Before I get into any of this, please know that I get no pleasure in reporting this to you. Despite my well-documented reservations surrounding this film, I wanted badly to be proven wrong about BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. At the end of the day, I’m a huge Superman nerd and- as discussed in the latest LOS FANBOYS podcast— I woke up on Monday feeling downright excited about the impending release of the film. So as we get into what the final critical consensus has turned out to be, just know that this stuff pains me.
With 146 critics having officially chimed in on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s finally time to look at what the consensus is on BATMAN V SUPERMAN. Of those who’ve submitted their reviews, only 48 of them deemed the film to be good, or “Fresh.” The other 98 have deemed the film “Rotten.” Since the film now stands at a 33% rating on the site, we’ll be looking at a representative number of reviews. In that case, one could argue that 7 out of every 10 critics didn’t like it, therefore let’s have a look at 10 reviews that represent the film’s final score.
Also, in the interest of only giving top brass critics the spotlight- and not Joe Shmoe from the Kansas Gazette- I’ll only include snippets from reviews by the site’s Top Critics:
“While the Marvel universe, now owned by Disney, is glib and sunny, it’s a nice echo of Warner’s past as a home to gangsters and gritty melodramas to find its DC world operating very much on the dark end of the street.“
– Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times
“When it sings, Dawn of Justice is a wonder. When it drags, it still looks good and offers hints of a better scene just around the corner.“
– Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
“Snyder, juiced up by Hans Zimmer’s caffeinated score, throws everything at the screen until resistance is futile.“
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Constantly threatening to collapse from self-seriousness, this epic has way too much of everything, including CGI and Oscar winners up the wazoo.“
– Lou Lumenick, New York Post
“A near-total drag, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice plays like a loose, unofficial quarter-billion-dollar remake of The Odd Couple, in which Oscar and Felix are literally trying to kill each other.“
– Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“Rather than escapism and sensory exhilaration, viewers get down in the mire with protagonists who grimace, scowl and wince their way through heroics with the joyless determination of shift workers making the doughnuts.“
– Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“It’s a shame that Batman v Superman is also a storytelling disgrace. It has maybe six opening scenes and jumps so incessantly from subplot to subplot that a script doctor would diagnose a peculiarly modern infection: ‘disjunctivitis.’“
– David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“And what of the title’s promised skirmish? That face-off between two comics legends becomes but one in a series of big things bashing into other big things, which is what Snyder and writers Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer mistake for storytelling.“
– Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
“If there’s any justice, dawning or otherwise, at the multiplex, audiences will reject Zack Snyder’s lumbering, dead-on-arrival superhero mÃ©lange, a $250 million tombstone for a genre in dire need of a break.“
– Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
“In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel duke it out and the audience loses.“
– Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
You can expect Latino Review to have our own exhaustive review of the film in the days to come. There’ll be a written post, a video review, and plenty of chatter about it on the next LOS FANBOYS.
Just a small taste, for now: Our editor-in-chief Kellvin loved it. Saw it twice, and told me he considers it an 8 out of 10, and an improvement over MAN OF STEEL– which he also really liked.
By the way, this means Joseph, Kellvin, and I were all wrong. We predicted the Tomato Meter on the last podcast. My prediction was 58%, Kellvin Price Is Right-ed me with a guess of 60%, and Jammer had predicted a SUPERMAN RETURNS-tying 76%
SOURCE: Rotten Tomatoes