The Losers Just Can't Win

Violent CIA action flick, another comic book adaptation, disappoints
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2010 1:20 PM CDT

The Losers has some bright spots, but overall the new comic book adaption is a muddled mess of CIA intrigue, uneven acting, wall-to-wall violence, and Zoe Saldana in her underwear. Some critical reactions:

  • "The film had promising roots in the comic book's band of irreverent brothers," Betsy Sharkey writes for the LA Times. "But the plot? Who decided to kill the plot?"
  • "The Losers is another plastic thingamabob that’s been hoisted up by one of those carnival claw machines," Wesley Morris writes for the Boston Globe. "The amusement it provides is cheap, disposable, and hardly worth the number of quarters you fed into the slot."

  • The producers' ambitions were in the right place, but a Lethal Weapon-style romp is beyond their reach. "What they've produced instead is a busy, unsatisfying comic thriller, a grab bag of new faces and franchise movie refugees," Dan Kois writes for the Village Voice.
  • The prize in the grab bag is Chris Evans, Roger Moore writes for the Orlando Sentinel. "Now we see why Evans was selected to play Captain America in the upcoming Avengers comic book epic."
(More The Losers stories.)

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