New ’47 Ronin’ Movie Got Mostly Very Negative Reviews From Top Movie Critics
New ’47 Ronin’ movie got mostly very negative reviews from top movie critics. Universal Pictures dropped their new fantasy/action flick, “47 Ronin,” into theaters this past Tuesday, December 24th, and the top movie critics in the biz, have submitted their reviews. Overall, they are really, really bad with a 24 score out of 100 across 17 critic reviews at metacritic.com. We’ve served a couple of snippets (below). The movie stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, and Rinko Kikuchi.
Sara Stewart over at the New York Post, gave it a mediocre 50 score, stating, “There’s little sense of urgency, or — oddly, given the film’s title — of scale. You never really think that the 47 are truly outnumbered, and the large action scenes are often just incomprehensible.”
Claudia Puig from the USA Today team, gave it another 50 score. She explained: “While the visuals are lovely to behold, this unremarkable version of the classic 18th century Japanese legend is stiff and uninvolving.” Nicolas Rapold from the New York Times, gave it a 40 grade, stating, “47 Ronin can’t entirely paper over the void at its center, traceable partly to the shadowboxing of computer-aided filmmaking or studio tinkering.”
Peter Debruge over at Variety, gave it another 40 points. He stated, “As impressive as these visual elements prove to be, the film struggles to grab and maintain audiences’ interest, whether or not they know the underlying legend by heart.” Matt Jenkins from the Washington Post, gave it a 37 grade,stating, “Ultimately, the movie just doesn’t justify its outrageous bid to turn a solemn tale of self-sacrifice into swaggering global-marketplace entertainment.”
Mark Olsen over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 30 score. He said, “Rinsch, making his feature debut, shows the shortcoming of someone coming from the image-based world of commercials and advertising. There are moments of genuine beauty and a few terrifically eye-popping effects, but no feel yet for storytelling.”
David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 30 score, claiming, “It falls short on character definition, emotional involvement, narrative drive and originality.” Simon Abrams at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 25 score He stated: “In spite of its enjoyable, easy-to-exploit aspects, 47 Ronin is a big budget spectacle hamstrung by its need to be at once flippant and respectful of its honor-driven source material.”
David Ehrlich from Film.com, gave it a very,very bad 5 grade, stating, “Insufferably boring, culturally hegemonic, and profoundly ugly.” And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Joe Neumaler at the New York Daily News, gave it an absolute lowest score of 0, stating, “In the monumentally dull 47 Ronin, Reeves mumbles monosyllabic claptrap between dull action scenes.
And it’s a shame: At almost 50 years old, the actor allows this turgid, clanky flick to play to his worst stereotypes.” Wow! Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.Did You Enjoy this Post? Subscribe to Hollywood Hills on Facebook, Twitter, & Email