'Political Animals' Reviews, 'Ice Age 4,' The Offspring's New Album & More: The Week In Ouch

07/14/2012 08:21 am ET

Sigourney Weaver is certainly the queen of science-fiction, but how will she fare in the political arena? The "Alien" star leads USA's summer six-part miniseries "Political Animals," playing a Hillary Clinton-like politician.

While a majority of critics are praising Weaver's portrayal of Secretary of State Elaine Barrish -- HuffPost TV's Maureen Ryan lauded the show for making a "decent run at reclaiming the word 'b-tch' and turning it into a compliment" -- there are a few who don't seem so convinced that "Political Animals" deserves Weaver's talent.

"'Political Animals' is junk," wrote Newsday's Verne Gay. "...It's a clanking, clattering collection of collagenous clinkers -- of dialogue so inept, of acting performances so preposterous, of plot points so cliched that the only question worth posing is why someone of Weaver's stature would be caught anywhere near a turkey like this."

Meanwhile, this weekend's new theatrical releases aren't doing much better. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the fourth animated film in the "Ice Age" franchise, currently has a 41 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Slant called the film, "An 87-minute timesuck, choked on the last exhaust fumes of Spielberg's blockbuster legacy."

But can these harsh critiques all be right? Or does everyone need a nice, relaxing weekend at the beach to wash away all of the crankiness? Let us know what you think of this week's critical roundup below.

The Week In Ouch

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