While there has been talk of the divide between critics and audience members over the last two “Star Wars” films, generating as much discussion in the past week or so has been a similar divide over Netflix’s new big-budget fantasy series “The Witcher”.
Going by aggregate sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, critics are decidedly mixed/negative on the series based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels. The total critical score on both services hovers around the low-mid 50s out of 100, both almost exactly on par with the same score critics gave “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” which released the same day.
Like that film as well, audiences are embracing the Henry Cavill-led show – in fact, user polls show the series is more beloved than the final film of the “Star Wars” saga. Google users have scored it a 4.8/5, IMDB has the series scored at 8.9/10, and Rotten Tomatoes has an audience score of 93% (Skywalker’s audience RT score meanwhile sits at 86%).
“The Witcher” showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich spoke about the reaction on Twitter, essentially saying she cares more about what “real fans” think:
“Many people have sweetly written me, upset about the Witcher reviews. Know this: Who do I care about? ‘Professional’ critics who watched one episode and skipped ahead? Or REAL fans who watched all eight in one day, and are starting their rewatch? I am f–king THRILLED.”
Hissrich worked as a screenwriter on various shows from “The West Wing” to “Private Practice” before she served as a writer on other Netflix shows like “Daredevil” and “The Umbrella Academy”. “The Witcher” is now available on Netflix with a second season already greenlit.