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May 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Adam Sandler’s movies are generally described as review-proof; i.e., despite usually dreadful reviews, they have each earned at least $100 million globally. Blended could wind up a significant exception. The film opened with just $14.2 million at the domestic box office and doesn’t appear likely to recover in the weeks ahead, analysts have observed. The reviews, as usual, remained dreadful — although the British trade publication Screen Daily remarked that it could “work for a more female-skewed version of the audience that has recently turned out for Sandler’s Grown Ups and its sequel.” But the review by A.O Scott in the New York Times epitomized those of the majority. Scott said that he was particularly “bothered by the sheer audience-insulting incompetence of the filmmaking and the writing.” It seemed, he wrote, as if it had been “filmed by a bunch of eighth graders and conceived by their less bright classmates.”