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April 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The “losers” in The Losers are a kind of Dirty Dozen team who must first do battle with the critics. Their mission, writes Kyle Smith in the New York Post, is “to drop idiotic one-liners and blow up stuff so unconvincingly that the characters often look like they’re walking in front of drive-in-size screens upon which the digital artists have scribbled orange detonation clouds.” Rex Reed in the New York Observer writes that the movie seems “targeted for an army of brain-dead kids, with animated action heroes brought to life without a shred of wit, imagination or cinematic talent.” In the Wall Street Journal, John Anderson excoriates The Losers with acid remarks not seen on the newspaper’s pages since the Enron scandal. “An aptly titled, grossly overdone big-screen adaptation of a DC Comics publication, it is, as though we needed it, another symptom of where we’re going cinematically, and a movie that takes bilious joy in its own soullessness,” he writes. “The Losers wastes the riches of Hollywood technology in hot pursuit of nothing.” Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times agrees. “Thousands of Hummers, helicopters, hot cars, houses, hotels and humans — well, actors playing humans — were sacrificed to make The Losers what it is: a violent, bloody mess.” The movie does have a handful of supporters, however, chief among them Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, who regards it as “a clean, efficient and entertaining thriller.” He awards the movie 3 1/2 stars. And while Roger Moore in the Orlando Sentinel describes the movie as “a stupid, over-the-top comic-booky action picture with the occasional cheesy effect, oddball casting and an utterly predictable get-that-guy-before-he-gets-us plot,” he credits actor Chris Evans and a couple of other unnamed actors with making the movie “passable entertainment.”