New Kevin Hart Central Intelligence Movie Got Mixed Reviews From Top Critics
New Kevin Hart Central Intelligence movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Warner Bros. Pictures released their new action/comedy flick, “Central Intelligence,” into theaters today, June 17th, 2016, and all the top critics have submitted their reviews.
It turns out that they were pretty mixed about it, giving it an overall 52 score out of a possible 100 score across 30 critic reviews at Metacritic.com. The movie stars: Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. We’ve added comments from a few of the critics, below.
Matt Zoller Seitz from RogerEbert.com, gave it a nice 88 grade, saying: “The best thing about this movie is that you believe in the relationship. Hart and Johnson are a classic comedy duo in the tradition of Abbott & Costello, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby and Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor.”
Justin Chang from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 70 score. He said: “Central Intelligence is dumb in all the right ways, and also a bit smarter than you might expect.”
Sara Stewart from the New York Post, gave it a 63 score, saying: “There’s such a genuine sweetness to Johnson you can’t help digging the shtick.”
Jon Frosch over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 grade. He stated: “Central Intelligence demonstrates an above-average interest in story and character, and tries, if not always successfully, to craft real comic situations and action sequences. It’s been made with a certain level of polish and professionalism. And it capitalizes on the chemistry between Hart and Johnson.”
Joey Nolfi from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 score, stating: “While not necessarily a diamond-in-the-rough itself, Central Intelligence proves that Johnson has always been at the center of his own ring, in more ways than one. It just took the rest of us (and Hollywood) a little longer to notice.”
Sam Adams from TheWrap, gave it a 58 grade. He said: “Central Intelligence doesn’t feel like the birth of a great comic duo — more like a blind date that goes a little better than expected. The chemistry’s not there yet, but let’s give it another shot.”
Ty Burr over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 score, claiming: “The film itself is painless, strained, occasionally amusing, and utterly disposable — just another studio buddy comedy/action movie that forgot where it put the script.”
Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 50 score. He said: “Central Intelligence always takes the lazy way out. You go along for the ride because Hart and Johnson promise something they can’t deliver: a movie as funny as they are.”
Owen Gleiberman from Variety, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “It delivers — on some basic, giddy, turn-off-your-frontal-lobes level. It’s an action-comedy utensil, like “Rush Hour” crossed with an old Arnold Schwarzenegger shoot-’em-up, with a few goofy added sprinkles of “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”
Joe Dziemianowicz from the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 score. He stated: “Even the obligatory blooper reel after the film isn’t as funny as it should be.”
Jeannette Catsoulis from The New York Times, gave it a 40 score. He said: “An odd-couple caper of staggering dopeyness that makes you long for the snap and sizzle of the buddy movies of the 1980s.”
Lastly, Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a pretty poor 38 score, saying: “Central Intelligence is one of those slick, gunplay-riddled, stupidly plotted, aggressively loud buddy movies — so formulaic and dumb, even if you see it you’ll probably forget you’ve seen it by the end of the year…And if that’s the case, consider yourself fortunate.” Stay tuned.Did You Enjoy this Post? Subscribe to Hollywood Hills on Facebook, Twitter, & Email