what to expect battleship film44 lionsgate 'Battleship' and 'What to Expect when You're Expecting': Which movie received worse reviews?It’s starting to look like it’s a tough weekend for moviegoers. Two new releases “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Battleship” aren’t getting much love from the critics. The current ratings for the films on Rotten Tomatoes are an underwhelming 22 percent for “What to Expect” and only a slightly better 36 percent rating for “Battleship.”

Here are some of the better (or worse, depending on your perspective) reviews of the films. Perhaps this is a good weekend to go outside and enjoy the weather instead. Or take in “The Avengers” just one more time? It sounds like either one would be a better option than these films.

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting”

NY Post – “The film is dully shot and so predictably plotted, you could tick off the items like you’re packing a bag for the delivery room. Mood swings? Check. Waddling? Check. Begging for an epidural? You get the idea.”

Newark Star-Ledger
– “Pregnancy can be a tedious process full of doubt and discomfort, its brief moments of joy bracketed by long periods when it seems as if the whole thing’s never, ever going to end. So is this movie.”

Washington Post – “For nearly 30 years, Murkoff’s book has maintained its staying power by giving readers precisely what its title implies. But what to expect from the movie? Among the hodgepodge of near-death moments and slapstick pratfalls, it’s anybody’s guess.”

USA Today – “What audiences should expect is a tone-deaf, superficial, charmless ensemble rom-com, focused on five attractive, but uninteresting, couples.”


Detroit News: “This is an unapologetically cacophonous film, and again, it’s likely Berg has made just the movie he set out to make. Precisely why he’s made it is anybody’s guess. But ‘Battleship’ doesn’t sink, really. It just sits there booming endlessly as you look on aghast.”

The Atlantic: “If you are in the market for a big-budget action movie this weekend, see ‘The Avengers.’ If you’ve already seen it, see it again. But if you’ve seen it as many times as you can bear, and you absolutely need to go out to an aliens-versus-humanity blockbuster–no, I can’t go that far.”

San Francisco Chronicle – “It’s loud, it’s large, it’s stupid, and its best gag involves a chicken burrito.”

NY Post: “All I expected out of ‘Battleship’ was a stupid action movie. It’s more than that, though: It’s also a stupid comedy and a stupid sci-fi yarn. It makes ‘Top Gun’ look like the work of Orson Welles. At least the Tom Cruise movie remembered to cast actual actors.”

Posted by:David Eckstein