Yet other reviewers found plenty to love in the third instalment of the hugely popular franchise.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and others reprise their roles in the latest film to explore the fortunes of the Barden Bellas, an all-girl a capella group.

John Lithgow and DJ Khaled have also joined the cast for Pitch Perfect 3, which is released in the UK today.

Its plot sees Beca (Kendrick), Fat Amy (Wilson) and Aubrey (Anna Camp) reunite with the rest of the group for a tour of US military bases in Europe.

According to The Guardian, Pitch Perfect 3 has the appeal of "a good Christmas pantomime", adding: "It looks like these performers are genuinely enjoying themselves, and it's infectious.

"The comedy rarely falters," writes Steve Rose, going on to praise the film's "choice one-liners... music-industry satire" and Wilson's "offbeat interjections".

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Variety agrees, saying the franchise - expected to conclude with this instalment - "goes out on a winning note".

"The new film doesn't add anything revolutionary to the Pitch Perfect formula," writes Owen Gleiberman.

"But as directed by Trish Sie, the movie is bubbly, it's fast, it's hella synthetic-clever, and it's an avid showcase for the personalities of its stars."

Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt praises the cast's "nutty charisma", while The List's Katherine McLaughlin says the film delivers "cheesy and diverting fun".

Den Of Geek's critic, meanwhile, says it is "a satisfying end to a very fun set of films" and calls Wilson "ridiculous, hilarious and incredibly watchable".

Source: BBC NEWS