of some of cinema’s most memorable Frankenstein movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Stranger by the Lake, a thriller about a man who falls for a mysterious stranger who may be involved in a murder, is at 100 percent.

  • Calvary, starring Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd in a drama about a country priest who struggles to continue his work after receiving a death threat during a confessional, is at 100 percent.

  • Gloria, a drama about a middle-aged divorcee experiencing the giddy heights of a new love affair, is Certified Fresh at 98 percent.

  • Run & Jump, starring Maxine Peake and Will Forte in a drama about a woman whose world is upended when her husband suffers from a debilitating stroke, is at 89 percent.

  • Enemies Closer, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Tom Everett Scott in an action thriller about a forest ranger who must stop a ruthless drug smuggling operation, is at 80 percent.

  • Old Goats, a comedy about a trio of senior citizens who refuse to let retirement slow them down, is at 63 percent.

  • Visitors, a non-narrative film featuring black-and-white footage of people and animals from around the world, is at 55 percent.

  • 24 Exposures, a thriller about a fetish photographer who’s being investigated in the murder of a model, is at 50 percent.

  • Gimme Shelter, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson in a drama about a teenage runaway who finds support at a homeless shelter, is at 13 percent.

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