Critics Are Calling ‘The Emoji Movie’ One of the Worst Films of All Time

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Critics Are Calling ‘The Emoji Movie’ One of the Worst Films of All Time

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.

 Glenn Kenny, New York Times

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.

 Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

The Emoji Movie shows how low Hollywood will sink for easy 💰.

 Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News

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.

 Charles Bramesco, The Guardian

It is one of the darkest, most dismaying films I have ever seen, much less one ostensibly made for children.

 Emily Yoshida, Vulture

Hear that? It’s the end of the world.

 Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post

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.”

 Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press

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.

 Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

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