Last weekend I saw (and rather enjoyed) 'Skyline,' a throwback-style "aliens attack!" sci-fi/horror flick. The film has problems, but I was rather shocked (and a little chagrined) when I saw the print critics and the onliners pounce on the flick like it was the world's last fish in the world's smallest barrel. I certainly expected some negative reviews -- the film is no classic -- but not the curiously outraged derision that was thrown 'Skyline's' way.

Then one of the filmmakers found me on Twitter; we began chatting about the response to the film, and that leads us here: A frank and candid discussion about the unpleasantness that greeted the theatrical release of, let's face it, an unapologetically silly and entirely matinee-friendly sci-fi monster movie. Our thanks to 'Skyline' writer-producers Liam O'Donnell and Joshua Cordes for participating.

How difficult is it to read negative reviews and NOT take the criticisms personally?

Liam O'Donnell: It's like being exposed to any kind of venom: It takes a while to build up your immunity. People tell you not to read the reviews, but I tried to read every one. Even more important: I would search the movie on Twitter and see the feedback from everyday people. So it was extremely painful initially, but now I skip over a "Skyline. Worst. Movie. Ever." tweet without it even registering. You need to take your lumps and read the feedback because it makes you stronger and it motivates you to do better.
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Skyline
PG-132010
Based on 18 critics

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