Friday, May 02, 2008

Wow... now that is a ratings/review gap

I ran across this very succinct review of the above movie, and well, I thought it was worth sharing. From the pen of Richard Roeper: Wow. What a piece of garbage.

And then I went to Rotten Tomatoes and discovered that of the reviews it has gotten, only 9 percent of the 13 critics that were allowed to see it liked it. NINE PERCENT! That means Expelled is only 4% more watchable than The Hottie and the Nottie.

Of course, I also happened to look up another movie that was opening this week, and well, I think it is a better bet for your movie-going dollar. The name escapes me at the moment, but I do remember that there was also a Black Sabbath song with the same name and it stars an Oscar nominee. What's it called? Ferrous Male?

Oh that's right... Iron Man. I wonder what that has on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment.

Hmmm... a 96% approval rating from 112 reviews. Well, that sounds like a high number. Does it sound like a high number to you?

But then again, the people behind Iron Man actually wanted to show their movie to the critics, because, you know... they were proud of their work and weren't afraid to have public scrutiny before it opened to a wider audience. I am trying to think of a movie that was released recently that didn't have critics screenings that I liked, and you know what... I can't think of one. It is just a bad sign all around.


Bart said...

I was trying to explain to my wife why I didn't want to go see a certain movie awhile back, with the rationale of "they didn't screen it for critics." She didn't see why that was a big deal at first until I explained that a non prescreen is pretty much the universal red flag for a movie that it's not gonna be worth the price of admission. I told her we could rent it later or something, or wait until it came on cable.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

We may think he's a joke now but to millions of christian sheep he's a demi god now. A godless Jew who will burn in hell for not accepting jeebus as his saviour but a demi god nonetheless.

MC said...

Bart: And I also thought it was sort of weird that some of the people who were featured in the movie were told they couldn't see it when it was being screened for church groups, despite the fact that they followed the rules.

Herr Dr: While the Richard Roeper review was the most succinct one I could find, another blurb really stood out for me:

Junk science meets even junkier filmmaking in Expelled -- a no more shameless, stupid and loathsome piece of propaganda has ever skulked its way into the theater. -Ken Hanke

Megan said...

I love the word skulked.

Brandon said...

I even found a nasty, horrible review of eXpelled by a writer for I was blown away by that.

Have you seen Ben Stein on any of the shows he's been on? Disgusting. He is a complete nutjob. I'm going to have a hard time watching him in Ferris Bueller ever again.

MC said...

Megan: Well, if I was Expelled, I skulk in a theatre too... because I'd be ashamed of myself.

Brandon: Well, that "Science leads you to killing people" is so over the top it would be laughable if he wasn't so serious about that opinion.

Micgar said...

Matt-I can't stand Ben Stein-maybe Ferris B, but that was just a bit part...other than that, to me, his droning, nasal voice and affect combined with the far right prop. is way too much to take!

MC said...

I was ok with him when he was doing voice work and his game show despite his former pedigree.