Another week of movies and music, another week of harsh reviews form the critics.
In music, Bruno Mars returned with his sophomore album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," a mashup of musical styles that, according to the AP, "dabbles in a different genre." For all of his efforts to mix up his sound and appeal to a range of musical tastes, the album received a few negative remarks for songs that lacked the lyrical quality of his debut album.
The Game faced a different issue with "Jesus Piece," due to the fact his vocal delivery didn't match the overall energy of the project. Big Boi's "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors" was a praised for its fresh take on the hip-hop sound as well as the emcee's funk-inspired sound. Finally, Green Day completed their trio of albums with the release of "¡TRE!" Though the three album project was a valiant effort, it seems that the final addition to the groups catalog failed to be work even a second listen.
With a questionably long run-time and a slow narrative compared to the actual novel, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" greatly underwhelmed some critics. "Stand Up Guys" proved to be a predictable comedy that offered a few hearty laughs as well as a soulful soundtrack of tunes that added a little nostalgia "from the days of its leads' primes," said critic Alan Scherstuhl. An inspiring performance from Alan Cummings in "Any Day Now" overcame a narrative that was at times too "sappy," while "Save the Date" just didn't capitalize on the acting abilities of it's talented characters.
As always, we have gathered all of this week's reviews in the slideshow below. Do you agree with the critics? Tell us in the comments section.