• Babalugats

    Why even screen The Emoji Movie for critics? Was there ever any chance that the reviews were going to be anything other than brutal? Is there a single person on the planet, who is scrolling through rotten tomatoes saying, “I’ll only see this if it breaks 6%” The whole thing just seems needlessly cruel, and a tremendous waste of everyone’s time.

    • The Ploughman

      I went seeking out reviews expecting them to be entertaining, and I just came away feeling bad about everything.

    • Tasha Robinson

      Pretty sure they didn’t. There certainly wasn’t a critics screening in Chicago.

      • Babalugats

        Well my apologizes to the makers of The Emoji Movie. I guess some folks just have a masochistic streak.

      • The Ploughman

        So tickets were purchased for each of these reviews. I want to use a sad face here, but the irony would be too much.

    • HypercubeVillain

      I imagine there might’ve been some optimism over the possibility of another Lego Movie-esque surprise success.
      Since this is practically the only movie out right now aimed at kids under 10, my faintest hope is the reviews could get at least a few families to cancel their plans to see it.
      ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Tangentially related: the best AV Club writer not to work for The Dissolve, Todd VanDerWerff, was demoted by Vox to “critic at large.” That is sort of depressing.

    • What does “critic at large” even mean?

      • HypercubeVillain

        He’s going to critic prison.

        • Drunk Napoleon

          That place is a revolving door prison and we all know it!

    • Ruck Cohlchez 🌹

      Ehh. I felt he really started devolving into a caricature of himself a few years back, at least. I find it hard to be too broken up.

  • Only just barely related to this, but did y’all see that AVC is bringing a few TV Club Classics features back to life?

    • Ruck Cohlchez 🌹

      No… is there a link to a story telling more?

      • No. I couldn’t find one. I just saw that they’d resumed the Gilmore Girls reviews, and in the comments, somebody talked about finishing the Six Feet Under reviews, too.

    • Drunk Napoleon

      At this point I’m starting to think the return of TV Club and the Kinjaocalypse are going to happen at the same time.

  • thesplitsaber

    Id also like to point out that Katherine Dieckman was pretty much the visual architect of The Adventures of Pete and Pete.