New Sisters Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics
Universal Pictures served up their new comedy movie, “Sisters,” into theaters this weekend, and all the top, major film critics have handed over their reviews, and it turns out that they were pretty mixed about it with an overall 58 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey. We’ve added comments from a couple of the critics, below.
Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, gave it a perfect 100 grade! She stated: “It takes superior artistry to take the rude, crude and socially unmentionable and make it feel upliftingly wholesome. Such is the magic of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the dynamic duo at the playful, prurient, occasionally perverse heart of Sisters.”
Joe Dziemianowicz from the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 score, stating: “A gross-out comedy motored by girl power that’s funnier than hell. Raunchier, too.”
Guy Lodge over at Variety, gave it an 80 grade, stating: “Beneath the film’s entertainingly crude hijinks, there are actual human stakes here, as the two sisters recognize in each other the growing up they themselves need to do — though Pell’s script keeps the hugging and learning to a reasonable minimum.”
Sara Stewart from the New York Post, gave it a 75 score, saying: “A witty and occasionally wise take on sibling bonds and adulthood — even if the latter only arrives kicking and screaming.”
Christy Lemire over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “As in other recent female-driven raunchy comedies like “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat” and “Spy,” the force is strong in this one.”
Leah Greenbvlatt over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 grade. She stated: ” There’s really no not-terrible term for smart, silly female-bonding movies that are somehow considered subversive just for acing the Bechdel Test…. Sisters earns a spot in that pantheon, however it’s defined—even if it’s never quite as good as its leads.”
Frank Scheck from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 score, saying: “Although the film directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) mostly concentrates on over-the-top comic mayhem, it’s actually funniest in its quieter, subtler moments.”
Brian Truitt over at USA Today, gave it a 63 grade, stating: “The humor, mainly of the raunchy and older-parents-having-sex variety, lands in hilarious fashion only some of the time.”
Dan Callahan from TheWrap, gave it a 60 grade, stating: “Even the stray gross-out moments of Sisters register as humane and heartfelt; Fey and Pohler’s comedy comes from a place of warmth and intelligence, and so does the movie.”
Mark Olsen from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 score, saying: “There is so much about its package – the stars, the premise, the talented supporting cast – that would make for a film of warmth, humor and insight on the struggles of leaving the past behind and getting out of your own way on the path to fulfillment. Instead, the movie settles for being a party comedy and little else.”
Ty Burr over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: “When the new movie wings it, it sputters but clears the runway. When it sticks to the script, it crashes and burns.”
A.O. Scott over at The New York Times, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “Sisters is both too careful and too sloppy to take full advantage of the thornier implications of its premise. It’s too awkward — because scenes drag when they should swing and jokes sag when they should pop — and not awkward enough.”
Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 38 grade, claiming: “Compared to so many varied and skillful female-driven hits such as “Bridesmaids,” or this summer’s “Trainwreck” and “Spy,” Sisters isn’t worth talking about.”
Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 38 score as well, stating: “Even though they look nothing like sisters, they’re believable as sisters. Every once in a while when we take a break from the thuddingly unfunny slapstick stuff, there’s a nice and genuine moment.”
Mick LaSalle over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 25 grade. He stated: “Going into Sisters, the thought is, “It’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. How bad can it be?” Going out, the thought is, “Now we know.” It can be downright awful.”
Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a really bad 10 score, stating: “The whole movie is a sinkhole — not because it’s smutty or raw, but because it’s lazy, and demeaning to the talented people at its center.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite TV show stuff, and more by Clicking Here.