3 Biggest Movies Hitting Theaters This Thanksgiving Week

3 Biggest Movies Hitting Theaters This Thanksgiving Week
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Ranked according to the consensus of critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Thanksgiving week is a busy time for both major entertainment studios and their users. The long weekend often means pleasant holiday chores and spending time with family and friends in front of screens big and small.

If you're in the mood for a movie-going this year, there are three major premieres hitting theaters this Wednesday, November 22, just in time for holiday viewing.

Here they are, ranked according to critics' pre-release reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

3. Wish

Tomatometer: 55%

Every year around this time, Walt Disney Animation Studios does its best to release a big animated movie. That way, families with kids know exactly what to do over Thanksgiving weekend. In 2023, the release coincides with Disney's 100th anniversary, so expectations are high.

Wish is the story of a failed sorcerer's apprentice who discovers that the magical utopia she and her people live in is a lie and makes a wish upon a star for help. This has surprising consequences when the star falls to earth in a physical, sentient form.

Early reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are mixed. While critics praise the visuals, cast and Easter eggs to Disney classics, they find the music, characters and plot forgettable and derivative.

2. Napoleon

Tomatometer: 66%

Ridley Scott's new historical film, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte and Vanessa Kirby as his wife Joséphine, covers an enormous amount of ground, from the beginning of the French dictator's relentless rise to power to his epic fall.

This is the second Apple Original to be released in theaters after Killers of the Flower Moon. Critics who have seen the film are divided. While the production values and spectacular fight scenes are the highlight of the movie, the main character and the chemistry between him and his wife raise some questions.

1. Saltburn

Tomatometer: 73%

Emerald Fennell's psychological thriller revolves around the relationship between two unlikely Oxford friends. Oliver (Barry Keoghan) comes from a poor family and has a troubled background, while Felix (Jacob Elordi) grew up on a wealthy estate, where he invites Oliver to spend the summer with him and his friends.

Critics praised the film for its entertainment and shock value mixed with some serious themes delivered through dark humor and social satire, but noted the somewhat lacking finale.