Sunday, April 21, 2024

Movies: “Interstellar” Reviews Come Pouring In, and They are Very Mixed


Not a great morning for “Interstellar” or Paramount. The review embargo just lifted. This is not “Gravity.” Reviews are mixed, even the good ones. The Christopher Nolan film is running at 60% so far on Rotten Tomatoes. Even the reviews that gave it a red tomato (meaning a pass vs. fail) read not so glowingly.

Paramount sort of did this movie backwards, creating antipathy before the film premiered. I’m not sure why it went this way. Even Anne Thompson is writing on Playlist that it’s not a likely Best Picture nominee. And she’s right. The Academy usually feels that big box office is enough of a reward for these kinds of space operas.

My favorite quote so far is from Devin Faraci, a blogger: “It’s a movie designed for people who watched the bedroom sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey and wished there was more exposition about who built the room, how, why and what thread count was on that bed.”

Stay tuned…

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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