Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: Yuma is Certified Fresh; Shoot 'Em Up Shoots And Scores

When it comes to laughs, Brothers Solomon is infertile

by | September 6, 2007 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got shootouts (3:10 to Yuma, Starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale); shoot-em-ups (Shoot ‘Em Up, starring Clive Owen); and last shots (The Brothers Solomon, starring Will Forte and Will Arnett). What do the critics have to say?

Ah, the Western… Every time the genre is pronounced dead, it seems as though a movie like 3:10 to Yuma comes along to revive it. Christian Bale stars as a financially-strapped rancher who joins a group to escort a train robber (Russell Crowe) to federal court; mind games and quick-draw action ensue. Critics say the film is one of the best Westerns in years, featuring outstanding performances from Crowe, Bale, and Ben Foster, and simultaneously utilizing old-fashioned storytelling while deepening the psychological complexity. And while it might fall a little short of the original (93 percent), at 81 percent, Yuma is Certified Fresh all the same. (Check out our interview with Yuma director James Mangold and star Peter Fonda here.)


“Sorry kid. I don’t think there’s gonna be a Robin in the next one.”

There appear two be two critical schools of thought on Shoot ‘Em Up. The first: It’s one of the most preposterous, over-the-top action movies ever. The second: What’s wrong with that? Clive Owen stars as a lone gunman who joins forces with Monica Bellucci to protect a baby from a vicious criminal (Paul Giamatti). Critics say Shoot is patently ridiculous, but features outrageously visceral action sequences and an undercurrent of dark humor. At 69 percent on the Tomatometer, Shoot may be worth a shot.


The argument over which stunk more between Lady in the Water and Derailed is about to be settled.


There’s a raunchy new comedy about romantically challenged young men learning a thing or two about responsibility with the impending birth of a child. No, not Knocked Up — we’re talking about The Brothers Solomon. Will Forte and Will Arnett star as a pair of socially awkward siblings who attempt to fulfill their dying father’s wish for a grandchild — a plan that goes hopelessly awry. Unfortunately, critics say Solomon is stupid rather than funny, featuring talented people in situations that fall flat. At zero percent on the Tomatometer, Solomon is ill-concieved.


Not even Science Now thought favorably of The Brothers Solomon.


Also opening this week in limited release: In the Shadow of the Moon, a documentary about the astronauts who set foot on the earth’s satellite, is at 100 percent on the Tomatometer; Salvador Allende, a doc about the controversial Chilean president is at 90 percent; Hatchet, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to slasher films, is at 80 percent; I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, directed by and starring Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Jeff Garlin as a man looking for love, is at 71 percent; The Hunting Party, a dramedy set during the Bosnian conflict starring Richard Gere and Terrence Howard, is at 45 percent; Fierce People, a drama about class conflict starring Diane Lane and Anton Yelchin, is at 40 percent; and Romance and Cigarettes, John Turturro‘s blue-collar musical starring Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, and Susan Sarandon, is at 33 percent.


Aren’t we all looking for someone to eat cheese with?

Finally, props to Bruce Campbell (is it really you?) for coming closest to guessing Halloween‘s 21 percent Tomatometer. Loved Army of Darkness.

Recent Russell Crowe Movies:
—————————————
26% — A Good Year (2006)
80% — Cinderella Man (2005)
84% — Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
76% — A Beautiful Mind (2001)
40% — Proof of Life (2000)

Recent Clive Owen Movies:
———————————-
91% — Children of Men (2006)
87% — Inside Man (2006)
20% — Derailed (2005)
78% — Sin City (2005)
69% — Closer (2004)

Tag Cloud

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