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USA's 'Political Animals' premieres on Sunday, July 15 at 10 p.m. ET.
USA's 'Political Animals' premieres on Sunday, July 15 at 10 p.m. 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.

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