Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Merry Christmas! Django Unchained is Certified Fresh

Plus, Les Misérables is elevated by a terrific cast.

by | December 24, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a quest for vengeance (Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio), a prisoner-turned-businessman (Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway), and an old-school grandfather (Parental Guidance, starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler). What do the critics have to say?

Django Unchained

86%

Quentin Tarantino is one of contemporary cinema’s boldest provocateurs, and Django Unchained may feature his most incendiary premise yet: it’s a Spaghetti western set in the antebellum South. Thankfully, critics say the director has delivered another winner, one that’s by turns thrilling, bloody, and deeply moving. Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a runaway slave who teams up with a bounty hunter in an effort to rescue his wife from Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a diabolical slaveholder. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Django Unchained is stylish, exciting, and often very funny, but it also pulls no punches in its depiction of the evils of slavery. (Check out our video interviews with Django’s stars.)

Les Misérables

70%

Les Misérables hits theaters swaddled in gravitas: it’s a period epic with a prestigious cast that’s been adapted from a wildly popular musical by Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). And critics say it mostly deserves the hype — it’s impeccably mounted and robustly acted but occasionally bombastic. Hugh Jackman stars as Jean Valjean, an ex-con turned factory owner who takes care of his ex-employee Fantine (Anne Hathaway) and her daughter while avoiding the ruthless Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). The pundits say Les Misérables is often over-the-top, but the performances are excellent, and Hooper injects a sense of grit and passion to the proceedings.

Parental Guidance

18%

It’s the holidays, so naturally there’s a new family comedy in theaters, one that promises to both warm hearts and tickle funny bones. Unfortunately, critics say Parental Guidance mostly fails in its mission — it’s good-natured, but blandly predictable, and it misuses old pros Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. Crusty old Artie (Crystal) and his wife Diane (Midler) agree to babysit their grandchildren for a week; hilarity ensues and life lessons are learned. The pundits say Parental Guidance is sweet but milquetoast, an inoffensive trifle that doesn’t amount to much more.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • West of Memphis, a documentary about the campaign to free three young men wrongly convicted of murder, is at 98 percent.

  • The Portuguese import Tabu, a drama about a dying woman reflecting on a forbidden love affair of her youth, is at 92 percent.

  • Promised Land, starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski in a drama about a company’s attempt to open up a rural community to natural gas exploration, is at 71 percent.

Tag Cloud

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