Thursday, May 30, 2024

Blockbuster? “San Andreas” Bad Reviews Are Pouring In: The Fault Is Not In the Stars


“San Andreas” is heading for something but I’m not sure it’s “blockbuster.” The disaster film is holding at 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, but the major reviewers have all pointed thumbs down. Dribs and drabs of bloggers who are happy just to be guests of the studio (in this case Warner Bros.) have posted on the positive side.

My favorite among the “splats” called the move a “bake and quake.” I have a perverse interest in seeing “San Andreas,” although I probably won’t. One review said it was “feel good” disaster movie, meaning none of the main cast dies, there’s a happy ending after the devastation of the west coast. The fault is not with the stars of the movie, but the people who made it.

“Aloha,” also opening this weekend, has no reviews so far. There was one big press screening last night before Friday showings. I will see it, because it’s by Cameron Crowe. But the Rotten Tomatoes score willbe very low.

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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