Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Princess, Invictus Are Certified Fresh

Plus, A Single Man is a catch, but The Lovely Bones isn’t all that pretty.

by | December 10, 2009 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a Southern-fried fairy tale (The Princess and the Frog, with voice work Anika Noni Rose and Keith David) and inspiration through rugby (Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon). What do the critics have to say?


The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog has gotten plenty of notice for two reasons: it marks Disney’s return to traditional cel animation, and it features an African American heroine. However, critics say that it’s also a rousing, heart-warming, and likable (though somewhat predictable) movie that works on its own with or without the curiosity factor. Set in 1930s New Orleans, the film follows Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose), a beautiful aspiring chef who’s turned into a frog after succumbing to a nefarious spell by Doctor Facilier (Keith David), a voodoo magician. Will Tiana return to human form? Will she be able to rescue the handsome prince? The pundits say The Princess and the Frog is hardly groundbreaking, but it has enough energy, catchy tunes, and excitement to render most objections moot. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down David’s best-reviewed work.)



Sure, Invictus is yet another inspirational sports film, but critics say Clint Eastwood‘s drama about how sports helped heal South Africa is a strong, well-crafted entry in the genre. Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela, who, in the tense heady days after the end of Apartheid, was looking for a national symbol of unity. He found one in the South African rugby team, captained by Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), who face long odds in the World Cup. The pundits say that Invictus is sometimes too stately and glosses over some of the complexities of the times, but excellent work from Freeman and Damon, as well as a typically assured hand from Eastwood and exciting game footage more than compensate. (Check out The Great Directors: Clint Eastwood for an overview of the star’s work behind the camera.).

Also opening this week in limited release:

Finally, props to Critic Alex Hagani and Alejandro R. for correctly guessing Armored‘s 44 percent Tomatometer, and to Alejandro P. and hatingvindiesel for pinpointing the fact that Transylmania would get a big goose egg.

Tag Cloud

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