Critics Consensus

The Jungle Book is Certified Fresh

Plus, Barbershop is a is a cut above, and Outlander and Catastrophe are also Certified Fresh.

by and | April 14, 2016 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a wild child (The Jungle Book, starring Neel Sethi), non-stop conversation (Barbershop: The Next Cut, starring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer), and implanted memories (Criminal, starring Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman). What do the critics have to say?


The Jungle Book (2016) 94%

It’s really hard to equal — much less top — a beloved classic. But critics say director Jon Favreau may have done just that with his live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, which takes the timeless tale of a child raised by wolves and elevates it with some of the best CGI every committed to film. It doesn’t hurt, of course that he’s abetted by a strong cast that includes newcomer Neel Sethi and voice performers Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Idris Elba. The pundits say the Certified Fresh The Jungle Book is a family friendly film of a very high order.


Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) 90%

Everything’s coming up aces for Ice Cube these days. The recently-minted Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer is back with the third entry in the Barbershop series, and critics say it’s got all the warmth, ribald humor, and insightful commentary that made the first two entries big hits at the box office. Once again, Barbershop: The Next Cut doesn’t have much of a plot, but its fine cast — which includes Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Common, and Nicki Minaj —  makes for terrific company.


Criminal (2016) 31%

On paper, a spy thriller starring dependable folks like Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones alongside comic book heroes Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot sounds like a can’t-miss proposition. Unfortunately, critics say Criminal misses pretty badly, mostly because its story — about a violent felon whose brain is infused with the knowledge and memories of a crack CIA agent — is both preposterous and badly paced.


What’s Hot on TV

Outlander: Season 2 (2016) 92%

Outlander returns for a second addictive season of mystery and sweeping romance as Claire and Jamie take on Paris.


Catastrophe: Season 2 (2016) 100%

Catastrophe delivers a strong second season that deepens the drama while remaining spit-take funny.


The Girlfriend Experience: Season 1 (2016) 85%

The darkly fascinating (and utterly bingeworthy) The Girlfriend Experience powers past any shortcomings with a breakout performance by Riley Keough.


Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 (2016) 70%

Fear the Walking Dead sets sail in its sophomore season with an intriguing backdrop that doesn’t always disguise its deficiencies in comparison to its predecessor.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) (2016) , a documentary about Argentinian tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, is at 100 percent.
  • Sing Street (2016) , John Carney‘s musical drama about a teenager who starts a band to impress the girl he has a crush on, is at 97 percent.
  • The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) , a French drama about an aging factory worker who’s laid off and begins a new job as a supermarket security guard, is at 94 percent.
  • Green Room (2016) , starring Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart in a Certified Fresh thriller about a rock band who square off with a violent club owner after they witness a murder, is at 90 percent.
  • Above and Below (2016) , a documentary look at the lives of five people living in unusual habitats under various circumstances, is at 86 percent.
  • The First Monday in May (2016) , a documentary about the creation of a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit on China-inspired fashions, is at 82 percent.
  • My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016) , a Spanish comedy about the drama that unfolds during an advance taping of New Year’s Eve festivities, is at 78 percent.
  • Wedding Doll (Hatuna Meniyar) (2016) , an Israeli drama about a young woman with a slight mental deficiency who falls in love, much to the chagrin of her protective mother, is at 70 percent.
  • 13 Cameras (2016) , a psychological horror film about a pregnant newlywed couple who are terrorized by their invasive new landlord, is at 60 percent.
  • Colonia (2016) , starring Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl in a historical drama about a young couple who attempt to escape from a notorious Chilean cult compound during the early 1970s, is at 23 percent.
  • The Adderall Diaries (2016) , starring James Franco and Ed Harris in a crime thriller about a writer whose research into a murder case causes him to examine his own demons, is at 17 percent.

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