There are some big box office names opening movies this weekend. Jeremy Renner takes center stage in “The Bourne Legacy,” the continuation of the Matt Damon-starring spy saga which introduces a new hero. And Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star in “The Campaign,” a broad political satire about two men running for the same Congressional seat. What are the critics saying?
So far, “The Campaign” is faring better with critics than the fourth “Bourne” movie.
Rafer Guzman of Newsday writes of “The Campaign,”This big, broad, laugh-out-loud farce isn’t in the business of deep
swipes or sharp insights. Its main message is that politics pretty much
makes fun of itself.”
Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan says, “This cynical and funny film hits more often than it misses.”
And Roger Ebert gives “The Campaign” rather high praise with, “The Campaign” made me think of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” if it had been written by the Onion staff.”
Meanwhile, “The Bourne Legacy” isn’t exactly getting the rave reviews the first three Matt Damon “Bourne” movies received.
Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger says, “It’s twists and turns and nothing else. And fast and furious as it may
be, if this is the best this once-smart series has to offer, this is no
The Village Voice’s Michael Atkinson writes, “The Bourne films have more than just overstayed their welcome and
outlasted the Ludlum books — they’ve been Van Halenized, with an abrupt
change of frontman and a resulting dip in personality.”
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle says, “It all but squanders Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz, although
with actors less appealing, “The Bourne Legacy” would be even worse.