Why Collateral Beauty got bad reviews



  • 1 The movie is dull

    Some critics said that the movie was dull and grim. According to the critics, the movie is saddening and has a dark atmosphere that doesn't give people hope. 

  • 2 The movie is cruel

    Some critics said that the movie is cruel because of the trick played on the grieving father, Will Smith, by the people who wanted to take over the company.

  • 3 Convoluted plot

    Some critics said that the plot was unnecessarily convoluted without providing enough depth. This made the movie more complex and uninteresting.

  • 4 The message is unclear

    Many people didn't understand exactly the message behind the movie. Many people were kept wondering what the term collateral beauty refers to. See also the meaning of collateral beauty.

  • 5 It wasn't the Will Smith people know

    Many critics didn't like the fact that Will Smith wasn't shown as the smiling fighter people love. Instead, his personality was more of a defeated person who doesn't have much hope in life. Many also complained about the fact that Will Smith didn't speak much.

  • 6 Howard's friends were very mean

    Many people didn't like the fact that Howard's friends were very mean to him to the extent that they decided to play a trick on him in order to convince people that he is crazy.

  • 7 Making fun of suffering

    Many people didn't like the fact that the movie took the suffering of a grieving man, Howard, lightly and even had parts where people joked about it.

  • 8 They didn't like the ending

    Many people didn't like the end of the movie and said that it was tragic, meaningless, superficial and hopeless. Many didn't like the fact that the movie ended with multiple plot twists.

  • 9 A waste of talent

    Some critics said that the movie had so many good actors, but it ended up disappointing them. This could also be a problem of over expectations.

  • 10 It's a cliche

    Some critics described the movie a a cliche because some of the concepts it used, like making spirits real, were already used in many other movies before.

  • 11 It was overly manipluative

    Many critics didn't like the fact that the movie was overly manipulative and that Will Smith was being controlled and manipulated by his partners and supposed friends.