Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Valentine's Day Gets Massacred

Plus, Percy Jackson is often fun, and The Wolfman looks mangy.

by | February 11, 2010 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got modern love (Valentine’s Day , starring Jennifer Garner and Ashton Kutcher); a teenage demigod (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, starring Logan Lerman and Uma Thurman); and some hair-raising horror (The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins). What do the critics have to say?



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1219218[/tomatometer]

Valentine’s Day

Looking for a tasty cinematic bon-bon for Valentine’s Day? One that explores modern romance and features a staggering array of stars? Well, tough luck: critics say Valentine’s Day may have an army of familiar faces, but they’re left stranded in an episodic, unfunny, clichéd mess of a romantic comedy. Directed by Garry Marshall, it’s a series of interconnected vignettes about Los Angeles residents finding and losing love. Valentine’s Day has a role for virtually everyone in Hollywood, from Julia Roberts to Jamie Foxx to the Taylors; what it lacks is a decent script that gives them much of anything to do — funny, insightful, heartfelt, or otherwise.



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1214096[/tomatometer]

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is unabashedly attempting to become a teen fantasy franchise along the lines of Harry Potter. And critics say that although this opening installment is a few notches below its Hogwarts rival, it’s a largely diverting, occasionally electrifying family adventure. Logan Lerman stars as the title character, a troubled high schooler who discovers his dad is Poseidon; soon, he’s making a cross-country trek in an attempt to intervene in a potential war among the gods. The pundits say Percy isn’t the most original flick in the world, but the cast is strong, and the result is an often inspired action romp.



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1194949[/tomatometer]

The Wolfman

The Wolfman is one of horror cinema’s most iconic — and tortured — anti-heroes. Unfortunately, The Wolfman is a mostly tepid update of the famed lycanthrope, one that doesn’t hold a candle to the Lon Chaney Jr. chillers of old. Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a troubled blue-blood who returns to his family’s estate after his brother’s disappearance — and soon finds he has been afflicted by a horrible curse, one that manifests itself during a full moon. The pundits say The Wolfman has a nice sense of atmosphere, but it’s lacking scares and an emotional pull. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down star Anthony Hopkins’ best-reviewed films, as well as our Universal Monsters Starting Lineup, a compendium of your favorite horror heroes.)


Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

adventure YouTube psycho police drama cinemax ratings Amazon Prime Video WarnerMedia Countdown directors 45 renewed TV shows FX Pride Month Epix Shondaland sag awards Western 71st Emmy Awards unscripted sequel FX on Hulu Food Network comiccon name the review Box Office Emmys Amazon Studios theme song screen actors guild comic History See It Skip It Anna Paquin jamie lee curtis IFC Films binge Hulu TCA psychological thriller movie halloween The Arrangement X-Men tv talk YouTube Premium Valentine's Day AMC Logo Creative Arts Emmys stand-up comedy discovery BBC America WGN romance Pop TV DirecTV SXSW science fiction Lucasfilm talk show Nat Geo transformers Red Carpet Acorn TV Marvel Studios CBS Disney+ Disney Plus Classic Film Infographic HBO 2018 sports The Walking Dead 2017 IFC Universal zero dark thirty TIFF National Geographic Disney streaming service OWN Superheroes LGBT Britbox television Masterpiece Sundance Now Apple TV+ Sneak Peek The Witch cancelled batman RT21 DGA dogs latino Superheroe Comic Book dragons Bravo singing competition versus TCM Spectrum Originals Turner Classic Movies Arrowverse Lifetime spanish language Trailer cancelled television Rocky SundanceTV Mystery vampires Toys streaming The Purge cooking Set visit animated independent Academy Awards south america Comedy Captain marvel Ghostbusters mutant USA diversity thriller Oscars crime drama CNN Peacock crime thriller Drama festivals GIFs scary movies Photos El Rey A&E documentary Reality Competition Walt Disney Pictures anthology cats USA Network strong female leads reviews 21st Century Fox Pirates casting richard e. Grant Summer ESPN MSNBC Tarantino The CW Teen Martial Arts based on movie docudrama travel true crime CW Seed FXX green book Sci-Fi movies Women's History Month boxoffice Lifetime Christmas movies Trophy Talk DC Universe elevated horror cars sitcom dramedy Kids & Family Opinion Rom-Com Marvel Television Paramount Winter TV Paramount Network toy story Election Character Guide franchise biography DC Comics joker Music Tubi Awards Tour TBS 007 Chernobyl universal monsters Avengers SDCC Nickelodeon San Diego Comic-Con spider-man APB game of thrones spy thriller Spike teaser First Reviews Baby Yoda Adult Swim Nominations serial killer HBO Max Pet Sematary revenge PaleyFest LGBTQ Quiz Sundance robots Apple FOX Fantasy Interview crossover period drama ITV screenings cancelled TV series BET E! Starz NYCC werewolf dc Lionsgate Calendar GoT Television Academy Disney Plus Netflix Winners Hallmark Christmas movies 2016 TNT what to watch First Look Dark Horse Comics ABC witnail Extras Funimation nature christmas movies Marvel Super Bowl Mindy Kaling Amazon Prime GLAAD Star Trek ghosts finale anime Disney foreign hist Sundance TV Pixar Apple TV Plus YouTube Red kids New York Comic Con CMT TCA 2017 TCA Winter 2020 Year in Review OneApp VICE Stephen King Crackle quibi Binge Guide DC streaming service A24 cops Grammys doctor who Reality Comedy Central Best and Worst Shudder Black History Month video rotten movies we love Certified Fresh supernatural Video Games Premiere Dates crime indie Fox News Rocketman Podcast social media VH1 CBS All Access Biopics technology Trivia Thanksgiving cartoon TruTV Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 2019 Song of Ice and Fire Mary Tyler Moore Discovery Channel E3 Travel Channel Spring TV Star Wars cults aliens American Society of Cinematographers Rock Columbia Pictures game show harry potter Elton John TV Land Tumblr book ABC Family MCU facebook Cartoon Network Pop blaxploitation politics Watching Series Vudu series miniseries Musicals war Esquire Mary Poppins Returns spain TLC TV YA award winner children's TV Schedule breaking bad Animation Awards Holidays Action Family Black Mirror Hallmark Marathons Film Festival Brie Larson Freeform Crunchyroll Showtime Ovation Emmy Nominations Warner Bros. Cosplay Polls and Games Netflix Christmas movies Christmas mockumentary Comics on TV Writers Guild of America 20th Century Fox dceu Horror historical drama Mary poppins spinoff MTV adaptation Mudbound BBC zombies Endgame medical drama comics 2015 2020 Tomatazos Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt NBC composers canceled TV shows space canceled RT History Amazon disaster cancelled TV shows blockbuster free movies Turner political drama Film romantic comedy hispanic PBS Musical President Ellie Kemper golden globes 24 frames Holiday TV renewals Cannes justice league natural history slashers Country Heroines Syfy Disney Channel Fall TV zombie Sony Pictures reboot