bright reviews

“It’s made for the fans, not the critics,” is an increasingly common defense that filmmakers and actors are falling back on these days. Now, it’s apparently a shield for every middling blockbuster that critics savaged, from superhero movies that do have a built-in audience, to an original Netflix film that…doesn’t.

And it’s what Bright star Joel Edgerton is sticking by. Bright was David Ayer‘s sci-fi crime movie for Netflix that broke the streaming service’s records for its original films, garnering it a sequel and apparent immunity to negative critical reaction.

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Atlanta season 2 reviews

When a brand new show wins two Emmys and two Golden Globes, it can be tough to top that level of early success. But it seems as if Donald Glover‘s occasionally surreal FX comedy/drama Atlanta has managed to fly in the face of the dreaded sophomore slump. The reviews are in, and early buzz about the new season is strong – so strong, in fact, that as of the time of this writing, season 2 has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Read some excerpts from a handful of Atlanta season 2 reviews below.
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a wrinkle in time early buzz

A Wrinkle in Time has a lot of expectations riding on it. It is Ava Duvernay‘s ambitious passion project, the first non-documentary feature film that the director has tackled since Selma won acclaim and awards love four years ago. It’s an adaptation of a beloved children’s fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle. It has a black lead actress (Storm Reid) in a piece of colorblind casting that differs from the novel. And it’s starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine.

So, does A Wrinkle in Time live up to those expectations? Not quite.

The social media embargo for Duvernay’s Disney film has lifted, and reactions are mixed at best and pessimistic at worst. Formal reviews don’t drop until March 7 — two days before the film’s release — but a few people who attended the premiere shared their opinions on the science-fiction movie.

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While Black Panther is dominating the box office this weekend, in a couple weeks it will be Jennifer Lawrence‘s turn to be a badass on the big screen in Red Sparrow.

The first screenings of Red Sparrow were held this week, and reactions and reviews are starting to hit the web. While some might be expecting this to be Jennifer Lawrence’s own Atomic Blonde or even an example of what a Black Widow movie might be like, the early reviews indicate that Red Sparrow is neither of those things. The spy thriller from director Francis Lawrence is proving divisive, with some absolutely loving what this movie turned out to be while others thinking it’s an overlong and numbing experience.

Read the first Red Sparrow reviews below for a more in-depth picture. Read More »

Cloverfield Paradox early buzz

Netflix and the Cloverfield franchise pulled off a huge surprise last night, first dropping the long-awaited trailer for the third film in the series before handing us another shocker: the movie would be available to stream immediately after the Super Bowl.

It’s a clever marketing scheme that holds true to the “disruptive” nature of both the Cloverfield franchise and the streaming service. Viewers would have no choice but to go into the movie fresh, with no positive or negative reviews to taint their movie-watching experience. It’s a bold experiment — but did it work? And was the movie at the center of it all, now titled The Cloverfield Paradox, worth the trouble?

Here’s what the critics who stayed up late on Sunday night to check out the movie had to say.

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Black Panther rotten tomatoes reviews

If you need more evidence that the internet can be a horrible place and that fandom toxicity has run amok, peek at the “movement” around Black Panthers Rotten Tomatoes score.

The Marvel film hasn’t even been released in theaters yet, and already a Facebook group is planning to flood its Rotten Tomatoes page with negative reviews. The name of the Facebook group? “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys.”

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Black Panther

Black Panther is /Film’s second most anticipated movie of 2018, so you bet we’re watching the early critical reactions like a panther stalks its prey. Or like how Black Panther stalks those who threaten the safety and security of Wakanda, the advanced African nation he rules over and protects.

While the review embargo remains in effect, the social media embargo on reactions to Ryan Coogler‘s superhero adventure has fallen and yes, that means the first wave of Black Panther buzz has arrived.

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tully early buzz

Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman are something of an indie dream team. The duo’s first collaboration produced the sharply funny Juno, which became one of the most over-quoted films in the last decade, and helped catapult Cody and stars Ellen Page and Michael Cera to fame. While their second film together, the bleak and sardonic Young Adult, didn’t quite permeate pop culture like Juno, it established the duo’s easy, whip-smart rapport. Enter Tully, the third collaboration between Cody and Reitman starring Charlize Theron as a worn-out mother on the eve of giving birth to her third child. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to positive buzz, with many critics calling it the duo’s best collaboration yet.

Below, see some of the early buzz for Tully from the Sundance Film Festival.

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Paddington 2 Rotten Tomatoes Score

Paddington 2, a film about a very polite bear who has to face-off against Hugh Grant in a bunch of wigs, is now the best reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. For now. This will change! But at this very moment in time, the film has held fast to its 100% rating. Let’s all celebrate by pretending the world isn’t a cesspool of misery! More on the Paddington 2 Rotten Tomatoes score below.

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Paddington 2 Rotten Tomatoes

The year has just begun, but one film has already netted the coveted “best reviewed film of the year” classification: Paddington 2. The film currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 196 positive reviews. This makes Paddington 2 the second family film in history, and the fourth film overall, to remain at 100% with over 100 reviews. Find more details on the Paddington 2 Rotten Tomatoes score below.

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