Movie Critic Matt Atchity: Mostly Rotten At Theaters This Weekend

Matt Atchity, editor-in-chief for the pop-culture website Rotten Tomatoes, breaks down the movies to go see, and the ones to skip this weekend.

Hot Pursuit – Rotten at 6%

  • Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sophia Vergara, John Carroll Lynch
  • Directed by: Anne Fletcher (Step Up, The Proposal, The Guilt Trip)
  • An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofia Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas, pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.
  • Critics hate it. The leads have chemistry, but the script is awful, and the movie is criminally unfunny. It feels too long at 87 minutes, and can't even meet the small goals it sets. I hated it.
The D Train – Rotten at 44%
  • Starring: Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor
  • Directed by: Jarred Paul, Andrew Mogeul (Yes, Man)
  • Dan (Black) travels to LA to convince Oliver (Marsden) to return for their 20th high school reunion, but something happens between them in LA that Dan never expected…
  • Critics are split. This is another boundary-pushing performance from Jack Black (like Bernie) but some critics say that the film unsuccessfully tries to balance farce and drama.
Maggie – Rotten at 55%
  • Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
  • Directed by: Henry Hobson
  • When a deadly zombie virus sweeps the nation, a father will stop at nothing to save his infected daughter.
  • Critics are split. Most everyone is impressed with the leads, and about half of them say it's an interesting, quiet take on the genre. The other half say it's too slow and doesn't deliver on the premise.
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story – Fresh at 84%
  • Starring: Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jim Henson
  • Directed by: Chad N. Walker, Dave LaMattina
  • A portrait of the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. He's been playing these characters for 45 years, and it's taken him all over the world.
  • Critics really like it. The movie may tip a little too far towards sentimentality, but it's still very interesting, and more than a little emotionally moving. I really liked it.
You can catch Atchity on his Rotten Tomatoes Podcast, which is available on the Rotten Tomatoes website and on iTunes. In addition, check out "Rotten Tomatoes TV Zone" here.

Connect with Atchity on Twitter @Matchity and on Google+.

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