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EW Critical Mass: The Accountant movie reviews

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Chuck Zlotnick; Frank Masi; Carlos Somonte

Ben Affleck and Kevin Hart might be going head-to-head at the weekend box office, but, according to critics, there’s no comparing the quality of their respective releases.

EW wants you to make good choices at the movies, so let our Critical Mass guide point you in the right direction of what to see (and what to avoid) this weekend. Check out what the critics are saying about this week’s hottest new releases in the reviews below.

The Accountant

Opens Oct. 14.

EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:

Director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) seems to know at some level that it’s all camp, though it’s unclear where he picked up certain elements of his medical definition of autism, or why Wolff’s military-officer dad decides that the best response to his son’s diagnosis is to train him to be a sharpshooting, Muay Thai-kicking assassin — aside from the fact that it works out super well for the plot. The whole thing’s ludicrous, down to the last loony twist, but it’s also a lot more fun than Batman v Superman. C+

Read the full EW review here.

Rotten Tomatoes: 43%

Metacritic: 51

Kevin Hart: What Now?

Opens Oct. 14.

EW’s Devan Coggan says:

When Hart goes broad, however, he isn’t quite as funny. A bit about the hassles of ordering at Starbucks, for example, doesn’t feel very fresh in 2016. And as Hart’s fame has grown exponentially, his material has changed, too. He jokes about his family, but now, it’s about how private school has changed his son. He jokes about airport bathrooms, but now, it’s about awkward run-ins with fans. Still, Hart’s exuberance make him a captivating performer — and his energetic delivery helps even the most mediocre jokes land. B–

Read the full EW review here.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Metacritic: 62

Max Steel

Opens Oct 14.

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Metacritic: N/A

Desierto

Opens Oct. 14 in limited release.

EW’s Chris Nashawaty says:

Immigration has been a hot-button issue in the race for the White House. And there’s no denying that it’s a complicated subject. Sadly, you won’t find any of that complexity in Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto — a classed-up B-movie riff on The Most Dangerous Game. Call it “Tex-Mexploitation.” B–

Read the full EW review here.

Rotten Tomatoes: 56%

Metacritic: 51

Priceless

Opens Oct. 14.  

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Metacritic: N/A

The Girl on the Train

Now playing. 

EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:

Director Tate Taylor (The Help) doesn’t bring the kind of stylistic dazzle that David Fincher, his fellow helmer in literary It Girl depravity, lavished on Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl. But he deftly translates the bleak, raw-boned menace and tricky time signatures of Train’s intertwined plotlines, and draws remarkably vivid performances from his cast, particularly his two female leads. Blunt and Bennett aren’t girls at all; they’re women on the edge of their own oblivion, wounded and furious and chillingly real. A–

Read the full EW review here.

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%

Metacritic: 48

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Now playing.

EW’s Devan Coggan says:

Miss Peregrine has all the visual hallmarks of your classic Burton—a child with teeth on the back of her head, a girl who wears lead shoes to keep from floating away (Ella Purnell, swapping powers with another character from the book). But the film chooses style over substance, emphasizing how cool the children’s powers are without fleshing them out as full characters. To compete with Burton’s best, his heroic weirdos need a little more heart—and the monsters need sharper teeth. B–

Read the full EW review here.

Rotten Tomatoes: 64%

Metacritic: 57

Deepwater Horizon

Now playing.

EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:

What works almost disturbingly well is the way Berg calibrates his delivery of the disaster while still holding on to the human scale of it. Alternating between the visceral jolt of experiencing the destruction firsthand and a God’s-eye view of its root cause and effect, he brings a man-made tragedy into fiery focus — and reminds us why it deserves more than corporate fines and a few fading headlinesB+

Read the full EW review here.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Metacritic: 68

The Magnificent Seven

Now playing. 

EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:

Having duly assembled his homicide squad, director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Southpaw) allows for several breezy, too-brief scenes of team-building before steering the story toward its gleefully bloody and bullet-riddled climax. Though there are a few clever turns in all the methodical mayhem, the final hour ultimately feels like a waste of his charismatic actors and the easy chemistry they share. And as heartening as it is to see a wild bunch so genuinely diverse on screen — the days of the otherwise great Eli Wallach playing the 1960 film’s villain in blatant brownface are far behind us, thankfully­ — its color-freed casting turns out to be more a tease than a revelation. While the slick script provides some ace one-liners, most go to Washington and Pratt; why not allow Vasquez more than tossed-off muchacho jokes, or give Red Harvest a tenth as many lines as he has arrowheads? A movie like that could have been magnificent. But this Seven’s just silly, solid entertainment: multiplex fun by numbers. B

Read the full EW review here.

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%

Metacritic: 54

Storks

Now playing.

EW’s Devan Coggan says:

There’s a delightfully madcap pace to Storks, and most of the rapid-fire jokes land, whether our heroes are running from a frenzied wolf pack who keep transforming themselves into suspension bridges and submarines, or silently battling a sinister penguin gang to avoid waking a sleeping baby. Less interesting is a subplot about the kid’s intended family, an overworked couple (Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell) who largely ignore their existing son. Add in Tulip’s quest to find her own family, and an annoying, bro-ish pigeon antagonist (Stephen Kramer Glickman), and Storks starts to feel a little stuffed. Still, the film’s lesson about finding your family never comes off as saccharine, and although there’s nothing particularly innovative about its message, Storks is a little bundle of joy. B

Read the full EW review here.

Rotten Tomatoes: 62%

Metacritic: 55

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