New Hot Pursuit Movie Received Mostly Negative Reviews From Major Critics
New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.), MGM released their new comedy/action film, “Hot Pursuit,” into theaters this weekend, and all the top,major critics have turned in their reviews for it. It turns out that most of them weren’t too please with what they saw, giving it a very low, overall 30 score out of a possible 100 score across 33 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: John Carroll Lynch, Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Richard T. Jones and Rob Kazinsky. We’ve supplied blurbs from a few of the critics,below.
Sara Stewart from the New York Post, gave it a not so great 50 score, saying: “Witherspoon’s charge, Sofía Vergara as a recalcitrant witness in need of police protection, is an adept slapstick comic likewise hamstrung by director Anne Fletcher’s sluggish pacing, which reliably stays with a scene for three beats beyond the punch line.”
John Anderson from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 50 score as well, stating: “Hot Pursuit is about two women finding sisterly common ground despite ethnic, religious, philosophical, temperamental and/or phonetic differences. It also seems an inevitable stop on Hollywood’s perpetual recycling drive, which caters to an audience perfectly content with the creaky and familiar.”
Leah Greenblatt over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 grade. She stated: “What’s spanglish for déjà vu? There’s hardly a single moment in Hot Pursuit that won’t remind you of scenes you’ve seen at the multiplex a thousand times before. (The movie’s original title was Don’t Mess With Texas, probably because Thelma & Louise Ride the Pineapple Express All the Way to Jump Street — and They’ve Got Lethal Weapons, Y’all! was just too long.)”
Glenn Kenny at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 50 score, stating: “As a delivery system for a newly minted and reasonably engaging if not always laugh-out-loud comedy team — Reese Witherspoon and Sophie Vergara — Hot Pursuit works.”
Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 38 grade. He said: “Here’s proof two females can make a bickering-opposites-action-comedy that’s just as lousy and sour as any clunker starring two guys.”
A.O. Scott over at The New York Times, gave it a 30 score, saying: “While a movie that fails to catch fire is disappointing, there is something even more dispiriting about a movie that doesn’t even bother to try, that tosses its stars a soggy book of matches and expects them to generate a spark.”
Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 30 score. He said: “The film is essentially nothing but little and ineffectual bits of recycled shtick with no sense of freshness of invention. And the women never bond in even the most rote or superficial way that’s expected in this sort of claptrap.”
Andrew Barker over at Variety, gave it a 30 score ,saying: “A few mildly tone-deaf jokes are hardly enough to sink Hot Pursuit. What does, however, is its tendency to belabor the laziest, most obvious gags beyond the point of reason.”
Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 25 grade. He stated: “So there’s nothing here to see, except maybe the white dress that Vergara wears in her first scene.”
Claudia Puig over at USA Today, gave it a pretty awful 25 score, stating: “Hot Pursuit is this week’s “Paul Blart.” Which is to say, it’s ill-conceived, not funny, overbearing and not in any way worth watching.”
Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 25 as well. He stated: “It’s all stupefyingly unfunny. Hot Pursuit is one hot mess.” Inkoo Kang from TheWrap, gave it a 20 grade, saying: “The joyless and perfunctory Hot Pursuit would be a black mark on anyone’s résumé, but it’s an especially disheartening one for Witherspoon at this point in her career.”
Betsy Sharkey from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a very bad 10 score, stating: “This is an equal-opportunity fiasco.” Finally, Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News, gave it the most awful and dreaded “0” score, claiming: “Hot Pursuit gets cold quickly. That’s certainly not the fault of stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, who work to keep this blessedly brief action-comedy shaking and cruising to an unthrilling end.
The blame lies with a dopey script, director Anne Fletcher and a lazy Hollywood assumption that female buddy flicks should be as half-assed as their male counterparts.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.