This week has seen the release of several highly anticipated movies and albums, and in their normal fashion, the critics were more than ready to express their distaste in them all with a fresh round of reviews
In music, the million album girl Taylor Swift released her fourth album "Red." Heavy on pop appeal, the album has been praised as housing some of Swift's strongest work as a musician. Still, some critics weren't as enthused when she revisited the more country leaning sound of her albums past. Swedish House Mafia's "Until Now" and Titus Andronicus' "Local Business" received mixed reviews as well. Kendrick Lamar put forth a strong effort with his major label debut "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City," leaving critics to cite his departure from his mixtape sound as one of the album's few flaws.
"Cloud Atlas" roared into theaters with a complex storyline that overwhelmed many critics -- though the movie's visuals seemed to capture everyone who saw the film. "Chasing Mavericks" fell flat and it appears the Halloween comedy "Fun Size" should have been left in its package. The video game based "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" proved to be too much of a bad thing, falling victim to weak writing and a muddled storyline.
Read this week's toughest critiques in the slideshow below and let us know what you think. Were the reviews on point or misguided?
"Until Now" - Swedish House Mafia
Swedish House Mafia provided a weak album this time around says Consequence of Sound. <a href="http://consequenceofsound.net/2012/10/album-review-of-montreal-daughter-of-cloud/">"Until Now is best experienced with your critical faculties compromised."</a>
"Red" - Taylor Swift
The Telegraph expected a fresher sound from Taylor Swift. <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/cdreviews/9618220/Taylor-Swift-Red-album-review.html">It's frustrating, then, when Swift reverts back to type. Too many of the songs on this bloated 16-track album revisit the gently strummed verses and characterless choruses of her previous work.</a>
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" - Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar's album was a solid effort says Tiny Mix Tapes. <a href="http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/kendrick-lamar-good-kid-maad-city">There is plenty here to suggest Lamar has a long career ahead of him. But the album nevertheless falls short of the pedigree his storied elders have set for him, and its status as an all-time classic is far from guaranteed. For the most part, though, good kid is solid.</a>
"Local Business" - Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus at times lacked focus in their new albums says PopMatters. <a href="http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/164570-titus-andronicus-local-business/">Local Business has lots of fascinating things to say about control but sometimes it gets lost in its own unruly order.</a>
Claudia Puig was more annoyed than humored with "Fun Size." <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2012/10/25/fun-size-review/1650565/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomMovies-TopStories+%28Life+-+Movies+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader">"There's little fun to be had in this foolish Halloween comedy that generates many more eye rolls than laughs."</a>
The Toronto Star would have preferred this film stay underwater. <a href="entertainment">"The heart-pounding surfing scenes are epic but the script can barely keep its head above the waves in the dramatized biopic Chasing Mavericks."</a>
Newsday says "Cloud Atlas" might not be worth your time. <a href="http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/movies/cloud-atlas-review-cosmic-confluence-1.4148710">"Sumptuous visuals and audacious acting, but the quasi-profound message of cosmic connectedness isn't worth all the trouble."</a>
"Silent Hill: Revelation 3D"
"Silent Hill" wasn't a hit for Sci-Fi Movie Page. <a href="http://www.scifimoviepage.com/blog/movies/silent-hill-revelation-3d-movie-review/">"It's like watching a recording of someone else playing a video game. You have no control and you have nothing invested in the characters or the outcome."</a>
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