One of the Italian words for “rotten” is “andato.” And that’s pretty much where the great majority of the reviews for the new Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie thriller The Tourist are stacking up this fine non-Italian morning.
But which film critics are rising most adeptly to the challenge of trashing two of Hollywood’s biggest stars and their comatose Venezia intrigue? Here are our five (early) picks for the Columbia Pictures pan parade honor roll:
Eric D. Snider, Cinematical: “I urge you to say the director’s name aloud. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Did you do it? There, you just had more fun than you would if you watched The Tourist.”
Nigel Andrews, Financial Times: “Do anything. Arrange an appointment in Sumatra. Go to the moon. At all costs stay away.”
Steve Persall, St. Petersburg Times: “The Tourist gives background extras more to do than milling around and faking conversation. Each are also instructed to interrupt whatever they’re doing when Jolie sashays by, to offer approving nods for her backside. Nice work, if you can get it.”
Marshall Fine, HollywoodandFine.com: “von Donnersmarck has gone Hollywood – and I can’t wait for him to go back to Germany.”
Jordan Hoffman, UGO.com: “My mother is going to love this movie.”
Update – 12/14/10: Somehow, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association allowed Sony/Columbia to slot this film into the Musical/Comedy Golden Globes category and gave it a Best Picture nod as well as Best Actor-Actress nominations for Depp, Jolie.