Netflix Claps Back: Why Bright and Movies Like it Defy the Critics

Critics called 'Bright' one of the worst movies of 2017. Meanwhile, fans loves it and can't wait for the sequel. What the heck is going on?

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The recent Netflix movie Bright has received quite a different response from critics than from fans. Critics weren’t exactly impressed with the film, which had the highest budget for a Netflix movie yet. And still, the fan response to the film was huge. Now, Netflix is weighing in on the gap between the opinions of critics and what the actual public thinks.

What Critics Are Saying

David Ayer directed Bright, which was released on Netflix in December of 2017. To say that the movie was not well received by film critics is mild. The response from critics was rather harsh, but then again, critics aren’t known for holding back.

“Bright is a muddled mess of a film that fails to produce any fresh concepts or creative ideas by mashing together two distinctly different genres,” wrote Sandy Schaefer of Screen Rant. 

Indiewire’s David Ehrlich said that “Bright” is “the single worst movie of 2017.”

There’s boring, there’s bad, and then there’s ‘Bright,’ a movie so profoundly awful that Republicans will probably try to pass it into law over Christmas break. From the director of ‘Suicide Squad’ and the writer of ‘Victor Frankenstein’ comes a fresh slice of hell that somehow represents new lows for them both — a dull and painfully derivative ordeal that often feels like it was made just to put those earlier misfires into perspective…At least ‘The Emoji Movie’ owned up to the fact that it was just putting s— on screen; at least ‘The Emoji Movie’ had the courtesy to dress it up in a bowtie.

Clearly, film critics were not impressed with Bright, which currently has a score of 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fan Response

However, fans had a much different response to this movie than the film critics did. A record number of viewers have now watched the sci-fi action thriller, making Bright the Netflix’s biggest success to date. Fans took to Twitter to give the movie rave reviews and as a result, we now not everyone hated it.

Netflix Calls Out Critics

Netflix executives are now weighing in on the disconnect between critics who hated it and the fans who loved it.

“The critics are pretty disconnected from the mass appeal, considering we’re moving internationally at this point,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told Variety. “Most of those critical reviews are English language and [from the] US.”

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos conceded that “Critics are an important part of the artistic process.” However, he echoed Hasting’s remarks, noting that critics are also “pretty disconnected from the commercial prospects of a film.”

“If people are watching this movie and loving it, that’s the measurement of success,” Sarandos said. “And if the critics get behind it or don’t, that’s [just] a select group of social media influencers talking to a specific audience.”

Sequel On the Way

Bright is a film that boldly crosses several genres, thus it is classified under the following half a dozen categories:

  • Action & Adventure
  • Action Thrillers
  • Crime Action & Adventure
  • Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Fantasy Movies

The description of Bright on Netflix reads:

In an LA rife with interspecies tensions, a human cop and his orc partner stumble on a powerful object and become embroiled in a prophesied turf war.

Fans of Bright will be happy to know that Netflix has officially announced that a sequel to the film is on the way. Both Will Smith and Joel Edgerton will return to reprise their roles in the sequel, and Ayer will once again serve as the director. Unfortunately, Max Landis (who wrote Bright) will not be writing the sequel and instead, Ayer is handling the writing. Fans clearly couldn’t get enough of this film, but some people think that Bright 2 could be an even bigger success than the original.

You can watch the movie for yourself on Netflix and form your own opinion if you haven’t already, just don’t forget the popcorn. In the meantime, you can check out the trailer for the original movie below and this will give you a feel for what awaits you in the full-length film:

Featured promotional image via Netflix

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