Peter Farrelly irked by Movie 43 critics

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 January 2013
Halle Berry

Halle Berry

'Movie 43' director Peter Farrelly has lashed out at film critics who slammed his new comedy

Peter Farrelly has told 'Movie 43' critics to "back off".

The filmmaker took to Twitter to defend his new comedy - which features an all-star cast including Halle Berry, Emma Stone and Kate Winslet - after it received poor reviews from film critics and underperformed at the US box office over the weekend, taking just $4.8 million.

He tweeted: "To the critics - 'Movie 43' is not the end of the world. It's just a $6 million movie where we tried to do something different. Now back off."

He then added: "You always complain that Hollywood never gives you new stuff, and then when you get it, you flip out. Lighten up."

However, fans didn't react well to his comment and film buff Harold Itzkowitz was quick to reply: "Newness isn't the issue. Goodness is. And why answer critics? Your work speaks for itself, right? Now go laughing to the bank."

The experimental film features 12 different storylines, each brought to life by a different director, and one of the largest casts to ever grace the big screen, but it failed to impress and has only received a 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Peter Howell of the Toronto Star newpaper described it has "the worst movie [I've] ever seen", while Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times newpaper dubbed it "aggressively tasteless".

Peter and his brother Bobby Farrelly are currently working on a sequel to 1994's 'Dumb and Dumber'.

Movie 43

  • 1 star
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Patrik Forsberg, Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner
  • Written by: Rocky Russo, Jeremy Sosenko, Patrik Forsberg, Will Carlough, James Gunn
  • Cast: Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet
  • UK release: 1 February 2013

Star-studded but puerile anthology of inept sketches, tenuously roped together by the mirthless antics of three teenage boys searching online for the most controversial movie ever. Talents (Jackman, Winslet, Warburton, Moretz) are squandered; gags are absent. If this is the future of film-making, we're doomed.

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