‘Rough Night’ Reviews: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon Comedy Met With Mixed Reviews From Critics, Audiences

Rough Night reviews are coming in for the new Scarlett Johansson comedy, but not all of them have been flattering. Rough Night debuts in theaters on Friday night (June 16), with a mostly female cast presenting a film that appears to be a cross between The Hangover and Weekend At Bernie’s. As of Friday morning, the Rough Night reviews on Rotten Tomatoes have been split right down the middle.

76 critics have submitted ‘Rough‘ reviews to Rotten Tomatoes so far, with 50 percent finding it rotten and 50 percent finding it fresh (so far). 6,363 audience members have submitted ‘Rough‘ reviews as well, with slightly more than 50 percent of the viewers stating that they liked the film. It’s not often that a movie splits its critics and audience members right down the middle like that, but it appears that the new comedy has done it.

Movie critic Christy Lemire at RogerEbert.com gave the film 2-out-of-4 stars, echoing the early sentiments of the movie receiving 50 percent support from its viewers. Lemire’s review agrees with what many other critics have stated, in that the cast of women is impressive on paper, but never had enough to work with in the script. Kate McKinnin, as expected, steals the show as an Australian friend of the main character (played by Scarlett Johansson). A report by LA Weekly shares a different opinion, giving the film high marks for all its efforts, even stating that it might be the next Mean Girls for audiences.

Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoe Kravitz, and Kate McKinnon star in the film as five friends who are enjoying a bachelorette party when something goes wrong. Comedy ensues, forcing the girls, who enter the film as disjointed as the characters in Bridesmaids, to deal with the situation and come together as a group. That much is made clear in the Rough Night trailer, which showcases the brand of humor that the ladies are working with in this movie.

While these are just the early Rough Night reviews, it seems very clear that it could be a hit-and-miss comedy for audience members. In comparison, the recently released Baywatch has scored a 19 percent with critics, but a 64 percent with moviegoers so far. That’s the only other comedy that the new film will have to battle against in theaters, suggesting the opening weekend could reveal some nice box office numbers. Rough Night opens to a wide release on Friday (June 16).

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