"Bright" is the latest example of a film panned by critics and later praised by fans. Is this just a clear opinion divide, or are fans reacting to the expectations set up by critical reviews?
The gap between critic and fan responses to major films has been growing. There is no one "consensus" on either side, but lately we've seen more examples of critics loving a film while the audience slams it. On the flip side, if critics dislike a film, many fans seem to like it. Since the critics' reviews are posted first, some fans may be reacting to the expectations, thinking, "Well, it's not THAT good/bad."
Over at Rotten Tomatoes, the new Will Smith Netflix movie "Bright" currently has a 33 percent rating but an 89 percent Audience Score. That's a massive divide.
It's reminiscent of "Justice League" having a low 41 percent rating from critics vs. fans giving it a 78 percent Audience Score. On the other side, it also calls to mind "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" getting a 92 percent rating from critics and just 53 percent from the audience.
Sometimes it pays to put fans in defense mode before they even see the movie.
This is going on my fridge. Highest compliment is a strong reaction either way. This is a f*cking epic review. It's a big fun movie. You can sure string words together Mr. Erlich. I'd love to read any script you've written.— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) December 21, 2017
you're a good man, mr. Ayer. i'll be waiting with fresh eyes for whatever comes next.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) December 21, 2017
The critic vs. fan divide continued as more reactions poured in:
Bruh!!!! I would've watched this in theaters. I was truly engaged. Great compelling action crime drama fantasy. I need that sequel now. @BrightNetflix to me is a kickass fusion of Lord of the Rings meets Colors. Nothing like this has been seen before so go watch it #BrightMovie— Joseph Jackson (@Roninjoegenji85) December 22, 2017
@netflix#BrightMovie#BrightNetflix#Bright Just finished watching Netflix's Bright. Absolutely fantastic movie. Original concept. Stellar cast. Visually stunning. Great marriage of practical and cgi effects. Directed by David Ayer. This is a TOTAL home run! More of this please!— J.E.Roberts (@JEROBERTSONLINE) December 22, 2017
Such a good film! Don't understand the hate for this. Good and proper entertainment and in a shiny new universe. Love it! #BrightMovie— Nic (@Noodleliciouso) December 22, 2017
I don't what to come over all anti streaming conspiracy amongst critics, but #BrightMovie is really very good indeed.— Richmond Clements (@richclements) December 22, 2017
Watched #BrightMovie tonight. Thought it was good. Enjoyed it. I think it would have been better served as a TV series - 12/14 episodes would have been perfect.— Marc also Santa (@Feline_Rampage) December 22, 2017
Wasn't expecting too much from @BrightNetflix but I was pleasantly surprised.. I got heavily involved in the majority of the characters, especially @LucyFry and Noomi Rapace.. well done @netflix@NetflixUK#BrightMovie#BrightNetflix— chris mitchell (@Christoffmitch) December 22, 2017
@BrightNetflix#BrightNetflix#BrightMovie@theomegafiles@DoctorFreedom1 Bright is a good movie, loved the chemistry between Daryl Ward, Nick Jakoby & Tikka. Loved the music helped with the flow of the movie. Not a fan of the cussing but I will watch again. Rating: 8.5/10— Lady Neo90 (@lady_neo90) December 22, 2017
"Bright" was released on Netflix on December 22. What did you think of it?
The humour was well used, it was visually pleasing, the performances were great, a great story on race, and being mixed race too, from Nick Jakoby's story. That was actually really great, I hope @DavidAyerMovies returns for the sequel. #BrightMovie— Dennis (@DenTehsupercow) December 22, 2017
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