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Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice


Any reaction to early reviews?

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5 Responses to “BYOBat”

  1. mariamu says:

    Feeling so sad about this movie. It will be playing at my theatre and I won’t waste my time promoting it. I will direct ;ticket buyers to anything else but this.

  2. palmtree says:

    I’m almost as equally excited to hate-watch this as to enjoy it. In fact, the expectations are so lowered that I probably won’t mind how bad it is.

  3. Stella's Boy says:

    Has there ever been a movie where reviews mattered less? I see it’s at 33% at RT right now, barely better than My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, but is there a single person out there who’s on the fence about seeing it and using reviews to make up their mind? Will the reviews matter at all come Sunday when the massive weekend opening estimate is announced? It’s kind of depressing to think about how successful it’s going to be regardless of how terrible it is. I hated Man of Steel, so when critics say it’s much worse, I shudder to think how awful it really is. Part of me does want to hate-watch it, but part of me thinks life is too short to spend 150 or so minutes watching something I want to hate.

    Also it’s funny to compare the orgasmic fanboy tweets from Monday night with the reviews. I’m sure those tweets will carry far more weight than the reviews.

  4. palmtree says:

    “Has there ever been a movie where reviews mattered less?”

    Yes, pretty much all the movies of Michael Bay.

    The reviews for BvS matter, because this movie had ambitions for greatness and importance, the kinds of things that critical validation provides.

  5. Stella's Boy says:

    Aren’t a lot of the same people going to Transformers movies going to this one? And those viewers don’t care about or read reviews right? I fail to see how BvS reviews matter. If it doesn’t perform to expectations, it will be because of word-of-mouth, not reviews. The nearly $28 million box office from last night indicates that reviews don’t mean anything.

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