The summer movie season is starting to wind down, but there are still a few major motion pictures left to hit the silver screen. One of those is finally surfacing this weekend in the form of The Meg, a science fiction/horror blockbuster that sees Jason Statham and his supporting cast combating a 75-foot Megalodon shark, a creature long thought extinct. Reviews for The Meg are finally flowing in, and overall, it looks like the Jon Turteltaub-directed movie is ranking towards the negative end of the mixed spectrum.
Starting off, CinemaBlend's own Mike Reyes gave The Meg two and a half out of five stars, proclaiming in his review that the movie takes itself way too seriously and that the studio would have been better off releasing the R-rated cut.
The Wrap's Alonso Duralde also wasn't fond of The Meg, saying in his review that although the movie nails the visual effects, the starring characters are uninteresting and lacking.
Giving The Meg a C+, Matt Goldberg from Collider said that the movie drags as it gets into the latter half, and while the movie is "good for what it is," the execution felt off.
Reacting more positively to The Meg, Slashfilm's Matt Donato gave The Meg a 7.5 out of 10 score, noting that the actors sometimes feel like they're performing in a different story, but overall it's a "carnivorous Asylum-on-steroids megablast."
Back to The Meg detractors, Eric Kohn from Indiewire gave the movie a C grade and declared that it fails to live up to what Jaws and Piranha 3D did before it.
Finally, Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty stamped The Meg with a B-, summarizing it as entertaining "nonsense."
These are just a sampling of the reviews for The Meg, so feel free to browse around online to find out what other critics thought, or judge the movie for yourself when it swims into theaters this Friday, May 10. If you're curious about what other movies hit theaters later this year, look through our 2018 release schedule.
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