Maybe she's not popular enough to run for president after all.
Oprah Winfrey's new star vehicle, "A Wrinkle In Time," which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, has been totally savaged by critics. The movie critic site Rotten Tomatoes gives it just a 46% rating, meaning the movie isn't classified as "fresh," but rather deemed "rotten."
"It's hard to understand what went wrong — the cast couldn't be more appealing, and the film is bursting with special effects. But as an emotionally satisfying experience, it's a bust," wrote top critic Calvin Wilson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"While I'm generally a sucker for imaginative art direction, the Technicolor gargle of overflorid hues on display here barely sticks to the screen, let alone to the memory," said top critic Scott Marks of the San Diego Reader.
Other lesser known critics shredded the Disney movie. "The crushing flaw of A Wrinkle In Time: Almost every scene is so saturated with clumsily delivered 'believe in yourself' mantras that it becomes monotonous, meaningless and even creepy," wrote Gary Dowell of Dark Horizons.
Vincent Mancini of FilmDrunk wrote: "The forces of 'positivity' and 'negativity' are so vaguely defined that it feels like a string of disconnected inspirational quotes, a series of free floating metaphors with no human connection."
The movie certainly sounds tedious from a brief description on RT.
"Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in. As the daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg's younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has yet to realize it for herself. Making matters even worse is the baffling disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which torments Meg and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken.
"Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) to three celestial guides — Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) — who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their formidable quest. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are soon transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must look deep within herself and embrace her flaws to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness closing in on them."
And that's led to some very bad reviews. "The real letdown is that this ostensibly hip-and-with-it movie feels so square, especially when it comes to its trio of wise-women," wrote Rafer Guzman of Newsday.
But Frank Swietek, a writer with "One Guy's Opinion," had the best bad review: "Barely coherent, overburdened with unimpressive special effects and hobbled by unremittingly bad acting, it will confound and bore children and adults in equal measure."
See for yourself: