Kerry Hayes/Netfilx
April 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

Special Correspondents

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/29/16
performer
Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga, America Ferrera
director
Ricky Gervais
genre
Comedy
We gave it a C-

The wit and sharpness that pervade Ricky Gervais’ television work—The Office and Extras in particular—is sadly missing from his latest feature, Special Correspondents (available on Netflix). The film casts Gervais and Eric Bana as radio journalists who bungle a foreign assignment and wind up faking their own kidnapping. What Gervais may have previously turned into a pointed satire of the news media instead becomes a flimsy farce that’s surprisingly low on laughs. C–

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