Critical Consensus: Shockingly, not everybody says “Smurfs” suck

ImageGive the Smurf Devil his due — “Smurfs 2” has a couple of pretty good effects. A Ferris wheel busts loose and rolls through Paris, for instance.

But the movie? Somebody pull Neil Patrick Harris’s cool-and-gay card. What drivel.

Even by the pre-school pablum standards they set for themselves, there’s nothing to it. And the reviews are reflecting that.

Though a couple of reviewers gave it a thumbs up.

“The Spectacular Now” opens in limited release as one of the best-reviewed films of the summer. I’m working on a Shailene Woodley profile today. Everybody in it is good, but she gives it gravitas and grounding.

“Europa Report,” a decent-enough sci-fi picture in the “Moon” mold — from Europe — is getting good reviews. I wasn’t nuts about it, but it’ll do.

“Drift,” an Aussie surfing period piece, isn’t bad.  A nice sense of place, a time, and a decent Sam Worthington performance. Reviews are mixed-to-negative for that one.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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