Kevin Durant's "Thunderstruck" Releases to Obviously Bad Reviews

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 24, 2012

Photo Credit: The Washington Times
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Kevin Durant's movie Thunderstruck is being released nationwide to theaters full of kids who will be absolutely taken away by the magical story. Unfortunately, critics are not nearly as amused. 

The new film starring Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is one part Like Father, Like Son, another part Space Jam with a splash of Vice Versa

Mix it all together and you get a milkshake kids love and grumpy critics loathe. 

SportsGrid spotted some horrible numbers for the Friday release over at Rotten Tomatoes

First the bad news.

The movie, which is about a goofy kid who suddenly becomes a basketball superstar thanks to a chance transfer of talent from Kevin Durant to himself, is not getting great reviews. 

It's going off at 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and here is just a sample of the criticisms... 

Chris Hewitt of the St. Paul Pioneer Press can only muster the words "it's not terrible" when describing this for-kids romp: 

Nell Minow is far more harsh with her criticism. At least she uses a basketball term in her vicious review of the film:

Here is what Jason Black of The Washington Times has to say: 

The movie has good intentions, but overall is not very good. It is a low-budget movie looking to hit the DVD shelves soon trying to capitalize on Durant’s popularity. It’s a little too much “Kazaam” and not enough “Space Jam.”

So you might ask yourself what the good news is in all of this. Well, the movie has a 68 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes users, meaning the audience that has actually gone to witness this future Oscar winner firsthand seems to think it's OK. 

That means the kiddies will be impressed, which is all that matters in the end. Sure, this isn't some art-house movie that will have fans clamoring for the tissues and sparking debate hours after the finale. 

But did you really expect that?

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