"The Avengers" may be the "biggest superhero movie ever" but not every critic loved Joss Whedon's Marvel masterpiece. Just ask The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, who drew the ire of fanboys and Samuel L. Jackson with his slightly negative review of the blockbuster.
Meanwhile, Fox's "Glee" is drawing the ire of practically every TV critic. Alyssa Rosenberg urged her readers to stop watching the series -- even for hate-watching purposes -- and called it "exploitative and manipulative of serious societal issues and human experiences."
HuffPost Entertainment has rounded up the week's snarkiest reviews just for your enjoyment in this latest installment of our "Week In Ouch" series.
Let us know what you think deserved the harsh critiques, and which ones you think critics should ease up on, in the comments.
'The Avengers' Is Amusing, But 'Empty'
Not everyone loves "Marvel's The Avengers." <em>New York Times</em> film critic A.O. Scott <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/samuel-l-jackson-avengers_n_1475237.html?ref=entertainment" target="_hplink">drew the ire of fanboys and Samuel L. Jackson</a> with his mixed negative review of the blockbuster. "The light, amusing bits cannot overcome the grinding, hectic emptiness, the bloated cynicism that is less a shortcoming of this particular film than a feature of the genre," <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/movies/robert-downey-jr-in-the-avengers-directed-by-joss-whedon.html?_r=2&smid=tw-nytimesmovies&seid=auto" target="_hplink">Scott writes</a>. "[Joss] Whedon's playful, democratic pop sensibility is no match for the glowering authoritarianism that now defines Hollywood's comic-book universe."
... And It's A Typical Whedon Film, Made For Whedon Fans
<a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-05-02/film/superheroes-bump-superegos-in-joss-whedon-s-all-star-avengers/" target="_hplink"><em>Village Voice</em> film critic Karina Longworth</a> writes that "The Avengers" fails because Whedon has a constant need placate the fan base. "Every time the movie hints at something rich and evocative, Whedon undercuts it with a punchline--his instincts as a big-picture storyteller crippled by his short-term need to please the crowd."
Stop Watching 'Glee'
You either love "<a href="http://www.aoltv.com/show/glee/3496658" target="_hplink">Glee</a>," or you hate-watch it. But after this week's episode, which took on the sensitive subject of domestic abuse, <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2012/05/02/475188/glee-is-an-immoral-television-show-and-its-time-to-stop-watching-it/?mobile=nc" target="_hplink">Alyssa Rosenberg is urging viewers to walk away from McKinley High</a>. "It's become a show that's not just sloppy but exploitative and manipulative of serious societal issues and human experiences," writes Rosenberg. "And it's time to walk away, even for hate-watching purposes."
Sometimes Less Is More
<a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16579-electra-heart/" target="_hplink">Marina and the Diamonds' sophomore effort 'Electra Heart'</a> could have been one of the year's most acclaimed pop albums ... but it's not. Instead, the Welsh songstress turned out a record full of Skrillex-lite beats and lazy songwriting. "Marina really, really wants you to know that she's into pop culture," writes <a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16579-electra-heart/" target="_hplink">Pitchfork's Laura Snapes</a>. "Though the lazy, meaningless strings of references that comprise a good chunk of the songs here aren't any kind of postmodern comment on the Tumblr-ification of society, but just plain bad songwriting."
Dame Maggie Smith Can't Save Everything
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" has gotten some strong reviews, <a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2012/05/04/best_exotic_marigold_hotel_does_not_require_checking_out/?rss_id=Boston.com+--+Movie+news" target="_hplink">but not from <em>Boston Globe</em> critic Ty Burr</a>. According to him, the film -- which boasts an all-star British cast featuring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and more -- "is proof that art-house films can be as clichéd and soggily sentimental as the big-ticket items playing at the multiplex."
Even 'That F------ Robyn Song' Can't Save 'Girls'
Gawker really doesn't like HBO's "Girls," but that <a href="http://gawker.com/5906378/my-war-a-girls-recap" target="_hplink">doesn't stop them from recapping it!</a> This week, Hannah has a hard time coming to terms with the fact that she has HPV. "What if Laurie Simmons' daughter becomes barren on account of having contracted the most commonly sexually transmitted virus on the planet?," questions Gawker. "It's all so unfair that Laurie Simmons' daughter, of all people, would contract a disease that one out of every two sexually active human beings will contract at some point in their lives." Then Laurie Simmons' daughter and Brian Williams' daughter dance to "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcNo07Xp8aQ" target="_hplink">that f------ Robyn song.</a>"
Wait, This Is A Movie?
You probably haven't heard of Kate Hudson's new romcom "A Little Bit of Heaven," and for the sake of Hudson's career, let's hope it stays that way. The film has been savaged by critics (it has a 4 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), mostly due to its tone-deaf premise: it's about a woman (Hudson) suffering from a very serious case of cancer. <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/03/DDGB1OBQK2.DTL" target="_hplink">Wrote <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> film critic Mick LaSalle</a>: "In the long history of bad movies about bad illnesses, 'A Little Bit of Heaven' just might be the worst."