The holidays are in full swing and the critics have gifted us with another week of harsh reviews.
It was a slim week for album releases, with the focus of the critics falling on a hip-hop veteran and much-hyped up-and-come rapper. T.I. made a return this week with "Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head," an album that mixes introspective tracks with more expected club-ready songs. It seems the album shined most, though, during his moments of self-reflection. Chief Keef released his first studio album "Finally Rich." Though it was deemed a strong effort on the production front, the album's lyrical content left some critics extremely underwhelmed.
In movies, Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand's "The Guilt Trip" provided none of the comic relief that it promised, receiving negative marks for both a weak script and even less inspiring attempts at sentimental moments. Still, the infectious chemistry between Rogen and Streisand offered a glimpse into what a better film could have been. For all its claims of innovation, Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" seemed to ultimately fall in line with its fellow action movies, providing an uninteresting plot and loads of predictable violence. "Zero Dark Thirty" received some of the strongest reviews this week, while "The Impossible" suffered from an emotional disconnect from the story it was retelling.
As always we have gathered this week's reviews in the slideshow below. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.