Marvel’s Eternals Is Not Landing With Critics–Low Rotten Tomatoes Scores

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Disney has been pushing for Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ for months now, even seemingly cutting off promotion from “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” before it’s release. This film has been a bit of an uphill battle as most fans don’t know the characters and the trailers were frankly boring.

The the articles discussing how it was a departure from the normal MCU formula and it even being a bit of a “stand-alone” offering.

Now that the review embargo is up the critics who got to pre-screen it have not been as kind as Disney would probably like.

The reviews are very mixed and it’s currently sitting at a 71% with 56 “critical” reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Audience scoring isn’t even available yet, but I fully expect that to rank higher as it’s much easier to manipulate.

Here are some of the critical reviews, both good and bad, showing up on the site.

These quotes are usually pulled from their official review write-ups.

Zhao manages to find the right mix of humanity and science fiction in Eternals while taking audiences on an adventure.” –Danielle Solzman (Solzy at the Movies)

It’s not exactly boring – there’s always something new to behold – but nor it is particularly exciting, and it lacks the breezy wit of Marvel’s best movies.“–Steve Rose (Guardian)

Seriously, what a snooze. Fresh off of winning the Best Director Oscar for “Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao has upchucked one of the MCU’s worst movies in ages.” –Johnny Oleksinski (New York Post)

Eternals is beautifully shot and terrifically acted, but it bites off more than it can chew in its third act.“–Amelia Emberwing (IGN Movies)

Marvel was the last studio I’d have expected to tell a story about Angels questioning their God. Though it doesn’t always achieve its ambitions, it is easily the studio’s most interesting film in years.“– Evan Dossey (Midwest Film Journal)

This big budget action film will hit theaters just in time for Thanksgiving, which reaches the chef’s kiss of utter perfection because it’s a $200 million turkey.” — Louisa Moore (Screen Zealots)

It doesn’t always work, but it is undeniably the most ambitious Marvel movie (and it didn’t need 25 other movies as stepping stones to a colossal-length grand finale), pitting religious and familial duties against one another“–Robert Kojder (Flickering Myth)

Worth seeing just to experience the bizarre narrative corners IP-driven filmmaking and mindless synergy have painted these filmmakers into.“–Vincent Mancini (Uproxx)

Feels a bit like homework: If you don’t want the rest of the class to move on without you, it’s mandatory; but in the end, you’ll just be glad to turn it in and move along to the next thing.” — Larry Carroll (Looper)

A convoluted cosmic misfire and one of Marvel’s dullest efforts in years.“–Rodrigo Perez (The Playlist)

A mishmash of well-meaning, yet jarringly verbose and bafflingly incoherent nonsense which is only just about saved by some half decent performances.” Linda Marric (The Jewish Chronicle)

Eternals is a mess.”–Joshua Rivera (Polygon)

One of Marvel’s most ambitious movies in years is also one of its weakest since “Thor: The Dark World.“–Kirsten Acuna (Insider)

There are enough good elements here to warrant a fresh tomato, but wow did Chloe Zhao not understand the MCU assignment. Madden, Jolie, Nanjiani & Ridloff are the standouts.“- Grace Randolph (Beyond the Trailer)

I just don’t think this is going to be the huge success that Disney wants, but I have no doubt that they will pull out every trick or stop to try and make this film at least appear to be successful.

There are 13 or so new characters to introduce in one film and it’s a lot to put on one movie. The initial trailers were very boring. Pretty? Maybe, but boring and not what people expect in an MCU film.

We shall see how it goes when it releases on November 5. I fully expect damage control to be ramped up for this one.

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