Project X And Critics

March 4, 2012 by staff 

Project X And Critics, Now that Oscar season is officially behind us, it might be a good time to take in some less demanding (and less prestigious) fare at the multiplex. This week brings an animated eco-parable “The Lorax,” with voice work from Zac Efron and Taylor Swift) and a wild party (“Project X,” produced by “The Hangover”‘s Todd Phillips). Find out what the critics have to say on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Lorax”

Delightful as Dr. Seuss’ books are, they aren’t all that long, so it can’t be easy to adapt them to the big screen. The critics say “The Lorax” sometimes feels padded with action and musical numbers, but on the whole, it’s bright and colorful, and it delivers a solid message about protecting the planet. Ted (Zac Efron) is a youngster who ventures beyond the seemingly idyllic confines of Thneedville and discovers that greed has led to deforestation, despite the warnings of the diminutive orange tree defender the Lorax (Danny DeVito). “The Lorax” is currently at 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer; check out some of the reviews here:

Fresh: “Armed with a splendid voice cast and a gorgeously-rendered 3D-CG landscape, ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ entertains while delivering its pro-environmental, anti-greed message wrapped in a bright package of primary colors that truly pop.” — Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

Fresh: “The design is witty and imaginative, and the small grace notes are enough to keep an open-minded adult giggling.” — Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

Rotten: “The movie is a noisy, useless piece of junk, reverse-engineered into something resembling popular art in accordance with the reigning imperatives of marketing and brand extension.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times

Rotten: “More a civics lesson than a story, ‘The Lorax’ is the tale of a cantankerous woodland sprite who comes across as a shrill nag.” — Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Project X”

Just when you think every idea for a teen party comedy has been exhausted, along comes the mockumetary “Project X,” which purports to capture the wild goings-on of a particularly raging kegger. Unfortunately, critics say the film is mostly a mean-spirited wallow into areas better explored in “Animal House” and “Superbad.” A trio of nerds decides to throw a birthday party in order to increase their social standing; bedlam (and would-be hilarity) ensues. It’s currently at 24 percent on the Tomatometer; read what the critics have to say here:

Rotten: “The only people likely to buy into the oh-so-shocking exploits of the teen comedy ‘Project X’ are those who can’t get invited to their own high school parties.” — Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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