Friday, April 19, 2024

UPDATE Johnny Depp’s “Mortdecai” Gets 38 Negative Reviews, 3 Positive– Is He Still a Movie Star?


updated Friday 11:15am
“Mortdecai” has 38 negative reviews, and 3 positive, on Rotten Tomatoes. Meanwhile both “Strange Magic” and “The Boy Next Door” are hovering around an astoundingly low 13%. This may be the worst weekend ever for new movies. Go see the 8 Oscar nominated films. Or go see Al Pacino in “The Humbling,” a great movie that was killed by its distributor.

updated Thursday night
“Mortdecai” is at 5% now on Rotten Tomatoes. Lions Gate should claim North Korea really hates it, and put this latest Johnny Depp flop on VOD right now. What has happened to Johnny Depp? “The Lone Ranger” was a spectacular failure. “Transcendence”,” released since The Long Ranger, made only $23 million. “The Tourist” with Angelina Jolie was so bad no on speaks of it without laughing.

Other than the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Johnny has been out of his depp. “Mortdecai” will face a brutal Friday. All they can do is hope for a blizzard on Saturday and blame the weather. But is Depp really a movie star? Without “Pirates” what would his career be?

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez’s “Boy Next Door” isn’t doing much better at 19% on Rotten Tomatoes. This calamity may have one more week than “Morty.”

And Disney’s “Strange Magic” has terrible reviews. But kids and families could keep it afloat over the weekend.

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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