It wasn’t just “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” last month but also David Ayer’s big-budget Netflix original feature “Bright” which showed a major difference of opinion between film critics and regular audiences in certain online polls.
Both films saw noticeably large gaps between their Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and Audience scores. With “Bright,” critical reviews were not kind – granting the film a 26% approval rating, while at the same time the movie has an 86% audience score.
Now, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has dismissed critics in a taped presentation this week. He says that as far as his company is concerned, what’s important is its popularity amongst its user base:
“The critics are pretty disconnected from the mass appeal…most of the critical reviews you read are English language, just United States… Critics are an important part of the artistic process but are pretty disconnected from the commercial prospects of a film.
If people are watching this movie and loving it, that’s the measurement of success. And if the critics get behind it or don’t, that’s a select group of social media influencers talking to a specific audience.”
Sarandos confirmed plans to release as many as eighty films in 2018 ranging from tentpole-sized films to smaller titles and the success of “Bright” is paving the way for more expensive films:
“We’ve seen successes at every one of these budget profiles and we’re really excited we could continue to push that out and please more and more people if we’re not constrained to small budget films.”
The streaming service has already greenlit a second “Bright” film, no word on when that will begin production.