If you were thinking of going to see The Emoji Movie this weekend, you may want to rethink your plans. The reviews are in— and they’re absolutely brutal.
Critics overwhelmingly hated the movie, despite the involvement of big name comedians like Silicon Valley‘s T.J. Miller, Broad City’s Ilana Glazer, and The Late Late Show host James Corden.
All the reviews agreed that the film was bad — where they diverged was just how bad it was. The worst reviews called it “dark” and “evil,” the middling reviews thought it was a “catastrophe,” while the rest simply called it “meh.” Read some of our favorite takes below.
It’s definitely very bad
This movie’s “believe in yourself” message is borne out, in a perverse way, by the very fact that it even exists. And yet the whole thing remains nakedly idiotic.
It is a soul-crushing disaster because it lacks humor, wit, ideas, visual style, compelling performances, a point of view or any other distinguishing characteristic that would make it anything but a complete waste of your time, not to mention that of the diligent animators who brought this catastrophe into being.
The Emoji Movie shows how low Hollywood will sink for easy 💰.
It’s not bad, it’s evil
The Emoji Movie is a force of insidious evil, a film that feels as if it was dashed off by an uninspired advertising executive.
It is one of the darkest, most dismaying films I have ever seen, much less one ostensibly made for children.
Hear that? It’s the end of the world.
It’s not evil, but it’s extremely meh
The good news is The Emoji Movie, co-written and directed by Tony Leondis, is not evil. The bad news is it’s just mediocre, or in emoji parlance, simply “meh.”
There could be far worse ways to spend 86 minutes. But maybe, just maybe, it’d be the better choice to spend those 86 minutes outside, or reading a book, or talking face-to-face with another human being. Because The Emoji Movie could not be more meh.