To See, or Not To See?

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One of the perks of being in the Writers Guild is that I get to go to all sorts of screenings and events free of charge. Tonight, I have the option of seeing Seven Pounds a full day before its release (!!), but is it worth the effort to trek down to Beverly Hills just for a few hours of bragging rights? After reading A. O. Scott’s review in The New York Times, I’m not so sure. Check out this ringing endorsement:
“Frankly, though, I don’t see how any review could really spoil what may be among the most transcendently, eye-poppingly, call-your-friend-ranting-in-the-middle-of-the-night-just-to-go-over-it-one-more-time crazily awful motion pictures ever made.”
Ouch.
Check out the rest of A. O. Scott’s scathing review here.

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13 thoughts on “To See, or Not To See?

  1. The reason I wouldn’t watch it because when I went to see Dark Knight, they showed this trailer twice. And when I saw Dark Knight for a second time, it was played twice again.
    So, I hate the fact that I had to suffer through the trailer 4 times.

  2. Your post made me want to see what could be so unspeakably bad about the movie. So I went to Wikipedia and read through the plot.
    Wow. Thanks for getting me to take that step. Now I know to stay far, far away from that big ol’ pile of poo. Unspeakably bad, indeed.

  3. The box office tickets will do the talking – we’ll see if his movie becomes the 9th straight $100+ million movie for Will Smith where he is the star.

  4. Well damn. I saw the movie today, and I wouldn’t flush it down the toilet just yet. It’s not the greatest movie ever made, and it’s horribly predictable, but I vote you at least rent it.

  5. Saw this on Saturday night (in a half-empty theatre, in Manhattan, on a Will Smith opening weekend??!!). Halfway though I could easily have walked out, but it grew on me in the second half. OK enough to say worth seeing for free, but for the those of us who have to pay for our tickets, DO NOT think about seeing this unless you’ve already seen the many superior films that are out right now. In this order: Gran Torino, The Wrestler, Milk, The Reader, and Doubt.
    So did you see it B? What did you think?

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