Critic Rips Will Smith a New One

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Variety's Todd McCarthy is the first critic out of the gate with a review of Seven Pounds, and boy, oh boy, it's the biggest evisceration of a Will Smith vehicle since Wild Wild West. Not only will it "infuriate anyone predominantly guided by rationality and intellect," but McCarthy also blasts Smith for "embracing [his character's] saintlike status in a way so convincing that it proves disturbing as an indication of how highly this anointed superstar may regard himself." Yikes! At this point, we can only keep our fingers crossed that the Times had the good sense to assign their review to Manohla Dargis. [Variety via Hollywood Elsewhere]