Kevin Smith Flick Getting Very, Very Bad Reviews

Critics of 'Yoga Hosers' take issue with editing, script, and plot
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2016 12:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – If you were planning to see Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers this weekend, keep in mind that critics almost universally hate it. The movie has a low 22% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, though audiences are much kinder, at 63%. The movie is actually a family affair: Smith's daughter stars alongside Johnny Depp's daughter, and both sets of parents have roles. Here's what critics are saying:

  • "I don't give a s--- about the audience anymore," Smith said at the Sundance Film Festival. His proof is this movie, writes AA Dowd at AV Club. Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith make it "possible to see why the writer-director thought their chemistry would be enough to carry a movie." But "Yoga Hosers isn't really a movie. … It's a corny Canuck joke, told for 88 surreally unfunny minutes."
  • "Some of Mr. Smith's prior work made me laugh so hard that I cried; Yoga Hosers made me want to cry for different reasons," writes Glenn Kenny at the New York Times. "It all seems like something that was hatched during a particularly neuron-impaired free-association game." And Johnny Depp comes across as "more disturbingly peculiar than funny."

  • Lily-Rose Depp "demonstrates a charismatic presence that jumps off the screen," but "the entire film has the strange feel of watching an elaborately produced home movie to be played at a holiday party rather than a movie theater," writes Katie Walsh at the Los Angeles Times. It also boasts "a clearly first-draft script, terrible editing, and continuity errors."
  • "To shackle two lovely and promising teenage actresses to material this dreadful could be reasonably construed as an awfully expensive form of child abuse," as Justin Chang puts it at Variety. The plot, centering on "Manitoban Nazis who take the form of sodomy-inclined sausages," seems "to have been written down on index cards and pulled randomly out of a toque."
  • "Even fans who've stuck with Smith for two decades may draw the line at this outing," writes John DeFore at the Hollywood Reporter.
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