Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Up And Drag Me to Hell Are Certified Fresh

And they're among the best-reviewed films of the year.

by | May 28, 2009 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a high-flying house (Up, with voice work by Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer) and a demonic curse (Drag Me to Hell, starring Alison Lohman and Justin Long). What do the critics have to say?



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1195997[/tomatometer]

Up

At this point, raving about Pixar is almost cliché. Every one of the company’s features is Certified Fresh, and all but one is about 90 percent on the Tomatometer. But there’s a reason for such critical adulation: Pixar continues to expand the boundaries of the animation medium, and the critics say Up is yet another winner. Up is the tale of the curmudgeonly Carl Fredricksen who rigs his house with hundreds of balloons with the intention of floating to South America. Along for the ride is Russell, an irrepressible eight-year old with a jones for exploration, and together they discover strange wildlife and a talking dog. The pundits say Up is whimsical, poignant, mature, and hilarious; better still, it puts Pixar’s deft storytelling and technical skills on full display. At 97 percent on the Tomatometer, Up isn’t just Certified Fresh, it’s also one of the best-reviewed films of the year. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down all of Pixar’s offerings by Tomatometer.)



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1198119[/tomatometer]

Drag Me to Hell

Sam Raimi started out making perversely entertaining horror fare like the Evil Dead movies before helming blockbusters like Spider-Man. With Drag Me to Hell, the pundits say he’s back and in outstanding B-movie form. Alison Lohman stars as a loan officer who becomes the victim of a curse, with evil spirits on her trail and certain damnation in her future — unless she can break the spell. The critics say Drag Me to Hell is a wicked good time: blood-curdlingly scary and ghoulishly funny, it’s also taut and timely. Drag Me to Hell is Certified Fresh, and it’s the best-reviewed horror film in years.


Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Munyurangabo, a drama about two boys bridging cultural divides in post-civil war Rwanda, is at 100 percent.
  • Pressure Cooker, a documentary about a group of culinary students at a Philadelphia high school, is at 89 percent.
  • Pontypool, a horror film about a strange virus outbreak that spreads through language, is at 74 percent.
  • The Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, Departures, about a professional cellist who becomes a funeral professional, is at 65 percent.
  • What Goes Up, starring Steve Coogan and Hilary Duff in a drama about a journalist who visits a New Hampshire town in the wake of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, is at zero percent.

Tag Cloud

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