Sly's name also turns up in Jim Mullen's
"Hot Sheet" in the same issue. "GET CARTER: Sylvester Stallone proves
he is still willing to go out on a limb as an actor. Here he takes on a speaking role."
Personally I think it was a mistake not to give
critics an early preview of GET CARTER to review. I believe this to be a mistake
for three reasons:
1. GET CARTER IS A GOOD FILM. Not having the film available for early review
by critics gives the impression that the studio has no faith
in the film. This impression
doesn't just reach the critics, it also reaches the fans!
2. POSITIVE REVIEWS WOULD HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR ADVERTISEMENTS
AND PROMOTION. If the movie
had been available for critics, sure, some of them would have
knocked the film... but others would have praised it! Either way the critics would
have been able to comment on the film because they had
seen it. Now they can
only comment on "why" the studio didn't make it available
for preview which creates...
3. MORE BAD PRESS FOR GET CARTER. Some newspapers/magazines/reviewers will make
mention on the fact that although GET CARTER is at theaters
now, the studio didn't allow critics to review it... and then
the speculation begins...
I really believe that the studio dropped the ball
on this one.
- Craig Zablo (October 7, 2000)