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New worst movie of 2011?

Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood.

Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood.

Is Red Riding Hood the new worst movie of 2011 (so far)?

It seems like a week hasn’t gone by so far this year without another cinematic turkey being unleashed on the multiplexes.

This week’s four major features include Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Mars Needs Moms and Jane Eyre.

And while Mars Needs Moms and Battle: Los Angeles have scored impressively mediocre approval ratings – 43% and 32%, respectively – over at Rotten Tomatoes, Red Riding Hood has come in at a grand 12%. (Jane Eyre, being a literary adaptation and manna for quality-starved critics, receives a whopping 87% grade.)

This puts Red Riding Hood at about the third worst-reviewed movie of the year, putting it behind Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son (8%) and Season of the Witch (6%) but still ahead of Just Go With It (18%), Beastly (22%) and I Am Number Four (30%).

We can hardly wait to see what other cinematic treasures Hollywood’s dream factory has in store for us in the coming weeks!

Among the choicer review blurbs for Red Riding Hood:

Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing: “It’s hard to bury oneself in the picture’s moody period setting when the central thrust remains that Valerie basically has to choose between Justin Bieber and a Jonas Brother.”

Richard Roeper, RichardRoper.com: “You’ll howl alright; this is the funniest movie I’ve seen all year. Yes, it’s supposed to be a horror flick.”

In fact, the movie seems to have taken the wit out of many of the site’s “top critics”, most of whom seem barely able to muster a fresh spin on the consensus that it’s basically Twilight crossed with the Brothers Grimm (Twilight wins).

Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood.

Scene from Red Riding Hood (2011).

Battle: Los Angeles movie review

Red Riding Hood movie trailer

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