Katherine Heigl's "One for the Money" Gets One from a Critic

Posted 6:10 PM January 30th, 2012 by Senh Duong

Lionsgate didn’t screened “One for the Money” starring Katherine Heigl for critics last week, so they knew they had a Rotten tomato in their hands. Critics had to actually pay to see the film on Friday (or over the weekend), and then review it for their publications. Most will probably just move on. Those who did posted links to their reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Reviews might continue to roll in during the week. So far, it’s pretty bad. Of 33 reviews counted on Rotten Tomatoes, one critic gave it a recommendation - and even that was only a marginal thumbs up. That lone critic went in expecting the worst film ever, but came out thinking it wasn’t that bad, so he gave it the 2.5/4 star rating - better than ok, but not good enough to be good.

That lone critic is Scott Nash, an onliner who writes for a website called Three Movie Buffs. He defends the movie by saying:

“Despite the weakness of the mystery and the failure of the humor to be as funny as it should be, there is just enough of everything plus a dose of likable charm from Heigl to keep the story moving along.”

He then defends his decision with:

“I feel like I'm apologizing for enjoying this movie and that's partly because I can objectively see that it's not particularly well made, but despite that I still rather liked it. Although yes, a big part of that is because I went into it with absolutely zero expectations.”

Fair enough, but it makes you wonder if he would have given “One for the Money” the same rating had he not went into it with super low expectations.

The Tomatometer so far is 3%. It’ll probably stay this low and end up being one of the worst reviewed films of the year.

According to The Wrap, “One for the Money” has a B- cinemascore which is just so-so because audience grades tend to be pretty lenient. Its budget is $42M. With a weekend take of just $11.5M, poor reviews, and mediocre word-of-word, it’ll have trouble breaking even from its theatrical release.

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