The Lone Ranger is getting shredded by professional and amateur critics alike.
Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski re-teamed with Johnny Depp to bring the classic television series to life on the big screen. Although Depp has received the lion’s share of the attention, the film actually stars Armie Hammer as the title character.
Despite Depp and Verbinski’s success with the Pirates franchise and the animated comedy Rango, The Lone Ranger isn’t striking a chord with critics. In fact, most people seem to dislike the experience.
As of this writing, the $220 million summer flick has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 23 percent. Although the audience score is presently perched at 73 percent, box office analysts still believe the movie will only pull in around $70 million once the weekend comes to a close.
Just how bad are the reviews for The Lone Ranger? Check out this snippet from the write-up posted by Comic Book Resources critic Todd Gilchrist.
Working with the same high-octane, low-output creativity that fueled the Pirates of the Caribbean series through four decreasingly satisfying installments, Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer deliver a mean-spirited, misguided, overlong time-waster whose description as “popcorn” fare is fittingly appropriate, as it’s an aggressively unhealthy substitute for more intellectually and emotionally nourishing entertainment.
Although Philadelphia Inquirer critic Steven Rea described The Lone Ranger as a “wild, wacky, wide-screen reimagining of the vintage radio serial and TV series,” most people seem to think the flick is quite terrible. Even a few celebrities couldn’t resist sharing their thoughts and feelings about Johnny Depp’s latest endeavor. It’s never a good thing when actors are having a laugh at a movie’s expense.
Below you can find a handful of tweets centered around how much The Lone Ranger sucks. Some of them are amusing while others are just downright funny.
Just discovered the cure for insomnia. The Lone Ranger.
— danny masterson (@dannymasterson) July 4, 2013
I think Tonto in The Lone Ranger is actually being played by Bjork.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) July 4, 2013
The worst thing about LONE RANGER: foreign auds will keep it from being the CLEOPATRA-level pipe-flushing bomb Hollywood needs.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) July 3, 2013
Apparntly, "The Lone Ranger" refers to the size of the audience at many showings of this movie.
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) July 4, 2013
"The goal [of the movie] is […] to punish you for allowing movies like The Lone Ranger to exist." – from io9's review.
— Jonathan Green (@jon_m_green) July 4, 2013
Unfortunately for Disney, this will probably happen quite a bit over the weekend.
scathing lone ranger reviews have scared me off…gonna belatedly watch monsters u instead :<
— LC (@fyyung) July 4, 2013
Did you catch The Lone Ranger in theaters? Do you agree with the critics?