Sunday, April 21, 2024

Ridley Scott’s Napoleon Faces Waterloo with Uninterested Audiences, Negative Reviews from Rock Stars


Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” has met its Waterloo — with audiences.

The big battle wide screen motion picture has gotten a B minus from Cinemascore. On Rotten Tomatoes, the audience number is a very low 60.

Even worse: celebrities don’t like it. Twitter users Billy Idol and Sean Ono Lennon each panned it. If you see more, email me at

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“Napoleon” will make between $22 million and $25 million in its opening 5 day run. That will be a financial bust for Sony Pictures. If only Spider Man could have led the charge for Napoleon’s army!

Historical note: Wikipedia says Napoleon was not so short — five foot six and a hald. Helpful reader Rebecca Black says “He wasn’t short. The mistake is that he was measured by the obsolete French inch & was 5’2″ by that, but in actuality was about 5’8″ in English inches, as the French inch was about 1.2″ in English measurements!”

See below: at least Sean Lennon appreciated the unintentional humor in the epic.

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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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