Adam McKay's latest effort is receiving mixed reviews from critics who saw the Netflix film ahead of release.
The critic reviews of 'Don't Look Up' have been unleashed, and depending on how much weight you normally place on these opinions, you might be slightly crestfallen with their reactions.
The star-studded satire places Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio front and centre as two scientists who have devastating news to deliver - there's a comet about to collide with our planet. However, no-one really seems to care, with the two astronomers causing more of an inconvenience than anything to all of the other characters.
Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Cate Blanchett and Rob Morgan flesh out the disaster movie casting, making it quite the ensemble production and one that's had movie fans abuzz with excitement.
However, the reviews of 'Don't Look Up' paint the picture as enjoyable, while not being groundbreaking. At the time of writing, critics on the aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes have given the film a 63% "fresh" consensus, based on 43 reviews.
Here's what a selection of publications have been writing in their reviews of 'Don't Look Up'.
Variety critic Peter Debruge said: "McKay’s tone may be grating, even if you don’t have to look far to see some version of what he’s ranting about in the real world. That makes 'Don’t Look Up' a different kind of disaster movie, where the threat isn’t what’s to come so much as the state of affairs as they now stand."
Vanity Fair's Richie Lawson said: "'As subject matter, it’s entirely necessary. There has been a curious dearth of movies that look intently at climate change, so McKay’s intentions are noble. But as he did with 'The Big Short' and 'Vice', McKay lacquers 'Don’t Look Up' with an impenetrable layer of smugness. Whatever broadly worthy message the movie has is drowned out by a parade of movie-star mugging and stale pop culture jokes.
Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian awarded the film two out of five, saying: "This film could have done something more convincing with that mode of reverse-vertigo hinted at in its title: that fear and willed blindness about what looms over us. But if the movie helps to do something about climate change, such critical objections are unimportant."
While the Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney wrote: "A cynical, insufferably smug satire stuffed to the gills with stars that purports to comment on political and media inattention to the climate crisis but really just trivializes it. 'Dr. Strangelove' it ain’t."
IndieWire gave the Netflix film a C-, with critic David Ehrlich saying: "Some problems can’t be solved by celebrities alone, and the most subversive thing about 'Don’t Look Up' is ultimately how — in its own impotent way — it weaponizes its wild star power to make that point. It isn’t smart enough to be a wakeup call or shocking enough to scare people straight, but in the early days of a century in which the world has become a farce of itself and comedians are the only people still afforded $75 million to make serious-minded original cinema, maybe all we can do with the time that remains is stare at our screens and lament how we got here."
'Don't Look Up' releases in theatres on December 10 and on Netflix on Christmas Eve.