Curious as to why the multiplex is so empty this weekend? Because Warner Bros. was initially set to release "Gangster Squad" on this date, but moved the film to 2013 after the tragic massacre at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater forced reshoots. (There was a scene in "Gangster Squad" where four men shoot-up a movie theater with machine guns.) Despite eight films getting a nationwide release between Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, however, no features were switched into the "Gangster Squad" slot -- a decision that not only hurts the studios bunching up movies at the end of the month, but also ticket buyers.
What audiences are left with amounts to slim pickings: "The Cold Light of Day" and "The Words" are being raked over the critical coals, while the indie film "Bachelorette" -- despite some major love -- is obviously not for everyone.
Things are also quiet on the music front, where Cat Power released the album Sun this week to great acclaim -- though not everyone was buying what Power (real name: Chan Marshall) was selling.
In the end, this was a week dominated by television, and two events in particular: The Democratic National Convention and the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. About that latter ceremony: It stunk.
Check out the week's in negative critiques below and let us know if any of these reviewers went too far in their assessments.
Not even the pairing of Henry Cavill (your future Superman in "Man of Steel") and Bruce Willis could save this action flick from critical evisceration. Wrote Calum Marsh for Slant Magazine: "Pray for the C.I.A., because if Mabrouk El Mechri's dunderheaded action thriller 'The Cold Light of Day' is to be believed, America's most elite undercover agents are incapable of outrunning or outwitting an improbably handsome American tourist with a three-day beard and a secondhand firearm."
As it turns out, critics have some very harsh words for "The Words." The Bradley Cooper drama has just a 17 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "Bradley Cooper's funniest movie since 'The Hangover,'" wrote Lou Lumenick from the New York Post, before adding "unfortunately, unintentionally this time."
Not everyone loves "Bachelorette," a raunchy comedy with surprising depth and heart. "It's a poor man's 'Hangover' and a humorless, toxic 'Bridesmaids' wannabe," wrote Claudia Puig for USA Today.
Cat Power's newest album has gotten some strong reviews, but some critics weren't impressed. "Chan 'Cat Power' Marshall has changed direction yet again, abandoning her soul charm for something much less appealing," wrote Andy Gill in The Independent.
HuffPost Entertainment wasn't the only outlet put to sleep during the 2012 edition of the MTV VMAs. "Frankly, the ceremony was kind of boring, as if the kids knew they should behave so as not to steal the thunder from the President come 10 p.m.," noted Vulture.
"While some may focus on Obama's speech from last night, I still can't get past Clinton's remarks from Wednesday night, when he gave what amounted to an almost hour-long apology for why none of the promises President Obama made four years ago have been carried out. It had to be the most unusual introduction of a president in the history of politics," wrote Fred Thompson, the former U.S. senator from Tennessee. "Here's why we've failed for four years, which is also why you should give him four more years during which he pledges to behave the same way."