UPDATE: The Emoji Movie no longer has a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Betsy Bozdech, a writer for Common Sense Media, is the first film critic to give the animated movie a positive review.
“The Emoji Movie isn’t bad, but it isn’t great, either. It’s ‘meh.’ Kids will definitely enjoy the colorful characters, easy-to-follow story, and potty humor (‘we’re number two!’ the poop emoji and his son exclaim). Young viewers are also sure to catch the movie’s positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and being yourself,” she wrote.
Reviews have been unkind to the film, which now owns a 3 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
EARLIER: Critics think the The Emoji Movie is 💩.
The new animated comedy featuring the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Sofia Vergara, and Patrick Stewart (as the poop emoji) has the ignominious dishonor of being the year’s worst-reviewed, wide-release film. With 28 reviews counted thus far on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, The Emoji Movie has a zero percent rating.
If that number holds as more reviews are collected, The Emoji Movie will join films like National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers, The Nutcracker in 3D, Eddie Murphy’s A Thousand Words, and Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6 as some of the lowest-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes.
“Most likely, it was going to be a garbage fire. And now that I’ve seen it, I can confirm that suspicion: The Emoji Movie is a waste of time, resources, and a bunch of comedians’ voices, plus a premise that actually had the potential to do some small good in the world. It’s less of a movie and more of an insult,” wrote Alissa Wilkinson for Vox.
“In the mock tradition of countless superior Pixar films before it, it’s attempting to sell a sense of childlike wonder and fascination with an ordinary, everyday object: your smartphone. And in doing so, it is one of the darkest, most dismaying films I have ever seen, much less one ostensibly made for children,” wrote Emily Yoshida for Vulture.
For more scathing reviews of The Emoji Movie, head here.
The Emoji Movie is out now.