Eight terrible movies that did well on Netflix: from the luckiest girl to the blonde

Appearing in the top 10 on Netflix used to mean something.

It was a useful list that the public could go to for recommendations. These were movies you could trust to be good.

Needless to say, many things have changed since then. Now, more often than not, hitting number one on Netflix isn’t necessarily something to be proud of.

As the phenomenon of hate-watching continues to grow, in which viewers binge watch something they admit to be terrible, popularity on Netflix becomes less and less synonymous with quality.

We’ve rounded up a list of eight movies that did spectacularly well for the streaming giant… but bombed audiences, based on their Rotten Tomato ratings.

luckiest girl alive (43 percent)

Currently number one on Netflix, luckiest girl alive is the latest example to show that a movie doesn’t need to be good to get to the top spot. Mila Kunis stars in an adaptation of the 2015 mystery novel by Jessica Knoll, which follows Ani (Kunis), a writer whose seemingly perfect life is threatened when a true crime documentary forces her to face a school shooting that experienced as a teenager.

Despite a promising cast that includes Connie Britton and american horror story Finn Wittock, the film becomes a cliché and does not explore the nuances of the novel. A special mention, though, goes to Chiara Aurelia, whose portrayal of a younger version of Kunis’s character is one of the film’s few standout moments. What audiences are left with is a shocking but ultimately confusing story with an unexpected ending and harrowing scenes that certainly require a stronger trigger warning than it currently has.

Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s ‘Blonde’ (Netflix)

Blond (42 percent)

Few films have sparked as much controversy as Andrew Dominik’s Blond. So it’s no surprise that the movie did well for the streaming giant. Blond, starring Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’s 2000 novel of the same name, has been criticized for so many things that it’s impossible to keep track of. Viewers have highlighted the film’s “anti-abortion” message, with Planned Parenthood even stepping in to call Blond “anti-abortion propaganda”. Many took issue with a certain scene involving JFK. Others called him misogynistic and exploitative of Monroe’s life and legacy.

What the independentOne star review put it: “But Blond It’s not a bad movie because it’s demeaning, exploitative, and misogynistic, even though it is all of those things. It’s bad because it’s boring, it’s self-satisfied, and it has no idea what it’s trying to say.”

Ryan Reynolds in 'Underground 6' (Netflix)

Ryan Reynolds in ‘Underground 6’ (Netflix)

6 underground (36 percent)

Even Netflix knows when to throw in the towel. Even though Michael Bay’s 2019 action movie 6 underground, ranked in the top 10 of Netflix’s biggest original releases of all time, the streaming giant admitted it was a mistake. “We didn’t get there creatively,” Scott Stuber, head of Netflix original films, previously said. And with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 36 percent, it’s safe to say viewers agree. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as the head of a group of vigilantes (going by numbers one through seven) who take down criminals in a “bold and bloody mission.” It cost $150 million (£136 million), a total waste of money in the opinion of many people. 6 underground it’s exactly the movie you’d expect it to be, with lots of explosives, bullets, and cheesy dialogue. Whether that’s a good thing or not is up to you.

The woman at the window (26 percent)

By all accounts, The woman at the window should have been a hit. Its selling points are strong: it’s a psychological thriller, it stars Amy Adams, and it’s an adaptation of a bestselling novel by a controversial writer. But alas, the film was a total flop. Adams plays a psychologist Anna who has become agoraphobic after a tragic incident in her past. However, her life is turned upside down when she believes that she is a witness to a murder in the house across the street. It’s a promising premise, but that’s about it. While a movie like this certainly requires twists and turns, the ones here seem both predictable and ridiculous. The only thing The woman at the window has in its favor is a short execution time, but still, it feels too long.

Chris Hemsworth as Abnesti in the Netflix adaptation of George Saunders' 'Spiderhead' (Courtesy of Netflix)

Chris Hemsworth as Abnesti in the Netflix adaptation of George Saunders’ ‘Spiderhead’ (Courtesy of Netflix)

spider head (38 percent)

The simple fact that Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller starred spider head it meant it was always going to hit number one on Netflix. However, its 38 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating (and 29 percent audience score) is further proof that the best actors alone aren’t enough to make a movie worth watching. While it’s refreshing to see Hemsworth (Marvel darling and good guy) play a mad scientist villain, the novelty wears off quickly and what you’re left with is a movie that’s tonally all over the place, and one that has been criminally overloaded with a 2010 short story on the new yorker called “Escape from Spiderhead”.

Don’t look up! (56 percent)

When it comes to starting a conversation, Netflix has had few successes more flashy than Don’t look up!, the 2021 ecological satire from Adam McKay starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Laurence as two scientists trying to save the world from imminent oblivion. The only problem was the movie itself, which stuffed the rescue of a king of A-listers into a broad, sanctimonious, and at times terribly unfunny comedy.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in 'Don't Look Up' (AP)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Don’t Look Up’ (AP)

Red notice (36 percent)

There’s a lot to criticize about Netflix’s sad crossover thriller red notice, from its weak, joke-filled script to the phone performances from stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. Perhaps most egregious of all is the sheer amount of money being thrown at the screen (allegedly $200 million USD) for a movie that never fails to look cheap. The reviews were damning, as RT’s 36 percent score suggests, but audiences watched in droves. Roll in the sequel, I guess.

Nicholas Galitzine as Luke, Sofia Carson as Cassie in 'Purple Hearts' (Mark Fellman/Netflix)

Nicholas Galitzine as Luke, Sofia Carson as Cassie in ‘Purple Hearts’ (Mark Fellman/Netflix)

Purple Hearts (35 percent)

One of the streaming service’s surprise hits of 2022, purple hearts, It has the timbre of a Lifetime Original. Centering on a conservative US Marine who falls in love with a liberal singer-songwriter, the film is a shoddy, contrived melodrama of a romance. Look past the cheesy musical numbers and flashy military propaganda, and you’re left with a movie that’s dramatically inert and politically empty. Despite receiving a critical beating, purple hearts managed to impress a good part of Netflix viewers.

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