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Movie Scores: How the critics rated this week's new movies

August 27th, 2011 6:00 am by Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zoe Saldana kicks all kinds of butt as a sexy, slinky assassin in "Colombiana," but the movie itself isn't exactly killing with the critics.

The action flick is drawing slightly below-average reviews in its opening weekend. AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire described it as "hammy and muscular ... but knowingly so, and that's what makes it solid, late-summer escapist fun." She gave the movie two and a half stars out of four.

Also opening nationwide is the comedy "Our Idiot Brother," starring Paul Rudd as a slacker who mooches off his three disapproving sisters, played by Emily Mortimer, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. Lemire gave the movie one and a half stars, saying: "It makes no sense — there's a gap of logic and emotion that's hard to overcome."

There's also the horror remake "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" from producer and co-writer Guillermo del Toro. AP Movie David Germain gave it two stars, saying: "Savage and ugly as the tiny monsters are in 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,' they're not as frightening as the filmmakers would have you believe.

Here's a look at how these movies and others fared on the top review websites as of Friday afternoon. Each score is the percentage of positive reviews for the film:

— "Colombiana": Metacritic, 47; Movie Review Intelligence, 52.3; Rotten Tomatoes, 38. Average: 45.8.

— "Our Idiot Brother": Metacritic, 61; Movie Review Intelligence, 64; Rotten Tomatoes, 66. Average: 63.7.

— "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark": Metacritic, 56; Movie Review Intelligence, 52.5; Rotten Tomatoes, 57. Average: 55.2.

— "Higher Ground": Metacritic, 74; Movie Review Intelligence, 79.8; Rotten Tomatoes, 84. Average: 79.3.

— "Brighton Rock": Metacritic, 55; Movie Review Intelligence, 56.9; Rotten Tomatoes, 50. Average: 54.

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