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New Ben Stiller ‘Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ film getting mixed reviews from top critics. 20th Century FOX dropped their new adventure/comedy flick, “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” into theaters this past Tuesday,December 24th, and the top movie critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that the results are pretty mixed as it got an overall 54 score out of 100 across 37 critic reviews at The movie stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn,and Sean Penn.

Joe Neumaier at the New York Daily News, gave it an exceptional 100 score, stating, “The story Stiller tells manages to float in a most peculiar, satisfying way.” Peter Keough from the Boston Globe, gave it a solid 75 score, stating, “The quest ends in a surprise Capra-esque resolution, which both satisfies and cloys.”

Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times, awarded it a 70 score. He stated, “Stiller’s sensibility creates a movie that’s smarter than you think it will be.” Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67 score, stating, “In the end, Walter Mitty is a film about acting out our dreams. But Stiller never quite shows us the soul of his dreamer.”

David Rooney from the The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 grade,saying, “Audiences willing to tune in to its blend of surreal fantasy, droll comedy and poignancy will be rewarded.” Peter Debruge from Variety, gave it a 60 score. He said, “Rather than channeling James Thurber’s satirical tone, Stiller plays it mostly earnest, spinning what feels like a feature-length “Just Do It” ad.”

Glenn Kenny from, gave it a 50 score, stating, “Let me be frank: to use the words of the august founder of this website, I hated, hated, hated this movie.” Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune, awarded it a 50 grade. He said, “The film has a persistent and careful sheen. It looks good. It is, in fact, preoccupied with looking good. If this sounds like faint praise, I’m afraid it is.”

Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, gave it a 50 score, stating, “The unevenness of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Stiller’s recessive characterization of the title character, keep it from being an all-out crowd-pleaser.” A.O. Scott over at The New York Times, gave it another 50 score, stating, “Though it is a celebration of modesty, there is also quite a lot of vanity in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 50. He stated, ” This is an ambitious and sometimes effective but wildly uneven adventure that plays like one extended ego trip for Stiller. It feels like a movie by focus group, struggling to find a place between genuinely creative fantasy and audience-pleasing payoff moments.”

Claudia Puig from the USA Today team, gave it a 50 score,stating, “By trying to combine fantasy and romance with goofy humor, globe-trotting adventure and feel-good inspiration, Stiller has made Mitty a mixed bag of clashing tones and facile redemption.”

Kyle Smith from New York Post, gave it a pretty awful 38 score, saying, “The story of a guy who never goes anywhere or does anything. Until he goes everywhere and does everything, but he might as well have stayed home.” Lastly, Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it an even more horrible 25 score, stating, “If, while watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you start wondering why Ben Stiller is acting strange, the answer comes during the closing credits: “Directed by Ben Stiller.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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