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.
All the Devil's Men
Movie Nation: "All the Devil's Men ... traipses past story beats so familiar that taking notes on the film (as I always do) seems superfluous. It's not a good B-actioner. It's routine in the extreme."
Bernie the Dolphin
The Los Angeles Times writes: "There's clear affection for the ocean and its inhabitants in "Bernie the Dolphin," but the movie's script from Terri Emerson and Marty Poole is on the level of educational placards at a second-rate aquarium."
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?"
indieWire says, "There's no flow to the combat, no sense behind the stunts, and no reason to invest in any of the empty noise around them. Robin Hood just strobes between boredom and absurdity so fast that it starts constantly providing both at once."
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.