It's the first week of the new year so the pickings are typically slim, with just one new nationwide release for critics to ponder. And they didn't get much time to do that: "The Devil Inside" only screened the Thursday night before its Friday opening.
The horror movie, which purports itself to be inspired by real events, is about a woman who asks two young exorcists to cure her institutionalized mother using unconventional methods. As early word trickled in, it wasn't faring well, with critics saying the film isn't scary and has a terrible ending.
Opening to much stronger reviews in limited release is "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," Turkey's entry for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards. It follows a group of men who are thrown together to search for the body of a murder victim in the countryside.
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:
- "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia": Metacritic, 79; Movie Review Intelligence: 80.1; Rotten Tomatoes, 95. Average: 84.7.
- "Roadie": Metacritic, 61; Movie Review Intelligence: 59.4; Rotten Tomatoes, 68. Average: 62.8.
- "Norwegian Wood": Metacritic, 52; Movie Review Intelligence: 60.6; Rotten Tomatoes, 73. Average: 61.9.
- "The Devil Inside": Metacritic, 42; Movie Review Intelligence, 35.2; Rotten Tomatoes, 8. Average: 28.4.