A whole bunch of critics panned Oprah Winfrey's new movie, "A Wrinkle In Time." According to Rotten Tomatoes, more than 100 reviews were deemed "rotten." Just 41% of reviewers gave the film a good rating.
"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.
"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.
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.
But that's all racism, said the film's director, Ava DuVernay.
DuVernay singled out one critic, Vulture's Kyle Buchanan, who wrote about the "subtle, resonant" theme of the black main character's insecurity over how her hair looks. "You were the only Caucasian journalist of any gender to see it, understand it and seriously ask me about it. Appreciate the chat, the sensitivity and the writing," the director tweeted.
But racism played no role in the movie being panned, as many black reviewers ripped the film. Slate's Aisha Harris said the movie "stumbles in its world building and can't quite find its groove." Travis Hopson at Punch Drunk Critics said that "the film, for all of its wondrous visuals and good intentions, never takes off and soars the way we keep hoping it will." And The Ringer's K. Austin Collins wrote, "There's a good movie in here somewhere, but it's beset with too many obligations, and maybe too much in the way of expectations."
And the director's complaints fly in the face of reality. Atop the box office charts is "Black Panther," which critics loved — black and white alike. Here's why, in two words: It's good.
Twitterers let DuVerney have it.