THR Reviews 'Water for Elephants,' 'Madea's Big Happy Family,' 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold'

2:10 PM PST 04/22/2011 by THR staff
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"Water for Elephants"

Wondering which film to go see this weekend? Check out what THR's critics say about the movies opening Friday.

The Robert Pattinson-Reese Witherspooon starrer Water for Elephants and Morgan Spurlock's The Greatest Movie Ever Sold are just two of several movies opening Friday. See what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about the films below, and find out how they're expected to perform at the weekend box office.

Water for Elephants
Bottom Line: Pretty instead of gritty look at the circus world, circa 1931, looks to please best-seller's fans.
Click here to read THR's review.
 
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family
Bottom Line: Tyler Perry's signature character returns to kick more butt in this raucous comedy.
Click here to read THR's review.
 
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Bottom Line: One of the funniest documentaries you’ll ever see.
Click here to read THR's review.
 
Stake Land
Bottom Line: An outbreak of vampires provides a discerning perspective on contemporary social ills.
Click here to read THR's review.
 
African Cats
Bottom Line: A story-driven wildlife doc where creatures become characters with names so young audiences can appreciate the natural cycles of life -- and death -- in the animal world.
Click here to read THR's review.
 
Incendies
Bottom Line: Thoughtful, mesmerizing mystery illuminates the tragic history of the Middle East.
Click here to read THR's review.
 
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
Bottom Line: The film feels tailored to Western palates -- sure there's violence, but it's toned down by Hong Kong standards.
Click here to read THR's review.
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