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10 Terrible Netflix Movies That Gained Popularity Despite Reviewing Poorly

These Netflix movies, by all critics' accounts, should have been resounding failures, yet they found their audience with the streaming giant.

With Netflix working hard to become a prestigious movie studio, with huge artistic movies like The Irishman and The Trial of the Chicago Seven, there’s still some work to be done, and not every film the streaming giant releases is a critical hit. For every Marriage Story, Netflix produces quite a few movies that are not received as well.

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However, thanks to all of these movies being so readily available at almost anybody’s fingertips, they still manage to find an audience of literally millions, and some of them find way more success than critics anticipated.

10 Extraction (2020)

Produced by the Marvel Cinematic Universe gurus, the Russo brothers, Extraction was meant to be the beginning of an expanded universe. Though the negative critical reception could have hindered those plans, it was insanely popular amongst Netflix subscribers.

And though some elements of the movie, such as the aimless violence, has been endlessly criticized, it’s still considered one of the best action movies of 2020, thanks to its incredible stunt work.

9 Bird Box (2018)

With critics disliking the horror movie for its narrative that they felt is stretched thin, and really only having good things to say about Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ musical score, Bird Box is infamously one of the movies that critics hated but audiences loved.

The movie was a viral sensation upon its release and was the subject of thousands of memes, as the shot of Sandra Bullock blindfolded on a boat is more famous for internet jokes than it is for the movie.

8 Murder Mystery (2019)

Murder Mystery is the first of many Adam Sandler led movies on the list, as the comedy actor has a working relationship with Netflix unlike any other. Netflix and Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison, have a special deal in which the streaming giant pays for his movies to go directly on to the service.

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Murder Mystery is the best of a bad bunch, and though critics obviously hated it, it was great to see Jennifer Aniston reunite with the comedian again. The mystery movie isn’t exactly Knives Out, but it was still surprisingly gripping.

7 The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Though it wasn’t originally written as a Cloverfield movie, which is one of the things you probably didn’t know about the film, the screenplay was tweaked so that it could be marketed as part of the universe.

The Cloverfield Paradox is the messiest of the three movies and all of its shock value and a surprise ending couldn’t stop the scathing reviews. But with it strategically being available to watch straight after the Super Bowl and having its own ad during the most popular television event of the year, it was one of Netflix’s biggest success stories.

6 The Week Of (2018)
Adam Sandler Chris Rock The Week Of

If there’s one thing The Week Of proves it’s that Chris Rock hasn’t lost any of his bankability. As the animated voiced comedian hasn’t had a starring role in years, not even as the excitable Zebra in the Madagascar movies, he pulled in the numbers by co-starring in this Adam Sandler vehicle.

Again, overlooked by critics and said to be lazy in both its writing and acting, audiences loved seeing these two 2000s comedian heavyweights back on the screen, together again.

5 The Wrong Missy (2020)

Critics felt that The Wrong Missy was a predictable story and generally not funny, as it follows David Spade on a vacation with a woman he hates by mistake. For the most part, the movie relies on laughs from Missy (Lauren Lapkus) as she dry humps Spade, guzzles alcohol, or is beaten, and yet it’s somehow one of the most popular streaming movies of all time.

4 Bright (2017)

One of the movies that helped Netflix change the game, as it cast Will Smith, a bonafide megastar, in the lead role and was given a full promotional tour, which is something that Netflix very rarely does, Bright was able to find a home audience of millions.

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However, the fantasy element of the movie combined with the dystopian future didn’t sit well with anybody, not to mention the ghastly CGI. Though it was watched by so many households in America, the reception from general audiences is miserable.

3 The Do-Over (2016)
A scene from The Do-Over

The Do-Over wasn't well-received by anyone, neither audiences nor critics, and it received a very low 9% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and only a 43% audience score.

The movie follows the story of two ordinary guys who fake their deaths to get away from their humdrum lives, and the result is another humdrum movie that is surely only popular because of how readily available it is to households.

2 The Kissing Booth (2013)
The Kissing Booth in The Kissing Booth 2

It has often been said that Netflix is the new direct-to-video, a dumping ground for the studios’ worst movies they know will flop at the box office.

But the platform has given some of these terrible movies the reverse effect, as The Kissing Booth somehow has a second sequel in the works, and it’s one of the most anticipated Netflix movies of 2021 due to the series’ popularity. Despite how terribly received the romantic teen comedy seems to be, it was a commercial success for Netflix.

1 The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
A scene from The Ridiculous 6

It might come as no surprise that The Ridiculous 6 is one of the worst Netflix original movies since it launched, as it’s highly offensive to Native Americans and parodies a genre that hasn’t been popular for decades.

Adam Sandler doesn’t round up his usual obnoxious crew for the film, such as David Spade and Kevin James, but yet it still ends up being terrible, even with features from Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel, actors that audiences expect better from. The movie holds a resounding 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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