In Theaters This Week: Reviews of 'Jack Reacher,' 'This Is 40,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' and More

Jack Reacher Tom Cruise in street - H 2012
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Jack Reacher Tom Cruise in street - H 2012

What THR's critics say about the movies opening this week.

With less than one week left to go before Christmas, The Guilt Trip, the 3D rerelease of Monsters Inc. and Jack Reacher lead a crowded pack of holiday movies.

The Guilt Trip and the 3D rerelease of 2001's Disney/Pixar animated film Monsters Inc., which earned $525.4 million at the worldwide box office, open in theaters Wednesday. Awards frontrunners Zero Dark Thirty, which has won a slew of critics awards thus far, and Amour are also in limited release.

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Guilt Trip, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, follows a mother and son on a cross-country trip as he tries to sell his new product while also reuniting her with a lost love.

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise's action pic Jack Reacher and Judd Apatow's Knocked Up follow-up, This Is 40, are just some of the wide releases hitting theaters Friday.

In Jack Reacher, co-starring Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo and Richard Jenkins, the ex-military investigator is called into action when a gunman kills five people in what seems to be an open-and-shut murder case. This Is 40, led by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, expands on the tale of Pete and Debbie -- from Knocked Up -- and how they're dealing with their current state of life.

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Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

The Guilt Trip (Opens Wednesday)
Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen star in a mother-son road-trip comedy from director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal). Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

Zero Dark Thirty (Opens Wednesday, limited)
Kathryn Bigelow
and Mark Boal's Hurt Locker follow-up tells the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden and stars Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

Amour (Opens Wednesday, limited)
Michael Haneke's new film stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as an elderly couple whose relationship undergoes the ultimate test of love. Read Deborah Young's review here.

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Jack Reacher (Opens Friday)
Tom Cruise is in fine form as the mysterious tough guy from Lee Child's novels finally reaches the big screen. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

This Is 40 (Opens Friday)
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann star in director Judd Apatow's "west-of-the-405" comedy. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

On the Road (Opens Friday, limited)
Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's generation-defining novel is vibrantly visualized and features a "perfect" Kristen Stewart. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

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The Impossible (Opens Friday, limited)
Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor give edge-of-seat performances as their characters weather the 2004 East Asian catastrophe in J.A. Bayona's taut disaster film. Read Deborah Young's review here.

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (Opens Friday)
James Cameron and Andrew Adamson join forces to present a fantastical love story, featuring the best of the world-famous circus troupe’s elaborate performances. Read Megan Lehmann's review here.

Not Fade Away (Opens Friday, limited)
John Magaro, Bella Heathcote and James Gandolfini star in The Sopranos creator David Chase's debut feature, a music-infused personal reflection on growing up in the 1960s. Read David Rooney's review here.