‘Free Guy’ Is, Against All Odds, Being Touted As The Movie Of The Summer

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I’ll admit: I was a little hard of Free Guy in the past, particularly last Fall. It was October and 21st Century Studios (owned by Disney) released a trailer for the film touting that it would hit theaters in early December, which was a claim that I found laughable especially considering the disappointing box office returns of Tenet, which was shoehorned into theaters in August.

Obviously, Disney eventually wisened up, as Free Guy was, obviously, not released in December 2020 and was instead pushed until August 13, 2021. We’re now just mere weeks away from that date, and as a result, the first reactions from critics have begun to hit the internet. And somehow, against all odds, the apparently throwaway from the final days of 21 Century Fox is being touted as one of the best films of the summer.

Joel Meares, the editor-in-chief of Rotten Tomatoes, hails Free Guy as “one of the freshest-feeling, genuinely funny, and surprisingly moving big-budget adventure movies in years.”

Steven Weintraub of Collider says that Free Guy “might be the best video game movie ever made” as it “actually makes you believe you are in a video game.”

Entertainment journalist Scott Menzel of the Hollywood Critics Association says that says Free Guy is the “most fun” he’s had watching a movie all year as the film is “wildly entertaining, hilarious from beginning to end, and deserves to be seen on the big screen.” Menzel also noted the film is like a cross between The Truman Show and Ready Player One.

Check out some more reactions from journalists and critics below:


Free Guy — directed by Night At the Museum filmmaker and Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy — stars Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Taika Waititi. The film will hit theaters on August 13 and will remain a theatrical exclusive for 45 days before hitting Disney+.

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