The new Karl Urban and James Marsden thriller, The Loft, was not well-received by critics, and it looks like audiences aren’t bothering to go see it either.
According to Box Office Mojo, The Loft brought in just $1.18 million from 1,841 theaters on its first day of release. It’s predicted to earn around $3 million for the entire weekend.
The Loft follows five male friends who come up with a plan to have a secret hideaway in which they can have all of their deepest fantasies come true. But one day, the dead body of an unknown woman is discovered, and it’s assumed that one of the friends is involved. Now, they must figure out who committed the crime.
But aside from the dismal attendance, The Loft also has a poor score on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. Of the 17 reviews for The Loft that are featured on the site, not a single one is positive.
The Wrap’s Alonso Duralde wrote that none of the characters featured in The Loft are likable.
“The more we get to know this crew, the harder it is to care about any of them; the men are all portrayed as lecherous horndogs, while the women are either shrews, ice queens or self-professed whores.”
Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gave The Loft a score of zero out of a possible five stars, noting that it is a poorly written thriller.
“This one comes with hoot-able dialogue courtesy screenwriter Wesley Strick (‘Cape Fear,’ ‘Final Analysis’), like, ‘I take chances, especially when holding a handful of hearts!'”
Willie Waffle of DCW50 was another critic who gave the film a zero.
“The only thing that kept me interested in ‘The Loft’ was my suspicion the cast members had a secret wager as to who could say ‘The Loft’ the most throughout the movie. Karl Urban won!”
And while all the critics on Rotten Tomatoes hated The Loft, there is one reviewer not featured on the site who said he actually enjoyed it. Jackie K. Cooper of the Huffington Post gave the film a 7/10 rating and noted that audiences will be surprised when they see it.
“‘The Loft’ arrived with little advance fanfare so it might not even be on your entertainment radar. If you like movies that keep you in the dark until the reveal then this is a movie you want to see. Believe me, it is so much better than you think it is going to be.”
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