Johnny Depp, Bruckheimer Blame Critics for ‘Lone Ranger’ Disaster


Armie Hammer adds: the reviews 'slit the jugular' of Disney feature

Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have spoken out for the first time since mega-budget Western “The Lone Ranger” crumbled at the global box office, blaming U.S. critics for one of the biggest Hollywood trainwrecks of the year.

“I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film,” Depp proclaims in a new interview.

Disney’s costly feature, which could lose as much as $190 million, never stood a chance of succeeding because of overtly negative press, according to the Oscar-nominated actor.

SEE ALSO: ‘The Lone Ranger’ Could Cost Disney Up to $190 million in Losses

“I think the reviews were written when they heard Gore (Verbinski) and Jerry (Bruckheimer) and me were going to do ‘The Lone Ranger’,” Depp said. “They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn’t have any expectations of that. I never do.”

Bruckheimer, who made millions off the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise with Depp, agreed when it came to the press’ coverage.

“I think they were reviewing the budget, not reviewing the movie, ” Bruckheimer told Yahoo U.K.-Ireland. “The audience doesn’t care what the budget is — they pay the same amount if it costs a dollar or 20 million dollars.”

“It’s unfortunate because the movie is a terrific movie, it’s a great epic film. It has lots of humor. Its one of those movies that whatever critics missed in it this time, they’ll review it in a few years and see that they made a mistake.”

SEE ALSO: Johnny Depp ‘Not Too Far Away’ from Quitting Acting

Depp’s co-star, Armie Hammer, who played the title character in the $250 million film, echoed their sentiments.

“This is the deal with American critics: they’ve been gunning for our movie since it was shut down the first time,” Hammer said, “That’s when most of the critics wrote their initial reviews.”

The 26 year-old actor was referring the summer of 2011 when Disney, just weeks before the film was supposed to originally shoot, pulled the plug in order to trim the movie’s steep budget. The studio ultimately greenlit “Lone Ranger” after the three principals, Depp, Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, agreed to take a pay cut.

“They tried to do the same thing with ‘World War Z’,” Hammer said of the critical backlash.”It didn’t work, the movie was successful. Instead they decided to slit the jugular of our movie.”

As of Aug. 3, “The Lone Ranger” has grossed $86 million at the U.S. box office with a 28% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.

“The Lone Ranger” opens in the U.K. on Friday.

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  1. Joyce says:

    I have always loved the Lone Ranger. Tonto was a smart, capable, believable American Indian. Johnny Depp’s Tonto is downright weird! Give me the original anytime!

  2. Tom Jasendro says:

    This movie has serious problems and it was probably never going to be acclaimed, but I would agree that critics essentially doomed it. I think 2013 was sort of a peak for soulless blockbuster movies — “World War Z”, “Oblivion” and many others came out this year that deserved negative reception — and the critics just assumed this movie would be the same. Audiences bought it. While the movie’s not perfect, I would agree that in a couple of years it will at least gain a cult following. It deserves at least that.

    To me, this is sort of similar to what happened to the 1980 “Flash Gordon” movie. It was attempting to bring back a long-forgotten hero who most audiences at the time didn’t care about it or even know. It tried to modernize it a little by making fun of the source material. It had a massive budget and icons of pop culture in it (Queen wrote a song specifically for the movie). And yet critics predicted it would be a failure. It was, both critically and commercially. It’s not perfect, but it deserved more love than it got. Eventually it did. It’s now remembered as a fun cult movie that just wasn’t understood at the time.

    I think “The Lone Ranger” is the same.

  3. linda says:

    I loved the movie. My kids loved it too.

  4. Steve H says:

    Seeing Tonto with a bird on his head was just to plain corny and took doomed the movie for me. They tried to make the movie like it was some sort of Pirates of the Carribean. Disney did another flop with the Alamo when they toned the action down to make it fit PG

    • Joan davenport says:

      You obviously do not understand Native Americans or their culture. Look in historical photos and you will see just about every Native American wearing feathers of some sort. So before criticizing Johnny Depps role, perhaps u should find things out first.

      • KL says:

        I am native and never have seen a whole bird on someone’s head.

      • Rob says:

        Gigantic difference between a headdress (typically reserved for high ranking men), selected feathers in the hair (yes, common), and having an entire, rotting bird carcass on one’s head, and constantly feeding it seeds (for failed comic effect). Nothing to do with aboriginal culture, everything to do with bad movie-making.

  5. Steve Gill says:

    You got to be kidding. Johnney Depp as Tontonto was a disaster and the whole movie was ridiculous. A tragedy for the legend of the Lone Ranger we grew up with. Worst Disney movie I have ever seen and made number 1 on my list of bad movies. I am sure glad Walt Disney did not see it. Blaming the critics for failure is delusional.

  6. John says:

    Just bought the dvd and my wife and I loved it! I grew up with the Lone Ranger and there was enough of the original to bring back memories but a great new spin and the humor was wonderful. Good family fun… just sit back and be entertained. Thanks to everyone involved for a nice piece of entertainment.

  7. Dave Fish says:

    I loved the movie , I watch it when on cable , it made me want to watch the T.V show the Lone Ranger. The movie followed the t.v story line pretty close enough to bring back memorys from when I was a kid . I would like to see a seaqual.

  8. Kimmi says:

    I liked the movie. The critics suk.

  9. kenchun24 says:

    Yeah, just saw it again on cable and it’s still a bogged down western that remains bloated, overwrought and tonally all over the place. Not too mention self indulgent (Depp and Gore) who supposedly cut some fat off the theatrical release? Yeah right! The production design/locations and all that was fine (definitely see the money spent there) but the movie does not flow like the first Pirates did.

    Nor did it win me over with earnest throwback pulp adventure like the other box office misshap from Disney, 2012’s John Carter, which actually received better reviews than Ranger, but was marketed terribly from Stanton/Disney so the “bomb” moniker stuck to Carter too – even though it has a vocal following of supporters that loved John Carter from opening day (like myself). But I cannot say the same for Ranger after a revisit…it still sucks.

  10. gaia says:

    i actually liked this movie:)

  11. Took forever to be able to find the movie to finally watch it. It really was a cute funny film after a little slow,start. It wasn’t advertised as a comedy. I think that was the problem. Sometimes the critics are bias for some reason and kill a really good film.

  12. John O'Mahony says:

    Not a bit surprised this film flopped it was badly made frm start to finish.the last Lone Ranger made back in 1980 flopped as well, not surprised at this either.The costumes worn In those two films did not represent the Lone Ranger and Tonto. No point blaming the critics for a poor movie with millions wasted.Suggest a less expensive film made along the lines of the 1956 filmwith Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels.
    John O’Mahony. Ireland

  13. Lynne says:

    The Lone Ranger was a really fun movie with few good chuckles and action pack. Good chemistry with the actors. Those negative critics need to get off their high horses, bring their noses down and look at their audience.

  14. dave says:

    This goes to show, never trust what critics say, believe in yoir own views. This was worth every bit of time, ive watched it over n over and its a great epic film. Try it and youll see for yourself, just do yourself a fqvor and stop listening to critics.

  15. Absolutely accurate … I felt a little betrayed when I finally watched the Lone Ranger with my kids on Encore yesterday. I was a big Lone Ranger fan as a kid, but didn’t take the kids to the theater to see it because of the bad reviews. I was so amazed by how good the movie was that I checked rotten tomatoes and, sure enough, it was one of those movies where the critics panned it, but the average audience review as favorable. This happens so often that it’s clear that one needs their industry and “liberal media” approved stamps before they can be deemed a “critic” in this country. It’s sad because this was truly an epic film.

  16. Dan Allen says:

    Amen, The critics don’t get it, I love this movie. I saw it at the box Office, have purchased the DVD and have watched it many times since. I am only sad that a sequel will not get made.

  17. JoAnne Miller says:

    I totally agree that the critics made the wrong call and could not have been more off base. I’ve seen it in the theatre and on TV and would welcome a sequel if it were possible…..I LOVED it!!

  18. david Lee says:

    I would to see the hole cast make a long ranger two. I love watching it when I was growing up.

  19. J. Huff says:

    Went to see the movie and it was a blast. It was not meant to be a serious film, but instead a comedic western. The that end it was great. I rate it a “9”. Johnny Depp was excellent. Don’t miss it.

  20. Barbara Bluebaugh says:

    I have been a Lone Ranger fan since 1949 (and was 4 years old at the time since my birthday is in late December when I turned 5 in 1949). I was devastated when I heard the latest Lone Ranger movie was not doing well. When I saw it, I thought it was great. When I read the reviews, I realized the jerks that reviewed it was cause for the movie’s not being popular. But that type of thing happens continually in this country any more which is so disgusting!!!!

  21. John says:

    The fact that The Lone Ranger is not doing well just proves how stupid and humorless the average moviegoer really is!!!!!! I’ve seen this film 14 or 15 times and will see it many more before it leaves the theaters…I’ll admit that I am overdoing it here, perhaps, but I like the movie! Every time I sit down to see the movie, I get to repeat a marvelous story which heavily critiques many accepted ideas of our beloved country, the United States of America!

    The movie examines the many archetypes of America. I have a love / hate for westerns in general, which seem to depict a reverence for ignorance and violence. This movie is almost an ‘Anti-Western’, where it gently pokes fun at the entire genre and questions the entire basis of our love for Westerns.

    This movie is very personal, and I feel the writers and director and producers and Disney knew they they were risking a lot, but they have so much clout from the former successes of the Pirates series and Rango, that they decided to go for it with our beloved Lone Ranger American classic.

    I am 43 and grew up watching the old Lone Ranger re-runs every morning before I went to grade / middle school. I thought the trailers looked stupid and my friend was the one who desperately wanted to see it. But my melancholy state of mind really felt a kindred spirit with the critique of the self-righteous American attitude of the “White Man”.

    I am white with approximately 1/8 Indian [Native American] blood. I am always amazed at the arrogance and anger of most natives that I meet. I’ve heard them chastise Kevin Costner, also part “Indian”, for his outreach with ‘Dances with Wolves’. American Native Indians remind me of black people with the ‘N’ word…we ‘white men’ are banned for life!!!!!!

    My mom gave me a shirt with the an Iroquois Indian quote: “The Greatest Strength is Gentleness”. I think that John Reid represents this virtue to some degree…only to be disillusioned by the barbarity of the Wild West. But John Reid retained his dignity as he took on the ‘evil white man’.

    For a movie written, directed, and produced by a bunch of white men, I think it was pretty courageous of them and daring of Disney to spend so much money, knowing that there would be a cultural backlash by average ‘Americans’.

    As one critic pointed out, this is an Art Film, as were the Pirates movies, and I personally appreciate the sentimentality, the spirituality, and the mirror being held to my own ancestors’ faces!!!!!!!

  22. Dawn says:

    The movie was GREAT!!! I saw it twice with 6 different friends and we all loved it…and agreed the critics killed it. I have no idea at all what they did not like about that film…but it’s one I will own, and I own very few. Thanks to the cast, crew and directors…

    • Casey Burch says:

      I saw it the first night it came out and expected it to be great! And that was the problem – it was only good – which was why it was disappointing. The story was too over the top. I wasn’t crazy about Armie Hammer either.

  23. April says:

    Wow, almost forgot to mention that Antonio Banderas would have been great as Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp. Ruxpin are you still there???? What do you think?

  24. MANK says:

    they should have called the film TONTO instead of the lone ranger and it should have been a story about this character. Otherwise they should have cast an equally big star like George clooney or brad Pitt in the title role as Lone ranger,

  25. I took my Grandson to see the Lone Ranger and I feel that Johnny Depp did a fantastic job as Tonto. We didn’t care for the Lone Ranger because it was no where near the real story line. He kind of sucks. I think that people should make up there own minds and not listen to other people. Someone who is one of the greatest all around actors that there is may retire because of one movie.

    • Joe Smart says:

      You’ve basically hit the nail on the head regarding why so many people hate The Lone Ranger but without realizing it, apparently. “We didn’t care for the Lone Ranger because it was no where near the real story line. He kind of sucks.” The movie is called The Lone Ranger, not Tonto. People generally went to the movie to see a Lone Ranger that didn’t kind of suck, not to watch a movie about Tonto. If the producers wanted Johnny Depp to be the main character in the movie then he should have played The Lone Ranger instead of Tonto.

  26. LAS says:

    I understand. For the reasons you mentioned, I wasn’t even planning to see this film. I only happened upon it because my chosen film was sold out, and the teens working the box office recommended it. I was very surprised how much I loved it. Very very surprised. No apology necessary. I could find out that my ideas are all wrong about how my Native friends feel about it. And of course, they don’t agree with each other on every issue just like any culture. I’ll still get back on that…

  27. LAS says:

    I meant no offense, truly. I honestly wanted to have a friendly interaction with you. No, I have not spoken to Depp. Would like to ask him a few questions, tho. I was speaking only from my knowledge of my Native friends. They have a refreshing, wonderful dry wit, and Depp portrayed that well. I’ll speak to my Native friends and get back to you. Have been away from the village all summer, but am returning today.

    • Jane says:

      Thank you and I do apologize if my comments offended you. That movie and Depp just really irk the heck out of me. Again, my apologizes.

  28. Jane says:

    I wasn’t speaking for anyone but myself, You, however, “I have made many friends with Native Alaskans …”, “I would be surprised …”, “I expect that he spoke to the Comanche Nation…”, but you don’t know, do you? Did you personally speak with Johnny Depp before he decided to take on his ridiculous portrayal? How many Native Americans have you actually spoken with as to how they feel about his portrayal? It doesn’t sound like you spoke to any, so stop speaking for others. My opinion is MY opinion, not what I think the opinion of others MIGHT be.

  29. LAS says:

    I have made many friends with Native Alaskans and I rather believe that Depp went into his Tonto role while consulting with Native Americans. He does have a caring heart, as evidenced by his support of wrongfully convicted Americans. If Native Americans had a problem with Depp, you would be hearing them call him out themselves. They are a respectful people. I would be surprised if Depp wasn’t respectful in return; I expect that he spoke to the Comanche Nation first to receive their permission/blessing.

    • shirley says:

      Johnny Depp consulted with native americans about his portrayal of Tonto and they gave him ideas about the role in which he did greatly. The critics are morons they like stupid movies like the swan and american beauties which stunck.

  30. Jane says:

    Johnny Depp would have been better off taking the role of the Lone Ranger (or better yet, as producer and not acting in the movie at all) and giving the role of Tonto to one of the many talented Native American actors in this country. What’s next Depp? Your movie portrayal of the life of James Robeson with you in black face??

    Depp is so conceited and so deluded that he actually thought he could pull off his insulting portrayal of a Native American. I saw him in a recent interview where he said that for years, he has been told that there is Native American blood in his family. What’s wrong, Johnny? Are you so cheap that you couldn’t simply have paid to have the genealogical research done of your ancestry to see if there actually is Native American blood in your family? How much money is enough for you?! Lay the blame for this movie failure where it belongs, at YOUR door and stop blaming the critics for this crap that YOU chose!

  31. LAS says:

    Hopefully to the director, actors, and producers of The Lone Ranger. I’m 59 years old. This film version of a beloved classic that I, my brothers, and all our friends, lived and breathed. This is a film for the baby boomer generation, although I must insert at this point that the young teens in the box office enthusiastically recommended this film to me. I had gone to see World War Z, which was sold out, and about to turn away and go home. I thrilled to the story, excellent casting, acting, and especially to the brilliant use of the William Tell Overture so much that I went to see this film three times and have recommended it to all my same age friends. We love it. We were all Tonto and each the Lone Ranger. Depp’s interpretation of Tonto is admirable and amazingly respectful and humorous at the same time. Tonto would be proud. The critics of this film show that either they 1) are not competent and complete film critics, or 2) too young to know the classic tales of The Lone Ranger. We must acknowledge that two generations have grown up without Tonto and the Ranger. How could they possibly relate to this film? They’ve grown up with Transformers, Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, Karate Kid, and Sponge Bob Square Pants. The Boomers grew up with hand drawn cartoons accompanied with classical music, television westerns that reflected the best stories of the 40s and 50s. I eagerly plan to purchase this film’s DVD when it comes out and will show it to my grandchildren. I introduced my own children to the Beatles and Star Trek, both favorites to them as much as to me. The same will happen with this film by those who, like me, enjoy a fresh and wonderful telling of a classic. And Ken, it’s always a pleasure to see you in any film. You are much underused as a talent. This film showcased you in a way that was stunning. Best bad guy ever! Good job, everyone, and thank you for the fun!

  32. occultology says:

    Dear Hollywood: Let me save you some time and money; here is a list of movies NOT to make or remake, EVER, under ANY circumstances: “Mr. Clean: The Adventure Begins!”; “8th Man” [aka, the kid-friendly prequel to “Thank You For Smoking”]; “Rodney Allen Rippy: The Origin Story”; “Odd Couple III: Tombmates For Eternity”; “Gumby’s Fall From Grace: Pokey Gets Rendered At The Horse Slaughtering Facility”; “My Mother The Flying Car”; “Frankenstein Meets Dick Cheney”; “Cecil The Sea-Sick Serpent: The Corexit Conspiracy”; “The Worst of SNL: The Banal & Never Ending Skits Collection Special Edition”; “Johnny Sokko & His Flying Spying Drone Robot”; and “The Lone Ranger II: Silver’s Revenge” (It’s NOT 1954 anymore, Disneyites).

  33. Claude Parish says:

    Welcome to “JOHN CARTER’S” world, Johnny.

  34. Aloha from Maui
    I think the critics were unnecessarily hard on this film…It had a great cast, fantastic cinematography and a balance of humor and action. I loved it…saw it twice. I think it will be a cult classic and do well in its home release.

  35. Thomas says:

    The film was made to cater to the lowest common denominator. Depps’ portrayal of an American Indian is a mere caricature. Jay Silverheels int he original 1958 movie portrayed Tonto with a lot more dignity & intelligence.

  36. Rosalie Bargmann says:

    My take on “The Lone Ranger” was also that the critics missed the mark and gave it the death knell. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie (in Boulder, CO). If the “taking the heart out” scene could have been a little less gory, then maybe more older children could have seen and enjoyed it. Hope it continues to become known in a better light for the long term. Beautiful cinematography, as well as top acting.

  37. ska-trumph: the only way they insult the american public is by making bad movies

  38. ska-triumph says:

    Now that I’ve finally seen this video after reading comments, this is plain ludricous and insulting. They played right into the low-hanging fruit of the interviewer. These guys couldn’t just eloquently defend the film, take the bruises, then move on. The British and European critics are tearing this film up too. MAYBE IT’S AN INTERNATIONAL CONSPIRACY AGAINST good ol’ American showbiz?!!

    Bruckhemer is right: the American public don’t care about the budget. Only the insider folks who read and write about showbiz. And so why would you insult the viewing public – by proxy – by blaming American critics? Surely, the public makes up their own minds and don’t follow critics like sheep right?

    And Depp continues to be one talented, wealthy but seriously deluded dude. He didn’t expect this to be a blockbuster? When’s the last time Bruckheimer make an indie film, or low-grade, low-concept TV products? HE’S IN THE BUSINESS IN MAKING BLOCKBUSTERS BUDDY JUST LIKE YOU THESE DAYS. I’m sure Depp took his million-dollar payday just fine.

    I’m done with Hammer also. Nice pretty boy but stupid comeback lines. THE LONE RANGER isn’t original dude. And WWZ was well-worn out in the press via a Variety Fair article, with all of its trouble, and did more-than-decent. It had a crazy budget and production journey surely. BUT IT’S A ZOMBIE MOVIE based on a respected book and your POS was a Western – the one genre that’s got the biggest leaning curve – based off iconic characters of an old time.

    Like these guys lost any money upfront. And to think the original idea had mystical werewolves…? It was just a lousy movie, with some Verbinski flair, that went too long in twisting up the tone and history of this hero’s story.

  39. Chas says:

    I really didn’t care what the critics said about the movie since I like to see for myself if a movie is good or bad. I grew up idolizing the Lone Ranger and even had the 12″ action figures of the Lone Ranger, Tonto, and Butch and the horses Silver and Scout. Unfortunately, this movie urinated all over the historical context of the original storyline and characters. They made the title character so unsure of himself and act like a spineless dweeb. Why is Tonto riding Silver with the Lone Ranger as a passenger? Why is Silver on top of a burning barn? Sorry guys, it wasn’t the critics that killed this movie, it was the crappy storyline and the expectation that it would be a hit because Johnny Depp was playing Tonto.

  40. Lou Davies says:

    Really! I didn’t read the reviews I went to the movie. If you want to make a good movie have a good story. This movie was dreadful.

  41. Sharon Smith says:

    My husband and I loved the movie! Great acting, good story & hilarious in parts. We were thoroughly entertained and happy watching all 2 1/2 hours of this movie. MUCH better than so many of the movies that the “critics” applaud. This movie has quality equal to the Pirates of the Caribbean series….great entertainment!

  42. erin kosch says:

    I loved the movie.I loved the movie….but the kid in themuseum bit was not necessary…interrupted the flow.

  43. Bruce Dubey Melbourne Florida. says:

    I just saw The Lone Ranger on Tuesday August 6,2013. I Feel the Movie was a good movie. I Believe the Critics were to harsh and caused the movie to do so poorly at the Box Office. It was a spoof of the original Lone Ranger. Johnny Deep is a very talented actor. I think his character took over the lead of the movie. Tonto should have been left has the side kick of The Lone Ranger. I would rate this movie 3 Stars out of 4 Stars. Overall The Critics did not due this film justice.

  44. countryrocks says:

    all you sheep need to watch this movie yourselves, then comment. it was good I loved it and wish they would keep the series going, I don’t see why you don’t like it, it was awesome western, and stop posting what you heard. and think for yourselves. you like little yellow one eyed minions but say ,lone ranger is far fetched, it is a story, told by a old Indian its supposed to be embellished

    • Ruxpin says:

      I actually saw the movie myself, thank you very much. It is 2 1/2 hours of my life I will never get back. I’m glad you liked it and are welcome to that opinion, but for me it was one of the worst movies I’ve seen in awhile. DISCLAIMER: Sheep were not involved nor harmed in the writing of this post.

    • Joe Smart says:

      I saw the movie and I thought it was god-awful. I thought the concept behind it was terrible–making a Lone Ranger movie where the Lone Ranger is an idiot that Tonto ridicules for two and a half hours was a bad idea. Making a Lone Ranger movie where the Lone Ranger wasn’t the main character was also a bad idea. Making the audience wait over 2 hours until the Lone Ranger does anything heroic was a bad idea. The Lone Ranger is two and a half hours long and has exactly one exciting action sequence during that whole time–the sequence at the end with the runaway trains where the Lone Ranger finally gets to be a hero. That’s pretty much the only thing that worked in the entire movie. And then after that scene Tonto goes back to ridiculing the Lone Ranger for being a doofus, which wasn’t funny the first hundred times he did it. Sometimes I like movies that get bad reviews–R.I.P.D. (which I got dragged to) was a pleasant surprise and I saw Meet the Millers earlier today and enjoyed it. But The Lone Ranger was easily one of the worst movies I have seen so far this year and it more than deserves every nasty review that it got.

  45. Angel says:

    It doesn’t matter what critics say anymore, people use word of mouth and/ or desire to see a movie to go to the movies nowadays. The Twilight Saga is a perfect example. The Critics badmouthed this movie to death and it even got a Razzie nomination, but everyone went to see anyway. So Johnny and Bruckheimer stop whining, and just accept the fact no one was interested in seeing this movie..

  46. BlogDog says:

    Shh! I can’t hear the soundtrack over the whining of the principals.

  47. ronk says:

    when a studio does a remake, especially of something that was very popular in the pass, they might want to make it as faithful to the original as they can, this is the second time they tried to ‘remake’ the lone ranger and it failed just as bad as the first time. look at the other ‘remakes’ “dark shadows’ comes to mind, the movie was so bad it made the remake serial look good. Hollywood is so out of touch with the real world is why almost everything they produce is junk

  48. Steven says:

    I believe that movie never stood a chance, not because of the critics but because I just don’t see today’s generation getting into it. I mean I loved watching the Lone Ranger when I was a kid but then again that was in the 70’s lol. I remember 1st seeing the previews & thinking to myself will kids really insist that their parents drag them to see this movie? Highly unlikely. I don’t think the reason it flopped wasn’t because it was a bad movie more than it was just film kids wouldn’t be interested in especially when they have the chance to see a movie filled with rampaging zombies like World War Z

  49. Oly Scott says:

    Surely if a film is good word of mouth will spread and others will go see it based on the positive comments on those that see it. I watched “Jack the Giant Slayer” recently and loved it. I read some reviews the other day that panned it. It’s all subjective like art and music but I do think that some may have a “Oh I’ll wait and see it on BluRay or even pirate download” (unfortunately) when the majority of the critics kill it!

  50. Sean Kelley says:

    It’s not “the same thing as World War Z”. That movie might have had similar development problems but it reviewed well. And reviews largely mean nothing for movies like this, Pirates 2, 3 and 4 were all panned as well and nearly grossed one billion combined in North America alone.

    • ska-triumph says:

      AND IT WAS A ZOMBIE MOVIE. NOT A WESTERN – which is as uphill as a genre as you can get with today’s demographics.

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