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Tom Cruise New Film: So-So Reviews, Sold Out Sneak Preview

By Roger Friedman

hollywoodnews.com: The Tom Cruise movie “Knight and Day”–his first real big budget action flick in four years–may be an accident waiting to happen.

Reviews from the two main trade papers, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, are not good.

The estimable Kirk Honeycutt writes in the Reporter: …”laziness permeates the film from the inexplicable escapes to the neglected romance…”

Justin Chang had mixed feelings in Variety. calling “Knight and Day” a high-energy, low-impact caper-comedy that labors to bring a measure of wit, romance and glamour to an overworked spy-thriller template.” Chang concludes the movie should better overseas than in the U.S.

All the advance word indicates that the film makes little sense, and that director James Mangold makes little use of a solid supporting cast.

The word I’ve gotten from those who’ve seen it is that “Knight and Day” — is a B minus/Cplus movie. At $100 million, it also costs about a million dollars per minute. For that kind of budget, not counting promotional budgets–another $25 million–that’s not what anyone wants to hear.

I haven’t seen “Knight and Day” because it screened simultaneous to the Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner on Thursday. Like the rest of the public, I’ll catch up to it on Wednesday.

But here’s the good news: on Saturday night in at least one location–Stamford, Connecticut–the theater manager tells me the sneak preview sold out. He said, “It was an older crowd, no teens and no kids at all. They really, really liked it.” The only caveat? The manager says that many members of the audience asked him why the movie was called “Knight and Day.”

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6 Comments

  • June 21, 2010 | Permalink |

    Roger, what were your grades in school? probably B or C minus right? So who wants to hear from you?

  • June 21, 2010 | Permalink |

    The people who couldn’t figure out the title obviously didn’t see the movie. It’s made perfectly clear in the third act.

  • June 21, 2010 | Permalink |

    Tom Cruise New Film: ilove very much

  • June 21, 2010 | Permalink |

    Just don’t like him anymore so I won’t be going.

  • October 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    Watching you on the big screen is so exhilarating. It’s good to know that you are so close. About the connection will it be knight or day? and give time period. I am expecting some immediate action today or tomorrow. I did love jerry Mcguire.

  • October 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    Watching you is so exhilarating. It is good to know that you are so close. about the connection will it be knight or day? I am expecting some immediate action today or tomorrow.

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