Amy Schumer's new movie is out, and most critics are oh-so-disappointed. Snatched, starring Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a mother-daughter duo on a disastrous trip to Ecuador, was managing a measly 37% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Worse, even fewer audiences members like it (25%). Here's a sampling:
- "Despite being a showcase for two of the greatest living comic actors," Snatched "isn't even airplane fare," writes Richard Brody at the New Yorker. "The pleasure of seeing them together onscreen, and the intermittent spark of comedic energy that passes between them, doesn't outweigh the overwhelming encumbrances of the script and, above all, of the direction." (That would be director Jonathan Levine.)
- It's "the most depressing Mother's Day present since Mommie Dearest, only not half as funny," snipes Rex Reed at the Observer.
- In the minority camp is Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, who not only calls it a "funny movie" but one in which Schumer "comes into her own as a big-screen comic actress." Schumer didn't write the script, but she proves that she should be headlining comedies as an actress for years to come. She's mastered the "comedy of humiliation."
- But most are like this: Snatched "piles bad ideas on good ideas and lame bits of gross-out humor on genuinely funny bits of character work, without ever building enough dramatic force or comic energy to craft a full movie from the results," writes Kate Taylor at the Globe and Mail. She, too, mostly blames director Levine.
(Meanwhile, Hawn says Snatched
is the best movie she's ever made