Reviews For “The Dark Tower” Are Here And They Aren’t Looking Too Good

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After being plagued by dozens of issues during production for over a decade, “The Dark Tower” is finally here. The film adaptation of Stephen King’s eight-novel series had fans worried since the total time of the move came out to a short 95 minute feature.

Now that the film has been released, the reviews are rolling in, and it isn’t pretty. Many critics aren’t enthusiastic about the film, each citing how dull the movie is, and how it’s incapable of capturing the true fantastical nature of the novels. The movie currently holds a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Here’s what critics are saying:

Rollingstone’s Peter Travers:

“Instead, we get a 95-minute movie that plays like a mash-up of King’s mythic themes with no connective tissue. It’s as if director Nikolaj Arcel and co-screenwriters Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinker and Anders Thomas Jensen pulled an all-nighter skimming “The Gunslinger” novels and shoved whatever they could remember onto the big screen. Call it The Dark Tower for Dummies.


Variety’s Owen Glieberman:

“A few of the concepts drifting through the film suggest how far ahead of the curve King was, a few play as flagrantly derivative, but when you watch ‘The Dark Tower’ you may not bother to separate the Kingian from the Jungian from the ready-made-for-DVR-ian. It all fuses into a glittering trash pile of déjà vu action pulp.”


New York Post‘s Johnny Olekinski:

“McConaughey, looking like a fatigued Wayne Newton, might just be the worst big-screen baddie since Cate Blanchett played a kooky Soviet in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”


TIME Magazine‘s Stephanie Zacharek:

“But somehow, The Dark Tower should still add up to more: It could use more magic, more dread, a more staggering sense of wonder. It’s wholly inoffensive, but it’s unmemorable too. This is a fantasy that runs like a business.”


IndieWire‘s Kate Erbland:

“That’s only part of the reason why the books have mostly been considered “unadaptable,” though plenty of filmmakers — from J.J. Abrams to Ron Howard — have tried. Now the movie’s finally been made, and while “The Dark Tower” may not be unadaptable, this first attempt at bringing the beloved material to the big screen does little to dispel the notion that it’s still a mostly unwinnable proposition.”

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