November 26th, 2010
04:25 PM ET
We all know nothing goes better with a long holiday weekend filled with relatives than a nice long sit in a movie theater where no one’s allowed to talk, let alone bicker.
Thankfully – pun intended – there were four movies to choose from this Turkey Day, although we can’t say that critics were appreciative of all of them.
“Tangled,” Disney’s spin on the Rapunzel fairy tale with voices by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, is the most palatable, and bonus: It’s family-friendly as well. Rolling Stone’s film critic Peter Travers found it to be “a dazzler” with “style and wit to spare,” while critic Kenneth Turan notes that the film “takes a while to find its footing, but…will win you over by the end."
Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Look! We’re naked and having sex!” film, “Love & Other Drugs,” didn’t go over as well. For venerated critic Roger Ebert, the problem was poor writing. "The director is Edward Zwick, a considerable filmmaker,” Ebert said. “He's essentially working with a screenplay (by Charles Randolph, Marshall Herskovitz and himself) that doesn't work." But, it may win over at least half the audience, says New York Magazine’s David Edelstein. The critic found "Love & Other Drugs" “crazily uneven... It's the sort of movie in which half the audience will be drying their eyes and the other half rolling them."
USA Today’s Scott Bowles found the movie to be filled with “exuberant numbers that strain beneath the weight of cliché. Musicals may enjoy greater leeway than other genres, but this tale of a cow-town girl who dreams of making it big pushes even Hollywood believability.” The Boston Globe’s Wesley Morris found the film to be “...entertaining enough, like watching a celebrity workout film with a plot,” but adds that “never once is it believable.... [‘Burlesque’] asks us to pretend that we don't know that this girl can sing."
And, lastly, there’s “Faster,” an action flick starring Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton about an ex-con with vengeance for his brother’s murder on his mind. The Los Angeles Times found this thriller to be “a decent time-waster,” while the Washington Post referred to the film as "...awfully simple-minded."
So, which will it be? Let us know, and drop us an iReport movie review. We’ll round up your thoughts after the weekend!
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