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November 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Here’s one prediction that’s easy to make: Russell Crowe is going to be ticked off over the next three days as he sees audiences pass by theaters showing his film, The Next Three Days, directed by Paul Haggis (Crash), and reads the damning reviews of it. Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News calls it “laughably, eye-rollingly absurd. … If it didn’t star Russell Crowe, whose watchability has increased as his forehead gets more furrowed, The Next Three Days would resemble a no-name cable movie you zone in and out of while channel-surfing.” Tom Maurstad in the Dallas Morning News figures that the movie “wants to be taut and suspenseful, tricky and exciting. To be fair, the movie manages to conjure small moments of all those things. But by the end, it’s succeeded at none of them.” Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times notes that the filmmaker behind Crash “has totaled this one. Yes, The Next Three Days is really that bad.” Stephen Cole in the Toronto Globe and Mail isn’t quite as harsh as some of his colleagues, but his review is hardly a recommendation. “An okay thriller with lots of smart flourishes, The Next Three Days has us hooked early on but never quite gets us in the boat,” he remarks. Likewise, Kyle Smith writes unenthusiastically in the New York Post: “I didn’t buy how The Next Three Days plays out — but I almost bought it, and that’s good enough for a thriller.”

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