The Metacritic score is 67/100. The user score is 5.2/10. (.2 lower than that piece of shit Don't Be Afraid of the Dark).
Why the discrepancies? Why do people hate Haywire so much if critics like it so much?
Director: Stephen Soderbergh
Reason the movie exists: Gina Carano
Lover spy: Channing Tatum
Ex-lover boss: Ewan McGregor
Relaxed: Antonio Banderas
Also Relaxed: Michael Douglas
Not so relaxed, because his car's being driven by a crazy woman: Michael Angarano
Fake-Lover spy: Michael Fassbender
Dad: Bill Paxton
Object of a mission: Anthony Brandon Wong
Really wants to going skiing: Mathieu Kassovitz
Let's look at Soderbergh's filmography. RT score followed by user score (user votes).
-Contagion: 84% to 63% (58,000 votes)
-The Informant!: 78% to 42% (349,000 votes)
-The Girlfriend Experience: 64% to 35% (31,000 votes) -
-Che Part II: 80% to 64% (8,000 votes)
-Che Part I: 67% to 75% (17,000 votes)
-Ocean's Thirteen: 70% to 74% (1,457,000 votes)
-The Good German: 32% to 35% (35,000 votes) -
-Bubble: 72% to 60% (12,000 votes)
-Ocean's Twelve: 55% to 67% (597,000 votes)
-Solaris: 65% to 55% (44,000 votes)
-Full Frontal: 38% to 27% (5,784 votes)
-Ocean's Eleven: 82% to 76% (31,000,000 votes)
-Traffic: 92% to 81% (165,000 votes)
-Erin Brockovich: 83% to 76% (394,000 votes)
-The Limey: 92% to 75% (10,000 votes)
-Out of Sight: 93% to 66% (55,000 votes)
-Schizopolis: 59% to 79% (4,000 votes)
-Gray's Anatomy: 53% to 72% (1,700 votes)
-The Underneath: 57% to 38% (1,300 votes)
-King of the Hill: 96% to 77% (4,000 votes)
-Kafka: 57% to 73% (4,600 votes)
-Sex, Lies, and Videotape: 98% to 73% (29,000)
Let's look at the differences from critics to audience, top to bottom: -21%, -36%, -29%, -16%, +8%, +4%, +3%, -12%, +12%, -11%, -11%, -6%, -11%, -7%, -17%, -27%, +20%, +19%, -19%, -19%, +16%, -25%
Add them up and you have -185. Which is an average of -8.4 difference between Critics and Users.
Oh wait. Let's add in Haywire. -37% = -222. Which puts the average Critic/Audience score-difference at -9.65.
The highest audience rating is 81%. The lowest is 27%. The average user score is 62.04%. (With the average critic score at 71.65%)
The average score discrepancy is -9.65%. Haywire is at -37%. Which is the largest (yet still subject to change) difference.
The average user score is 62.04%. Haywire is at 44%. Which makes it number 18 out of the 24 movies.
Let's compare Soderbergh's AUDIENCE average to the AUDIENCE average of the last 15 Oscar Winning Director (don't forget, Soderbergh's won a Best Directing Oscar (for Traffic).
2010: Thomas Hooper: 80.67% (3 movies)
2009: Kathryn Bigelow: 59.55% (9 movies)
2008: Danny Boyle: 76.67% (9 movies)
2007: Coen Brothers: 77.26% (15 movies)
2006: Martin Scorsese: 76.81 (22 movies)
2005: Ang Lee: 73.27% (11 movies)
2004: Clint Eastwood: 63.59% (32 movies)
2003: Peter Jackson: 75.72% (11 movies)
2002: Roman Polanski: 73.73% (19 movies)
2001: Ron Howard: 60% (22 movies)
2000: Soderbergh: 62.25% (24 movies)
1999: Sam Mendes: 76.4% (5 movies)
1998: Steven Spielberg: 73.64% (28 movies)
1997: James Cameron: 72.37% (8 movies--though if you take out Piranha II, at 11%, he's at 81.14%)
1996: Anthony Minghella: 68.33% (6 movies)
What's this mean?:
In the last 15 years of Oscar-winning directors, Soderbergh is the third most-disliked. He, Bigelow, and Minghella are the only directors on that list that don't have a single movie with an audience rating at or above 90%. (Ron Howard has A Beautiful Mind).
It may be the "Art House" style that has made Soderbergh's name is the very thing that keeps him from mainstream appeal.
Check out the venom in regard to Haywire:
And this is really a way to shift the conversation to Soderbergh's "vision". Because it seems that Sony had a problem with it. And it seems like the general public has a problem with it.
Why the hate for Haywire and love for Man on a Ledge when Ledge has a 28% critics score and H an 81%?
I could make the case that H has a slow pace, Ledge moves quicker. Rapidity means less time to think. So viewers of Ledge can be "swept up" where as viewers of H have time to yawn, to think, to analyze, to criticize. And rapidness is a trait many favor in the Thriller and Action genres. People going to see H may expect a churning plot, a fervent camera, lots of cuts. Instead they have the camera in the back of a shelf, dropping, in intervals (of like 10-20 seconds) from the top of the shelf to the bottom, as Gina and Ewan talk. "Why the fuck is the camera set up behind the shelf?" (Never mind the symbolism of "framing" Gina, which is exactly what Ewan is doing). That's not fervent; to many people, it's weird.
So Ledge takes the viewer on more of a "roller coaster ride" than H does.
We could also discuss why people hate the fight scenes of H. Maybe the action really is bad, repetitive? That the lack of music could have been disengaging (but fit in No Country For Old Men because it amplified the tension) (but doesn't it amplify the tension in H? Yes, but people probably wanted Action not Tension, and sweet music can augment any situation (which is why music is a critical part of film).
There are a ton of arguments we could make. But, at the end of the day, all the aspects of the movie stem from one source: Soderbergh. It's his movie.
So why do people hate Haywire? Because Stephen Soderbergh made it.
Did I like it:
Yes. Yes I did. I liked the lack of music during fights. I liked the camera behind the shelf. But I liked it the way you like a B-movie. Because I HATED the silly music that would play. Reviewers keep calling it 70's style. Whatever it is, I thought it sucked.
I thought a lot of the shot selection was interesting. I LOVED the lack of cuts during fight scenes (I HOPE YOU WERE PAYING ATTENTION CHRISTOPHER NOLAN).
(Why am I yelling at Nolan? Have you watched a fight scene in a Batman movie? I think they're like watching broken english. Or listening to a song that skips every half-a-second. I'm getting angry thinking about it.)
The plot seemed very petty to me. The "reveal" came, and I thought: "That's it?"
I think Tatum did a good job of acting like Channing Tatum.
I don't think any of the roles demanded that much from the actors. Except for Angarano. Every major character in the movie, except Angarano's, just had to act confident. Angarano was the only one who had to show fear, confusion, concern.
The movie made me laugh a lot. Not because it was supposed to. Just silly things. Like Carano has done all this cool stuff to evade a SWAT team that's after her. And then a wire she's using as a rope snaps and she falls, strikes a wall, flips, falls more, and hits the ground. Cool Spy Shit, Cool Spy Shit, Cool Spy Shit, OOOPS. It comes out of nowhere. Or the beach fight. Seeing her run from background to foreground was hilarious to me. Then watching Ewan and Carano visibly tire out because fighting on sand is tiring as shit (most activities on sand are more complicated/tiring; Men's Health recommends running on sand if you can because it is more demanding than grass or turf or road).
Do I want to watch it again? I'm not sure. Yesterday I did. Today I don't. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.
Should you see it:
-Maybe when it comes out on DVD. I don't know if you have to RUSH to see it.
-Not if you don't like slower paced films.
-If you really like Kill Bill, you may be interested in watching this to see how it compares (I think it's like a stripped down version).
-Not if you're all about "good acting" because I guess most people think the acting in this film is terrible
-Not if you don't like "artsy" movies
-Not if you're tired of spy revenge movies
-If you love spy revenge movies, you should see it
% Character / % Actor's personality/past roles
Carano: 60/40 (I think she did what was asked of her)
Paxton: 90/10 (mostly for the mustache)
We've seen and recommend:
Soderbergh: Ocean's 11; Contagion
Fassbender: 300; Inglorious Basterds; Shame; A Dangerous Method; X-Men First Class
McGregor: The Ghost Writer; Big Fish; The Island
Paxton: Twister; Tombstone; Predator 2
Tatum: She's the Man; Step Up
Banderas: maybe 13th Warrior; Shrek 2; Puss in Boots
Douglas: The Ghost and the Darkness; The Game
Angarano: Sky High