Movie Scores: How the critics rated the new movies

Politics can be so negative, but George Clooney's latest film, "The Ides of March," is getting mostly positive reviews from critics heading into its opening weekend.

Clooney directs and plays a supporting role as a Pennsylvania governor seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling stars as his up-and-coming press secretary, who gets caught up in manipulation and intrigue. AP Movie Critic gave the film two and half stars out of four, saying: "Clooney is such an excellent actor himself, though ... and he's such a smart, efficient director, he really knows how to get the best out of his cast."

Also opening nationwide is "Real Steel," a futuristic family film about boxing robots starring Hugh Jackman. AP Movie Writer David Germain wrote: "A bad idea is a bad idea, even dressed up with all the computer effects and heavy-metal action that Hollywood can buy." He gave the movie just one and a half stars out of four.

And then there's "The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)," a sequel to the graphic cult movie from last year. Lemire wrote of writer-director Tom Six: "It's hard to tell whether he means to titillate his audience or to mock it. And after a while, it's hard to care." She gave it only one and a half stars out of four.

Here's a look at how these movies and others fared on the top review websites as of Friday afternoon. Each score is the percentage of positive reviews for the film:

— "The Ides of March": Metacritic, 67; Movie Review Intelligence, 71.9; Rotten Tomatoes, 82. Average: 73.6.

— "Real Steel": Metacritic, 56; Movie Review Intelligence, 52.7; Rotten Tomatoes, 58. Average: 55.6.

— "The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)": Metacritic, 20; Movie Review Intelligence, 29.5; Rotten Tomatoes, 23. Average: 24.2.

— "Dirty Girl": Metacritic, 36; Movie Review Intelligence, 45.3; Rotten Tomatoes, 24. Average: 35.1.

— "The Way": Metacritic, 66; Movie Review Intelligence, 71.4; Rotten Tomatoes, 79. Average: 72.1.


Online:

http://www.metacritic.com/

http://moviereviewintelligence.com/

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/

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