Sigourney Weaver is certainly the queen of science-fiction, but how will she fare in the political arena? The "Alien" star leads USA's summer six-part miniseries "Political Animals," playing a Hillary Clinton-like politician.
While a majority of critics are praising Weaver's portrayal of Secretary of State Elaine Barrish -- HuffPost TV's Maureen Ryan lauded the show for making a "decent run at reclaiming the word 'b-tch' and turning it into a compliment" -- there are a few who don't seem so convinced that "Political Animals" deserves Weaver's talent.
"'Political Animals' is junk," wrote Newsday's Verne Gay. "...It's a clanking, clattering collection of collagenous clinkers -- of dialogue so inept, of acting performances so preposterous, of plot points so cliched that the only question worth posing is why someone of Weaver's stature would be caught anywhere near a turkey like this."
Meanwhile, this weekend's new theatrical releases aren't doing much better. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the fourth animated film in the "Ice Age" franchise, currently has a 41 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Slant called the film, "An 87-minute timesuck, choked on the last exhaust fumes of Spielberg's blockbuster legacy."
But can these harsh critiques all be right? Or does everyone need a nice, relaxing weekend at the beach to wash away all of the crankiness? Let us know what you think of this week's critical roundup below.
Is 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' Worth Your Time?
<blockquote>...The enterprise leaves the viewers' eyes glazed over with a kind of dreary horror at a relentless onslaught of sameness and stupidity, an 87-minute timesuck, choked on the last exhaust fumes of Spielberg's blockbuster legacy.</blockquote> -- <a href="http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/ice-age-continental-drift/6392" target="_hplink">Jaime N. Christley, <em>Slant</em></a>
Is USA's 'Political Animals' Stupendously Silly?
<blockquote>"Political Animals" is junk. Or, to elaborate, it's a clanking, clattering collection of collagenous clinkers -- of dialogue so inept, of acting performances so preposterous, of plot points so cliched that the only question worth posing is why someone of Weaver's stature would be caught anywhere near a turkey like this.</blockquote> -- <a href="http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/political-animals-review-stupendously-silly-1.3831561" target="_hplink">Verne Gay, <em>Newsday</em></a>
Is This Marina & The Diamonds' Sophomore Slump?
<blockquote>"Electra Heart" is an ingloriously languid statement of Marina's demise, the final stamp of disapproval on her flailing excuse of a musical career.</blockquote> -- <a href="http://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/marina-and-the-diamonds-electra-heart" target="_hplink">George Boorman, <em>Clash</em></a>
Is 'Madea' Getting Sloppy?
<blockquote>The film's general sloppiness is a sign that Perry's hectic production schedule -- his previous film, "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" was released just this past February -- may simply have gotten the better of him.</blockquote> -- <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/29/entertainment/la-et-madeas-witness-protection-20120630" target="_hplink">Mark Olsen, <em>The Los Angeles Times</em></a>
Should You Listen To The Offspring's New Album?
<blockquote>Nine albums in, these Cali punks are coasting by on dourly told jokes and reheated mad-at-the-world bluster. The low point is the deliberately bubbleheaded Dr. Luke rip "Cruising California," a "gag" track with no laughs in sight.</blockquote> -- <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/days-go-by-20120626#ixzz20XOS3fzN" target="_hplink">Maura Johnston, <em>Rolling Stone</em> </a>
Is 'Big Brother' Toxic?
<blockquote>In the past, I've been hooked for whole seasons. More recently, I've found the house fetid, even toxic, and evicted myself quickly.</blockquote> -- <a href="http://watching-tv.ew.com/2012/07/12/big-brother-14-bb14-cbs-review/" target="_hplink">Ken Tucker, EW.com</a>
Could Sigourney Weaver Save 'Red Lights?'
<blockquote>Sigourney Weaver on a haughty high horse is a fair treat, and it would be tempting to describe this as her meatiest part since riding the haughty high horse in Avatar if Red Lights had a better script or wasn't, in its second half, bewildering on multiple levels, none of them good... These characters appear so randomly that it seems there has to be more to them, maybe lying on an editing room floor.</blockquote> -- <a href="http://entertainment.time.com/2012/07/11/red-lights-even-robert-de-niro-couldnt-put-the-brakes-on-this-muddled-thriller/#ixzz20YuvN9pF" target="_hplink">Mary Pols, <em>TIME</em></a>