Remember when Will Smith was Hollywood's go-to king of the summer blockbuster? The Fresh Prince's reign kicked off in 1996, with the July 2 release of Independence Day, followed a year later by Men in Black; six years after that, Men in Black II; one year later, Bad Boys II. Smith owned Hollywood's biggest season. Which makes the embarrassingly dull and pedestrian After Earth—the sci-fi father/son adventure co-starring Will and Jada Pinkett's eldest child, Jaden Smith—all the more disappointing. It's not even June yet and we already have a strong contender for the summer's weakest big-deal effort.
It's fitting that After Earth was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, a once-exciting filmmaker who's work in this movie is pure anonymous-director-for-hire fare. Together, Smith and Shyamalan are getting bruised and battered by critics. Mostly!
Amidst the punches exist the occasional bit of praise, whether altogether complimentary or of the sideways variety. After scouring the film's reviews, we've gathered 10 kinda nice things critics have actually said about After Earth.
Compiled by Matt Barone (@MBarone)