Ratchet & Clank, the animated feature based on the PlayStation video game franchise created by Insomniac Games, opens in theaters today, with little fanfare and disastrous reviews.
The film launches in 2,890 screens courtesy of Gramercy Pictures, a subsidiary of Focus Features, whose parent company Comcast—NBCUniversal bought Dreamworks Animation earlier this week. (Focus is also the American distributor of Laika’s stop motion efforts.) The movie also debuts today in the UK, Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Iceland, Middle East, and Vietnam.
Early comments from fans of the video game suggest that it’s fun for people with fondness for the characters, but film reviewers who are judging it on its cinematic merits have been wholly unimpressed. Eighty per cent of film reviewers have branded it rotten on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, at the time that this piece was written.