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Movie Scores: How the critics rated the new movies

Movie Scores: How the critics rated the new movies

December 17th, 2011 in News

Critics have chosen to accept their latest mission from Tom Cruise, giving "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" strong reviews in its opening weekend.

The fourth film in the action franchise, directed by Brad Bird ("The Incredibles") this time, finds Cruise's Ethan Hunt disavowed by his secret agency. So the superspy must stop a global nuclear terrorist with no official help and a ragtag crew consisting of Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton.

AP Movie Writer David Germain gave it three stars out of four, saying: "Granted, this is the real world, "M:I'-style, where Cruise's missions and stunts truly are impossible by the laws of physics and normal, plausible storytelling constraints. But Bird applies the anything-can-happen limitlessness of cartoons and just goes for it, creating some thrilling, dizzying, amazing action sequences."

Another sequel, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," finds Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reteaming as the intrepid detective and his sidekick, Dr. Watson. AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire gave it just one and a half stars, saying: "Director Guy Ritchie once again applies his revisionist approach to Arthur Conan Doyle's classic literary character, infusing the film with his trademark, hyperkinetic aesthetic and turning the renowned detective into a wisecracking butt-kicker. But what seemed clever and novel the first time around now feels stale and tired."

On the other end of the artistic spectrum is "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked." The third film in the family friendly series finds Alvin, Simon, Theodore and the gang stuck on a remote island. AP Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle wrote: "Like the earlier two, "Chipwrecked' is full of the cheapest kind of pop culture references. Here is Alvin aping James Bond with a tail "shaken, not stirred,' a suggestion to follow the Chipmunks on "Critter' and, gulp, a Charlie Sheen-ism of "winning."' He gave the movie one and a half stars.

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:

- "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol": Metacritic, 74; Movie Review Intelligence, 78.7; Rotten Tomatoes, 94. Average: 82.2.

- "Carnage": Metacritic, 57; Movie Review Intelligence, 58.2; Rotten Tomatoes, 67. Average: 60.7.

- "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows": Metacritic, 49; Movie Review Intelligence, 54; Rotten Tomatoes, 64. Average: 55.7.

- "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked": Metacritic, 24; Movie Review Intelligence, 40.1; Rotten Tomatoes, 10. Average: 24.7.