Film critics are falling all over themselves — and not for the last spoonful of stuffing at the holiday buffet. Reviewers have come out in force in support of this week’s new movies, with nearly across-the-board raves not only for the limited-release silent film “The Artist” but also for the mass-appeal family films “Hugo,” “The Muppets” and “Arthur Christmas.”
According to averages of the three leading movie review aggregation sites — Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Movie Review Intelligence — the best-reviewed of the PG-rated movies is Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” a 3-D live-action drama adapted with screenwriter John Logan from the best-selling novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” Rotten Tomatoes assigned “Hugo” an average score of 96, Metacritic gave it an 84 and Movie Review Intelligence called it an 87.5, for an average score from the three sites of 89.2.
The latest live-action “Muppets” story also drew extremely strong marks, with a 97 from Rotten Tomatoes, a 76 from Metacritic and a 77.4 from Movie Review Intelligence, for an average from the three aggregators of 83.5
“Arthur Christmas,” an animated film about what really happens at the North Pole around Dec. 25, earned a 94 from Rotten Tomatoes, a 72 from Metacritic and a 74.3 from Movie Review Intelligence, for an overall average of 80.1.
But none of Thanksgiving movies can quite touch “The Artist,” which so far has collected some of the year’s best reviews — right up there with “The Descendants,” “Shame” and the documentary “We Were Here.”
Rotten Tomatoes gave “The Artist” a score of 98, Metacritic said it rated an 83 and Movie Review Intelligence gave it a 91.1, for an average of 90.7.
Photo: A scene from "Arthur Christmas" Credit: Aardman Animations