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Interview, The (15)

Action, Comedy

Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight." When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

The critical consensus

If production of The Interview was what truly inspired the hack that brought Hollywood to its knees, well, there’s a degree of beauty to that. Rogen and Franco are two of America’s finer bumbling man-children, and if this unessential but agreeable movie really triggered an international response, this is life reflecting art in a major way.

***(*)(*)Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian, 12/12/2014

Considering how its inflammatory ambition and scattershot execution put it closer to Spies Like Us than The Great Dictator on the political comedy spectrum, The Interview should ultimately stand as the boastfully juvenile lightning rod that modern American culture deserved — no butts about it.

***(*)(*)Will Goss, Empire Online, 02/02/2015

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's controversial comedy proves hugely disappointing.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 02/02/2015

Funny and sharp enough to warrant the furore.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 05/02/2015

Sticking up for the controversial North Korea-baiting comedy is hard when it’s so unfunny.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/02/2015

Bad taste jokes and a goofy bromance follow in an uninspired, unfunny romp.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 06/02/2015

I laughed more than I expected, spurred on by the fact that in doing so I was exercising a basic democratic right. In these post-Charlie days, that seems more important than ever.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 08/02/2015

While The Interview has assured itself a place in history for the trouble it has caused, a sharper and funnier film would have met that trouble head on instead of being overtaken by it.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/02/2015

he problem for The Interview is that real life has better punchlines than Seth Rogan can confect.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 09/02/2015

Undeservedly controversial comedy lacks both laughs and nuance. The best bit they could come up with is Seth Rogen shoving a rocket up his bum.

**(*)(*)(*)Ken McIntyre, Total Film, 11/02/2015

In hindsight, it seems bizarre that a film so messy and mediocre has caused such huge reverberations.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 13/02/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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