To say that Will Smith’s new Netflix buddy cop movie Bright has received a scathing reception from critics is probably an understatement.
The re-teaming of critically-panned Suicide Squad director David Ayer and star Will Smith for a movie about an orc and human forced to work together by the LAPD admittedly doesn’t sound like a winning premise.
But the overt hostility of reviews from mainstream critics is overwhelming, with one critic in particular going so far to claim that Bright has killed the buddy cop genre.
In IndieWire‘s review, critic David Ehrlich crowns Bright “the worst movie of 2017″ — worse than The Emoji Movie, Justice League, Baywatch or even King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
David Ayer seemed surprisingly chipper about earning that dubious distinction, going so far as to tweet Ehrlich: “This is going on my fridge. Highest compliment is a strong reaction either way. This is a f**king epic review.
“It’s a big fun movie. You can sure string words together Mr. Erlich. I’d love to read any script you’ve written.”
When Ehrlich responded by saying he was looking forward to the filmmaker’s next project, Ayer acquiesced: “Every movie is a labor of love for me. I’ve never chased the audience, and I know my work can be polarizing. I’ve lived a crazy love [sic] and I guess my movies reflect that.”
To be fair, Netflix doesn’t seem to be worried at all about Bright‘s bad reviews. It was reported on Wednesday (December 20) that the streaming giant had already commissioned a sequel.
Bright is streaming worldwide on Netflix starting on Friday (December 22). Watch a trailer below:
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