06/05/2010 10:02 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Killers' PANNED After Skipping Advance Screenings

The Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher movie 'Killers' has been panned after opening Friday without being shown to critics in advance.

Reviews for the film, which would normally have appeared in papers on the day of release, didn't appear till Saturday, and they are not kind. You decide if that is critics getting their revenge for being refused advanced screenings or if the movie is that bad.

The New York Times calls it "brain-deadening" and writes:

Unless you're trapped on an airplane or enjoying movie night at the penitentiary, you have no excuse for watching "Killers."

Meanwhile the New York Daily News gives it just one star and says:

It's a shame to see the conceit of "Killers," thin as it is, executed so poorly.

and adds of the leading lady:

Heigl is an irritating screen presence.

And then there's the LA Times:

Hoping for something swift and painless is one thing if you're the target of an assassination. It's a futile wish, though, when you're subjected to the death that is the Ashton Kutcher- Katherine Heigl vehicle "Killers."... This is just an empty summer hodgepodge of stale romantic comedy exchanges, witlessness and lackluster action.

The title of E!'s review sums up their take: Review: Killers as Funny as Getting Shot in the Head

The New York Post didn't review it, or at least didn't put the review online.