This week Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax took number one at the box office taking $70M. Project X came in second grossing $21M and Act of Valor moved to third place bringing in $14M. Being Flynn made it to number 53 and only grossed $44 thousand. So let’s see how they did and if they are worth the money!
Note: We only review films in wide release.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – PG – What’s the Buzz?
This film is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ book of the same title. It’s about a boy (Zac Efron) who must discover the story of the Lorax (Danny DeVito) in order to win the affection of the girl (Taylor Swift) of his dreams. Despite most top critics disliking this film, families love it! Of the more positive reviews, The Hollywood Reporter describes it as “Armed with a splendid voice cast and a gorgeously rendered 3D-CG landscape, the film entertains while delivering it’s pro-environmental, anti-greed message wrapped in a bright package of primary colors that truly pop.”
So is it worth the money? Yes
- Box office rank:#1
- Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 47 (Positive)
- Film Critics Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 57% (Fresh)
- Consumers Say: Metacritic- 6.6 (Positive)
- Consumers Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 90% (Fresh)
Project X— R– What’s the Buzz?
Project X is about three high school seniors throwing a party that they hope no one will forget in an attempt to make themselves popular. Of course very soon it descends into chaos. This film seems to have both film critics and consumers spilt over whether it is good or not. One positive review from Rolling Stones describes it as “raunchy, reckless and ready to party.” However the Los Angeles Times calls it “numbingly predictable” and “bears a cravenly piggish attitude toward rewarding socially unacceptable behaviour that feels unseemly rather than exciting, so-what rather than so-funny and obvious instead of new.”
So is it worth the money? Maybe
- Box office rank: #2
- Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 48 (Negative)
- Film Critics Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 27% (Rotten)
- Consumers Say: Metacritic- 4.8 (Positive)
- Consumers Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 73% (Fresh)
Being Flynn — R – What’s the Buzz?
Being Flynn is based on a true story and stars Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore and Olivia Thirlby. The film is about a young writer working in a homeless shelter and comes face to face with his father who he hasn’t seen in 18 years. He then has to decide whether he wants his father in his life or not. This is another film that received mixed reviews from both critics and audiences. Despite that the movie does stand out as being different, with Roger Ebert saying “What’s admirable about “Being Flynn” is that it doesn’t cave in to the standard Hollywood redemption formulas, with the father redeemed and the son inspired.”
So is it worth the money? Maybe
- Box office rank: #53
- Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 54 (Mixed)
- Film Critics Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 52% (Fresh)
- Consumers Say: Metacritic- TBD
- Consumers Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 68% (Fresh)
What’s opening in theaters this weekend?
A Thousand Words (latest review results—Critics: 0% Consumers: 59%)
John Carter (latest review results—Critics: 51% Consumers: 90%Rotten Tomatoes)
Silent House (latest review results: Critics: 57% Consumers: 81% Rotten Tomatoes)