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Garfield: The Movie (2004)
What looked like a cheap, quick knockoff of a classic comic strip and cartoon actually captures the tone just right.
 
 One of the year's cheesiest and most embarrassing movies.
 
  (Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer)
 
 So charmless, so completely devoid of laughs and feels so long - even at 85 minutes - that before it's over, you may want to claw your eyes out.
 
  (Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City)
 
 If you want 78 minutes of bad writing and boredom then do I have a movie for you!
 
 (Joshua Tyler, Cinemablend.com)
 
 Itís marginally better than The Cat in the Hat, though thatís like saying suffocation is mildly more amusing than drowning.
 
  (Sean O'Connell, Filmcritic.com)
 
 I didnít laugh once, and itís hard to know at whom itís aimed, since itís too unsophisticated for adults, and too boring for children. Garfield is a dog.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
The Book of Eli (2010)
The perfect movie.
 
 
 The Book of Eli combines the maximum in hollow piety with remorseless violence.
 
 (David Denby, New Yorker)
 
 An absurd, incoherent narrative defined by contradictions: religious and violent, arty and exploitational, serious and trashy, stylized and gritty.
 
 (Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com)
 
 A post-apocalyptic western cursed by laborious pacing and a sense of self-importance which its nutty story does not warrant. Ponderous in the extreme and laced with portentous religious overtones.
 
 (Mike Goodridge, Screen International)
 
 As with All About Steve, itís hard to convey exactly how mad this film is. Imagine The Road, remade by Christian fundamentalists with a sadistic interest in mutilation in general, and amputation in particular. Itís that weirdly deranged.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
MacGruber (2010)
I could not believe the stuff I was seeing in this movie... You just won't believe where it goes, and that's comedy... I laughed my *** off at MacGruber.
 
 MacGruber joins a too long list of horrible Saturday Night Live adaptations of sketch characters into feature length films.
 
 (Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com)
 
 Although the most obvious flaw with MacGruber is the disappointingly low laugh quotient, that's not the sole problem. As is the case with many poor action/comedies, this one spends too much time on exposition for a plot that no one in the audience cares about. It's boring and tedious, but incorporating this extraneous material is how the five-minute skit becomes bloated to elephantine proportions.
 
 (James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
 
 Leading man Will Forte will make you pine for the graceful savoir faire of a Jack Black or an Adam Sandler.
 
 (Catherine Bray, Film4)
 
 Will Forte, who hasnít starred in a movie before and looks extremely unlikely to do so again, lacks the slightest vestige of credibility or charm as MacGruber. He also co-wrote the script. Letís just say that comedy is not Forteís forte.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
The Last Airbender (2010)
It captivated my imagination.
 
 The Last Airbender is an insult to anyone with a triple-digit I.Q. and a willingness to use it inside the confines of a movie theater. This is bad filmmaking and bad storytelling. It also sounds what should be the death knell to M. Night Shyamalan's career.
 
 (James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
 
 The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.
 
 (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
 
 The best way to watch The Last Airbender is probably with your eyes closed.
 
 (A.O. Scott, New York Times)
 
 I see a dead career.
 
 (Robbie Collin, News of the World)
 
 I didnít think it was possible for him to make something worse than his Lady in the Water or The Happening. But he has managed it.
 
 (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 
 Please let it be the last Shyamalan.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
Sucker Punch (2011)
I think Zack Snyder just thought of the craziest things he wanted to see in a movie, so he did it. That's what artists should do. Now it turns out to be some metaphorical fantasy and that's cool too.
 
 I walked out of this movie in a state of depression. Depressed that so much technical bravura could be thrown away. Depressed that someone mistook this empty, nihilistic sketch for a substantive and meaningful project. Depressed that I had been bamboozled into paying $10 to be subjected to it. At least, however, I understood the meaning of the title. I had been sucker punched.
 
 (James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
 
 Sucker Punch never pretends to be anything more than a money-making spectacle, but Zack Snyder could have hid his cynicism better.
 
 (Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News)
 
 I don't doubt that Mr Snyder is possessed of an imagination; it's just that what he imagines is hackneyed, meretricious and boring.
 
 (Anthony Quinn, Independent)
 
 Proves that while masturbating over your cast may not make you blind, it can impair directorial vision.
 
 (Catherine Bray, Film4)
 
 Bewilderingly pointless.
 
 (Edward Porter, Sunday Times)
 
 Soul-suckingly putridÖ It seems to have been made for 12 year-old boys by a sad middle-aged man whose only experience of life is from violent comics, shoot-Ďem-up video games and online pornography.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
The Hangover Part II (2011)
Epic. Outrageous.
 
 Someone has finally dared to make a mainstream American comedy in which nothing funny happens.
 
 (Adam Sternberg, New York Times)
 
 It's hard to imagine a more calculating, creatively bankrupt piece of real estate than The Hangover Part II.
 
 (Eric Hynes, Village Voice)
 
 More of a vulgar assault than an attempt at actual comedy.
 
 (Brad Brevet, Rope of Silicon)
 
 Less attractive and far less amusing.
 
 (Philip French, Observer)
 
 The worst sequel of all time.
 
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
 
 
Your Highness (2011)
A really big budget movie full of action and special effects, all to make really immature jokes. I totally support that and I enjoy the exercise.
 
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