This week The Vow took number one at the box office bringing in $41.2 million. It was followed by Safe House ($40.2M) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($27.3M). This Means War also opened this last Tuesday (Valentine’s Day, perfect timing). Let’s see how they did and if they are worth the money!
Note: We only review films in wide release.
The Vow—PG-13 What’s the Buzz? This film is about a newlywed husband trying to win his wife’s heart again after she suffers memory loss from a car accident. The Los Angeles Times felt that the movie left the audience wanting more: to care more, cry more, love more. It was easily forgotten when you left the theater, so to speak. Consumers thought it wasn’t completely horrible, but the ending was awkward and the direction was terrible.
So is it worth the money? Mmmmmmm…maaaaaybe
- Box office rank: #1
- Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 43
- rottentomatoes: 30% (Trash days on Tuesdays…)
- Consumers Say: Metacritic- 5.6
- rottentomatoes: 71% (perhaps wait for Red Box)
Safe House—R – What’s the Buzz? A dangerous renegade from the CIA comes back after being off the radar for decades. A tie between the critics, USA Today felt the action was excellent, only made better by the two leads (Denzel and Reynolds). However Hollywood Reporter felt the repetitive nature of the action was “grinding”. Consumers were just as split on the action story line.
So is it worth the money? Yes
- Box office rank: #2
- Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 52
- rottentomatoes: 53% (a few good apples in the barrel)
- Consumers Say: Metacritic- 6.7
- rottentomatoes: 73% (freash-er)
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island—PG—What’s the buzz? Not so good. The Washington Post recognized the homage being paid to the likes of Jules Verne, but felt the film was too contaminated with different motivations to make it appealing. Others felt it was as mindless as the first film. Consumers didn’t fair much better in their reviews stating that some sequels should never be made.
So is it worth the money? Nooooooo!
- Box office rank: #3
- Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 41
- rottentomatoes: 42% (I see fruit flies)
- Consumers Say: Metacritic- 5.4
- rottentomatoes: 53% (Yep, definitely fruit flies)
This Means War—PG—What’s the buzz? Two “dangerous” CIA agents fighting for the same girl. The majority of critics hated this movie. The New York Daily News calls the film, “The kind of rom-com that insults its primary audience and panders to their dates.” Most consumers said it was predictable and unrealistic, but the dialogue and Chelsea Handler alone, make it hilarious to watch. A great date movie!
So is it worth the money? Yes!
- Box office rank: NA
- Film Critics Say: Metacritic- NA
- rottentomatoes: 26% (ouch!)
- Consumers Say: Metacritic- NA
- rottentomatoes: 71% (Go see!)
(Author’s note: I saw it Valentine’s Day and the theater was sold out. When I first saw the trailer I thought, “Gosh no that looks so stupid and beneath Tom hardy.” Oh my gosh. I laughed so hard my ribs hurt.)
What’s opening in theaters this weekend?
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (latest review results—NA)
The Secret World of Arrietty (latest review results—94% rottentomatoes)
Michael (latest review results: 78% rottentomatoes)