The Emoji Movie opened this past weekend to a decent box office take and some of the worst reviews this year.
The star-studded voice cast, which includes Patrick Stewart, T. J. Miller, James Corden, and many more wasn’t enough to save the film from utter evisceration by ReelViews, Village Voice, EW, RogerEbert.com… the list goes on.
It’s sitting at 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, or a whopping 0% in the Top Critics section.
Perhaps proving that kids don’t read reviews (did anyone think kids read reviews?), the movie still did landed at #2 in the box office. Christopher Nolan war epic Dunkirk edged it out at $28mm, but The Emoji Movie’s $25mm beat out fellow new release Atomic Blonde. It also outperformed Despicable Me 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the rest of the summer blockbusters, though it’s not likely to earn more than those films overall.
Is it because the movie is still kind of fun, even if it’s not a work of art? Maybe.
Hollywood Reporter’s John DeFore puts it pretty well. “But Tony Leondis’ The Emoji Movie, a very, very dumb thing, comes nowhere near that magic combination. It is fast and colorful enough to attract young kids, but offers nearly nothing to their parents.”
A very, very dumb thing, indeed.
On the brighter side, the movie is preceded by a new animated short by none other than Genndy Tartakovsky. The genius creator of Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series that isn’t CG-animated also did the Hotel Transylvania films. Puppy! is a new short in that world, with most of the film’s voice actors reprising their roles. It’s a lead-in to next year’s feature-length sequel, showing the shenanigans when Dennis gets a new “puppy”. More of a hellhound.
The Emoji Movie is in theaters now.