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The reviews for 's and -starring sci-fi After Earth are finally in, and it's not good news. Sure, with a premise that's hardly original in the company of 's Oblivion and 's Elysium this summer, we weren't expecting it to be the next 2001: A Space Odyssey, but we thought it would at least meet our expectations for a bit of entertaining blockbuster fodder... Not so.

Here's what we've got:

[A] disappointingly generic film ...

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Shyamalan is clearly a director-for-hire here, his disinterest palpable from first frame to last.

Scott Foundas, Variety

Basically, this is Smith and his real-life son, Jaden (both affecting ridiculous mid-Atlantic accents) talking the audience to death for something like 90 minutes before the closing credits.

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

What do you give the kid who has everything? His own summer action-adventure blockbuster, of course ... Well, it certainly beats a cake and a card, but considering what a well-crafted bore After Earth turns out to be, perhaps not by much.

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

...And my personal favorite, from Movie Nation's Roger Moore:


So, should we chalk up much of the movie's flop value to Shyamalan? After Sixth Sense, this guy's career has gradually sunk into the cinematic abyss. Should we hold the Smith's responsible for this generally unsuccessful vanity project? Or did you think After Earth was a pretty good watch? Sound off below.



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