Movie Reviews: Fool's Gold
The biggest attraction of Fool's Gold, A.O. Scott of the New York Times suggests, may be "the tawny limbs and perfect bellybuttons of the stars, Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson." Other than that, Scott indicates, the film exhibits a "frantic creative desperation that tries to pass itself off as giddy comic exuberance." Actually, Scott's is one of the better reviews of the movie. Most of the critics lambaste not only the film's plot but its stars as well. Bob Strauss in the Los Angeles Daily News refers to them as "blond tanning prodigies." Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News suggests that McConaughey's "heart clearly isn't in acting right now, so when it was time to make Fool's Gold, he asked his abs to do the job for him." Similarly, Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe comments that when his mind wandered during the film, "I thought about admiring the hard work McConaughey did for this picture and how all that work appears to have gone into his abs." Lou Lumenick in the New York Post begins his review by remarking, "The title of the excruciatingly lame and laughless romantic comedy/adventure Fool's Gold surely deserves some kind of an award for truth in advertising." And Carrie Rickey of the Philadelphia Inquirer ends her review by commenting, "I can't think of why anyone would want to endure this soggy mess."