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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


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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