1. No Strings Attached: Grade F
This is one of the worst weeks for the Poster Round Up, and this poster is a good example. Natalie Portman is always a delight, but is there anything more generic looking than this poster?
2. The Roommate: Grade D
This poster is blatantly derivative, on top of the colors and details being washed out and ugly. Leighton Meester’s menacing look is also pretty comical.
3. Gulliver’s Travels: Grad C-
A cute and fun poster, but a little too glossy, even for a lighter film like this. There is such thing as making the edges too round. (That is not a poke at Jack Black’s physique).
4. The Next Three Days: Grade C
A somewhat interesting design that seems lazily put together. There is a good design but nothing is held together with any real interesting cohesion.
5. Blue Valentine: Grade C
This is the very opposite of the last poster reviewed for Blue Valentine. Where the last one is wrapped in a dark cocoon, this one is open and bright, which gives it the typical romance movie feel, and seems to contradict the rest of the marketing for the film.
6. Requiem Pour Une Tueuse: Grade B-
Melanie Laurent strikes an imposing figure, which obviously makes the poster immediately intriguing. However, though minimal designs are normally more effective, this poster feels a little too stark.
7. Every Day: Grade D
Is there anything in this poster that isn’t poorly designed? The main problem is the photo booth-like images of the actors, it just feels awkward. The color isn’t terrible though.
8. Burning Palms: C+
This is a great use of color, and a very cool urban landscape shot, but it is very cluttered. All the actors are crammed together and seem to be fighting for space, not just with each other, but also the title, and the landscape image.
9. Brighton Rock: Grade B
It certainly isn’t the best or most original poster ever reviewed for the Round Up, but it is tightly put together and makes good and tasteful use of the water color graphic design that has become common in posters lately.
10. True Grit: Grade A
This is one of many character posters for the Coen brother’s upcoming film, and it is the most expressive. Every ridge of Jeff Bridges’ face is like a work of art put together with sandpaper and tobacco spit.