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'Muppets,' 'Arthur Christmas,' 'Hugo' hit with movies critics

November 23, 2011 | 12:13 pm

Arthur Christmas

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.


Movie review: 'Hugo'

Movie review: 'Arthur Christmas'

Movie review: 'The Muppets' are sweet and subversive

--John Horn

Photo: A scene from "Arthur Christmas" Credit: Aardman Animations


Nothing says Thanksgiving like Bruno [poll]

November 21, 2011 |  4:18 pm

Sacha Baron Cohen
When you count your blessings over the Thanksgiving holiday, being grateful for Sacha Baron Cohen may not be at the top your--or anyone else's--list. But a close examination of next week's family movies shows that the star of "Brüno" and "Borat" has direct ties to all three of the PG-rated titles opening Wednesday.

The most obvious case is "Hugo," director Martin Scorsese's adaptation of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." The "Raging Bull" director cast Cohen as the story's station inspector, and even gave the character a bit of a love story.

"Arthur Christmas," a new holiday story looking at the real inner workings of the North Pole, was written by Peter Baynham, a screenwriter on "Brüno" and "Borat."

Finally, "The Muppets," an update on the legendary puppets, was directed by James Bobin, who directed numerous episodes of Cohen's "Da Ali G. Show."

--John Horn

Photo of Sacha Baron Cohen in "Brüno." Credit: Universal Pictures




Word of Mouth: Demolition derby at the Thanksgiving box office [video]

November 17, 2011 |  3:49 pm

It's one of the busiest moviegoing weekends of the year. And this Thanksgiving could also be one of the ugliest.

No fewer than three PG-rated movies will be released Wednesday, and because all of them are pursuing the same basic audience — parents and their kids — it's likely there will be a bit of show business cannibalization. In this week's Word of Mouth column, John Horn looks at the opportunities for and challenges facing the three movies — "Hugo," "The Muppets" and "Arthur Christmas."

The movies not only have to compete against one another but also the second weekend for the latest "Twilight" sequel and "Happy Feet Two." Like a big Thanksgiving meal, perhaps there will be enough to go around for everyone.


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