Summit Entertainment released their new action/fantasy movie, “The Last Witch Hunter” into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the major,top movie critics. It turns out that this is another one that didn’t resonate well with most of them, getting just an overall 34 score out of a possible 100 across 19 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Elijah Wood, Isaach De Bankolé, Joseph Gilgun, Julie Engelbrecht, Michael Caine, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Rena Owen, Rose Leslie and Vin Diesel. We’ve added comments from a few of the critics,below.
Simon Abrams from RogerEbert.com, gave it an ok 75 grade, stating: ” While most other films sprint through expository dialogue, and bluster their way through action scenes, The Last Witch Hunter is measured enough to make you want to suspend your disbelief.”
Michael O’Sullivan over at the Washington Post, gave it a 50 grade, stating: ” As Kaulder, Diesel does what he does, rumbling out lines of silly dialogue in his subwoofer of a voice. As far as acting goes, there’s not much.”
Stephen Dalton over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: ” In its favor, The Last Witch Hunter boasts some terrific production design and digital effects…. Less impressively, Eisner’s movie is clogged with cardboard characters, flat dialogue and a sluggish middle act that gets lost in too much fabricated witchy folklore.”
Inkoo Kang over at TheWrap, gave it a 45,saying: ” The Last Witch Hunter aims for pulpy, comic-book fun, but it’s never as fleet, funny, or detailed as it needs to be. And if you’re looking for something above middling in terms of plot, characters, world-building, even action sequences, you’ll need to seek it elsewhere.”
Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a 38 grade, stating: ” The script’s messy seams also show in the parade of sidekicks that passes through Kaulder’s door as a new threat develops.”
Kyle Anderson at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 33 score, stating: ” Seemingly every time there was an opportunity to do something fun, The Last Witch Hunter runs in the other direction, creating an unfortunately heavy-handed, humorless, self-serious tone for a story that should be allowed to be a little goofy.”
Robert Abele over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 30 score. He stated: ” The Last Witch Hunter is one of those artlessly restless, exposition-dialogue fantasy-action slogs that, thanks to Breck Eisner’s untamed direction, never manages to corral all the potion talk, mythology rationale and leaps back and forth in time into anything remotely entertaining.”
Kyle Smith at the New York Post, gave it a 25 grade, stating: ” The movie left me amazed — amazed that Nicolas Cage wasn’t in it.”
Andy Webster over at The New York Times, gave it a 20 score. He stated: ” A smorgasbord of empty calories, the Vin Diesel vehicle The Last Witch Hunter, for all its overstuffed visuals, leaves you hungry. But not for more.”
Guy Lodge from Variety, gave it a 20 score,stating: “There are certainly enough dopey diversions here for The Last Witch Hunter to be considerably more fun than it is, but even its most extravagant bouts of silliness are hampered by desultory plotting and Eisner’s oppressively synthetic mise-en-scene.”
Lastly, Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it the most terrible 12 grade, claiming: ” It’s just deadly and dreadful, loud and obnoxious, convoluted and irritating, horrible and dumb.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.