Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt's highly anticipated new blockbuster Passengers is receiving pretty brutal reviews by film critics.
Critics are not loving Passengers, the new sci-fi film in which Pratt and Lawrence play a pair of spaceship passengers bound for a new planet who wake from their induced hibernation 90 years before intended. While the film brings together two of Hollywood's biggest stars, it seems that even Lawerence and Pratt's star power is not enough to carry this movie, at least according to early critic reviews.
Passengers is currently averaging 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and has a score of 39 on Metacritic, indicating very negative reviews overall. As TheWrap puts it, "After the dramatic heft that expensive entertainments 'Gravity' and 'The Martian' so thrillingly offered up about humankind and the cosmos, 'Passengers' winds up a thoroughly misguided rocket to nowhere."
Many reviewers have observed that the film also has some discomforting issues when it comes to consent.
"At the very least, the feature - marketed as a kind of "Titanic" in space' love epic with a big, shocking twist - should be far more entertaining than the flat-footed, loosely assembled result," says IndieWire. "And that's to say nothing of the icky questions of consent that run through its central narrative, only to be brushed aside by the film's iffy conclusion."
Not all reviews have been negative, though. Empire writes: "'Passengers' is as surprisingly traditional as it is undeniably effective. A timeless romance wedded to a space-age survival thriller, it may be a curious coupling but [Morten] Tyldum's Turing follow-up is a journey well worth taking."
It remains to be seen if Passengers will soar at the box office despite the mostly negative critic reviews. In some cases, such as the frequently maligned Transformers film franchise, big blockbusters can be immune to bad reviews, while some simply can't wash off the stink of negative buzz.
Passengers is scheduled for release in theaters on Wednesday, Dec. 21.