For a while I thought the theater had screwed up and was playing CARRIE.
In all seriousness, I thought the film started off downright horribly with the "story" just feeling rushed. The characters, the situations and everything just seemed to be thrown together without too much thought. The story never really picked up but I still like the three main characters. Travis mentioned it but it's really too bad that Carrey has turned his back on the film because this here is the best work he's done in years. The performances were all extremely good but man there were just way too many bad things. I thought the direction was pretty bad, the action scenes were rather ugly looking and way too shaky and it also didn't help that the violence did reach the vile spots at times. This might sound stupid coming from someone who watches some of the most violent films ever made but I think there were times it was just too graphic to be "entertaining."
I do agree that Hit Girl needs more screen time.
Back to the violence, I haven't been following the thread over at rogerebert.com but it seems to have gotten quite heated over the BOMB rating. I plan on reading it later but
I also noticed that several message boards mentioning Moretz and pedofiles. It seems a lot of adults are attracting to this girl who is still a kid and I found it rather ironic, strange or whatever the word is when this is somewhat brought up in the movie so I wondered if the filmmakers were "questioning" some of the very people who were paying tickets to see the film.
** (out of 4)