Two big, new releases had critics divided heading into the weekend.
First there's the ensemble action comedy "Tower Heist" from director Brett Ratner, starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Tea Leoni and Alan Alda. AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire gave the movie three stars out of four, saying: "The heist itself is, of course, completely ridiculous, but that's part of the point - and part of the fun. Ratner keeps things moving so fluidly that you'll probably just roll with it."
Then there's "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," the third film in the stoner comedy franchise, with John Cho and Kal Penn returning to the title roles. Lemire gave it one and a half stars out of four, writing that the movie is "inordinately jacked up with visual effects and peppy holiday music, but nothing can disguise the fact that this series has run out of steam, that the film's stars have outgrown the roles that made them famous."
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:
- "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas": Metacritic, 61; Movie Review Intelligence, 60; Rotten Tomatoes, 66. Average: 62.3.
- "Tower Heist": Metacritic, 58; Movie Review Intelligence, 61.2; Rotten Tomatoes, 67. Average: 62.
- "Killing Bono": Metacritic, 42; Movie Review Intelligence, 47.3; Rotten Tomatoes, 54. Average: 47.8.
- "The Son of No One": Metacritic, 37; Movie Review Intelligence, 39; Rotten Tomatoes, 18. Average: 31.3.