Critical Thinking: Furry, Elm St, Brown, Human

Furry Vengeance
So how bad is the Brendan Fraser family comedy opening this week? The film currently sits at 3% on Rotten Tomatoes with just one positive review out of 36 and an average rating of 2.5/10. This would be the worst reviewed film of the year thus far on that site aside from Tim Allen’s “Crazy” on the Outside” with 0% & 2.3/10.

Metacritic is slightly more forgiving with a 23/100 score, the second worst wide release just ahead of “The Bounty Hunter” with 22/100. Last year’s “Couples Retreat” also scored a 23.

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Platinum Dunes’ attempted reboot of the classic franchise by remaking the original 1984 horror classic is certainly not getting anywhere near the love of its progenitor.

The new ‘Nightmare’ scored a 13% positive and 3.8/10 score on Rotten Tomatoes along with a 33/100 on Metacritic. Recent films that have gotten a comparable score on both sites include “Legion,” “The Ugly Truth,” “The Tooth Fairy,” “Cop Out” and “Year One”.

To give you another comparison those scores are the lowest that any film in the ‘Nightmare’ series has gotten on RT, just behind the previous low point with 1991’s “Freddy’s Dead” which sits at 21% and a 3.9/10 score. The best scoring films in the series were Wes Craven’s first film with 95% & 7.7/10, and his interesting meta-take on the series in 1994’s ‘New Nightmare’ with 83% and 6.8/10.

Limited Release
The Michael Caine vigilante thriller “Harry Brown” has scored a mixed response – 69% & 5.8/10 on RT, 59/100 on MC. The controversial “The Human Centipede: First Sequence” divided critics with 59% & 5.8/10 on RT and a much harsher 38/100 on MC.