‘Downhill’ reviews: Does it do ‘everything right,’ or are you better off watching the original ‘Force Majeure’?

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‘Downhill’ reviews: Does it do ‘everything right,’ or are you better off watching the original ‘Force Majeure’?
Happy Valentine’s Day from “Downhill,” the comedy about a couple on the rocks — or on thin ice, as may be a more apt metaphor — that opened on February 14. But what do critics think of this remake of the 2014 Swedish comedy “Force Majeure“? It’s directed by Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (“The Descendants“), co-written by them and Emmy winner Jesse Armstrong (“Succession“), and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell. That’s quite a pedigree.

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic score of 50 based on 32 reviews counted thus far: 13 positive, 18 somewhat mixed, and 1 outright negative. Over on Rotten Tomatoes it has a freshness rating of 47% based on 74 reviews, 39 of which are classified as negative. The Rt critics’ consensus summarizes the reviews by saying, “Fittingly named for a remake whose charms are dwarfed by its superior source material, ‘Downhill’ is frequently — and frustratingly — less than the sum of its talented parts.
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