"It's the worst movie Tom Hardy ever made. It's the worst movie Woody Harrelson ever made. And it's the worst movie Michelle Williams ever made."
It seems the fans who saw the movie ahead of its release in September may have been a little bit over-generous in their praise for Sony's new action blockbuster. Because 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' isn't fairing amazingly with critics.
The sequel film hits theatres in North America today (it launches here in two week's time on October 15), but critics have not been incredibly kind to the follow-up starring Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson.
While the 'Venom 2' critics reactions aren't scathing, they certainly aren't what we were expecting given how well fans received the film last month. The film currently sits on a "Fresh" Tomatometer reading at 60%; if there are any further lower scores, however, the film will receive a "Rotten" score.
Here's what some critics are remarking about the film.
The New York Post writes: "Sitting at 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage', you quietly ask yourself, 'What have I done wrong? Is God punishing me?'"
According to the San Francisco Chronicle: "It's the worst movie Tom Hardy ever made. It's the worst movie Woody Harrelson ever made. And it's the worst movie Michelle Williams ever made."
Variety has given the film a "Rotten" score, coming for director Andy Serkis: "Overseeing it all is Serkis, who understands the technology required to get the necessary virtual performances better than almost anyone, but demonstrates almost no vision as a director."
Cinemablend says: "Rather than really make an effort to change things, the production clearly saw the previous movie's success as validation of its bad choices, so it regularly succumbs to many of the same issues."
While The Wall Street Journal says: "To its perverse credit, Venom 2, as it's being called, manipulates its audience with all the tentacles it can deploy, most of them cheerfully ridiculous."
Finally, the Chicago Sun Times writes: "If Venom’s world were to expand one day, here’s hoping the hulking, black-clad quipster with the insatiable appetite and a set of choppers that would make Alien drool with envy will actually discover a cohesive script with better dialogue, more interesting characters and something more creative than a standard-issue, CGI battle like we’ve seen dozens of times before — because so far, the big guy is 0-for-2."
You can read the full Reddit thread on the film here.