10 movies released on Netflix this year that critics hated but viewers loved

Tyler Perry’s latest Madea adventure, A Madea Homecoming, was released in February.

“Homecoming Physically”.


Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 36%

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 62%

“A Madea Homecoming” follows Madea’s great-great-grandson, Tim, after college graduation, but when the entire Simmons and Brown families come together, secrets will be revealed that threaten to spoil the happy reunion.

Craig D. Lindsey wrote for the AV Club: “‘Homecoming’ is more of the same. The characters are one-note, and the actors portray them that way. Madea remains the center of attention.”

But, like every other “Madea” movie, its fan following seemed to outpace the critics, and it has a much higher audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“Scrooge: A Christmas Carol” is another animated version of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

“Scrooge: A Christmas Carol.”


Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 38%

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 68%

In one of two adaptations of “Christmas Carol” this year, Scrooge is voiced by Luke Evans, while Olivia Colman is voiced by The Ghost of Christmas Past, Trevor Dion Nicholas is the Ghost of Christmas Gift, Jonathan Pryce is the voice of Jacob Marley, and Johnny Flynn is Bob Cratchit.

Neil Minow of RogerEbert.com called the film “unwatchable”.

But many other viewers disputed this assessment, with 68% of the audience actually enjoying the film.

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“Purple Hearts” has been a hit with Netflix subscribers this summer, but not so much with critics.

Cassie and Luke Get Married at City Hall in Purple Hearts on Netflix

Purple Hearts.

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Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 35%

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 69%

“Purple Hearts” stars Sofia Carson as Cassie, a young musician with diabetes, and Nicholas Gallitzin as Luke, a US Marine serving two years. Cassie can’t afford insulin and Luke still owes money to his former drug dealer, so, although they hate each other almost instantly, they devise a plan to get married so Cassie can get insurance and Luke will receive a higher salary as a married man.

“The entire script is a bingo card full of politicized stereotypes,” wrote Vox’s Aja Romano.

Nevertheless, the movie was a huge hit on TikTok, and was one of the biggest hits of the year for Netflix, ranking third on the most-watched list of 2022.

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“Along for the Ride” is a sweet romance about two teens with insomnia, according to fans.

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“Along for the ride.”


Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 57%

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 69%

Based on Sarah Dessen’s novel of the same name, “Along for the Ride” is about Auden (Emma Passaro), a recent high school graduate who travels to the beach town of Colby to spend the summer with her father. Wandering the streets of Colby at night, she meets Ellie (Belmont Camille) who becomes her mysterious friend at night.

Adrian Horton of The Guardian wrote, “Audden’s loneliness remains disconcerting throughout – a palpable void at the heart of a novel that demands some element of charisma”.

But fans of Dessen’s novel disagreed, and Audiences gave the adaptation a 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“Luckiest Girl Alive” stars Mila Kunis as a editor who has a seemingly perfect life, but hides a dark past.

Mila Kunis in

“The luckiest girl alive.”


Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 42%

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 72%

“Luckiest Girl Alive” is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jessica Knoll. Kunis plays Annie, a women’s magazine editor who is engaged to a wealthy man named Luke (Finn Wittrock). But when a female documentary filmmaker appears asking to discuss her past — she was the victim of a school shooting in high school — Annie’s illusion of a perfect life begins to crack.

Todd McCarthy of Deadline wrote: “As formulaic as it is, the story nonetheless confronts lingering guilt over past questionable behavior and how people struggle to deal with it, even long after the fact.”

Critics only gave it a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, so perhaps fans of the novel are bigger than fans of the adaptation — the audience score is 30% higher.

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Critics weren’t “persuaded,” but some Jane Austen fans were.




Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 31%

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 73%

Dakota Johnson plays Ann Elliott, a 26-year-old single woman still upset about her broken engagement to Frederick Wentworth, played by Cosmo Jarvis. When the two reunite after seven years apart, Anne is desperate to know if Frederick feels the same way.

David Sims of The Atlantic wrote: “‘Persuasion’ sometimes seems awkward at its source, or at least over-made for audiences who might not be able to handle its gentler pace.”

However, the audience score indicates that some viewers responded more positively to the updated version of the script, fourth wall breaks and all.

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While some critics were bored by “Day Shift” starring Jamie Foxx, other audiences were more entertained.

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“Rosy day.”


Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 57%

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 76%

In “Day Shift”, Foxx plays Bud, a vampire hunter who must return to the vampire hunting union in order to secure enough money to help support his ex-wife and daughter. The union leader, Big John – played by Snoop Dogg himself – marries Bud with a union representative named Seth, played by Dave Franco, to ensure that Bud follows the union’s strict rules. As you can imagine, clamor ensues.

“The film equivalent of painting by numbers, this is shoot by numbers, stab by numbers, liquefy by numbers. This ensures that it bears with numbers, too,” writes Mark Feeney of The Boston Globe.

But even if that was what the critics thought, some audiences disagreed. It was the tenth most watched movie on Netflix this year.

Watch the trailer here.

Slumberland stars Jason Momoa as a goat horn con artist living in a dream world.


“The Slumberland”.


Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 38%

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86%

“Slumberland” pairs Momoa, who plays Flip, with Marlowe Barclay as Nemo, a young girl who is sent to live with her uncle after her father goes missing at sea and has trouble making friends in the real world. Instead, she dreams of Slumberland, and has imaginative adventures with Flip and others. The movie is based on the 20th century comic book Little Nemo in Slumberland.

Playing as a mix of Monsters, Inc. wrote Courtney Howard of The AV Club.

But obviously many members of the public they were She was drawn to the world of Flip and Nemo, as evidenced by its high audience score.

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Critics didn’t exactly hate A Jazzman’s Blues, but they didn’t respond as positively as audiences did.

Jazzman Blues

“Blues Jazzman”.


Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87%

This Tyler Perry film tells the decades-long story of two star-crossed teens, Baio (Joshua Boone) and Lynn (Soliya Pfeiffer), who fall in love in the Deep South during the 1930s. Over the years, Leanne’s parents disapproved of Bayou, and the two separated, but they never forget each other.

Carlos Aguilar wrote for the Los Angeles Times: “Despite the trappings, this undoubtedly remains a Tyler Perry movie—sometimes for the better, but often for the worse.”

However, just like with “Madea,” Perry fans came out in droves for this one and scored an 87% score.

Watch the trailer here.

‘The Gray Man’ is among the most expensive Netflix movies ever made – it paid off for audiences.

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“The Gray Man”.


Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 46%

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90%

Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Reggie Jean Page, Jessica Henwick, Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, and Alfre Woodard all star in this adaptation of Mark Greaney’s novel of the same name.

Gosling plays Kurt Gentry, a CIA agent also named Sierra Six, who is branded a traitor after it becomes clear that his new boss Carmichael (Paige) is trying to take down Sierra’s program and the assassins. Carmichael then joins forces with a deranged Lloyd Hansen (Evans) to track down Six and get him out for good.

Gary M. Kramer of Salon wrote: “The adrenaline rush is big, loud and explosive – live action spin on that old MAD magazine comic ‘Spy vs. Zombies’.”

But even if critics didn’t quite love the movie, enough people watched it and enjoyed The Gray Man for Netflix to warrant a sequel. And the A spin-off set in the same universe.

Watch the trailer here.

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