October 6, 2014
‘Left Behind’ Movie: Latest Nicolas Cage Film Is Year’s Worst-Reviewed So Far

Nicolas Cage's latest movie, the cinematic adaptation of Left Behind, is looking like it will be the worst-reviewed film of the year.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, even Satan said people should not go see Left Behind. On the movie's Facebook page, the people in charge of the marketing for Left Behind used a quote attributed to Satan as a way to tell people to "bring someone who needs to see it."

"'Please do not bring unbelievers to this movie.' -- Satan"

On the movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, Left Behind only has one positive review out of the 47 featured – registering it at a 2 percent approval rating. That one critic who liked Left Behind is Diana Saenger of Diana Saenger's Review Express. She gave the film four and a half stars out of a possible five.

"A great cast delivers high drama in this action-thriller."

The other critics have not been so nice to Left Behind. Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com said the movie was too tame in displaying the rapture. She even threw in a reference to The Wicker Man, another Cage movie that received a shellacking from critics.

"It should have more smoldering panic bursting into full-blown freak-outs. It should have more passion, more intensity. It should have more bees."

On his YouTube channel, Chris Stuckmann gave Left Behind a grade of F, calling it "the worst movie [Cage] has ever been in."

Stuckmann is not the only critic to give the film an F. Entertainment Weekly critic Lindsey Bahr gave Left Behind the same grade.

"At best, 'Left Behind' is shoddily made sensationalist propaganda -- with atrocious acting -- that barely registers as entertainment."

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave Left Behind zero stars out of a possible four, and slammed Cage for his performance.

"Cage is going for manly, if conflicted, family-guy confidence in this role, but somehow it comes off as nuttier than the events surrounding him."

The movie, based on the best-selling novel by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, tells the story of a group of people who survived the rapture. Cage stars as a pilot named Rayford Steele. The movie also stars Chad Michael Murray, Lea Thompson, and Jordin Sparks.

Despite being critically-lambasted, Left Behind might perform well in its limited release. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie opened in 1,825 theaters on Friday and earned $2.36 million. It is expected to earn around $7 million for the weekend.

Are you going to see Left Behind, despite what critics say?

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