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.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
The Associated Press calls this kid-oriented movie, "A deeply unfunny family road trip film that has gross out jokes to rival the R-rated Vacation remake."
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
As I say in my full review, "It's got some interesting ideas packed inside cool cinematography and high-octane action, but those things come at the expense of plot and character development, making it a fairly typical summer popcorn movie."
This comedy can coast a bit on the strength of its lead actresses, but The New York Times says, "It's ultimately as complacent, self-absorbed and clueless as its heroine, and not always in an especially amusing way."
This movie tries to give a glimpse into East LA's thriving car culture, but it doesn't always hit the mark. The LA Times says, "It's dispiriting to watch Lowriders make every predictable move. It clutters an otherwise well-meaning snapshot of a vibrant community under-served by mainstream filmmaking."
NPR says, "Even without all the dilly-dallying, The Dinner would have a hard enough uphill battle to get the audience to care about four people it plainly holds in contempt."