The critics have spoken, and “Grown Ups 2” is the winner -- as the worst movie of the summer so far.
Although the Adam Sandler comedy is expected to do good business in its debut this weekend, the sequel has attracted a blizzard of critical bashes, generating only 7% positive notices, according to the aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
That's an improvement of sorts from the initial wave of reviews for the Sandler film, where a rock-bottom 0% of the "Grown Ups 2" reviews were listed as favorable.
The scoring was a little more kind at Metacritic, where "Grown Ups 2" received 21 out of a possible 100 points.
Compared to even some of the summer's biggest critical busts, "Grown Ups 2" has been trashed harder than Will Smith's "After Earth" (11% positive reviews), Bradley Cooper's "The Hangover Part III" (19%), Johnny Depp's "The Lone Ranger" (26%) and Vince Vaughn's "The Internship" (36%).
In addition to starring in the film, Sandler produced and co-wrote "Grown Ups 2."
Like eager kids dropping baited hooks into an overstocked trout pond, the critics had little trouble landing colorful "Grown Ups 2" slams.
Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times: "With the slack, lackadaisical effort of 'Grown Ups 2,' Sandler has perhaps revealed himself not as a confrere of [Judd] Apatow, who directed him in 'Funny People' to a performance both crude and soulful. Rather, he's the white Tyler Perry: smart enough to know better, savvy enough to do it anyway, lazy enough not to care."
Matt Patches, Time Out New York: "Put it this way: In the first five minutes, a deer walks into the star’s bedroom and urinates on his face. It’s all downhill from there."
Claudia Puig in USA Today: “Mystifyingly, the movie manages to emerge plot-free. Instead, it offers a succession of humorless gross-out gags, fat jokes, suggestive posturing, bullying, belches and pratfalls."
Stephanie Merry, the Washington Post: "'Grown Ups 2' isn’t merely mindless. At times it seems to actually drain IQ points from its viewers while wasting a talented cast of 'Saturday Night Live' alums, who are all capable of being much smarter and so much funnier."
Sara Stewart, the New York Post: "Sandler sums it up himself halfway through: 'We’re irrelevant! We’re losers! We’re old!' Age isn’t the problem, buddy; nobody is more in touch with his inner obnoxious 6-year-old than you. But two out of three ain’t bad."