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‘Holmes and Watson’ Apparently So Bad That People Are Leaving Screenings Early

Will Ferrell has been one of the most successful comedic actors in Hollywood, with his lengthy tenure as a comedic staple in films like Anchorman and Step Brothers. Recently though, Ferrell has struggled to re-kindle his early career success, with both Daddy’s Home 2 and The House being poorly received by critics last year. It seems that trend is only getting worse with Ferrell’s latest film Holmes and Watson

Also co-starring John C. Reilly, the film was intended to be another successful comedic outing for the recognized duo. Reactions though have been dreadful, with the film currently holding a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here are some of the most noteworthy negative blurbs from critics:

“It’s so painfully unfunny we’re not sure it can legally be called a comedy.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone

“Holmes & Watson” is one of those movies that goes beyond unfunny and into a comedy-cubist zone, where jokes are no longer recognizable and laughter is philosophically impossible.” – Rafer Guzman, Newsday

“You can feel the flop sweat emanating from the third onscreen pairing of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.” – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Audiences are also apparently walking out of the movie:

Ouch. Deadline also reported this week that apparently Netflix denied purchasing the film from Sony. Considering their less than stellar track record of releases, that is pretty telling of just how much of a dud this turned out to be. While I am a huge fan of both, I can’t really say I am surprised. The premise and marketing material for the film has been extremely tired and stale, not giving audiences anything they haven’t seen done better before.

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