Critics: Every Movie That Came Out This Weekend Was Terrible
Last weekend was a sad time at movie theaters for anyone looking to see a critically acclaimed new release, as the three biggest premieres of the weekend were all widely panned by critics.
The Other Woman — starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and supermodel Kate Upton — snagged the top spot at the box office from Captain America: The Winter Soldier over the weekend, making $24.7 million, according to figures from Box Office Mojo. The film’s mostly female target audience was apparently not bothered by the title’s poor reviews, which have landed it a paltry 26 percent fresh rating among reviews aggregated by Rotten Tomatoes. Viewers weren’t quite so discriminating, as the movie has a 69 percent among ratings from 23,180 users on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Other Woman stars Diaz as a woman who finds out that her boyfriend is not only cheating on her but is actually married to another woman. The wife is played by Mann, who befriends Diaz’s character instead of fighting with her. Together with another mistress — played by the busty Upton, putting her best assets to work — the women plan revenge on the cheating guy. The film is on the surface a feminist revenge flick that sees women you’d think would be bitter enemies coming together through the magic of female friendship to get back at the guy who truly deserves their wrath, rather than fighting each other.
Critics were not kind to the movie. “It’s only mid-spring, but I’m making an early reservation for The Other Woman to appear on my list of the worst films of 2014,” said critic Richard Roeper in his scathing review of the movie. Of Upton’s performance, he said, “She makes Brooklyn Decker seem like Dame Judi Dench by comparison.” He ends his review by saying, “nobody escapes this mess with a shred of dignity.” Ouch.