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Sunday, July 7, 2013


Critics are crowing that THE LONE RANGER is a bomb like JOHN CARTER.

And JOHN CARTER, like THE LONE RANGER, was a fun movie.  Ask Alex Cavanaugh.

It's a Jerry Brachheimer film, guys! 
You were expecting maybe HAMLET?

Now, critics are saying the young do not want to see a Western no matter who is in it. 

The critics loved Brad Pitt in THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES (2007) with a 76%  critic rating and a 73% audience rating. 

received a 73% audience rating before the flood of critics gleefully slashing it.

In today's skiddish movie marketplace,
it seems critics jump into a howling mob frenzy to negatively review a movie --
and such things destroy movies these days.

"Director Ridley Scott relies on suspense techniques that looked tired in The Perils of Pauline:
for the most part, things simply jump out and go 'boo!'
Under the circumstances, the allusions to Joseph Conrad (Nostromo) and Howard Hawks (The Thing)
seem unforgivably presumptuous.
Instead of characters, the film has bodies."
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader


Capra's first production through his newly-formed Liberty Films,
It's a Wonderful Life lost money in its original run,
when it was percieved
as a fairly downbeat view of small-town life. 
Only after it lapsed into the public domain in 1973 and became a Christmastime TV perennial did it don the mantle of a holiday classic. 
In fact, the original NEW YORKER review for it was so vicious that if George Bailey had read it, he might have committed suicide anyway!

"The only remarkable thing about Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Part II is the insistent manner in which it recalls how much better his original film was."
"It's a Frankenstein monster stitched together from leftover parts.
It talks. It moves in fits and starts but it has no mind of its own...
Looking very expensive but spiritually desperate,
Part II has the air of a very long, very elaborate revue sketch."
—Vincent Canby, The New York Times

"And how badly written it is!
There is hardly a sharp or even a credible line.
It is picture-postcard writing,
as it is picture-postcard photography"
 Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., The Atlantic
"The love story that takes us from time to time into the past is horribly wooden, and clichés everywhere lower the tension."
New Statesman
"The climax of Casablanca concerns the efforts
of Laszlo and his wife to leave Morocco.
Rick has two letters of transit, which would make that easy.
 Reluctant to help,
Mr. Bogart at last does the manly thing
and Mr. Rains saves him from the consequences.
Nothing short of an invasion could add much to Casablanca."
 — Time Magazine
"On a technical level, there's a lot to be said for Die Hard. It's when we get to some of the unnecessary adornments of the script that the movie shoots itself in the foot.
Here's a suggestion for thrillermakers:
You can't go wrong if all of the characters in your movie
are at least as intelligent as most of the characters in your audience."
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Kinesthetically, the film gets to you. It gets your heart thumping. But there’s no exhilaration in this dumb, motor excitement...
There’s nothing at stake in Raiders
no revelation, and no surge of feeling at the end."
.—Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
“I sat cringing before M-G-M’s Technicolor production of The Wizard of Oz,
which displays no trace of imagination, good taste, or ingenuity…
I don’t like the Singer Midgets under any circumstances,
but I found them especially bothersome in Technicolor…
I say it’s a stinkeroo.”
"It has dwarfs, music, Technicolor, freak characters
 and Judy Garland.
It can't be expected to have a sense of humor as well,
and as for the light touch of fantasy,
it weighs like a pound of fruitcake soaking wet."
The New Republic

"What does $200 million buy?
The 3-hour-and-14-minute 'Titanic' unhesitatingly answers: not enough."
—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"By the end of this long film, I would have traded any given gladiatorial victory for just one shot of blue skies."
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


  1. I still plan to go see Lone Ranger. And what do the critics know? Half the films they praise are junk only a handful of people would go see.

    It's satisfying to see that all these you've listed did extremely well.

    Makes you want to thumb your nose at them. At least it does me : )

    And the same could often be said of books. I've bought some that were RAVED about...and couldn't even finish them.

    I like this :)

  2. I think Disney killed the Lone Ranger.
    John Carter was a really awesome film. Shame it was slayed by the critics.

  3. It's easier to be a critic than a performer. I never seem to concur.

    Those expecting this film to be true to 50s principles may be disappointed, but those wanting to see Tonto and the Lone Ranger succeed (with action the originals only dreamed of) will be delighted.

    I judge for myself, I know what appeals to me. Who exactly are the critics writing for?

  4. Words Crafter:
    I hate bullies. And lately the critics have reminded me of bullies, drunk on their power.

    I thought it might be amusing to cite some of the negative reviews of movies that have become classics. :-)

    Yes, Disney did kill THE LONE RANGER when they chose to release on the same weekend as Despicable Me 2. What were they thinking?

    It's easy to gripe from the grand-stands, isn't it? I hope that there is some kind of backlash from this wave of bile. Yet, I feel most people blindly accept the view of the critics -- even though the audience rating of this movie is high. Sigh.

    Like you, I judge for myself. :-)

  5. i like seeing movies, it has to appeal to me though... or i will wait for the movie to hit shelves. i enjoyed john carter, it was fun and full of exciting effects and story. lone ranger was promoted wrong, depp should have been the lead instead of being the selling point. you cannot have a so-so actor play lead and then a stronger well-known playing the secondary. then make the secondary the lead when promoting it. knock, knock... alice, i am the mad-hatter.

    i am sure i will enjoy it, when it hits the shelves.