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New Warcraft movie got mostly negative reviews from top critics. Universal Pictures released their new action/fantasy flick, “Warcraft,” into theaters today, June 10th, 2016, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics.

Unfortunately for the film, it turns out that most of the critics didn’t like it too much, giving it just a 32 score out of a possible 100 score across 38 critic reviews on Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Ben Foster, Ben Schnetzer, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Robert Kazinsky, Toby Kebbell and Travis Fimmel. We’ve added comments from a couple of the critics, below.

Brian Truitt from USA Today, gave it an ok 75 score, saying: ” Warcraft wins by not trying to be the second coming of a 10-hour cinematic trip through Mordor with Hobbits and jewelry. Rather, it’s a simpler, yet still wholly entertaining tale of magic and larger-than-life soldiers in a battle for survival.”

Sheri Linden over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 grade, stating: “The movie is character-driven every step of the way. That’s why, even if the world created by Jones and his talented design collaborators, both old-school physical and cutting-edge digital, isn’t seamlessly believable so much as staggeringly crafted, it casts a spell.”

Justin Chang from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 score. He said: “There are stretches of tedium in this lumpy and derivative mythology, to be sure. But there are also immersive IMAX 3-D backdrops, striking ambiguities and irresistible moments of straight-faced lunacy.

The line between hack work and labor of love may be perilously thin, but you can sense the difference in the way Jones earnestly, wholeheartedly embraces the magic that powers this realm.”

Manohla Dargis over at The New York Times, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “Probably the best way to experience Warcraft, a generally amusing and sometimes visually arresting absurdity, is stoned. If watching the big screen through a cannabis cloud isn’t your idea of a good movie time, though, I suggest that you do what I did and just go with the incoherent flow.”

Kyle Smith over at the New York Post, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “No, Warcraft isn’t a ridiculous mess; it holds together on its own musclebound terms. It neither tries to be jokey nor undercuts itself by being unintentionally funny. And it offers a bit more complexity than some other nonstop action flicks adapted from video games. It’s a real movie, just not a good one.”

Katie Walsh over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 grade,claiming: “Proceed with caution to “Warcraft,” but there is entertainment to be found here. It’s certainly more absorbing than the lazily assembled “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” because Jones’ exertion and drive behind the film is palpable, if a bit sweaty.”

Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a 38 score, saying: “There’s nary an honorable death that resonates, although we do get some creative visual perspectives on enthusiastically digitized brutality. But wasn’t the game good for that already?”

Bill Zwecker from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 38 grade. He claims: “This loud, bombastic, often incoherent mishmash of magical-themed storytelling simply was not worth whatever effort went into it. While there are some acceptable action sequences, it’s the screenplay — complicated by some less than inspired performances — that dooms “Warcraft” at every point along the way.”

Ethan Sacks from the New York Daily News, gave it a 30 score, saying: “This is not “Lord of the Rings.” It’s barely “Dungeons & Dragons.”

Geoff Berkshire from Variety, gave it a 30 score, saying: “So good at making the most outlandish elements of his first two films seem completely credible, Jones can’t find a way to get this cartoony spectacle to soar. His heartfelt approach to the material only underlines the silliness.”

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a bad 25 grade. He said: “What’s onscreen is a godawful mess, leaving the actors to suck wind while the film collapses around them. If you’ve never played the game, you might as well watch the movie stoned.”

Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 25 score. He stated: ” It’s soulless, incoherent, Renaissance Faire hooey. And since the latest iteration of game series that inspired it, World of Warcraft, already peaked years ago, even the timing is off.”

Christy Lemire from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 12 score, stating: “I’m also hoping that the game is more emotionally engaging — or at least, you know, fun — than the movie I just saw. Because that thing was a dour mess.”

Lastly, Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, gave it a really bad 10 score, saying: “Imagine “Battlefield Earth” without the verve and you get this sludgy, tedious fantasy adventure, a fun-starved dud that’s not even unintentionally hilarious.” Stay tuned.

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