Amy Schumer‘s new film I Feel Pretty is getting hit with the ugly stick by critics, after the embargo lifted on opening day (often not a good sign).
Reviewers consistently praise the supporting cast (in a delightful surprise, 4-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams is apparently hilarious) and most think the film is trying to have a positive message.
But they can’t seem to decide if the entire premise is hopelessly outdated or if the film just slips and falls and hits its head on the Soulcycle floor.
See the not-so-body-positive reviews (below)!
Abbey Bender, TimeOut: “I Feel Pretty lacks visual inspiration and runs on the fumes of one not-particularly-funny joke (this regular-looking girl thinks she’s super-hot). Truth be told, for a wide-release comedy, it’s a bit depressing.”
Kate Taylor, The Globe And Mail: “Schumer’s actual chutzpah, so boldly showcased in her stand-up and sketch comedy, is not enough to carry this offensive conceit. The notion that the pathetically insecure Renee is an accurate satire of contemporary women is enough to make any feminist cringe.”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: “Is it really OK to get off making plus-size jokes just because you tack on a moralizing ending that teaches a lesson about body positivity? … The movie keeps jerking our chain, encouraging us first to chuckle snidely and then feel bad about it. It’s wearying.”
Adam Graham, Detroit News: “Amy Schumer is way too smart to be attached to a movie as clunky and backward-looking as I Feel Pretty, a flat comedy which attempts to take on beauty standards and issues of body positivity but can’t think of anything fresh to say about either. I Feel Pretty would barely cut it as a sketch on Inside Amy Schumer.”
Kurt Loder, Reason: “As one of the dozen or so people who liked last year’s Amy Schumer film, Snatched, I wish I could muster more enthusiasm for her new one.”
K. Austin Collins, Vanity Fair: “It’s to I Feel Pretty‘s credit that Schumer isn’t listed as one of its writers: it means we can get back to thinking of her as a performer, decoupled just a little from the movie’s bigger ideas, which are indisputably the least impressive thing about it.”
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: “Schumer is doing another slightly tweaked but virtually indistinguishable variation on the same wisecracking, self-deprecating, insecure, if-only-she-could-see-her-wonderfulness underdog she’s played before. She’s clearly in her comfort zone and she eventually wins us over in this uneven, hit-and-miss, broad comedy ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ but here’s hoping the next time around, she tries something new.”
Jocelyn Novak, AP: “On the plus side, it’s often a pleasantly entertaining ride with the always appealing Schumer, and its heart is in the right place. It also features a truly terrific comic turn by Michelle Williams (drama, musicals, now comedy ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ is there anything she can’t do?) On the minus side, it muddles its message with an overstuffed script, choppy editing, and some unnecessarily over-the-top moments. Not to mention a sappy ending that actually comes close to contradicting its own premise.”
Will these reviews keep U from seeing it, or do you like forming your own opinions?