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Movie 43: Just How Bad Is It?
The critical verdict is in...


An ensemble comedy that takes the all-star-few-jokes sketch formula of New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day, surgically removes the jokes and instead slaps its audience in the face with a rotten kipper, it's fair to say that Movie 43 has not made too many friends in the movie-reviewing community this weekend (read this piece on the Hollywood Reporter for an interesting look at how it came to be). Not that everyone railed against its loose gathering of poo-flinging and fartypants skits, or the face testicles it attaches to the lovely features of Mr Hugh Jackman, though. The Washington Post gave it a rave, and, having brought down Richard Nixon, they can usually spot a stinker. But Woodward and Bernstein were in the minority. Most reviewers took a rather less kindly approach, as this cacophony of criticism roundly attests.
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Movie 43
"JUST NO."
Kim Newman, Empire
"The Citizen Kane
of awful."

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"A terrifyingly spontaneous cry of comic obsolescence."
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
If you mashed-up the worst bits of Howard The Duck, Gigli and Ishtar, it still wouldn't approach the soul-sucking badness of Movie 43… Being waterboarded might be more fun."
New York Post, Lou Lumenick
"The screenplay might have been written over an all-night poker game bull session."
Nick Pinkerton, The Village Voice
"Shouldn't be confused with a good movie."
Tim Grierson, Screen Daily
"Was someone holding Kate Winslet's children hostage?"
David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"The biggest waste of talent in cinema history."
Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A potpourri of off-color, politically incorrect and potentially offensive vignettes."
Stephen Holden, New York Times
"In quite a few of the shorts, half of the actors' heads are cut out of frame. Their heads are literally cut off of the screen in a movie that was professionally filmed by accredited cinematographers"
Jenni Miller, Hollywood.com
"You won't believe how tiresome bad taste has become."
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"EGREGIOUS."
Tina Hassannia, Slant Magazine

"The stars don't elevate the material — they just descend to its level."
Nathan Rabin, The A.V. Club
"An absolute trainwreck."
John Fleury, Examiner.com
"Beware."
Joe Leydon, Variety
"One plotline involves a desperate filmmaker pitching ideas to a bewildered studio executive at gunpoint. The principals behind Movie 43 might want to employ a similar method on audiences."
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
Movie 43
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