Critic Consensus: Anne Hathaway admirably braves her way through unfunny quips, while James Franco appears gallingly disengaged during the excruciatingly inert, completely unprepared 83rd Oscars ceremony.
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James Franco sported a permanent smirk that gave the impression that he'd rather be shooting General Hospital... It was a flat, even insulting, performance that belonged in a slacker movie, not a night to celebrate film.
As soon as the readymade segments gave way to live banter and, worse, audience interaction, Franco and Hathaway seemed increasingly flustered... It was painfully possible to watch in real time as they realized the show was slipping away from them.
It felt at times less like the actual Oscars and more like a hypothetical, prototypical example of an Oscars at which nothing really happens.
Despite a pair of pretty young hosts hired to bring a hip and relevant vibe, the show floated forward like a big old, hollow blimp -- a blimp driven by a cheerful princess and her mopey consort, Anne Hathaway and James Franco.
Despite the many worthy nominated films, the Oscarcast was painfully dull, slow, witless, and hosted by the ill-matched James Franco and Anne Hathaway.
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