From "X-Factor" winner Cher Lloyd's debut album to Lee Daniel's 'The Paper Boy, the critics had a fresh batch of works to review this week.
Cher Lloyd's album Sticks and Stones was assaulted with several distasteful reviews. This week was no more forgiving for Miguel's Kaleidoscope Dream, Muse's The 2nd Law or The Vaccines' Come of Age.
In movies, Lee Daniels' The Paper Boy was deemed as struggling to find a balance between humour and seriousness, leaving the film too unfocused for some reviewers. "Butter" and the intensely hyped "Taken 2" also failed to impress, as did horror film "V/H/S" -- a piece of cinematic coal that most critics have vowed to never rewind.
We've corralled all of the reviews in the gallery below. Were the reviews warranted or are a little misguided? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
James Berardinelli wasn't a fan of the film: <a href="http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=2531">"Two hours of nausea-inducing shaky cam footage that fails to tell a coherent or engrossing central story."</a>
Cher Lloyd - 'Sticks and Stones'
<em>NME</em> was unimpressed with Lloyd's debut album: <a href="http://www.nme.com/reviews/cher-lloyd/12428">"Cowell’s juggernaut may be stalling, and on this showing, Cher’s not proved herself nimble enough to be more than roadkill beneath its wheels." </a>
The waste of the movie's star power left Chris Foran uninterested: <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/movies/satire-in-butter-spread-a-little-too-thin-9e7405i-172753461.html">The movie is larded up with distracting subplots and poorly used stars (Hugh Jackman as an Iowa City car dealer? Really?). </a>
Sitting through the film was torturous for Alonso Duralde: <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/taken-2-review-shoddy-sequel-has-particular-set-stupid-59121">"Less a movie than it is a cinematic waterboarding." </a>
'The Paper Boy'
James Rocchi described his distaste in great detail: <a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-lee-daniels-the-paperboy-matthew-mcconaughey-nicole-kidman-zac-efron-john-cusack-terrible-disaster-20120524">"The Paperboy," though, is something else entirely -- a lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid waste of time and money for the audience and for everyone who made it." </a>
The Vaccines - 'Come of Age'
Ian Cohen was frustrated that the album seemed to focus solely on lead singer Justin Young: <a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16991-come-of-age/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PitchforkAlbumReviews+%28Pitchfork%3A+Album+Reviews%29">"[Come of Age] is even more of a dystopian nightmare than Kid A or an El-P record: The Vaccines draw us into a universe that revolves entirely around Young, and if he's got nothing to say, his only possible conclusion is that nobody does."</a>
Miguel - 'Kaleidoscope Dream'
MIguel might not be as soulful as he thinks, according to <em>The Boston Globe</em>: <a href="http://articles.boston.com/2012-10-02/music/34171873_1_true-soul-singer-miguel-songs">"He's at his best when he slips into his expressive falsetto, but Miguel frequently comes off too remote for a true soul singer."</a>
Muse - "The 2nd Law"
The lack of risk taking didn't sit well with <em>Pitchfork</em>: <a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17281-the-2nd-law/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PitchforkAlbumReviews+%28Pitchfork%3A+Album+Reviews%29">Having seemingly mastered all modes of excess, you'd think The 2nd Law would be Muse's unimpeachable triumph. It's not, and the problem isn't that Muse have gone too far... they haven't gone far enough.</a>
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