All That Glitters Isn't Fool's Gold

Comedy produces sinking feeling right from the start
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 3:29 PM CST

(Newser) Fool's Gold reunites Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, to less-than-golden effect. Playing off the name of their successful 2003 collaboration, Michael Rechtshaffen of the Hollywood Reporter snipes that the "soggy, listless" adventure comedy "could have been called How to Lose an Audience in 10 Minutes."

The treasure-hunting flick "isn't merely bad—it's so desperate that the actors can scarcely conceal their contempt for the material," says Scott Foundas of the Village Voice. And who can blame them? "Fool's Gold is the sort of knockabout 'romp' in which folks clunk each other over the head with shovels," writes Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman. "It's the dialogue that clunks most painfully."