Based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time is the latest Disney movie to hit multiplexes. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine and tells the story of a group of children on a journey that spans time and space.

A Wrinkle in Time opens in US cinemas on Friday, before heading to the UK on 23rd March. But is it any good?

In today’s edition of The Great Stampede I’m taking a look at what the critics are saying about the movie. Below you’ll see seven review snippets which should tell you all you need to know.

Brace yourselves – it’s not good.

Here’s what’s being said about A Wrinkle in Time:

  • Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair, wasn’t too impressed by A Wrinkle in Time, commenting that it “can’t meet its galactic ambitions.” He added: “There’s nothing malevolent about A Wrinkle in Time, the way there is with some other big-budget misfires. The film loves you and wants to be loved, to hold and be held close. But it extends its arms in awkward ways, and can’t keep its grip as it tumbles down its wormhole.”
  • Amy Nicholson awarded A Wrinkle in Time two stars out of five, referring to it as a “glittery disappointment.”
  • Peter Debruge of Variety, was also less than impressed with A Wrinkle in Time, commenting: “Less than a month after ‘Black Panther,’ Ava DuVernay’s fantasy tentpole makes strides for representation, while botching key aspects of the beloved Madeleine L’Engle novel.”
  • Jason Guerrasio of UK Business Insider, was also not quite taken with A Wrinkle in Time. Speaking positively, he said: “The good thing about “A Wrinkle in Time” is it has an extremely powerful message for kids. It features a strong family structure, encourages you to love the qualities that make you unique, and has a diverse cast. At the very least, DuVernay delivers a story that will speak to all kinds of young people.” But, ultimately he said: “A Wrinkle in Time has a strong message for kids, but is plagued by a dragging story and lame special effects.”
  • David Fear of Rolling Stone awarded A Wrinkle in Time three stars (out of four), calling the movie a “magnificently weird, messy blockbuster.” He said: “From the moment Winfrey’s gigantic earth mother starts making a backyard bend and ripple like a disturbed waterbed, Wrinkle begins toggling between very familiar multiplex fodder and a sort of Fischer-Price’s My First Acid Trip.”
  • Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly awarded A Wrinkle in Time a Grade ‘C’, commenting: “Almost nothing works, but there are bursts of real camp energy.”
  • And finally, Julian Roman of Movie Web, said: “A Wrinkle in Time is well meaning, but falls short on almost every front.”

Oh dear.

The general feeling is that A Wrinkle in Time is a bit of a misfire. But will the reviews put you off seeing it?

For more reviews of recent releases, check out past editions of The Great Stampede which have focused on AnnihilationThe Shape of Water and Black Panther.