Hatchet Job of the Season
It’s being promoted as the most dazzling night of the year, but NEW YEAR’S EVE has no ounce of sparkle. It’s a mish-mash of celebrity talent (possibly) and big loud slice-of-life messages (definitely). The reviewers aren’t impressed.
Despite the big names, David Sexton in The Evening Standard wasn’t convinced by what they had to say.
By the time midnight arrives … you have abandoned all hope, for this is one of those unusual films that’s more boring than life. And that’s when they hit you with the sententiousness about love, kindness and second chances. This may well be the most ruthless and cynical, not to say vicious, feel-good film ever made.
And it gets worse as Robbie Collin in the Telegraph dicovers the true meaning of the holiday season.
Its crowning glory is a scene in which we’re implored to remember “the real meaning of New Year’s Eve”, while a poster for Sherlock Holmes 2 — Warner Bros’ other big seasonal release — looms conspicuously in the background. The real meaning of New Year’s Eve comes across loud and clear.
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