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'The Lone Ranger' Reviews From Critics, Watchers Alike Slam Film

By David Ogul   |  

Reviews of "The Lone Ranger" starring Johnny Depp are eviscerating the film, and the movie-going public isn't any more impressed.

“Why is The Lone Ranger such a huge flop at the box-office?” asked the Rolling Stone. “According to the Ranger code: ‘Never Ask a Question You Already Know the Answer To.’ And the answer is really that obvious: The movie is bad. At least that's what everyone is saying.

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“Somewhere around the hour-and-a-half mark, The Lone Ranger makes the fateful decision not to end,” wrote The Atlantic. “Worse, the movie keeps not-ending for another full hour.”

“The biggest question surrounding this movie is why would Disney make it?” said the website Three Movie Buffs. “Especially at the reported cost of $250 million. If there’s a single movie genre that’s truly dead, it’s the Western. The only built-in audience is an aging one who might remember watching the television series some fifty or sixty years ago.”

On paper, "The Lone Ranger" had promise. It reunites actor Johnny Depp with director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who collaborated together on "The Pirates of the Caribbean."

But critics weren’t the only people panning the flick. Viewers aren’t impressed either.

“Lone Ranger was horrible. Wish they’d take it to the dump, to the dump, to the dump dump dump,” tweeted @ChrchCurmudgeon.

@BadBanana tweeted he’d like to see “a Lone Ranger sequel where the real Lone Ranger shows up and arrests everyone responsible for the previous movie.”

“We miss the old Johnny Depp,” tweeted @GQmagazine.

So what is the movie about? Writes the Walt Disney publicity department: “Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice — taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.”

The movie reportedly brought in almost $50 million domestically during its five-day opening weekend that covered the July 4 holiday, but that’s still disappointing considering the cost to make it. When matched against "Despicable Me 2," which brought in $142 million domestically and even more overseas, "The Lone Ranger" may never ride again.

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