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Ouch: The ‘Hangover Part III’ Reviews That Will Make You Cringe

Critics have not held back in their negative thoughts of the comedy

UPDATED: Warner Bros. may want to pop a few Advil before reading the reviews of “The Hangover Part III.”

The latest installment in the “Hangover” franchise, which opened Thursday, has received an even more negative reaction from critics than the poorly received “The Hangover Part II” in 2011.  As of Friday, the Rotten Tomatoes score for “Part III” sunk far below the dismal 34% scored by its predecessor, to an abysmal 21%. That’s a 38% difference.

Given that the second film tanked with critics but still managed to bring in around $85 million during its opening weekend, the “Hangover” series itself may be critic-proof (early tracking over the five-day Memorial Day weekend has it bringing in close to $100 million domestically).

Still, these reviews are just brutal.

Here 10 of the worst reactions to “The Hangover Part III”:

“Proving that lightning doesn’t always strike twice — let alone three times — the final installment is such a colossal failure that there’s no reason for it to exist at all.”

-Scott A. Mantz, Access Hollywood

“It seems to have one goal: to be so dark, nasty and joyless that audiences won’t want Part IV.”

-Rafer Guzman, Newsday

“This is an ugly, angry picture.”

-Soren Anderson, Seattle Times

“Bad scripting, bad plotting, terrible joke formulation, and not a single character actually having a hangover until part-way through the end credits. What kind of a Hangover movie is this?”

-Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

“At times it’s debatable whether “The Hangover Part III” should even be considered a comedy at all, as it more often plays like a loopily plotted, exposition-heavy actioner.”

-Andrew Barker, Variety

“This picture is like a brightly colored balloon with all the comic air seeping out.”

-Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

“Part III’ has curiously little interest in being even remotely funny.”

-David Fear, Times Out of London

“Breaking the mold is usually a brave and admirable cinematic act, but when it crashes the party here, it proves to be the ultimate big screen buzzkill.”

-Erin Free, FILMINK (Australia)

“To quote a line from the movie, bad things happen and people get hurt.”
-Steven  Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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