Critics' review: Get drunk to survive Hangover 3

  • The hangover stars Justin Bartha (L), Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper (clockwise) in a still from their upcoming film The Hangover Part III.

  • Bradley, Zach and Ed (L-R) in a still from Hangover 3.

  • Topsy-turvy: Alan is up to his tricks again

  • Suspiciously quaint for The Hangover?

  • Vegas. Car. Potentially dead man. Wonder what's happening there?

  • A colourful still from the movie.

  • Ek Tha Tiger

    Alan caught in a quiet moment.

  • The boys walk the Beatles walk.

Highly anticipated final part of The Hangover series has been trashed by critics universally. Todd Phillip's third of the comedy franchise has failed to get movie-goers high on its humour.

As Stephen Holden writes in The New York Times, "The Wolfpack…limps exhaustedly over the tundra in what is billed as the final edition of the "Hangover" trilogy. Defanged, with glazed eyes and creaking joints, these superannuated party animals try vainly to stir up some enthusiasm during a return visit to Las Vegas, the site of the first "Hangover" movie. But their heart isn't in it." Holden points out the absolute obvious - if humour can't hold the attention of those intending to watch four not-so-young men, what can?
"Goodbye and good riddance," he writes, bidding Hangover adieu. Read the full review here.

Comparison with the previous sequel in the series is inevitable. Hangover III fails on this count too. New York Post critic Kyle Smith writes, "I beg of you, don't ask me to choose between Hangover II and III. That would be like asking a mother to choose between her children, assuming she hated her children, never wanted to see them again and wished they'd never been born in the first place." His humour is definitely not amiss.

Giving the film a sad half-star, Smith also tweeted, "@rkylesmith "Oh God. My head hurts. What the hell did I do last night?" -- what everyone who goes to see Hangover 3 will be saying in the morning."

Andrew Barker of Variety, however, has some comments to make about the plot itself. He notes that the film shouldn't be "considered a comedy at all, as it more often plays like a loopily plotted, exposition-heavy actioner." Furthermore, criticising forced attempts at comedy he writes, "this film's shenanigans feel witlessly arbitrary in a way that the previous installments avoided."

As if the critics' bashing wasn't enough, Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a mere 17% rating with a sharp comment that read, "Less a comedy than an angrily dark action thriller, The Hangover Part III diverges from the series' rote formula but offers nothing compelling in its place."


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