Elle Fanning, left, plays the alien Zan, and Alex Sharp is the human Enn in the bittersweet sci-fi romance "How to Talk to Girls at Parties." MUST CREDIT: Dean Rogers, A24

Elle Fanning, left, plays the alien Zan, and Alex Sharp is the human Enn in the bittersweet sci-fi romance "How to Talk to Girls at Parties." MUST CREDIT: Dean Rogers, A24

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It sucks 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.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

The LA Times says, "How to Talk to Girls at Parties, for all its rebel-yell spirit, seems to exhaust its inspiration and sense of possibility in the first half-hour."

Traffik

Variety says this movie "Attempts to marry cheap genre thrills with an unflinching depiction of the horrors of international sex trafficking, only to cheapen the latter and cast a grimy pall over the former."

Show Dogs

As of this writing there are only two reviews for the family comedy Show Dogs. Both are negative. Arizona Republic says, "When you find yourself longing for Turner and Hooch, things are very bleak indeed."

Life of the Party

USA Today says, "The college comedy is a frequent rite of passage for actors, from Rodney Dangerfield to Ryan Reynolds, with some some honest-to-goodness classics in those hallowed halls. But not so much Melissa McCarthy's hopelessly derivative entry into the canon."

Breaking In

Variety says, "In the end, the only real suspense comes from seeing whether the film can stretch its wafer-thin premise and paucity of ideas out to a full 90 minutes - and at 88 minutes with credits, even there it comes up short."

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