Mark Kermode fucking murdered the film on his podcast. And all of Andrew Stanton's intentions.
I haven't heard him hate a film so much in a long while, since Bride Wars.
Some choice quotes:
"It makes Dune feel like Speed."
It's not a personal movie. It's not a Scott Pilgrim, it's not a Howard the Duck, it's not a Heaven's Gate, it's not a movie that says 'you know what, I know this film's going to die, I know it's not going to make its money back, but I made the movie I wanted to make'. It looks - and this is the worst crime - like a film that was made by committee. Like a film that was absolutely molded by a group of people sitting in a room, doing the maths. It's a film whose title doesn't make sense because of advertising executives. It's a film in 3D because of sales managers and studio heads. It's a film whose narrative doesn't make any sense to anyone who hasn't read all the books...Even all the setpieces are boring. It's not a personal film. It's an ocean liner, it's an oil tanker, it's a behemoth, it's a huge great articulated lorry of a movie, lumbering from setpiece to setpiece in 3D, with people explaining the plot to you...To spend $250 million on something that looks like it's focus-grouped out of existence!
I'm keen to see the video of this rant :D