Kevin Hart, in project after project for Netflix, has always guaranteed one of the streaming service’s most precious assets: an influx of viewer attention. His latest, for example, is Personal time, a comedy game in which he stars with Mark Wahlberg playing his best friend. The critics hate it. The spectators are tearing it apart.
And yet the movie is #1 on Netflix in the US right now.
On the television side of the transmitter, it’s the same story. echoes is a 7-episode limited series starring Michelle Monaghan. It is a mystery thriller about two identical twins who share a dangerous secret. Monaghan pulls off the impressive feat of double duty here, playing both twins. However, critics hate it. The spectators are tearing it apart.
And yes, you guessed it: this series is #1 on Netflix in the US right now.
Personal time — the #1 movie on Netflix in the US
What gives? Let’s start with a closer look at Personal timewhich hit Netflix on Friday, August 26.
“Sonny Fisher (Kevin Hart) desperately needs some time to himself,” explains Netflix’s tagline. “He is a dedicated stay-at-home dad with two young children, proud president of the PTA, director of the school’s talent show, and supportive husband to superstar architect Maya (Regina Hall).”
Maya is overworked and eventually decides she needs to get away and spend some quality time with her kids. She offers to take the kids on spring break, and as a result, Sonny is home alone for the first time in a decade. Luckily, he also gets a call from his old best friend, “partying bachelor” Huck Dembo (Wahlberg). They plan to get back together for Huck’s 44th birthday party. However, as you can imagine, the weekend gets out of hand.
However, Hart’s Sonny definitely gets his “me time,” and then some.
on rotten tomatoes, Personal time it currently has a truly abysmal 7% score from critics, based on 41 reviews. The audience score is better, but not by much: 29%, based on more than 250 user ratings.
Different strokes for different people, but then again, this is the #1 movie on Netflix right now that we’re talking about. Both in the US as well as the world. The latest data from Netflix’s weekly Top 10 list shows that Personal time It garnered 59.2 million hours of viewing time during the 7-day period ending August 28. That makes it the #1 English language movie on Netflix globally (at the moment).
echoes — the number 1 series on Netflix in the US.
With echoesas with Me Time, it’s more or less the same image.
As I write these words (Tuesday, August 30), echoes is Netflix’s #1 show in the US. And how Personal timeit’s also the world’s #1 English-language TV series (with 68.4 million hours of viewing this week).
The Rotten Tomatoes scores for the show? A stinker with a critic score of 28%, based on 18 reviews. And an audience score of 43%, based on 128 user ratings at the time of this writing.
All of this begs the obvious question: How is this happening? Why do movies and TV shows end up at #1 on Netflix, if critics and viewers alike think they’re so horrible?
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A number of factors are probably at play here.
On the one hand, yes, the Rotten Tomatoes scores may show what appears to be universal criticism from viewers. But keep in mind: Viewers of a title who bother to share their thoughts on Rotten Tomatoes in the first place only represent a subset of a given title’s total audience. Believe it or not, there are people in this world who really don’t care about giving their opinion on the internet. That is, this type of scores represent an incomplete picture.
Some of this probably also has to do with Netflix showing off its big, flashy new releases to viewers front and center on the Netflix home screen. However, just because Netflix’s algorithm thinks you might like something, I’m sorry to say, won’t necessarily turn a Kevin Hart paint-by-numbers scrap into a critically acclaimed gem.
QA is probably a factor here as well, but I put it a little lower on the totem pole. A Man’s Trash is the #1 Another Man title on Netflix, apparently.
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