General Consensus – The Losers

Here’s a new feature where I take on the horribly tedious task of reading through tons of reviews of a film and get the idea of what the internet thinks of it.  What I will do is try to find as many reviews as I can across the internet (if I missed you post in the comments or email me) and calculate the average rating across the blogoshpere.

I’ve been trying to think of a way that I can return some link love for all those critics/blogs that I love to read.  Since I love reading reviews of films that I’ve seen what I’ll do is each week whatever new release that I review here I will post what I think the General Consensus of the movie is by posting short snippets of many reviews here.  Check it out below:

So here’s how this is going to work.  Since I want to create an average score for the film (like my own blogosphere only version of RT or IMDB) I will only count reviews that have a rating.  If your rating is letter graded then I will convert it using High School style grades (i.e. A = 9/10, B = 8/10, C = 7/10, D = 5/10, F = 3/10).  I’ll definitely mention other, non-scaled reviews, but they won’t be calculated into the overall General Consensus.

Directed by: Sylvain White

Written by: Peter Berg & James Vanderbilt

Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Oscar Jaenada, Columbus Short & Chris Evans

Release Date: Apr. 23rd (US), Apr. 28th (JA)

Reviews:

Not Rated Reviews

“It won me over very almost instantly and kept winning me over again and again throughout the movie. I knew going into it that there were a lot of elements I liked, but all of those elements it took and made them even better than I expected.” – Shannon the Movie Moxie

“Two epilogues and one overplayed Journey joke suggest that White and company may care more about their characters than we ever do; then again, in the movie, the Losers are the very best at what they do.” – William Goss from Cinematical.

“Those who haven’t read the book should find a couple of good twists towards the end, but if you’ve read the comic, you won’t find anything to set it apart.”- Henchman21 from Geeks of Doom

Rated Reviews

“It’s a bit reminiscent of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but in no means by quality. Joe was pure Mystery Science theater camp while this is an actual good movie, but in terms of storytelling their similar. Follows a team? Check. Tries to make all of them distinct? Check. Doesn’t take itself too seriously? Check. A scenery-chewing, money-loving villain (Jason Patric) with henchmen? Check. The difference in all those similarities: The Losers makes it all work.” – Jack Giroux from TheFilmStage. Grade: 7.5/10

“the film is fun, cool, often hilarious, at times nail-bitting and a wholly good time at the movies. Granted, I never felt particularly…emotionally connected to anything in the film, which is what prevents it from crossing over from good to great, but I also didn’t miss it very much.” – All Things Fangirl. Grade: B (8/10)

“Its pacing is way off, so much so that it feels like it’s ending ten minutes after it started. It’s yet another poor adaptation of a Vertigo (DC) graphic novel – though it should be noted, that I don’t believe the source material is any sort of sacred text.” – Mad Hatter from The Dark of the Matinee. Grade: 5/10

“”The Losers” knows what it’s doing and how to do it. Sylvain White doesn’t have a lot of credits but he knows how to direct and not trip over his own feet. The movie gets the job done, and the actors show a lot of confidence in occupying that tricky middle ground between controlled satire and comic overkill. It’s fun.” – Roger Ebert. Grade: 8.75/10

If you saw Sylvain White’s Stomp the Yard, you know that he does his best to enhance rather leaden scripts with cool visuals. In that film, it was dancing, and here, it’s good old fashioned weaponed fight scene choreography. The same rules apply.” – Get the Big Picture. Grade: 6/10

The threadbare plot keeps the action moving, but in terms of keeping the audience energized and entertained, The Losers is a character-driven film.  The film’s greatest strength is that it has five well-acted individual characters.” – Matt Goldberg from Collider.  Grade: B- (7.5/10)

“The largest issue here is the film’s inability to remain consistent. The lives of The Losers are on the line. Every step they take is life or death as they prep to battle against a madman who sometimes seems like he’s more fit to play to a crowd rather than intent on starting a global war.” – Brad Brevet from Rope of Silicon. Grade: B- (7.5/10)

“”The Losers” is one of those jokey, comic-book-based action movies where things get blown up a lot and nobody takes anything seriously. That in itself is fine, but “The Losers” takes the nonchalance too much to heart and comes across as lazy.” – Eric D. Snider. Grade: C- (6.5/10)

“While the lack of seriousness may seem like a terrible detriment to the film, THE LOSERS is actually an extremely enjoyable popcorn flick. Tons of guns, explosions and hand-to-hand combat plaster the big screen, commanding the audience’s attention.” – Travis from WAMG. Grade: 6/10

“THE LOSERS occasionally over-stylizes these moments, but I’m sure they’ll keep aficionados of the comic book series pleased and engaged.” – Kate Erbland from Gordon and the WhaleGrade: 6/10

“It’s consistently light and breezy even when supposedly important and dramatic events are unfolding. People are dropping dead or being shot every few minutes, but there’s always time for jokes… and that’s okay here because the jokes here are actually funny.” – Rob Hunter from Film School RejectsGrade: B- (7.5/10)

The Losers doesn’t aspire to be anything more than a popcorn movie – but even in that sort of film you have to be at least partially sucked into the film and find the characters believable, or at least feel a sense of connection to them.” – Vic Holtreman from ScreenRant. Grade: 6/10

“The film isn’t anything special, but at the same time has enough sporadic moments of fun sprinkled in it to not be considered a complete crapfest of a film.  Its offbeat pacing at time definitely makes it tough to enjoy, especially for a film of this kind.” – by me at gmanReviews. Grade: 5/10

Avg Score: 6.7/10

  • http://mcneilmatinee.blogspot.com Mad Hatter

    Hey cool! This is a great idea, and I’m not just saying that because you included me! I’m looking forward to reading more of these.

    While I have your attention, what are your thoughts on being a guest on a future episode of my podcast?

  • http://www.twitter.com/djrlosthisname/ Douglas

    I love how you’re tied for lowest grade

  • http://www.gmanreviews.com Andrew Robinson

    @douglas

    It just means there’s one other person who’s also right about this movie :P