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New 5th Wave movie got mostly negative reviews from top critics. Columbia Pictures released their new action/thriller flick, “The 5th Wave,” into theaters this weekend, and all the top critics have revealed their opinion of it. It turns out that it just didn’t quite go over well with the majority of them, giving it a very low, overall 34 score out of a possible 100 across 26 reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Bailey Anne Borders, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gabriela Lopez, Maggie Siff, Matthew Zuk, Nick Robinson and Ron Livingston. We’ve added comments from a couple of the critics, beloiw.

Brian Truitt over at USA Today, gave it an ok 75 score, saying: “The 5th Wave finds a way to make the most of Moretz’s talents, with the emotionality she showed in If I Stay and the utter physical chutzpah of her Kick-Ass films.”

Clark Collis from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 grade. He said: “The frankly preposterous nature of the film’s setup is rendered slightly less so by a couple of second act reveals. But, by then, many viewers will have lost interest in a movie with a very high bodycount but a very small amount of grit, either emotional or literal.”

Harry Windsor from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “Director J Blakeson…might be making franchise bait but he exhibits a relatively restrained reliance on spectacle, and the screenplay by Jeff Pinkner, Susannah Grant and Akiva Goldsman is light on the aphoristic earnestness that bogged down the most recent Hunger Games, or last year’s Goldsman-penned Insurgent.”

Eddie Cockrell at Variety, gave it a 50 score, saying: “Enough of Yancey’s ambitious narrative has made the final cut to reflect an arrestingly original spin on trendy genre tropes.”

Gary Goldstein over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 40 score, stating: “Director J Blakeson can’t quite maintain the film’s momentum while squaring its disparate parts, malleable story rules (weren’t all power sources destroyed?), hokey dialogue and a crisscross of often one-note emotions.”

Sheila O’Malley over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 38 grade. She said: “The 5th Wave is Dystopia-Lite.”

Tom Russo over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 38 grade. He stated: “It’s tough to stay focused on the provocative bits when soapy talk of teenage yearning and angst keep making us snicker.”

Andy Webster over at The New York Times, gave it a 30 score, claiming: “It’s depressing to see Ms. Moretz — so spirited in “Clouds of Sils Maria” and the “Kick-Ass” movies — reduced to constant mooning at Mr. Roe.”

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 25 grade, stating: “Despite the strong presence of Kick-Ass star Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie, the movie is selling the same old YA yada yada yada that made phenoms of “Twilight” and “Divergent.”

Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a very bad 25 score, saying: “It has the curse of earnestness. It is so sincere … it is so sincere it could put you into a coma.”

Kyle Smith over at the New York Post, also gave it an ugly 25 score, claiming: “The undercaffeinated middle of the film consists of dopey twists, slow-burning gazes and dialogue that aims for “heartfelt” but comes out “unfortunate.” Stay tuned.

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