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"Zookeeper," Starring Kevin James, Receives Lowest Metascore of 31


SAN FRANCISCO - July 8, 2011 - Metacritic (, the Web's most robust roundup of entertainment reviews and a property of CBS Interactive, today announced that "Horrible Bosses" received the highest Metascore of wide releases for the week's opening movies as of Friday July 8 at 11:00 AM, PT. 


"Most top critics agree that Horrible Bosses is funny in a raunchy, low-brow, hate-yourself-for-laughing kind of way," said Marc Doyle, editor in chief, Metacritc. "However some feel that its stakes aren't high enough and that it doesn't follow through on its macabre premise with enough conviction to truly win audiences over."


Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly wrote: "A bouncy, well-built, delightfully nasty tale of resentment, desperation, and amoral revenge that does for employer-employee relations what Danny DeVito and Bette Midler did for the bonds of matrimony in the great 1986 Zucker brothers comedy "Ruthless People." Marjorie Baumgarten of The Austin Chronicle felt differently: "Boasting a terrific cast, the movie is unable to parlay its abundance of comic talent into an abundance of original comedy."


Metacritic carefully screens and selects the most respected reviewers within each entertainment category and combines all of the individual critics' scores into a Metascore, an overall grade for each release, so users can gauge the critical consensus at a glance.  Movie Metascores are compiled using weighted scores from the 41 most respected movie critics and publications in the U.S.


Following is a list of the Metascores for this week's opening movies:

Wide Releases:

"Horrible Bosses," starring Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell- Metascore = 58

"Zookeeper," starring Kevin James - Metascore = 31


Limited Releases:

"Project Nim," directed by James Marsh - Metascore = 81


Limited Releases continued:

 "Beat Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest," directed by Michael Rapaport - Metascore = 76

"The Sleeping Beauty," directed by Catherine Breillat - Metascore = 67

"Farmageddon," directed by Kristin Canty - Metascore = 61

"Septien," directed by Michael Tully - Metascore = 48

"Summer Of Goliath," directed by Nicolas Pereda - Metascore = 49

 "Ironclad," starring Paul Giamatti and Brian Cox - Metascore = 39

"The Ward," directed by John Carpenter - Metascore = 37

"The Ledge," directed by Matthew Chapman - Metascore = 34


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