Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Prometheus is Certified Fresh

Plus, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted proves that third time's the charm.

by | June 8, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got an alien resurrection (Prometheus, starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender) and an incredible journey (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, with voice work from Ben Stiller and Jada Pinkett Smith). What do the critics have to say?

Prometheus

73%

More than three decades after Alien helped to usher in a new era in sci-fi cinema, Ridley Scott heads back to the cosmos for the ambitious Prometheus. And critics say that while this quasi-prequel to Alien lacks the focus and brutal efficiency of Scott’s 1979 classic, it’s well acted, visually stunning, and filled with big ideas. After unearthing evidence that Earth was visited by an ancient alien race, a group of scientists (led by Noomi Rapace) venture to a distant planet, hoping to discover the origins of mankind. What they find there, however, is far less friendly than they hoped. The pundits say that the Certified Fresh Prometheus often introduces more philosophical concepts than it can deal with, but it possesses a haunting visual grandeur and compelling performances — particularly Michael Fassbender as a fastidious android. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Scott’s best-reviewed movies.)

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

78%

In spite of the middling critical response to its first installment, the Madagascar franchise has evolved into that rarest of beasts: a film series that improves with each new outing. Critics say Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is the best of the bunch, a funny, visually sophisticated animated treat for the whole family. This time, our animal pals depart Africa to return to the Central Park Zoo in New York. However, they get blown off course and end up in Europe, eventually hitching a ride with a traveling circus in order to avoid an obsessive animal control officer. The pundits say Madagascar 3 has a pretty thin plot, but it’s so colorful, briskly paced, and deftly animated that you probably won’t notice.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Safety Not Guaranteed, a comedy about the search for the man who placed a mysterious classified ad announcing plans for a journey through time, is at 94 percent.

  • Paul Williams Still Alive, a documentary on the post-fame life of the Grammy-winning songwriter, is at 92 percent.

  • The Italian import Corpo Celeste, a drama about a 13-year-old girl who embarks on a spiritual quest prior to her confirmation, is at 85 percent.

  • Todd SolondzDark Horse, starring Justin Bartha and Selma Blair in a dark comedy about a hostile slacker who awkwardly courts a psychologically damaged woman, is at 75 percent.

  • Lola Versus, starring Greta Gerwig in a comedy about a recently-jilted bride-to-be who attempts to adjust to single life, is at 45 percent.

  • Bel Ami, starring Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman in a period drama about a man of modest means who climbs Paris’ social ladder by seducing powerful women, is at 31 percent.

  • Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, starring Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Olsen in a dramedy about a woman in the midst of a personal crisis who takes her teenage childreen to meet their estranged hippy grandmother, is at 26 percent.

Tag Cloud

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