Millions of cosmo drinking Sex And The City fans may be eagerly anticipating the release of the new film, but critics have already dismissed it as a turkey.
The world premiere hit New York on Monday night and although reviews are hard to find — since Warner Bros tried to keep some critics away from the screening — the ones that have been published are scathing.
Ed Gonzales of Slant Magazine published the first online review, saying the movie doesn’t create any desire to sit through the two-and-a-half-hour production.
He described SATC2 — which he awarded 1.5 stars out of four — as a “fascist, superficial assessment of the Sex And The City girls’ intelligence and insults them as the women we came to know them as on television,” he wrote on Rotten Tomatoes.
Variety’s Brian Lowry also lambasted the tale of four sexually liberated women from NYC. He said: “Fans were so rapturous about Sex And The City’s return in theatrical form they accentuated the positive and mostly ignored the shortcomings.
“The inevitable sequel, alas, requires similar forbearance — again overstaying its welcome at nearly two-and-a-half hours — which won’t prevent Warner Bros from humming a box office tune as jaunty as the show’s opening-title music.” The Hollywood Reporter’s
Stephen Farber likened it to nothing more than a “two-hour fashion show’’.
And on top of the scathing reviews, SATC2 has also sparked controversy for apparently being ‘anti-Muslim’ during its portrayal of Abu Dhabi, where part of the film is based.
In the new film — set to hit the cinema screens across the UK this Friday — the four friends, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte, travel to the Middle East.
One scene that has led to raised eyebrows involves the main characters — played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Scott and Cynthia Nixon — being rescued by Muslim women who strip off their burkas.
They then reveal stylish Western outfits which they are concealing beneath black robes.
And another involves the fashionistas singing a karaoke version of Helen Reddy's I Am Woman in an Abu Dhabi nightclub, as Samantha (Cattrall) shocks locals with her sexual activities.
The Hollywood Reporter says it shows a “scathing portrayal of Muslim society”. It added: “SATC 2 is at once proudly feminist and blatantly anti-Muslim, which means that it might confound liberal viewers. These endearingly loopy scenes exhibit the tasteless humour that enlivened the TV series on its best nights.
“The rather scathing portrayal of Muslim society no doubt will stir controversy, especially in a frothy summer entertainment”.