How Netflix Just ‘Fell on Its Face’

Dec 21, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Netflix appears to have just hit a pothole in its drive to compete with the big Hollywood studios in the fantasy-action space. USA Today reports that the streamer’s high-profile Will Smith movie “Bright,” which begins streaming Friday, is being called “astoundingly bad” — and worse — by a wide swath of critics.

The publication compiled some of the best slams of “Bright,” which was directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis.

For example, Forbes writes: “Congratulations, Netflix! You can make a visually grotesque, dreadfully dull and hopelessly convoluted would-be franchise action movie just as well as the stereotypical Hollywood machine! If anything, ‘Bright’ is a giant Christmas/Hanukkah gift from Netflix to the major studios. It shows the streaming giant falling on its face in its attempts to replicate the so-called Hollywood blockbuster.”

TheWrap calls the movie “astoundingly bad in virtually every way,” adding: “‘Bright’ shares in common several of the shortcomings of Ayer’s previous film, including conspicuous evidence of desperate efforts to cobble its under-explained and yet somehow overcomplicated mythology into something coherent.”

Rolling Stone adds: “You’ll get lots of violence and colorful threats and confusing shoot-outs, but you’re not going to get much meaning.”

Click on the link above to USA Today for more of the lowlights.


  1. Into everyone’s life a little “Ishtar” must fall.

  2. Actual consumers (you know, the ones who subscribe to Netflix and give it money) apparently disagree. It’s scoring pretty well with audiences if Rotten Tomatoes is to be believed.

  3. It is always interesting to read the reviews by the fans on Rotten Tomatoes. They put a completely different spin on the movie than the critics do. The average movie goers will likely side with the critics, but the “alternative” universe presented does fit well with those who are fans of fantasy. Having viewed it myself as average, I then went back and thought about it as a fantasy film and have to say I would raise my score to 65. It does present those elements in a way that actually fits that genre. The only problem is those stories needed more time for development. This Had the potential to be really good if it had been a 10 week mini-series.

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