'Sex and the City 2' Brings Out Critics's Mean Sides

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The first round of Sex and the City 2 reviews are out, and they are very, very bad. The film, which comes on on Thursday and brings the characters from the hit HBO show to the big screen for a second time, has inspired a range of venomous lines from critics:

  • "The film is an epic eyesore. It's as if they set out to make a movie that said, "You're right! We are hideous!" –David Edelstein, New York magazine
  • "It is to movies what fried dough is to nutrition." –Rex Reed, New York Observer
  • "If we were all friends in real life, at this point we'd probably stop taking their calls." –Amy Diluna, New York Daily News

The Hollywood Reporter anticipates the backlash against the film and offers a tepid defense: "Critics will carp about the platitudes in the script and about the longueurs in the nearly 2 1/2-hour opus, but for the core audience, there will be no complaints about too much of a good thing."

And in the end, it will be that core audience that matters more than the disdainful reviewers—Kim Cattrall, who plays the free-loving Samantha, says there could be a third movie on the way, if the fans want it: "I hope we can do it for as long as the audience is there and the characters are interesting and growing and changing," she told MTV News. Reviewers, start preparing your insults for SATC 3.

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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