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When Reviewers Drink the Kool-Aid

AKA, two hours of my life I’ll never get back.

September 5, 2013
Charles Laquidara - Contributing Writer ( , Maui Weekly

Every Saturday night I have "Movie Nite" at my home. Last weekend, I had several choices from the new films that had just become available. One of these choices was "Oblivion," the other was "Olympus Has Fallen" and the third was "The Place Beyond the Pines." I made the decision to go with whichever of the three had the highest rating on the IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes movie review Websites. The winner was the Ryan Goseling-Bradley Cooper picture, "The Place Beyond the Pines."

Maybe it was the stars in their eyes. Maybe it was the magical flowing sound of the movie's ethereal title. Or maybe they were all drinking the same Kool-Aid when they wrote those glowing reviews. But the critics who gave this film a thumbs up have consciously or unconsciously collaborated to steer us all down the path called, "Two Hours of My Life I'll Never Get Back."

When the movie finally concluded, all 11 of us in the room just sat there and looked at each other, heads shaking.

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"Wha what?"

"What did we miss?"

"I think I want to go stab myself with a butter knife."

"OMG! Charles, what made you pick this film for Movie Nite?"

You know how every so often an elitist film comes along that the critics "just love," because they see things in it that somehow escape the grasp of mere mortal movie-goers?

"The Place Beyond the Pines" is one of those.

Save your money and your time. Instead, go rent a silly comedy or a shallow Tom Cruise action film.

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