"The Emoji Movie" was supposed to be a light-hearted comedy for children, but critics are giving the film two thumbs down and a big poop emoji.
The animated comedy takes place inside of a smartphone inhabited with various frequently used keyboard characters, featuring voices from James Corden, Anna Faris, Jennifer Coolidge, Patrick Stewart and Maya Rudolph.
Critics are writing the film is "simply meh" and a perfect example of "how low Hollywood will sink for easy money."
Take a look at 7 of the worst reviews so far:
New York Times critic Glenn Kenny:
“This movie’s ‘believe in yourself’ message is borne out, in a perverse way, by the very fact that it even exists. And yet the whole thing remains nakedly idiotic.”
Associated Press critic Lindsey Bahr:
“The good news is ‘The Emoji Movie,’ co-writted and directed by Tony Leondis, is not evil. The bad news is it’s just mediocre, or in emoji parlance, simply ‘meh.’”
New York Daily News critic Jordan Hoffman:
“‘The Emoji Movie’ shows how low Hollywood will sink for easy money.”
Hollywood Reporter critic John DeFore:
“If only this smartphone-centric dud, so happy to hawk real world apps to its audience, could have done the same in its release strategy - coming out via Snapchat, where it would vanish shortly after arrival. But event act wouldn’t be fast enough.”
Variety critic Own Gleiberman:
“There have been worse ideas, but in the case the execution isn’t good enough to bring the notion of an emoji movie to funky, surprising life.”
Vulture critic Emily Yoshida:
“It is one of the darkest, most dismaying films I have ever seen, much less one ostensibly made for children.”
ScreenCrush critic Matt Singer:
“Crappy. (If you prefer the poop emoji, that works too.)”