Another week, another round of critical handwringing.
With a multitude of movies in theaters (four films are in wide release, plus "The Master" is expanding), many television shows returning for new seasons and a new album from Kanye West, critics had plenty to consider over the last week. Some of them didn't like what they saw/watched/heard.
Has Clint Eastwood lost his fastball? Is Kanye's dalliance with Kim Kardashian affecting his work? Does the new version of "Dredd" succeed where Sylvester Stallone's derided 1995 edition did not? Find out in below, and let us know which critics went too far.
'End Of Watch'
The new cop drama from "Training Day" writer David Ayer has earned some fairly strong reviews -- especially for the relationship between partners Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena -- but not everyone is in love. "'End of Watch,' if you compare it to an average episode of, say, 'Criminal Minds,' is pretty good," <a href="http://www.film.com/movies/review-end-of-watch-2012" target="_hplink">wrote Jordan Hoffman for Film.com</a>. Despite the tepid praise, Hoffman did find something to like in the end: "If you don't have tears in your eyes by the big, blood-soaked ending, you don't have feelings."
'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'
Another strongly reviewed release this week is Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," but not everyone is falling under its spell. "Adequately directed by Chbosky, the movie relies heavily on music and the appeal of its too-old-for-high-school cast," <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/20/161272403/the-pangs-and-perks-of-high-school-revisited?ft=1&f=1045" target="_hplink">writes Mark Jenkins from NPR</a>. According to Jenkins, "Perks" tries to pass off scenes of "wish-fulfillment" as reality, though people who have seen the film might disagree with many of the third-act reveals qualifying as wish-fulfillment.
"Dredd" has received mostly favorable notices, but not from <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/you_ll_dredd_this_disaster_1PfzUN2Ft1g7MPEDueoUcO" target="_hplink">Kyle Smith of the <em>New York Post</em></a>. "You'll 'Dredd' this disaster," reads the headline on Smith's one-star review. Per the critic, the action film with Karl Urban in the leading role is -- wait for it -- <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/you_ll_dredd_this_disaster_1PfzUN2Ft1g7MPEDueoUcO" target="_hplink">"dedd."</a>
'Trouble With The Curve'
Clint Eastwood's return to the big screen isn't a home run. "If 'Moneyball' was made completely wrong, and written by someone who didn't know baseball, it just might have been 'Trouble With the Curve,'" <a href="http://jam.canoe.ca/Movies/Reviews/T/Trouble_With_the_Curve/2012/09/21/20218151.html" target="_hplink">notes Jim Slotek in Jam! Showbiz</a>.
'House at the End of the Street' Most Official Trailer 3
How is the new horror film "House at the End of the Street"? Allow <a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/review-house-at-the-end-of-the-street-is-like-twilight-meets-the-devils-rejects-except-totally-awful-20120921?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed#" target="_hplink">Drew Taylor from The Playlist</a> to inform you: "Forget about what happens in the movie, the mere act of watching 'House at the End of the Street' is an act of torture."
Kanye West released his G.O.O.D. music compilation <em>Cruel Summer</em> this week, though the emphasis of the album was too much on the compilation side for <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/arts/music/kanye-west-and-the-album-cruel-summer.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss" target="_hplink"><em>New York Times</em> critic Jon Caramanica</a>. "This being a crew album, with a lot of voices to acknowledge, Mr. West is often nowhere to be found, and more crucially, nowhere to be felt," <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/arts/music/kanye-west-and-the-album-cruel-summer.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss" target="_hplink">he wrote</a>.
'Up All Night'
Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph and Christina Applegate returned for a second season of "Up All Night" on NBC, but not all critics were pleased. <a href="http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/58212/nbc-comedy-recap-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-must-see-tv-thursdays" target="_hplink">Here's Andy Greenwald from Grantland</a>: <blockquote>Like its underdeveloped protagonists, the show is torn between the workplace and the home, between story-generating, partying youth and story-reacting, responsible middle age. So far in Season 2 -- as Arnett parades around in jockey shorts and starts a business with his browbeaten bro-in-law and Applegate and Rudolph hug over individual servings of Greek yogurt -- the problems remain the same: The grown-ups want to be kids, and the kid, well, so far she has nothing much to say.</blockquote>