JLo-Hosted SNL 'Craptacular'
Critics split on Jennifer Lopez as host, agree on singer as musical guest
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2010 2:35 PM CST

(Newser) – The Jennifer Lopez image-rehab train pulled into Saturday Night Live station last night, to mixed reviews.

  • "Her appearance on the show—bizarro Hallmark lyric songs included—was a very obvious attempt at rebranding herself as a down-to-earth, un-diva-like sweetheart, but it just came across as weird and overly acted," Hortense writes for Jezebel. Although there were some high points, "overall, it was a pretty craptacular show."

  • Ken Tucker couldn't disagree more. "Lopez came with the right SNL attitude: Ready to poke fun at herself and to engage enthusiastically with anything the show offered her," he writes for Entertainment Weekly. "Fortunately, much of her material was good stuff."
  • Lopez was "a game host and a predictably forgettable musical guest," writes Nathan Rabin of the Onion A.V. Club. Rabin blames the writing staff for a "mildly amusing and utterly predictable" effort: "There was nothing too brilliant and nothing too egregiously awful, just a bunch of affable mediocrity."