Worst of Screen
updated 12/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
As Anne Rice's centuries-old bloodsucker Lestat, Tom Cruise is not so much a bat out of hell as a fish out of water. And despite the occasional soulful moment, the film's oppressive, unrelenting gore drains off every trace of the novel's poignancy.
Giving the role his yabba dabba doo-est, John Goodman is cartoon caveman Fred Flintstone come to 3-D life. And "Olivier would have made a great Snagglepuss—so what?
NATURAL BORN KILLERS
Oliver Stone shows us how violent we are and how the media reflect our putrid national soul. And how clean are your hands, Mr. Stone?
CITY SLICKERS II
Jack Palance can do one-handed pushups from now until Shane comes home. This painfully forced sequel still wouldn't get a laugh.
EXIT TO EDEN
Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O'Donnell are hardly Adam and Eve, but then Anne Rice's satirical S&M resort is like Eden only for those who believe in the gospel according to Club Med—and funny only to fans of Benny Hill.
EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES
Gus Van Sant's flat adaptation of Tom Robbins's counterculture classic about a girl with thumbs the size of baguettes came and went without a moo.
BEVERLY HILLS COP III
Joyless best describes this unfunny dud in which Eddie Murphy walks through his role as a Detroit cop who can't stay away from Sunset Boulevard. Shame on Murphy, director John Landis and Paramount for a coldly calculated effort to wring a few more bucks out of a franchise whose time has come and gone.
Kevin Costner's Earp is marginally more substantial than Kurt Russell's, but this overintellectualized, long-winded version of the great lawman's saga is so denatured that the epic confrontation with the Clantons seems like the Gunfight at the PC Corral.
THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE
With bathroom humor as its obsession, this misguided comedy sends Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, John Cusack et al right down the sewer.
THE COWBOY WAY
As rodeo cowboys embroiled in a New York City caper, Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland cavort lots, but it is mostly bull that gets thrown.
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