New Chappie Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics
Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new action/sci-fi film, “Chappie,” into theaters this weekend, and all the top,major movie critics have delivered their reviews, and it turns out that their opinions were sort of mixed ,overall, as it got a total 40 score out of a possible 100 across 37 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er. We’ve listed blurbs from a couple of the critics,below.
Mick LaSalle over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 grade, stating: ” It’s a good sci-fi action movie, too. Far be it from me to give this movie the kiss of death by making it seem too serious for its core audience. Chappie is everything it has to be — but it’s everything it should be, too.”
Bill Zwecker from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 63 score, saying: “This is a well-meaning film with a good idea that unfortunately stumbles on its way to its less-than-satisfying end.”
Tom Russo over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 grade. He stated: “Chappie boasts so many entertaining elements, particularly the lead motion-capture performance by Blomkamp’s go-to guy Sharlto Copley, its shortcomings don’t sink the movie.”
Claudia Puig over at USA Today, gave it a 63 grade. She stated: “Chappie is meant to inspire questions about what it means to be human, and at times it does. However, director and co-writer Neill Blomkamp doesn’t explore its intriguing premise deeply enough.”
Manohla Dargis from The New York Times, gave it a 60 score, stating: “Even at his shakiest, Mr. Blomkamp holds your attention with stories about characters banding together to emerge from a hell not of their own making, a liberation journey that just isn’t the same old, same old when a director was born in South Africa.”
Kyke Anderson at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “When we’re first introduced, he’s an overwhelmed infant, and by the time the credits roll, he’s John McClane. Is that an accurate representation of how artificial intelligence can evolve? Absolutely. Does it make for compelling drama? Not particularly.”
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 50 score, stating: “The technology is seamless, the movements are eloquent and the problem may be my own misprogramming, but the robot still looked to me like a man in a robot suit.”
Graham Fuller over at the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 score, stating: “Chappie is as subtle as a sledgehammer. The latest sci-fi action spectacle from “District 9” and “Elysium” director Neill Blomkamp is also sprawling, bombastic, deafening, ugly and ultra-violent.”
James Rocchi from the TheWrap, gave it a 40 grade. He said: “It’s too bad that neither the philosophy nor the pyrotechnics on-screen in Chappie can distract you from your own sinking feeling that you’ve seen almost all of this before.”
Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it a 38 grade. He said: “Blomkamp and his wife and co-writer, Terri Tatchell, stack the deck. Instead of awe, we get “E.T.” – aww.”
Michael O’Sullivan at the Washington Post, gave it a 37, stating: “Despite Blomkamp’s efforts to make some kind of commentary about the human soul, which the auteur bolsters with his trademark social consciousness — a tone of preachiness that, after three films, has worn out its welcome — the movie exhibits precious little humanity.”
Todd McCarthy over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 30 score. He stated: ” With unappealing one-note characters, retread concepts and implausible motivations, Chappie is a further downward step for director Neill Blomkamp.”
Justin Chang over at Variety, gave it a 30 grade as well, stating: ” Intelligence, artificial or otherwise, is one of the major casualties of Chappie, a robot-themed action movie that winds up feeling as clunky and confused as the childlike droid with which it shares its name.”
Peter Sobczynski at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 25 grade, stating: “An exhausting slog through overly familiar cliches that is nowhere near as profound or touching as it clearly thinks it is and is utterly lacking in the kind of intelligence and artistry that it so often pays lip service to in the dialogue.”
Lou Lumenick at the New York Post, gave it a 25 score, stating: “Short Circuit” meets “RoboCop” — with asides to “WALL-E,” “E.T.,” “The Road Warrior” and many other better movies — in Chappie, an interminable, violent, incoherent and wearying R-rated sci-fi action comedy.”
Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times, gave it an awful 20 grade, claiming: “Chappie is a movie about the evolution of artificial intelligence that’s as dumb as a post. It also marks the continuing devolution of the work of director and co-writer Neill Blomkamp.”
Finally, Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it the worst “0” score. He stated: “A misjudgment from metallic head to titanium toe.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.