Land of the Lost Better Off Extinct
Will Ferrell not enough to save picture
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 5, 2009 8:26 AM CDT

(Newser) Land of the Lost remakes the 1970s TV series, sucking Will Ferrell into a parallel universe that mushes past, present, and future together. Keep this flick out of your own future, critics say:

  • “The only marginally interesting, if unsurprising, thing about the pricey movie spinoff is that a lot of money has been spent on yet another cultural throwaway,” writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. “Not that I didn’t sometimes laugh anyway.”

  • “Ferrell's reliably funny when committing, with full and misguided belief, to an act of stupidity. Unfortunately, committing to this script constituted the same sort of act,” notes Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune.
  • Claudia Puig, writing in USA Today, calls the film “too surreal and bawdy for young kids and too silly for anyone older than 25.”
  • But Roger Ebert liked the “gloriously preposterous” flick: “Amid widespread disdain, I raise my voice in a bleat of lonely, if moderate, admiration,” he writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.