Netflix’s 20 biggest critical flops, from ‘Emily in Paris’ to ‘Secret Obsession’.

For those with a masochistic streak, there’s nothing more fulfilling than watching hateful movies and TV shows.

And there are plenty of those: Ben Wheatley’s lavish but oddly empty adaptation of Rebekah horrified critics and fans alike in 2020, as did another historical drama adaptation conviction.

As the first season of Emily in Paris When it was released in theaters, it sparked deep hatred from critics, who denounced it for “caricaturing” the French as “disgusting snobs”.

But fans were still inhaling these two abominations hours after they appeared online.

Rebekah, conviction And Emily in Paris were all brought into the world by Netflix, so it only seemed fitting that we compile a list of the platform’s top 20 flops here…


Emily in Paris

In a one star rating The IndependentEd Cumming’s critic listed seven groups of people who wouldn’t enjoy this series, and it’s hard not to fall into one of those categories, which include “anyone who’s eaten a croissant.” He also described the titular lead – played by Phil Collins’ daughter Lily – as “disgusting” and her banter as “a little nagging.”


Ryan Murphy’s big-budget, star-studded ode to the golden age of cinema should have been a hit but was met with almost universal criticism upon its release earlier this year. The IndependentCalling the show a “big, shiny mess,” Ed Cumming read, “Hollywood can never decide whether it wants to be an aspiring woke alternative reality fantasy or a nihilistic black comedy, and their conflicting tones are an uncomfortable match.”

space forces

Steve Carell in Space Force


This satirical show starring Steve Carell didn’t have enough comedic content to make an entire series, they say The IndependentEd Cumming’s critic wrote that the series “struggles to escape the greatest joke of all, which is that it’s based on a real US government agency.” It’s material for a sketch rather than an entire series, and it would be funnier , if it weren’t true.”


One of the most controversial Netflix Originals of all time, Insatiable was accused of being fat-shamed before it was released, and over 100,000 people signed a petition calling for the film to be canceled. The show didn’t fare much better with critics when it finally aired The IndependentThe review states, “Insatiable is more than happy to label itself ‘satire’ without understanding what it actually means.”


In a one star rating for The IndependentEd Cumming wrote of this sci-fi series: “Hilary Swank is admirably committed to her role, frankly beyond what she was supposed to be doing with the script, but not even her shoulders and the rest of the Atlas crew are . wide enough to take us along.”

What if

This gender reversed version of Unmoral offer starring Renée Zellweger, received lukewarm reviews upon its release in 2019. While Zellweger’s performance was praised, the show struggled to make a splash The IndependentClarisse Loughrey writes, “Ultimately, a deep and meaningful premise is undermined by all the melodramatics.”

Marco Polo

This drama about the Venetian merchant and adventurer was torn apart by The AtlanticLenika Cruz said: “A big budget, high hopes and good intentions were apparently not enough to give a boost to a boring protagonist and a limp story.” On the review portal Rotten Tomatoes, the series received a poor rating of 66 percent – ​​the viewer rating was an impressive 94 percent, making it the perfect hate show.


Naomi Watts in Gypsy


Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Naomi Watts as the manipulative psychologist gypsy had all the hallmarks of a hit but received poor reviews upon its release in 2017. IndieWireThis is Ben Travers wrote of the series: “Intended as an exploration of the unbridled desires of a middle-aged woman, [Gypsy] never elevates his drama to something thematically challenging or narratively intriguing.”

Hemlock Grove

This horror series got a pitiful 38 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes review portal. The supernatural show about what goes on in a Pennsylvania steel town was rated “idiotic, boring and often offensive”. Cave of geeksThis is Sarah Dobbs.


Australian comedian Chris Lilley may have had success with this summer highs high And Ja’mie: private school girl, but the joke was considered worn when maniacs was released in 2019. In the comedy series, Lilley wears a heavy suit, plays a six-foot-tall college student, and stars as the lead actress poking fun at the transgender community The guardIt is Luke Buckmaster to write in his One Star Rating: “[Lilley’s] The approach has never felt so laborious, formulaic or unimaginative.”



With Dakota Johnson, Henry Golding and Richard E. Grant at the helm, Netflix is ​​just around the corner conviction should have been a hit right? Incorrect. The film was poorly received by critics and Austen fans alike The IndependentClarisse Loughrey writes, “At no point during Carrie Cracknell’s directorial debut does it feel like anyone has actually read conviction“. Amanda Whiting, meanwhile, questioned how the streamer “could have misunderstood Jane Austen so terribly.” Ouch…

The Kissing Booth

Netflix has entered the world of teen films and romantic comedies with varying degrees of success, some of which have received critical acclaim (To all the boys I’ve loved before, always be my maybe), while others were panned. One such flop is The Kissing Boothwhich has been condemned as cliche and misogynistic The Independent‘s Clarisse Loughrey, in her two-star review of the 2020 sequel, writes that the sequel “is at least not as aggressively problematic as its predecessor.”


Armie Hammer and Lily James in Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of Rebecca

(Kerry Brown/Netflix)

In a two star rating for The IndependentCritic Clarisse Loughrey described this adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier classic as “bleak and garish” and its leads Armie Hammer and Lily James acting like “two wooden boards”. She concluded, “That Rebekah du Maurier is reduced to an airport novel.”

The ridiculous 6

This Adam Sandler spoof western has been dubbed “invisible” by critics. The film was hastily put together with some dodgy CGI and stars Terry Crews, Taylor Lautner and Luke Wilson. Most jokes are about donkey poop.

The Cloverfield Paradox

Gugu Mbatha Raw in the Cloverfield Paradox


This JJ Abrams-produced film, the third installment in the Cloverfield series, was a surprise release from Netflix in 2018. However, reviewers generally agreed that it was by far the weakest installment of the trilogy and struggled to connect to recognize the original films The IndependentJacob Stolworthy writes, “This latest entry has turned the once burgeoning series into a farce.”


Neo noir action film Polar was given a star from The guardCritic Stephen Snart. He said the film, which stars Mads Mikkelsen as a pre-retirement hitman, is full of “distracting explicit violence” and that it “drowns in blood and stupidity.”

brain on fire

Based on Susannah Calahan’s memoir on the name: brain on fire Chloe Grace Moretz plays a journalist who has been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune brain disorder. But despite its star cast of Tyler Perry and Jenny Slate, the film has been accused of slipping into the well-worn clichés found in movies like… The fault of our stars And Five feet apartwith diversityis Peter Debruge Write that Moretz’s character was “the kind of role the Razzies were invented for”.

death notice

This horror film centers on a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook that grants him deadly powers. The edgeThis is Megan Farokhmanesh said it was “weightless and unnecessarily gory,” adding, “The film focuses more on cyberpunk-esque visuals and crisp synths than any type of substance.”

The silence

Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka in The Silence.


Clear inspiration from A quiet place but not achieve the same effect as birdhouseNetflix’s The silence could not be rescued by stars Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka and was accused of a poor script and slow pacing. “The silence is hardly a horror film, and that’s its biggest problem,” said Brian Tallerico of Roger Ebert wrote. “A horror film needs a cue, and you just never feel that here.”

Secret Obsession

This movie has a scathing rating of 29 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes review site, but NPR’s Linda Holmes suggested it might be perfect for a hate movie. “It’s a pretty bad movie,” she said wrote“But it seems as bad as it’s supposed to be. It’s happily trashy, and if that’s your thing, go for it.”

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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