Monday, April 22, 2024

Affleck, Timberlake: Big Stars, Very Low Score with “Runner Runner”


It’s not a happy morning for Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake or Fox. “Runner Runner” opens today with an astonishingly low score on The film has an 11% rating with 54 negative reviews and 7 positive ones. That low a number might be surmounted if the weekend weren’t packed with good films. “Gravity” has a 98%– just about perfect– and could score a $40 million opening. It may do even better than that and deservedly so.

Both “Parkland” and “ACOD” have decent 47, 48s. I really liked “Parkland” but it has nothing behind it– no marketing or publicity, no effort. It’s too bad became James Badge Dale and a number of others are quite good in it. “ACOD” — which I haven’t seen– is actually based on real people. I know some of them. It sounds entertaining.

“Runner Runner” is written by two smart, talented guys– Brian Koppleman and David Levien. They wrote “Rounders” and “Oceans Thirteen,” among other things. They will rise again, certainly. But it sounds like “Runner Runner” is heading to the dustbin.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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