On The Eve Of "Lone Ranger" UK Premiere, Bruckheimer Blames Malicious Critics For Poor Reception [Trailer + Pictures]

The Lone Ranger is just opening in the UK this weekend, but Disney’s latest attempt at a blockbuster seems pretty much dead on arrival. It stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer and is a product of the creative director/producer team of Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer. So, if the talent is all there (after all, the team’s last franchise, Pirates of the Carribbean, became a long-running success for Disney), what was it that made Lone Ranger just so… unwatchable?

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According to Bruckheimer himself, speaking for Us Weekly, it was a collaboration of mean-spirited critics that did in the promising film. "I think the reviews were probably written when they heard that [director] Gore [Verbinski] and Jerry and I were going to do The Lone Ranger," said Depp, 50, who plays Tonto in the film. "Their expectations of it that it must be a blockbuster, this and that . . . I didn't have any expectations of that. I never do, why would I? The expectations of the American press . . . I think the reviews were written seven or eight months even before we ever released the film."

Johnny Depp As Tonto And Armie Hammer As The Lone Ranger
It takes more than casting Johnny Depp To make a gem.

Neither Bruckheimer, nor Armie Hammer seem to give the audience enough credit for their own viewing choices, apparently forgetting that besides a failure with reviewers, their film was also a box office dud. Hammer, ignoring any concerns for his career, also had something to say on the matter.

Lone Ranger Still
Even the nice visuals couldn't save this from the critical whip.

"This is the deal with American critics, they've been gunning for our movie since it was shut down the first time. And I think that's probably when most of the critics wrote their initial reviews," explained Hammer, 26, who stars as the Lone Ranger. "If you go back and read a lot of the negative reviews, most of them don't actually have anything to do with the content of the movie but more what's behind it. It's gotten to an unfortunate place with American critics where if you're not as smart as Plato, you're stupid. And that seems like a very sad way to have to live your life."

Sad or not, after the movie’s poor reception, unlikely to be rescued by European sales, its Hammer’s career and reportedly Bruckheimer’s Disney deal that hang in the balance.

Lone Ranger Still
The stunning scenes did end up blowing the budget, though.


Tags: Jerry Bruckheimer - Gore Verbinski - Armie Hammer - Johnny Depp


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I thought it was purely an Australian phenomenon; the tall poppy syndrome that is, but it seems to be alive and well in the US too. We Aussies have an unfortunate habit of panning anyone who is successful. I'm not sure but it is probably just jealousy, but it seems possible the US 'critics' are suffering the same curse. Let's face it, if critics know so much, why aren't they successful actors? Fact is, they have no talent themselves and make their living out of tearing movies and actors to shreds. They are a bunch of pathetic nobodies. Oh, by the way, I loved The Lone Ranger. I'm disappointed the public listened to these losers and didn't have the guts to make up their own minds. PATHETIC!

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