“Every so often there comes a movie so tasteless, so nakedly pandering, so bodaciously ill conceived that you’ve got to see it to believe it.”
ICYMI, a new Will Smith movie hit theaters this weekend, and it’s called Collateral Beauty.
“We are all connected.” So deep.
It has a powerful trailer, a star-studded supporting cast — Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Naomie Harris, and Ed Norton to name a few — and some of the most hilariously terrible reviews in recent memory.
With a whopping 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear that it’s hardly Academy Awards bait.
Many of the words that I would like to use to describe this waste of talent and time, which riffs on Dickens’s eternal A Christmas Carol and tries to manufacture feeling by offing Tiny Tim, can’t be lobbed in a family publication. So, instead, I will just start by throwing out some permissible insults: artificial, clichéd, mawkish, preposterous, incompetent, sexist, laughable, insulting.
—Manohla Dargis, the New York Times
Every so often there comes a movie so tasteless, so nakedly pandering, so bodaciously ill conceived that you’ve got to see it to believe it. This year, that movie is Collateral Beauty. […] Pinpointing one fatal flaw in Collateral Beauty is impossible — the transgressions pile up like a trash heap of Christmas miracles.
—Stephanie Zacharek, Time