Mega producer compares film to "Flash Dance" during interview at TCA
"The Lone Ranger" was widely panned by critics and an flopped at the box office, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer told Vulture that he believes the long-term jury is still out.
"I think it is going to be looked back on as a brave, wonderful film," Bruckheimer said.
The film currently has a 27 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics. Its score is even worse among the aggregator's "Top Critics," who gave it an 11 percent. Audiences, on the other hand, have given the movie a 61 percent.
"It reminds me of a critic who called "Flashdance" a 'toxic dump,'" Bruckheimer said at the Television Critics press tour, referencing the 1983 hit he produced with late partner Don Simpson.
"Ten years later [the critic] said, 'This is really a good movie. I missed it.'
Bruckheimer, who has had great success with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, shrugged off the notion that bad reviews kept audiences away from "The Lone Ranger."
"You always want to get good reviews, but you know, it's reversed in Europe," Bruckheimer said. "It's 70 percent good reviews and 30 percent mixed there. So, that happens."