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by Peter Knegt
January 18, 2010 6:31 AM
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criticWIRE This Week: "Creation" Does Not Make The Grade

A scene from Jon Amiel's "Creation."

criticWIRE is back with an updated calendar of releases that takes on January and February's specialty films - including three films opening this weel. More than 100 film critics and bloggers have their own pages on the indieWIRE site. The criticWIRE section includes RSS feeds and links for the individual writer's blog, website and Twitter account, as well as grades for current films and direct links to reviews they've written. The list of critics and graded films will continue to grow, and later this month we will also have criticWIRE feature prominently in our Sundance Film Festival coverage.

Jon Amiel's "Creation" is perhaps the highest profile debut this week, though it is also the most panned. The film - which stars Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife, opened the Toronto International Film Festival last year to lukewarm critical reaction.

"Emphasizing the character’s bleak nightmares and relentlessly downbeat sentiments, Amiel creates an eerie atmosphere to mimic Darwin’s ongoing discontent, but avoids the massive ramifications of his discoveries," indieWIRE's review wrote at the time. "If “Creation” were absolute fiction, it would be a meaningless bore; instead, it’s a directionless bore with the intrinsic meaning drained out of the picture. Darwin’s progressiveness has nothing to do with the story. You can get a better sense of one man uncovering the inherent chaos of nature from Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist.”

A few months later, not much as changed, as the film managed only a "C-" average among critics. The week's two other new offerings - Andre Techine's "The Girl on the Train" and Andrey Khrzhanovskiy's "A Room and a Half" - averaged a "B" and a "C+" respectively.

Check out the links below for more extensive takes on "Creation," "The Girl on the Train" and "A Room and a Half," as well as multiple films that recently opened in theaters.

iW Film Calendar & criticWIRE:
criticWIRE | Opening this week | Opening this month | All Films A - Z

criticWIRE: Films Opening This Week

The Girl on the Train (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

A Room and a Half (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

Creation (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C-


criticWIRE: Films Currently In Theaters

Fish Tank (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

Sweetgrass (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

The White Ribbon (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Police, Adjective (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

The Last Station (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

The Young Victoria (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Avatar (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Youth in Revolt (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Waiting For Armageddon (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Daybreakers (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

Crazy Heart (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

Wonderful World (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C-

Bitch Slap (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: F

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1 Comment

  • Maryland Clay | January 22, 2010 6:11 AMReply

    Master and Commander part II: the doctor returns to the Galápagos Islands! M&C probably much much better.