Movie Reviews Land Of The Lost
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times is standing up for Land of the Lost . "Amid Widespread disdain," he writes, "I raise my voice in a bleat of lonely, if moderate, admiration." He bestows three stars on it and suggests that all the cheesy stuff that other critics complain about in the movie really amounted to "a deliberate choice, and I say I enjoyed it." It's hard to find another critic who did. Manohla Dargis in the New York Times comments that "a lot of money has been spent on yet another cultural throwaway." Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal appropriately invokes a financial metaphor to describe it. "This dramatically, thematically and artistically bankrupt comic fantasy cost something in the neighborhood of $100 million to make and isn't worth the celluloid it's printed on." "This Land exists at the bottom of the pop-cultural barrel," writes Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News. Many of the critics lay into Will Ferrell's performance. "It's summer and Will Ferrell is once more upon us, braying the laugh of the wealthy entertainer who plays idiots for a living," writes Ty Burr in the Boston Globe. Peter Howell in the Toronto Star says that "there's a certain numbness to his dumbness," and adds "He's not quite phoning it in, but he's maybe tweeting it in." Indeed the only one getting good notices for the movie is NBC Today show host Matt Lauer, who plays himself.