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Review Roundup: Critics Don't Like 'The Internship' as Much as 'The Internship' Likes Google

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's second buddy comedy together, The Internship, hits theaters today, and it doesn't look like audiences are gonna love it as much as they did the pair's 2005 megahit Wedding Crashers – at least if the reviews are any indication. The Internship received low scores from major review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes (34%) and Metacritic (41/100), with the consensus amongst critics being that the movie is light on laughs and basically a two-hour commercial for Google. If you're waiting for a big summer comedy, you're better off waiting for Seth Rogen and company's This is The End, which comes out Wednesday and is drawing good [...]

Critics Don't Like 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' as Much as They Like Making Corny Jokes About Its Title

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, and Steve Buscemi as goofy magicians, hits theaters today, and it's one of the first big mainstream comedies of the year. Wonderstone isn't faring so well with critics, though, with every other movie reviewer making it a point to mention that the movie is "not incredible."

Wonderstone earned a 41% and a 44/100 on review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, respectively. Critics generally felt that Carell was miscast and that the film was somewhat amusing but not funny enough, with Boston Globe calling it "a lazy, underwritten imitation Will Ferrell movie." Many critics praised [...]

Review Roundup: 'Bachelorette' Is Definitely Darker than 'Bridesmaids', But Is it Better?

Regardless of the fact that Bachelorette was an off-Broadway play and a hot script well before Bridesmaids came out, the comparison is unfortunately unavoidable. Every single review seemed to be primarily hoping to contrast the two. Bachelorette is a good or bad movie insomuch that it's funnier or darker or more genuine or less genuine or grosser than Bridesmaids. Overall the reviews are split on the subject, resulting in a 49 on Metacritic and 50 on Rotten Tomatoes.

Review Roundup: "The Dictator' Has Some Moments But It's Not Enough

There were a lot of publicity stunts used to promote The Dictator, which made it apparent very early that people just didn't care that much about this movie. General Aladeen is not going to be the 2012's omnipresent Borat. And the lousy box office projections reflect this. The only thing that might have saved it was if it was so good that overwhelming critical fawning overshadowed all the negative opinion. So what did the critics have to say?

Just for some context, Borat was as much of critical smash as it was a box office one, garnering a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 89 on Metacritic. Bruno faired much [...]

The Best, Most Brutal Quotes From Reviews of Work It

ABC premieres Work It tonight, a show about two dudes dressing up as women in order to get jobs during a "mancession," and it's gotten some of the absolutely worst reviews of any new show this season. The premise is offensive! The fact that anyone would think that these two huge dudes look like ladies is ridiculous! The set design is terrible and cheap! The very first joke in the pilot references Jodie Foster's gang rape in The Accused! You know, normal bad sitcom stuff.

So whether you were considering watching this for some reason and need to be dissuaded, or you're a comedy writer who didn't get [...]

Review Roundup: Critics Like 'Hangover III' Less than the First Two

The third and – as the posters promise – final installment in the The Hangover franchise was released to theaters today, and the reviews have been pretty harsh. As of this writing, the movie has a 25% rating on RottenTomatoes and a 32/100 on Metacritic, making it the worst-reviewed Hangover movie yet (the previous one earned a 34% and 44/100) and the worst-reviewed movie from director Todd Phillips yet.

The Hangover III doesn't copy the "What the hell did we do last night?" plotline from the original like Hangover II does, which is something critics have been complimenting the movie for while not enjoying the direction the story goes [...]

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy's 'Identity Thief' Disappoints Critics

The first big comedy of the year, Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy and directed by Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon, drops today, and reviews so far are overwhelmingly negative. Identity Thief, as of this writing, has received a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 41/100 Metacritic. Reviewers have come to a consensus that Bateman and McCarthy aren't the problems with the movie and that the laugh-light, undisciplined script is its greatest weakness. Critics have singled out Bateman and McCarthy's performance, in particular, making the two leads the only subjects of praise in the movie amongst critics. The Seattle Times sums it up, writing [...]

Review Roundup: 'Ted' Is Either Too Crass or Not Crass Enough/Too Sentimental or Not Sentimental Enough

Ted is not The King's Speech, it was never going to get across the board glowing reviews. If it wasn't polarizing, I imagine Seth MacFarlane would've been disappointed. So, not surprisingly the critical reception has been mixed – 59 on Metacritic and 67 on Rotten Tomatoes – meaning we might need to dig a bit deeper into what people are saying.

Mostly all reviews, positive and negative alike, agreed that fundamentally the film has one main joke, which as A.O. Scott wrote it in the New York Times: "A toy bear comes to life and turns out to have a filthy mouth and a taste for weed." Beyond [...]

Review Roundup: The Five-Year Engagement Engages But for Too Long

It was hard to get a sense in the trailer if Five-Year Engagement, the new film from Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, is going to be good. The pedigree is there both in front and behind the camera but the trailer included a pretty awful "I heard that black pianese are much bigger" joke. So what have the critics been saying?

Currently, it's at a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 59 on Metacritic, which is definitively in the pretty good range. (In comparison, Forgetting Sarah Marshall clocked in at 84% and 67 respectively.) What's interesting is most of the negative reviews and positive reviews [...]

The Muppets Review Roundup: "Like Getting a Big, Warm Hug"

After an ad campaign that entertained us for months, the reviews for The Muppets are finally in, and they're pretty uniformly positive. The movie has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and those worries about Segel not "getting" the Muppets seem unfounded. "The Muppets treats its titular heroes with affection and respect, even as Fozzie Bear shows off his 'fart shoes' and toilet humor abounds," says the Philadelphia Inquirer's Stephen Rea.

The new movie upholds the feel-good tradition of the older Muppet movies. "At least half of my critical thinking went out of the window, overwhelmed by sheer nostalgia," notes Time Magazine's Mary Pols. It's [...]

'Admission' Review Roundup: Critics Like Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, Not Much Else

Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, is this week's big new comedy – unless a movie Rob Schneider and the ShamWow guy made together called inAPPropriate Comedy turns out to be much better than it sounds. While the reviews for Admission are faring a lot better than those for inAPPropriate Comedy, they're still pretty mixed. Review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic gave Admission 46% and 49%, respectively, with most critics praising Tina Fey and Paul Rudd while sleighting everything else about the movie.

Directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy, Little Fockers) and based on the book of the same name by Jean Hanff [...]

Review Roundup: 'This Is 40' Is Judd Apatow's Least Popular Film with Critics Yet

This Is 40, Judd Apatow's fourth film as a director, hits theaters today, and it's receiving mixed reaction from critics and proving less popular with reviewers than anything he's directed so far. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie scored a 52%, compared to 68, 90, and 86 for Funny People, Knocked Up, and The 40 Year-Old Virgin, respectively. On Rotten Tomatoes's less popular little brother Metacritic, it received a 58/100, compared to 60, 85, and 73 for those three same films. Despite the middling marks from critics, This Is 40 is still doing much better than your average big studio comedy in 2012 and has been receiving praise from [...]

Review Roundup: 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' Is Too Much Friendship Seeking and Not Enough End of the World

The ads for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World promised two things: 1) A cameo-filled darkly comedic look at the apocalypse and 2) A beach cuddling, manic-pixie comedic romance. It surely made for a fun trailer but what have the reviews been saying?

They're mixed albeit generally fairly positive, coming in at 55% on Rotten Tomatoes and 60 on Metacritic. What it comes down to is almost every critic was onboard for the first promise but differed in opinion over the believability and viability of the second.

Review Roundup: Wanderlust is "A Shambling Mix" of Hits and Misses

The reviews for the David Wain-directed, Paul Rudd-starring Wanderlust are here, and they're…disappointing. The story of two type-A New Yorkers learning to live in a hippie commune has a 55% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and most reviewers seem to feel that it's too heavy on improv and light on humor.

"Most of the funniest bits of this film already are in the commercials and the trailer," complains Marshall Fine of the Huffington Post. "[F]or every few jokes that hit…one sputters and dies," agrees the New York Times' Manohla Dargis. Roger Moore of the Chicago Tribune railed against the film as "a random, tedious and [...]