Rotten Tomatoes Editor-In-Chief Reviews 'Focus', 'Lazarus Effect'

(FOX 11) - 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.

Focus – Rotten at 58%

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, BD Wong, Gerald McRaney

Directed by: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra (Crazy Stupid Love, I Love You Phillip Morris, Bad Santa)

A slick con artist takes on a young apprentice, but the romance makes the cons more complicated

Critics are split it. There's a lot of style, and great chemistry between the leads, but the tone is uneven. I liked it.



The Lazarus Effect – Rotten at 18%

Starring: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Donald Glover

Directed by: David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi)

A group of scientists have figured out how to bring dead animals back to life. After one of them dies in a fatal accident, she's brought back to life by a colleague, but that has horrifying consequences.

Critics hate it. They say it mostly wastes a talented cast on dull characters and an interesting idea gets hamstrung by a weak plot.



Maps to the Stars
– Fresh at 65%

Starring: Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams

Directed by: David Cronenberg

A vicious dark comedy about Hollywood and it's denizens, including a famous therapist, a disaffected child star, an unraveling actress and a limo driver.

Critics like it. The story is a bit unfocused, and the tone is inconsistent, but it's a very biting and effective look at Hollywood.

‘71 – Certified Fresh at 98%

Starring: Jack O'Connell (Unbroken), Richard Dormer

Directed by: Yann Demange

A young British soldier is separated from his unit during a Belfast riot in 1971, and struggles to survive the night.

Critics love it. It stays true to the history of the story, but it's as gripping and harrowing as any action thriller.


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