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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This year and next year are big years for Netflix. The streaming service already made a successful foray into the world of television with shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Daredevil. Since then, it’s gone on to be one of the most respected names in the medium.

However, this year, they really doubled down on their film slate, bringing in around 50 original films. Next year, they will be raising that number up to 80, and even more impressively, they plan on raising the bar with films that encroach a $100 million budget. Their first stab at that comes in the form of the $90 million David Ayer-directed film, Bright, which stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.

The film hits Netflix tomorrow, and the first reviews for the film have come in. So how does this home blockbuster hold up? According to the first reviews, not too well. As of right now, it’s hovering at 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and despite their only being around 18 reviews, it looks like there is a consensus that this isn’t a strong film.

Check out some excerpts from the film below!


Forbes – Scott Mendelson

“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/Hanukah 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. This mishmash of David Ayer’s greatest hits, with a dash of Zootopia thrown in for good measure, makes me wonder if I was too hard over Warner Bros. and DC’s re-cutting of Ayer’s Suicide Squad.”

TheWrap – Todd Gilchrist

“If this new Netflix production exemplifies Ayer’s creativity unfettered by major-studio interference, I’ll take a lousy DC movie over… whatever this is any day of the week. Astoundingly bad in virtually every way, 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. It also snipes at the heels of sci-fi movies and miniseries like V and Alien Nation that explored race relations better literally decades ago.”

Collider – Vinnie Mancuso

“At first glance, it seems admirable to tell a parable of sorts about modern day class structure using orcs as a stand-in for the downtrodden and discriminated against. You see exactly the points Landis is trying to make. But over the course of Bright’s runtime it becomes uncomfortably clear that by using orcs as a surrogate for oppressed minorities you end up erasing actual oppressed minorities from the story. It quickly transitions from “Oh, I see what you’re doing” to “Maybe you should not have done this.”

In the end, it’s probably a blessing for Bright that it ended up on Netflix, where it can sit in a queue for as long as the audience wants. It’s the opposite of must-see. It’s a collection of admittedly impressive action sequences (like, $90 million impressive) trying to be so much more. Barring a certain Centaur Cop spin-off, Bright mostly deserves to be dimmed.”

IGN – David Griffin

Bright could have been something truly special if it had slowed down the pace of its narrative to allow for a fuller exploration of its engaging world. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are a compelling duo I’d love to see again in a sequel, or even a new series produced by Netflix, so hopefully, this isn’t the last we’ll see of the world of Bright.”

Variety – Peter Debruge

Bright is the best Netflix original movie to date, and it absolutely deserves to be seen on the big screen, though don’t let that stop you from watching it home, as End of Watch director David Ayer’s welcome return to the cop-movie genre — following a disastrous wrong turn into Suicide Squad territory, of which we will say no more — fills an intense, grown-up movie niche that Hollywood once did so well, but has since replaced with formula-driven product.”


So there you have it. When all said and done, these reviews seem to criticize both the script by Max Landis, and the overall direction from David Ayer. Of course, not everyone hated the film, and some do seem to appreciate the unique points the film brings to the industry. But will it be enough to justify the weaker aspects of the film? That remains to be seen.

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  • TheOct8pus

    Was anyone expecting this to be anything other than a ridiculous mess?? The great thing about Netflix movies is that you can watch them, and turn them off after 20 minutes if they’re terrible without feeling the need to sit through the rest of it

    • Moby85

      And I don’t need to waste $18 on popcorn and a drink in addition to said ticket, when I watch in my own home instead.

      Bourbon and pecans instead.

      • TheOct8pus

        Bourbon and pecans….fancy shmancy….I just do bong hits

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      I’m admittedly disappointed. I wanted this movie to be really good. That being said, I haven’t seen it myself, so I just hope it’ll be a good time, even if it’s not “good.”

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Come on, Rotten Tomatoes is no longer a valid source. What is the Cinemascore?

    • Momitchell

      After the “critic” reviews of Star Wars TLJ, I couldn’t agree, more!

    • WTFITBS

      Agreed, Ladybird somehow has a 100% rating and Wonder Woman is at 93%. IMHO, they’re both a solid B, so I don’t know if there isn’t a strong bias built in the ratings scores for any upcoming films. If its truly just a score aggregator it seems like only certain critic reviews are allowed for some films to either sink or swim.

  • Deathstroke936

    I’ll actually wait till tomorrow and judge it. If one critic is going to condemn the movie just because it uses orcs instead of the “downtrodden and discriminated “…

    Isn’t that what Sci-fi is all about… ??? Wasn’t District 9 praised for the very same thing…??? (Too soon…???)

    After this year in movies, I feel that critics have some directors, actors, studios or genre they will condemn or praise because it’s the hip thing to do, regardless of the movie… (How many Streep movies get bad grades…??? how many of you say, I can’t wait for the next one…???) Funny that no one mentions a Streep fatigue…

    When movies like Fast Furious and Life are fresh… I feel like their measuring sticks have different sizes..

  • Momitchell

    So, are these all the same critics that thought the latest Star Wars movie was the best of the entire series?

  • Venomaide

    You cant trust any “critic” just trust yourself !!!

  • randomironicname

    Just watched it last night and kind of liked it. The fan score is the polar opposite of the critics. It’s obviously far from high art but was fun and I would want to watch a sequel.

  • WTFITBS

    The film could have benefitted from a prologue scene, laying down the foundation of the world we’re seeing. Start it off like one thousand years prior, the Dark Lord was taken down by three wands, many orcs, hobbits, fairies, dragons, goblins and elves existed back then through some dimensional tear in the universe and they made themselves home in certain parts of the Earth, including California. That could all been explained in five minutes and then have us watch everything going on currently.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.