‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Divides Critics, From ‘Full of Whimsy’ to ‘a Noble Failure’

Disney Ava DuVernay has earned critical acclaim with projects like “Selma,” “13th,” “Queen Sugar,” but first foray into the world of blockbusters, “A Wrinkle In Time,” is called a “noble failure” by critics. Based on the 1962 novel by Madeline L’Engle that a seminal kids’ lit touchstone, “A Wrinkle In Time” Storm Reid as Meg Murry, a young girl who on an intergalactic quest to find her missing father (Chris Pine) with the help of Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit (Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon). But reviewers say that DuVernay and “Frozen” writer Jennifer Lee’s attempts to bring L’Engle’s concept-heavy story to screen don’t always work, resulting in an uneven plot that doesn’t earn all its emotional beats. As reviews keep coming in, the film currently has a 45 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. 6;A Wrinkle in Time7; Film Review: Oprah Hitchhikes the Galaxy in Trippy Kiddie Treat “For every honest bit of character development, you have stilted dialogue that falls flat,” wrote Collider’s Matt Goldberg . “Instead of leaping through adventure, the film frequently feels like it’s stumbling from scene to scene.” TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde , meanwhile, was […]

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