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Old Yesterday, 06:40 AM   #121
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I kinda wanna see this... just to see how truly bad it is. It's getting such mixed reviews. Mostly bad, apparently.
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I kinda wanna see this... just to see how truly bad it is. It's getting such mixed reviews. Mostly bad, apparently.
The reviews kind of drove me away. I'll still watch it on Blu though.
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The reviews kind of drove me away. I'll still watch it on Blu though.
It surprised me. The trailer made it look pretty neat... but apparently it's just a mess of a film. I'll wait for torr-I mean Blu-ray.
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It surprised me. The trailer made it look pretty neat... but apparently it's just a mess of a film. I'll wait for torr-I mean Blu-ray.
Eh, I didn't think the trailer was that great either, but I wasn't expecting an almost negative response.
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Eh, I didn't think the trailer was that great either, but I wasn't expecting an almost negative response.
It definitely caught my attention. I wasn't expecting the widespread negative reactions either though.
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Audiences are clearly more into it than the critics. The audience % on RT is 75, so there is a wide split.

I align with the audience on this one. I thought it was a good, emotionally resonant movie with many truly great, heartfelt scenes. The performances are solid. There are some great artistic flourishes and cinematography. The fantasy scenes are weird. It has some issues. It needs a tighter, more focused script; some characters and plot lines needed more development; some scenes could have been left out. But as it stands, I enjoyed it and I'd be lying if I said it didn't get me to almost tear up a couple times. It's a nice treat in a blockbuster crowded summer that I personally haven't been a huge fan of.

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Not sure why the critics are being so harsh on this film.
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Unfortunately, a lot the backlash is coming from the fact that Braff used Kickstarter for the film. The critics won't outright say it, but a lot of them have big problems with how he went about making the film, and it changed their perception before they saw it. I honestly didn't think it was a mess at all, and it resonated a lot with me. But to each their own, I suppose. Life would be boring if we all liked the same things.
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Unfortunately, a lot the backlash is coming from the fact that Braff used Kickstarter for the film. The critics won't outright say it, but a lot of them have big problems with how he went about making the film, and it changed their perception before they saw it. I honestly didn't think it was a mess at all, and it resonated a lot with me. But to each their own, I suppose. Life would be boring if we all liked the same things.
I had a feeling that was part of it. Just skimming, the fresh reviews appear to be really fresh, so it's kind of strange that the rotten reviews dominated. I have no problem with how he raised money to make the movie, and that shouldn't affect a person's opinion of it anyway. I wasn't thinking about it at all while watching the movie.
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Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin are sublime and the emotional climax of the film lands well however the path taken to get there plays as a loose collection of ideas that likely seemed pleasant in the writing room but really let down the film on screen. Braff continues to be hit or miss when it comes to dialogue but he has talent as a director and an eye for the occasional striking image. The narrative center is really well worn territory for film but it's handled surprisingly well. I just wish what was supporting it wasn't so flimsy, uninteresting and often tone deaf.
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