What I'm reading here in this thread is just about the same as what I've been hearing so far outside of the forum. Some (non-exact) quotes that stick out in my head from various sources:
"Kristin Stewart is easily the worst case of miscasting this year", "epic miscasting decision", "lifeless piece of matter that doesn't matter" who "couldn't muster an ounce of happiness even when things are happening in her favor"
"Theron did not give a good performance either, completely over-the-top bad, but at least she was trying", "an example of Theron's poor performance was in the scene where she is screaming at her brother, which is kind of embarrassing"
"a complete con job trailer which looked fantastic but the film nowhere near matches it"
"great effects and production work but little else to show for it"
"despite the major problems with the performances, the biggest issue of all was the very poor job of storytelling"
I'll still see it at some point. But at least I'll go in with much more modest expectations. I'll have to find Ebert's review to see how he argued for the films competence. He's always been a bit of a pushover.
Mourning the disappearing usage of the -ly suffix. Words being cut-off before they've had a chance to fully form, left incomplete, with their shoelaces untied and their zippers undone. If I quote your post (or post in your thread) without comment, please check your zipper.