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New Magnificent Seven movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Columbia Pictures released their new action/western flick, “The Magnificent Seven,” into theaters today, September 23rd, 2016, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that they were pretty mixed about it, awarding it an overall 54 score out of a possible 100 across 42 critic reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Byung-hun Lee, Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard and Vincent D’Onofrio. We’ve added comments from a couple of the critics, below.

Lou Lumenick over at the New York Post, gave it an ok 75 grade. He said: “This entertaining and handsome-looking version of The Magnificent Seven is very much tailored to his star, right down to Washington’s real-life history as a preacher’s son.”

Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it a 75 score, saying: “The new Seven isn’t aiming for cinema immortality. It’s two hours of hardcore, shoot-em-up pow and it’s entertaining as hell.”

Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 score, stating: “This Seven’s just silly, solid entertainment: multiplex fun by numbers.”

Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 75 grade. He said: “Over all, this is a rousing, albeit sometimes cheesy, action-packed Western bolstered by Denzel Washington’s baddest-of-the-baddasses lead performance, mostly fine supporting work, and yep, some of the most impressively choreographed extended shootout sequences in recent memory.”

Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 score. He stated: “It ain’t Shakespeare, or even Kurosawa. But it’s an acceptable remake of a western that itself was an acceptable remake of one of the greatest movies ever made. Enjoyable, even, until the last act proves how dull an overextended gun battle can get.”

Manohla Dargis over at the New York Times, gave it a 60 score, saying: “The new movie is as moth-eaten as the serapes strewn through the 1960 film, but there’s no denying the appeal of the image of Mr. Washington riding a horse, shooting a Colt and leading a posse of vigilantes to save a mostly white Western town.”

Brian Truitt from USA Today, gave it a 50 grade, claiming: “The Magnificent Seven is like a long-fused stick of dynamite: It takes forever to get interesting but does at least unleash an explosive finale.”

Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 grade. He said: “This movie’s all over the place, trying too hard to be all Westerns to all sensibilities.”

Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, gave it a 50 score. He said: “The Magnificent Seven is fine as far as it goes, but — especially when the familiar strains of the 1960 theme song begin wafting over the final scenes — one can’t help feeling that it should have gone much further.”

Kenneth Turan over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 grade. He said: “A sense of lethargy hangs uneasily over the lumbering new version of The Magnificent Seven. Despite its sturdy plot, seasoned director and capable cast toplined by Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, it arrives in a comatose state, a film unlikely to arouse passions one way or another.”

Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 50 score, claiming: “The sheer talent of the cast here sometimes provides enough depth to get audience members to the climactic shoot-out, and there are a few definite MVPs in terms of ensemble, but it’s hard to envision this film having anywhere near the cinematic legacy of those that inspired it.”

Owen Gleiberman from Variety, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: “Fuqua is trying for John Ford meets Sergio Leone: a funky classical sweep, with room for delirious shootouts. The trouble is that he mimics the trademarks of those directors without their élan, and the plot that was once catchy is now rote.”

Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 50 score as well, saying: “Except for the fact that virtually every shot, chop or stab the good guys make hits its mark to make the bad guys quickly drop like toy soldiers, the climactic showdown delivers what it needs to action-wise, leading to a satisfactory wrap-up.”

Robert Abele over at TheWrap, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “The performances are dedicated, but the camaraderie feels perfunctory, outside of a few ruminative exchanges between Hawke and Washington.”

Stephen Whitty from the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 score, stating: “Instead of ever getting truly “Magnificent,” these multicultural gunslingers remain largely a meh seven.”

Lastly, Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 30 grade, saying: “Ethan Hawke is appealing as a polysyllabic coward of some complexity, but Mr. Washington has been stripped of his usual verve and grace. Sometimes you can catch him going slack, like a man looking for the exit.” Stay tuned.

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