Bright's Critics Are "Disconnected" From Fans, Says Netflix Boss

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The recent Netflix movie Bright was the streaming giant's biggest film to date, both in terms of its budget and audience. But while a record number of viewers watched the sci-fi action thriller, it wasn't exactly warmly received by critics. Now Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has spoken about the movie's negative critical response.

Hastings addressed the issue during the streaming giant's quarterly earnings call and was dismissive of the movie's bad reviews. "The critics are pretty disconnected from the mass appeal, considering we're moving internationally at this point" said Hastings, via Variety. "Most of those critical reviews are English language and [from the] US."

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Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos reiterated Hastings comments. "If people are watching this movie and loving it, that's the measurement of success," he said. "And if the critics get behind it or don't, that's [just] a select group of social media influencers talking to a specific audience."

It was confirmed last month that a sequel to Bright is on the way. Stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are returning, as is director David Ayer. Writer Max Landis is however not coming back, so Ayer will handle script-writing duties himself. The movie currently has no confirmed release date. Click here to find out how GameSpot thinks Bright 2 could be a much better film than the original.

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