Maisie Williams claps back at a critic who says New Mutants is the worst X-Men movie

The critic also likens the film to a ‘lousy TV pilot that you know didn’t get picked up’

After being delayed for more than two years, The New Mutants has finally opened in theaters last Friday. While the X-Men movie isn’t expected to become a blockbuster hit given the COVID-19 pandemic, the poor reviews of the film isn’t helping it to attract more viewers.

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the movie currently holds an approval rating of 33% based on 49 reviews. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.” Though such ratings are pretty normal for horror films like The New Mutants, Maisie Williams ― one of the stars of the movie ― doesn’t seem to agree with Forbes’ contributing writer Scott Mendelson when he called the 20th Century Studios film “the worst X-Men movie ever.”

In the body of his article, Mendelson also described The New Mutants “a miserable motion picture” and “a monotonous, redundant and irrelevant fantasy flick that fails to commit to being a teen melodrama, a YA fantasy or a horror movie, instead offering half-assed components of all three.” Mendelson even ended his review on a rather harsh note, writing, “The New Mutants is like watching a lousy TV pilot for a show that you know didn’t get picked up.”

Apparently, Williams noticed Mendelson’s review of the film and retweeted a link to it with a classy reaction. “Sounds like a must see! Get your tickets now,” the Game of Thrones alum wrote.

Williams’ tweet quickly went viral, earning over 84,000 likes, 11,500 retweets, and 1,500 comments as of writing. Unsurprisingly, reactions to the actress’ post are divided.

Some fans think that that there are other X-Men movies that are worse than The New Mutants. Others commented that critic reviews should be taken with a grain of salt as everyone has their own taste when it comes to movies.

Unfortunately for Williams and the rest of the movie’s cast and crew, there are also a number of people who believe that the movie should be snubbed mostly because of its blatant white-washing. Even Bob McLeod, the comic book artist who co-created the New Mutants with writer Chris Claremont, revealed that he was disappointed by how the looks of the characters were changed in the movie.

Lastly, some fans couldn’t care less about The New Mutants and are just waiting for Disney to reboot the X-Men franchise as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Directed by Josh Boone, The New Mutants follows five young mutants ― Rahne Sinclair (Williams), Illyana Rasputin (Anya Taylor-Joy), Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), Dani Moonstar (Blu Hunt), and Bobby da Costa (Henry Zaga) ― as they try to discover the full potential of their abilities, escape their pasts, and save themselves while being held in a secret facility against their will.

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Source: ComicBook.com