It doesn't feel that nice to waste your money and your time on bad movies. Of course, your individual enjoyment is subjective, but here are five films in theaters this week that were panned by critics — either our own or reviewers from elsewhere on the internet.
David Lewis of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that "there is fine craftsmanship on the screen, and the acting is competent, but the movie never quite reaches magical heights."
Michael O'Sullivan of The Washington Post writes that the movie is "an ambitious but ultimately ungraceful meditation on pop superstardom."
Katie Walsh of Tribune News Service writes that "hundreds of people are responsible for The Mule, who very much should have known better than to release this bizarre, offensive debacle."
From Tribune News Service: "The film is shot with such beauty you can almost feel the heat of the jungle. [Director Andy] Serkis does an amazing job of giving the animals just enough human touches. Both are good qualities but are not enough to distract from the major questions looming over the production. Why? Was the world clamoring for another take on Kipling's stories? Has there been a movement to get more animals into films? Hasn't anyone got any original ideas using children, the jungle and a bunch of wild animals?"
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
TheWrap says, "Rather than harken back to an elegant, more whimsical period, this Nutcracker calls to mind the early 2010s, when the success of Alice in Wonderland led to a spate of fairy-tale characters marched off to war with hordes of CG creatures."
Britton Peele contributed to this report.