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Hollywood Review

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hollywood Updated: Aug 12, 2010 20:42 IST
Hindustan Times

Film: Dinner For Shmucks
Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak and Zach Galifianakis
Director: Jay Roach
Synopsis: An extraordinarily stupid man possesses the ability to ruin the life of anyone who spends more than a few minutes in his company.
Releasing: August 13
Average Rating: 5.9/10

This movie lacks imagination.

Roach makes the grade
Get the dope on Hollywood’s latest releases from the world’s best critics.

Time Magazine
Richard Corliss
This may not be the highest achievement of the director’s art — to exceed minimal
expectations — but it’s an honorable one, and Roach makes the grade.

Chicago-Sun Times
Roger Ebert
The genius of this version depends on the performance by Steve Carell, who plays Barry Speck, as a man impervious to insult and utterly at peace with himself. He’s truly a transcendent idiot.

USA Today
Claudia Puig
Where the French leads were nasty, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd have an inherently likable quality even when playing a foolish sap and a cutthroat businessman.

Film: The Expendables
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and Terry Crews
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Synopsis: A group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator.
Releasing: August 13
Average Rating: 4.2/10

New Yorker
Anthony Lane
It is savage yet inert, and breathtakingly sleazy in its lack of imagination.

Peter Debruge
Take the cast away, and there’s not much more here than the straight-to-DVD schlock that has kept conspicuously absent rivals, Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme, busy of late.

First Published: Aug 12, 2010 14:01 IST