Is 'Movie 43' Really THAT Bad?
Critics say even an A-list ensemble cast can't save this comedy.
It's safe to say that Movie 43 has the largest ensemble cast of 2013 yet.
With stars Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Justin Long, Anna Faris and about 40 other A-list names featured in the film, the movie is expected to garner a lot of attention. Surprisingly though, there has not been much buzz about the comedic compilation.
The Peter Farrelly-helmed flick features 12 different storylines, each one done by a different director including Tower Heist's Brett Ratner and actors Elizabeth Banks and Bob Odenkirk.
As the movie was not screened for critics prior to its Friday release, reviews have been trickling in slowly -- and they have not been pretty.
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
“Movie 43 is gross, juvenile, disgusting, scatological, vile, reprehensible and in the worst possible taste. But heaven help me, I laughed.”
Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post
“Movie 43 is a near masterpiece of tastelessness. The anthology of 12 short, interconnected skits elevates the art form of gross-out comedy to a new height.”
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“Despite A-list involvement that includes everyone from Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman through Greg Kinnear and Naomi Watts, this painfully unfunny collection of comic shorts qualifies as one of the worst films of all time.”
Alonso Duralde, Yahoo
"If you've seen the trailer, you've seen more of the jokes and set-ups than you perhaps should have, but even so, there are still surprises to be found in Movie 43. You might hate yourself in the morning, but if your own inner 14-year-old still finds this kind of material amusing, throw propriety to the wind and enjoy some dirty giggles."
Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It’s not a 'good bad' movie, the kind where you laugh at the incompetence on display. It’s simply a terrible movie, the kind that makes you feel lousy for having spent money to see it."
Lou Lumenick, The New York Post
"Well, if you mashed-up the worst parts of the infamous Howard the Duck, Gigli, Ishtar and every other awful movie I’ve seen since I started reviewing professionally in 1981, it wouldn’t begin to approach the sheer soul-sucking badness of the cringe-inducing Movie 43, which has been dumped on an unsuspecting public without advance press screenings."
Josh Winning, Total Film
"Dealing in piss, poo and period gags that your little brother outgrew by 15, Movie 43 follows three kids as they scour the internet for the elusive (and very possibly made-up) flick of the title. As their search vomits up one cringe-worthy skit after another, Movie 43amounts to little more than filmic self-flagellation for all involved."
Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club
"The film feels like an assemblage of cut sketches from the Jean Doumanian season of Saturday Night Live, but as bad as SNL can be, it at least holds out the sweet release of a commercial break between dreadful sketches. There’s no such respite from the gauntlet of smutty, profane awfulness here."
Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"If Movie 43 is fitfully amusing, it brings Hollywood’s standards of comedy one step closer to the gutter."
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"It’s as if Movie 43 was itself a feature-length f***-you to Hollywood, a movie made simply to show how bad a movie a studio could be induced to make and actors could be persuaded to act in."
David Edelstein, Vulture
"It’s rare to see a piece of s*** that actually looks and sounds like a piece of s***."
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