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The Emoji Movie

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🖕👉💩 - Nostalgia Critic
Genre: Comedy
Sci-fi
Animated
Adventure
Directed By: Tony Leondis
Produced By: Michelle Raimo Kouyate
Written By: Tony Leondis
Eric Siegel
Starring: T. J. Miller
James Corden
Anna Faris
Maya Rudolph
Steven Wright
Jennifer Coolidge
Christina Aguilera
Sofía Vergara
Sean Hayes
Patrick Stewart
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Releasing
Release Date: July 23, 2017 (Regency Village Theatre)
July 28, 2017 (United States)
Runtime: 86 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $50 million
Box Office: $217.8 million

The Emoji Movie, originally titled Emojimovie: Express Yourself, is a 3D computer-animated science-fiction comedy film that is directed by Tony Leondis, and written by Leondis, Eric Siegel, and Mike White based on the emoji faces, smileys, and graphics used in electronic messages. It includes the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Christina Aguilera, Sofía Vergara, Sean Hayes, and Patrick Stewart. It was produced by Sony Pictures Animation, and was released on July 28, 2017, by Columbia Pictures.

Plot

The plot focuses on Gene, an exuberant meh emoji who has more than one facial expression, which is insanely rare in the emoji world. Gene is supposed to be a "meh" emoji, but is unsure of what to do with his various other expressions. Gene then enlists the help of his best buddy Hi-5, and the former princess turned code breaker emoji, Jailbreak. They travel through various apps on the phone they inhabit, such as Candy Crush and Just Dance. But when danger hits the phone caused by the villainous emoji Smiler (a smiling face emoji, if that isn’t obvious enough), it is up to the unlikely trio to save their world before it is permanently erased.

Why It Sucks

Warning: Do not insert any pointers among the lines of "it's a rip-off of Wreck-It Ralph, The Lego Movie, Zootopia, Toy Story and/or Inside Out", "Sony cancelled the Popeye movie for this" (neither of which are true in the slightest) and "no one wanted this film" in this section.

  1. The idea of having a movie based on emojis is, while not the worst concept, incredibly bland and confusing.
  2. The movie is overloaded with product placements from real-life phone apps, particularly the inclusions of music service "Spotify" as well as "Facebook", "Candy Crush", "YouTube", "Instagram and "Just Dance Now" in the film. The film also tries to leech off the smartphone popular culture, even though the writers might not have done enough research about smartphone popular culture despite Sony Corporation, the company that owns Sony Pictures Animation and thus the rights to this film, is known for their technology.
    • In an interview of the film, director Tony Leondis said that he wanted to incorporate real life apps into the movie. While product placement can be used well in some films, you should consider the fact that not everyone is going to like it, as they might think that they're watching an ad instead of a movie.
  3. Many poorly-written, juvenile, disgusting, and unfunny jokes that often take forever to finish, particularly the scene where Hi-5 throws up a corn candy before putting it back into his mouth and later throwing it up again.
  4. In a severe miscasting, Patrick Stewart voices Poop, the poop emoji. Apparently Stewart himself said that his casting was meant to be a joke.
  5. The story, about a misunderstood character in search for a way to please others at first, but eventually accepts himself/herself for who he/she is, is very predictable and formulaic. It also uses ideas that were used in other movies before, particularly a never explained cliché plot twist consisting of Gene's dad having the same problem as his son (which feels rather rushed as an attempt to make audiences understand why Gene has the problem), alongside the fact that there is an ending where everyone dances (which has been done in several other movies).
    • Even Hi-5's motivation for joining Gene is generic, as he just wants to be popular among the other emojis again.
  6. Jailbreak is an obvious clone of Wyldstyle from The Lego MovieGMW, in terms of personality and character design. She is also a ripoff of Olivia "Sombra" Colomar from OverwatchAGW since both characters are notorious hackers.
  7. Smiler is a very basic and plain villain, and her design has an uncanny valley feel to it since she always smiles no matter what. However, despite this, she ends up being the best part of this movie.
  8. Scummy innuendos/placing, particularly the scene with the elephant and dashing away emojis (which is supposed to represent that the elephant is farting).
  9. The film has flat characterization (e.g. emojis are only allowed to feel the emotions they are). Almost every emoji character has this flaw, especially Gene's parents, who mistreat him for his problem.
    • The characterization is also inconsistent, as every single emoji seems to express other emotions than the one that they have to do when they are used on the phone, and as a result, it undermines the entire plot.
      • Even Smiler is inconsistently portrayed, as she gives a "be yourself" advice to the other emojis, even though she sees Gene as a malfunction because of being multi-expressional emoji (however, she did have a good reason for this).
    • GeneLCW, the film's main protagonist, is an incredibly generic and basic protagonist who wants to fit in but has something that gets in his way.
    • JailbreakLCW is a very underdeveloped love interest and a dull protagonist with no personality who is nothing more than a so-called "strong, independent female character", who mostly exists just to promote girl power. Her relationship with Gene in this film is also forced and bland.
      • Her claim of female emojis being only princesses and brides falls flat on its face when you remember there are several emojis in the film who are female, including Gene's mother and Smiler, and yet almost none of them are princesses or brides. In fact, Smiler was even the original emoji and founder!
    • Gene's parents, Mel and Mary Meh, only exist to give off one joke: when they're impressed, they look and sound bored.
  10. Some moments in the film are rather inappropriate for a children's film, particularly when Poop nearly utters the word "sh*t."
  11. False advertising: Despite the heavy marketing of Poop on posters and in the trailers, this character, voiced by Patrick Stewart, only gets a few lines and doesn't even have an important role in the movie whatsoever.
    • Speaking of the marketing, there was a promotional image for the film on Twitter which spoofed Hulu's series The Handmaid's Tale. In the image, Smiler was depicted as being the series' main character Offred. Because of the themes of the aforementioned series, and the seemingly blatant misunderstanding of them, the image sparked controversy of the film's marketing, resulting in the tweet to be deleted. Even though the tweet was deleted, the damage was already done due to bad marketing.
  12. The movie completely forgets about Hi-5's subplot of becoming a favorite and focuses only on Gene.
  13. The humans' story is barely even touched upon throughout the whole movie, essentially wasting a sub-plot that only comes across as a redundant afterthought.
  14. The voice acting is shockingly mediocre, where everyone constantly underacts and sound like they just want to get out of the project, with the exception of Maya Rudolph who actually goes about overacting.
  15. Like Fred: The Movie, the film gives no indication that the characters are fantasizing, such as in the Candy Crush scene where Jailbreak is thinking about what will happen if she lines Gene up with 2 other yellow candies.
  16. The movie portrays the teens as phone addicts that can't communicate with each other except by text messages, but instead of criticizing this problem, it encourages it.
  17. The film will often spout random, dated slang (even by 2017 standards) such as Gene and Hi-5 saying "#truth" and "#blessed".
  18. The writers did a not-so-good job of representing the characters in the movie. Smiler is depicted as the villain even though all she wanted to do was to protect Textopolis from being deleted while Gene, despite being the protagonist, was the one really responsible for most of the problems that occurred, as he almost caused the entire phone to almost have its data deleted. Basically, the movie tries to force viewers to sympathize with the protagonist and to root against the villain without giving the usual proper characterization to them as a reason to do this.
    • Not helping is that neither Gene nor Jailbreak show any mercy for the Just Dance girl and anyone else who were deleted from existence.
    • On the topic of sympathizing with the protagonists, it was already hard to sympathize with Hi-5, as he was already self-centered and arrogant by the time he is introduced in the film.
  19. The dialogue can be excruciating at times.
  20. The film clearly knows nothing about phones (and ironically, this comes from a studio whose parent company is better known for their technology). Particularly, in the climax, when the phone is in the process of having its data get wiped, a lot of apps get deleted in the process, but when Alex unplugs the phone, all the apps get restored. When you delete an app, it's gone and there's no way of getting it back (or until you re-install it, that is).
  21. For some reason, you can get to the phone from Dropbox via Twitter.
  22. The pacing is super sluggish, particularly as a result of several scenes occurring in Candy Crush, Spotify, Instagram, and YouTube scenes being nothing more than ways to increase the runtime.
  23. Similar to Foodfight!, the movie makes an unnecessary reference to CasablancaGMW, which is impossible for kids to get.
  24. The movie starts with Gene saying "Emojis are the most important thing in communication history" which is an extremely false moral (the most important thing in communication is...well, words, and words were used to write this script even though at one point, Alex's friend says "words aren't cool").

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Like other Sony Pictures Animation films, the animation is solid and sometimes creative.
    • To add to this, despite the overuse of blatant and obvious product placement, the way the animators were able to create the world of the phone and the different apps were well done.
  2. Decent character designs for most of the characters, as they are similar to the emojis they're based on.
  3. Excellent soundtrack for the film composed by Patrick Doyle (who also did the soundtrack for BraveGMW and Artemis Fowl), as well as the song "Good Vibrations".
  4. Every once in a while, the film will have an okay line.
  5. Decent cinematography.
  6. A few good jokes that actually worked:
    1. The old-school emoticons such as ":)" are elders.
    2. The scene where the Just Dance girl is dancing in the garbage, wondering why she keeps dancing while crying.
    3. There is an amusing moment with the Columbia Pictures logo with an emoji.
  7. In relation to WIS#7, Smiler is the best part of the entire movie. Even if you hated her for being the villain, her intentions and motivations are understandable and were defined better than the ones from the protagonists, making her a very well defined character overall and a sympathetic villain in particular. Everything she did was to stop Gene from destroying the Emojis world; she wanted to delete him in order to protect the phone and its data from getting deleted.
  8. Despite the voice acting being below average, T.J. Miller's performance is decent.

Reception

Once the teaser trailer dropped, The Emoji Movie was immediately met with universal hatred by critics and audiences alike, with major criticism being lamented at the script's bad jokes, blatant product placement, voice performances, lack of originality, and plot. Many also called it "unfunny and a waste of time," and calling it one of the worst animated movies and the worst movie of 2017 and compared it unfavorably to The Lego MovieGMW, ZootopiaGMW Inside OutGMW, Toy StoryGMW and Wreck-It RalphGMW.

At one point the film was the lowest-rated animated film on Rotten Tomatoes with a 0% rating (it has since been changed to a 7% rating) and the site's critical consensus displays a no symbol emoji ("🚫"). It has a 3.2/10 on IMDb and a 12/100 on Metacritic, indicating "overwhelming dislike".

Box office

The Emoji Movie opened at #2 on its opening weekend grossing $24,531,923 domestically. The film would later make a total domestic gross of $86,089,513. In foreign countries, the film made $131,687,133. Overall, the film grossed $217,776,646 worldwide against its $50 million budget. Making it a box office hit, despite being panned by critics and viewers.

Awards and nominations

The movie won four Razzie Awards: Worst Director (Tony Leondis), Worst Screen Combo (any two obnoxious emojis), Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony. Making it the 1st animated film to take home Worst Picture in Razzie history and with the most Razzies. But despite this it was nominated at Kids' Choice Award 2018 for Favorite Animated Movie but lost to Pixar's CocoGMW.

Trivia

  • Jordan Peele was asked to voice the Poop emoji. He refused, and he's cited this offer as the reason he decided to start a directorial career.
  • Ilana Glazer was originally cast for the role of Jailbreak, but for unknown reasons, she was replaced by Anna Faris, who previously voiced Sam Sparks in the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films, who interestingly is also the love interest of the protagonist.

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Hookuai

13 months ago
Score 8
Gene being the protagonist is nonsensical hell since Smiler could be fitting for a protagonist while GENE SHOULD BE THE ANTAGONIST.
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Mickey Mouse

13 months ago
Score 20
Lol this made me wanna make an alternate version of this film where the roles are inverted (just like you say)
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Nihirichan

13 months ago
Score 7
I have a nitpick to make: "What kind of kid plays Candy Crush, and how do they have so many apps in their phone? Wouldn't that phone run out of space and as a result become slower?"
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Lsw1002

11 months ago
Score 3
Probably the studio not taking that into account, or just not knowing that in general.
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Paprika

6 months ago
Score 4
"What kind of kid plays Candy Crush?" Lol
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BlueSapphire200

2 months ago
Score 2
This is what I thought when I first watched the movie.
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Marvelrules

12 months ago
Score -19
This shouldnt be here.
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Matthew The Guy

12 months ago
Score 3
Uhm...why?
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Blossom.Alyssa

10 months ago
Score 1
2 months later... still isn't answered! This comment was pointless.
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NoUsername

7 months ago
Score 1
And now 5 years
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

13 days ago
Score 1
Probably because the animation is decent, but that doesn't change anything.
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 7
I give this the 🖕 emoji
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Mr. Dready

11 months ago
Score 2
At times i think about this movie and i gotta say, who thought this was a good idea, who came up with this, why didn't anyone during production said :this is stupid.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

11 months ago
Score 7
At least it's better than Norm of the North.
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ItMeansNothing

10 months ago
Score 1
I see it the other way around.
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ItMeansNothing

10 months ago
Score 1
The problem with this movie is not because the idea is incredibly stupid and it's cringy, which it is, but because nothing really interesting goes on. It's all stuff you've seen before!
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Gabby3399

10 months ago
Score 0
When there was trailers of emoji movie I first was excited for Emoji Movie coming out after watching it on DVD I hated it and I regret being excited for the emoji movie I did not know it was going to be bad after it was released in theaters I haven´t checked on the rating on Emoji Movie. My Mom & my friend Riley who is 2 years younger than me hates this movie. I asked my mom if she likes the Emoji Movie and she said no & Riley asked her her least favorite movie it was the Emoji Movie she didn´t like it since it was weird. But my little brother likes the Emoji Movie.
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RyMann37

10 months ago
Score 1
I prefer the underrated Eight Crazy Nights over this pile of filth!
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KMFStudios

10 months ago
Score 0
Columbia should have gotten permission from Unicode (a non-profit that owns the character set used on most modern devices, including emoji) to make this.
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Stomps

8 months ago
Score -10
At least PVZ Wasn't in the film as an App
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Hookuai

8 months ago
Score 2
Irrelevant crap
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LancedSoul

5 months ago
Score 4
Bullshit.
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Botbuster

8 months ago
Score 0
The Good Vibrations song reminds me of Cursed Emojis and Vibe Checks.
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HeadsUp

8 months ago
Score 1
💩
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I Said A Hip Hop

7 months ago
Score 0

Mike White was a writer for this film.


THE WRITER OF SCHOOL OF ROCK.
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 12

Someone literally once added this to GMW. Here's the text before it got deleted

Why it Rocks

  1. Great concept
  2. Acting is great
  3. Decent product placement
  4. Nice animation
  5. Good Music
  6. Better than FrozenGMW (added the template here, and no, it, nor this text was a part of the page.
  7. Funny

The ONLY Bad Quality

  1. Cliche romance plot USED TWICE


Fuckin shit page if you ask me
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Lake's Wild World

4 months ago
Score 1
Maybe it was irony?.....
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

4 months ago
Score 2
I agree, those are lame reasons of why it rocks.
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MatthewThePrep

one month ago
Score 1
That would be well-suited for Reverse Awful Movies Wiki.
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EijiZeBoi

6 months ago
Score 16

The only emoji this movie needed















🖕
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 0
LOL
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Mr. Dready

5 months ago
Score 0
XD
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Trevor807

6 months ago
Score 2
The definitive film in which Hollywood ran out of ideas.
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Trevor807

2 months ago
Score 0
Also, a really bad omen for cinema in general.
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Roblistic

2 months ago
Score 0
I liked this film, but I agree with you that not everything needs a movie.
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LancedSoul

6 months ago
Score 0

Here some 2 more reasons Why It Sucks that haven’t been added.

19. The movie is a ripoff of Wreck-It Ralph, The LEGO Movie, and Inside Out and even they steal elements, not to mention, it is also ripoff of Smurfs: The Lost Village, which is also Sony Pictures Animation Movie and even released a few months before The Emoji Movie.

20. Gene is unlikeable character.

That’s all.
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 0
At least 20 was reasonable but 19 I've heard too much. Sure, moving across arcade games is like exploring different apps, and the plot feels like Inside Out, but it's not
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HellLord

3 months ago
Score 0
“Look Out” -Tintin (in his game)
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Stephenfisher2001

6 months ago
Score 0
You may now edit this page, but please, I do NOT want to see any, Traffic-edits.
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 2
still better than Foodfight!
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GOJIRA

5 months ago
Score -1
when I saw the emoji movie on youtube it so bad it not even good
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Pacsonic9000

5 months ago
Score 2
My mom and sister defends this movie by saying it's made for kids. There are other movies made for kids that are good.
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ACoolBlaze5

5 months ago
Score 2
Yup.
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Paprika

5 months ago
Score 2
And aren't filled to the brim with ads and attempts to be hip with the kids.
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Tallryie

5 months ago
Score 1
One emoji that BEST describes this movie:🖕
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HellLord

5 months ago
Score 1
Oh hi there
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HellLord

5 months ago
Score 1
Nooooooooooooo!!!!, he died!!!!!
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RaymesisEvil

5 months ago
Score 1
I liked the movie, because it has bad reviews, but I really liked it (I'm not kidding)
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ACoolBlaze5

5 months ago
Score 4
That's fine. There were some good things such as the animation and the voice acting, but overall, your reasons to like it are valid. Also your wording makes you look like you like it because it was universally panned
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Spectro

3 months ago
Score 2

Everyone as their opinion.

And we must respect them.
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LancedSoul

5 months ago
Score 4
"💩 HAPPENS" They said it not me!
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Roblistic

4 months ago
Score 2
I'm not saying this is an amazing or an awful movie, but I think we went too far with all the hate for this movie.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

4 months ago
Score 0
It's a rip-off of Wreck-It Ralph, The Lego Movie, and Inside Out.
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Trevor807

4 months ago
Score 0
The only thing it has in common is that it uses the cliché “be yourself” plot that’s been done to death a million times.
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Tugboat1992

4 months ago
Score 0
I thought this would be good at first, but when I saw it, I thought it was trash
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

4 months ago
Score 0
They basically combined Wreck-It Ralph, The Lego Movie and Inside Out and made it awful.
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ACoolBlaze5

4 months ago
Score 4
The Emoji Movie is the worst big-budget theatrical animated movie.
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Trevor807

4 months ago
Score 2
If Siskel and Ebert were still with us, they would have a field day with this film. Yes, I'm watching it on a DVR recording right now. Already it's the worst film I've ever seen in my life, and I assure you, it's the lowest point any major Hollywood studio will ever sink to.
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ACoolBlaze5

4 months ago
Score 0
Some salty boi named Dave the Emoji is whining over this movie being hated and gave the middle finger to its haters
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Roblistic

2 months ago
Score 0
I've seen him
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Okboomer45

4 months ago
Score 1
I love this movie in a so bad it's good kind of way. the movie tries to be a wreck it ralph type of film and fails spectacularly.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

4 months ago
Score 0
💩
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Jego5542Gonzalez

4 months ago
Score 0
I hate this movie! I give this page a 10/10 because The Emoji Movie deserves to be hated!
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Okboomer45

4 months ago
Score 1
I personally think the concept could work..
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Trevor807

4 months ago
Score 2
How would a movie about emojis work? Especially in 2017.
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TheSwagSceptile

3 months ago
Score 0
How can a movie like this seriously make a success at the box office? I’ve lost all hope for humanity
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LancedSoul

3 months ago
Score 6
Tintone will snap this film and turn into dust. Tintone.jpeg
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HellLord

3 months ago
Score 0
Yes, do it tintin, while I like the film, I don’t watch it that much anymore, you can snap it now
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IamaSocialjusticewarrior

3 months ago
Score -4
ahh, the first so bad its good.
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IamaSocialjusticewarrior

3 months ago
Score -4
that i watched
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Stephenfisher2001

3 months ago
Score 0
Guys, That guy is a troll! ;)
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HellLord

3 months ago
Score 0
I know D:
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Spectro

3 months ago
Score 0
While the characters would still be bland and unlikeable either way, if this was a really early movie, it could have worked out better. It's still a pile of sh*t anyways.
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LancedSoul

3 months ago
Score 0
💩🚫👎
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Official-PSASD

3 months ago
Score 2

It was been 3 years when this trash was released, and we all know how bad it is.

Which I could give three emojis about my feelings of this movie.

🖕👉💩
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HellLord

3 months ago
Score 1
Does that mean f—k that s—t :)
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Black Knight Animation Studios

3 months ago
Score 0
Wake me up before you go go is a retro song, and now people hate it b/c of this.
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Mr. Dready

3 months ago
Score 0
Nostalgia Critic:🖕👉💩
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Stephenfisher2001

2 months ago
Score 2
Three years later, The Emoji Movie still sucks.
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Roblistic

2 months ago
Score 2
Somewhere, in an alternate dimension, The Emoji Movie is the most beloved film ever (Note: I like this movie, but I am aware of it's flaws).
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HellLord

2 months ago
Score 1
Same
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Dragos133

2 months ago
Score 1
It's been 3 years and the movie is called the worst animated movie ever as well as the worst movie of the 2010s next to the Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise, Norm Of The North, RIPD, Foodfight and Cats.
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HellLord

2 months ago
Score 2
I did like the film when I first saw it but I still see flaws with the film, it’s actually better than the film that shall not be named (you know that film in 2016)
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RaymesisEvil

2 months ago
Score 2
You're making me happy! :)
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Roblistic

2 months ago
Score 1
Just to get this through your heads, this film didn't cancel the Popeye movie, even though it's coming back.

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