The Majestic gets piloried by reviewers

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  1. Ted Todorov

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    Man I've seen bad reviews before, but the way The Majestic is getting slammed you have to go back, beyond Battlefield Earth, all the way to Saturn 3 to find reviews this bad.
    From the NY Times:
     
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    I know and as a faithful fan of Capracorn I was looking forward to this. I may go ahead and see it anyway if I have the time.
     
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    Speaking of Capra, a former colleague of mine, Andy Klein, now a film critic for New Times L.A., said in his review of The Majestic that it should do wonders for Capra's legacy by virtue of comparison to this film.

    Lots of thumbs-down going around for The Majestic.
     
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    I've seen quite a few positive reviews (3.5 stars from Ebert) as well. I am glad I blew off the reviews for Vanilla Sky. It became one of my favorite movies of the year.

    That being said, I won't go within 20 ft of this one. But that's my opinion.

    Take care,

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    Between "The Majestic" and "A Beautiful Mind", we are being asked to endure far too much cinematic crapola this holiday season. Fie, Hollywood, fie!

    (Not quite sure what "fie" means, but I intend it in a purely negative sense!)
     
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    Ebert and Roeper both gave it a favorable review.

    Quite favorable actually.
     
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    So far I've seen nothing but positive reviews for The Majestic. I'll get around to watching it after Ali and Beautifil Mind and Lotr.
     
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    I saw The Majestic about a week ago, and I really did not like it. I am not at all surprised that Ebert (and others) have embraced it though, as its the typical "feel-good" Hollywood schmaltz that gets everyone involved a nice fat paycheck.
    If there's any justice, this movie will bomb and bomb big. It's nothing more than a Robin Williams movie starring Jim Carrey. If you'd like to read my full review, please do so here.
    If you've seen the movie already, let me know if you think I'm being too harsh...and I'll explain why I'm not. [​IMG]
     
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    I'll probably like this movie. Darabont's other two films, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile were excellent movies and I happen to be a Frank Capra fan (I have 3 of his films on DVD).
     
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    I haven't seen The Majestic, but when I saw that the Times review was by Elvis Mitchell, I knew it would be a slam. He hated The Green Mile. I think Darabont's one of his whipping boys.

    Of course, the film could still be bad.

    M.
     
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    I just got back from a screening, and while I can understand some of the reviewer's comments, I also think some of you might enjoy the movie a great deal. I'll save more detailed comments for the review thread, but suffice to say I loved the film. It was a little nostagic, and like other Darabont films he builds characters you will really love by the end of it. Like the setting of the movie, it really feels like one of the old, classic films and I was pretty immersed in it by the second Act. If you enjoyed his previous films I think you should at least just check this out with an open mind.
     
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    I've figured that this movie will be slammed by most reviewers (glad to see Ebert is sensible as almost always), because too many reviewers are so cynical that they seem to hate all movies unless it is incomprehensible to the average viewer (ie indie films), of course i'd probably be cynical too if I had to sit through and then write about every damn movie that comes out (battlefield earth, dude where's my car, freddy got fingered, shallow hal etc) most of which is machine processed crap. But when one of my favorite directors makes a film that is unashedmedly supposed to make me feel good, I will take all negatvie reviews with a large grain of salt. I'm really looking forward to the Majestic, I love Capra, aI love Darabont, I think Jim Carrey has genuine talent, and I'm a hopeless romantic who loves romantic comedies and happy endings, every once in a while.

    Adam
     
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    One of the ironies of The Majestic is that it's a "Capraesque" film with a victim of the Hollywood Blacklist as its hero. Amusing when you consider that Frank Capra himself was one of the main forces behind the Blacklist.
     
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    >>I am not at all surprised that Ebert (and others) have embraced it though, as its the typical "feel-good" Hollywood schmaltz that gets everyone involved a nice fat paycheck.
     
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    I quite like Darabont's work, and even enjoy Carrey most of the time, but The Majestic, to me, represents everything that is wrong with mainstream "quality" cinema. Its length is bloated by its self-importance (as an aside, has someone told Darabont that good films also run for less than 150 minutes); it was made to win Oscars (please, just give one to Carrey so he can go back to making good films) and, as a result, will win none; its sentimentality and romanticism is deeply cynical and hollow; and the film, at heart, is no more "Capraesque" than Gladiator - Capra genuinely believed what he was saying in his movies - Darabont is just being preachy and contrived. And whoever idea it was to get Carrey to do those appalling "Christmas gift" infomercials for the film should be hung, drawn and summarily quartered.
     
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    Mitty beat me to it. I've never heard that. Any references.
     
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