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.
The Girl in the Spider's Web
The Wall Street Journal says, "Lisbeth is asked to save civilization... but she can't save the film because there's nothing for her to do but fight and suffer, suffer and fight, and there's no one around her to hold our interest, let alone catch our fancy."
Our own Chris Vognar argues that Bohemian Rhapsody isn't bad -- in fact, its lead performance by Rami Malek should be up for Oscar consideration. But "it's a reminder that the music biopic is hagiographic by nature. And it's a big reason why the genre, taken as a whole, remains deathly dull."
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."
The Los Angeles Times asks, "Can't Rowan Atkinson's bumbling parody of James Bond just leave well enough alone?"
The Chicago Sun-Times says, "All the actors are sunk by playing caricatures prone to spitting out leaden, often unintentionally humorous dialogue."