'The Banker,' Apple's first major movie, is getting bad reviews as it hits theaters after a delayed release
- Apple is releasing its first major movie, "The Banker," to theaters this weekend, but the reviews have been underwhelming.
- It has a "rotten" 57% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and a "mixed or average" 60 score on Metacritic.
- Apple delayed the movie's initial December release after Bernard Garrett Jr, the son of one of its real-life subjects, was accused by his half sisters of molesting them when they were young.
- "The Banker" is set to hit Apple's streaming service, Apple TV Plus, on March 20.
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Apple's first major movie, "The Banker," is finally getting released to theaters this weekend, but the critic reviews are less than stellar.It has a "rotten" 57% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and a "mixed or average" score on Metacritic with a grade of 60. The response has largely been a shrug of the shoulders, which is underwhelming considering Apple originally positioned it as a potential awards-season contender. It bought the worldwide rights to the movie last year for "$20 million based on an eight-minute sizzle reel," according to The New York Times.Advertisement
Variety wrote that the "The Banker" is "so choked with neutral detail that it's a little bloodless." The AV Club wrote that it "doesn't take the narrative risks necessary to tell its story powerfully."
The movie's initial December release was delayed after Bernard Garrett Jr - a producer on the movie and the son of one of its real-life subjects, Bernard Garret Sr (played by the actor Anthony Mackie) - was accused by his half sisters of molesting them when they were young.Garrett Jr said the alleged abuse "simply never happened." He requested that his credit on the movie as a coproducer be removed after the allegations, the director George Nolfi told Deadline in December.
Apple announced in January that it would release the movie to theaters on March 6 and on its streaming service, Apple TV Plus, on March 20."We wanted to take the time to understand the situation at hand - and after reviewing the information available to us, including documentation of the filmmakers' research, we've decided to make this important and enlightening film available to viewers," Apple said in a statement at the time.Advertisement
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