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Review – Anger Management
Variety said the show “is competently executed, but — thanks to Sheen’s colorful past — almost entirely beside the point,” and that “there’s nary an original bone in its body.”
The New York Times said the show “is full of comeuppance,” and that “The plot seems to owe more to karma than clever scriptwriting.” They also said, “The dialogue has just enough profanity and risqué punch lines to pass muster on cable, but “Anger Management” is at heart a simple, old-fashioned sitcom, with raucous recorded laughter and predictable one-liners.”
USA Today said, “Sheen isn’t half the man he once was,” and that the show “looks…old-school and clunky.” They added that “The first episode in tonight’s double run is flat, but not offensive. That dubious achievement is reached by the stupid, misogynistic second outing, which revolves around an ugly woman Charlie slept with back in his baseball days to stop a slump, a joke that is far uglier than the woman could ever be.”
Salon called Sheen “misogynistic” and “homophobic,” and said the show is “as lame as you’d expect.” Scathingly, they added that the show is “a godawful, small-minded, crassly commercial exercise.”
The Boston Globe said the show is “not winning,” and said the problem is that “everybody’s in on the joke but nobody seems to be writing any.” They also said it’s “just an average sitcom with a few good laugh lines here and there that could star any middle-age actor as a former baseball player to whom much was given and who now is trying to give back in his own anger management private practice and pro bono work with a group in state prison.”
The LA Times said the show is “is an old-fashioned, multi-camera sitcom, from makers of old-fashioned, multi-camera sitcoms, and sticks to the rules. It is distressingly average.” They added that “It is not a train wreck; it’s just a train — chugging along from A to B, carrying the people, delivering the freight.”
The San Francisco Chronicle called Sheen “an almost perfect sitcom star,” and said that “He’s never demonstrated much acting range, but his personality is, you should pardon the expression, “winning,” particularly on the small screen.”
The Huffington Post called the show “repulsive,” and said it “will no doubt go a long way toward solidifying Sheen’s image as a harmless party boy (an image that the media is all too willing to go along with), and erase the image of Sheen as a man who has repeatedly been accused of being violent toward women.” They added, “the core ugliness and toxic narcissism of “Anger Management” are impossible to ignore.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, “Charlie Sheen can’t manage laughs,” and added that “A viewer’s willingness to tolerate “Anger Management” will correlate to their previous enjoyment of “Two and a Half Men” or past TV series from “Anger Management” executive producer Bruce Helford (“The Drew Carey Show,” “Nikki,” “George Lopez”).”
The New York Post said, “‘Anger Management’ [which] feels a lot like ‘Two and a Half Men’… may, however, be the perfect vehicle for a man with tiger blood in his veins and roil and rage in his brain,” but added that it “is not the out-of-control outrageously naughty series you (or I, or anyone, really) was expecting and secretly wanting.” In the end, they called the show, “not too bad.”
The Hollywood Reporter said, “yes, ‘Anger Management’ is consistently funnier than the current version of Two and a Half Men. It’s not even close.” But they also said, “that doesn’t make it an FX series. And it doesn’t make it the kind of series you’re looking for on a cable channel. Which is likely to be the problem greeting ‘Anger Management’.”
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Here are the new VOD films for the week of March 4, 2014. Click on a movie title for more information, trailers and reviews.
12 Years a Slave. Rating: 5 (out of 5). Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, is abducted and sold to slavery in the 1800s. This year's Oscar Winner for Best Picture (amongst other awards) comes to VOD on March 4. Critics loved this movie, New York Post calls it “The "Schindler's List" of slavery films.” Reviews, video and more.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Rating: 4 (out of 5). Katniss Everdeen is back on the big screen in this second installment of the Hunger Games series. She returns home safe with fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark, but their reunion with their families and friends is cut short when they learn that they have to compete in the Hunger Games for the second time. The film premieres on VOD on Friday, March 7, and has been positively received by critics. The Boston Globe thinks, “Book’s good. Movie’s better.” Reviews, video and more.
After The Dark. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty students with a thought experiment: faced with a nuclear apocalypse, they must determine which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race. The experiment turns deadly as everyone in the group turns against each other in a fight for survival. The film comes to VOD on Tuesday, March 4. It has received mixed reviews from the critics, but Los Angeles Times thinks, “While the story's conceit brims with metaphor and symbolism, it rarely comes off as didactic or heavy-handed. Instead, it's smart and provocative. The movie's late-breaking twist also feels about right.” Reviews, video and more.
Oldboy. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Joe Doucette, an advertising executive, was kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 20 years. When he is released without any explanation, he begins to search for answers as to who and why he captured, only to find out that the bigger question is to why he was released. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, March 4. The critics gave Spike Lee’s remake of a South Korean film mixed reviews, with inevitable comparisons to the original Oldboy. But according to Chicago Sun-Times, “It’s generally a respectful homage that has every bit as much stylishness and visual flair.” Reviews, video and more.
The Bag Man. Rating: 1 (out of 5). Jack is hired by Dragna, a legendary crime boss, to complete a simple but unusual task, and is made to wait for the latter’s arrival in a remote location. While waiting for the crime boss, Jack meets Rivka, a stunningly beautiful woman who becomes emotionally and physically entangled with Jack. When Dragna finally makes it to the location, there are sudden and extreme consequences for all involved. The film will be premiering on VOD on Tuesday, March 4. Most critics were not pleased with the film, and Los Angeles Times thinks, “"The Bag Man," starring John Cusack, Robert De Niro and Rebecca Da Costa, is a brutally violent, misogynistic mind game gone wrong.” Reviews, video and more.
Perfect Sisters. No Rating. Tired of their mother’s dependence on alcohol and abusive boyfriends, two sisters devise a plot to kill her. The film premires on VOD on Monday, March 10. No critic reviews are available as of writing.
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