Netflix Bosses Celebrate ‘Bright’ Success; Call Critics ‘Disconnected’

Bright Will Smith Joel Edgerton David Ayer NetflixBright was hammered by critics when it was released in December, but Netflix executives are defending the film, saying it’s one of the most-watched Netflix originals the company has ever had.

During their quarterly earnings interview, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos lauded the film and the response from viewers, making note that critics aren’t always in touch with what appeals to audiences:

“The consumer response to the film has been great. Every internal measurement says it’s one of our most-watched pieces of original content — meaning TV show or film — that we’ve ever had. If you look at the [audience-generated] reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, you see positive experiences with that film. Critics are an important part of the artistic process but they’re pretty disconnected from the commercial prospects of a film. The way we look at it is [that] people are watching this movie and loving it and that is the measure of success. If critics get behind it or don’t, that’s a select group of social media influencers talking to a select audience.”

One look at Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb shows that Sarandos has a point, at least as far as Bright is concerned. The film sits at a 27 percent on RT, but audiences have scored it much higher, with an 86 percent on RT and a 6.5 on IMDb. Netflix has even ordered a sequel, with stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton and director David Ayer all set to return.

Did you like Bright? Do you think there’s a disconnect between what critics and audiences enjoy? Let us know in the comments!

Bright stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgard Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Brad William Henke, Lucy Fry, Chris Browning, and Kenneth Choi. Here’s the official synopsis:

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

Bright is now available to stream on Netflix. You can check out our review for the film here.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Traise Rawlings

Contributing Writer. Traise collects too many comic books, blu-rays, and comic book art. To be honest, he collects too much of everything.

  • Peter James

    It was a great movie.

    I loved every minute of it.