This Netflix movie just broke the top 10, but critics hate it


The first Netflix original film With yet another snub in sight, the chilly streak continues.

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Netflix’s new original films have been less than stellar in the past few months. Some of the streamer’s most popular offerings, such Spiderhead and The Man from Toronto, have received harsh reviews from critics and appear to have had no impact on subscriptions.

In the same way, Beauty, Netflix’s most-watched film of all time, might be in the same position. The film, directed by Andrew Dosunmu and starring Gracie Marie Bradley, was released on Wednesday, June 29. Even though it has a large audience (it’s presently the fourth most watched show on Netflix in the United States), critics have had little to say about it.


What is Beauty about?

In Beauty, Gracie Marie Bradly plays a teenage singer with a tremendous vocal range. She fights to keep her voice and sense of self after accepting a lucrative recording contract. The demands of being a professional singer wear her down.

An intense conflict develops as her career takes off between her strict religious parents, supportive partner, demanding record label executives, and nefarious outside influences as she continues to rise in the music industry ranks. Beauty’s route to success can be a dangerous one, and all of these parties want to help her along the way.

As a non-biopic, the film is said to have been inspired by the early career of Whitney Houston, an American singer. Beauty also stars Niecy Nash, Aleyse Shannon, Giancarlo Esposito, Kyle Bary, Micheal Ward, and Sharon Stone in addition to Gracie Marie Bradly.


What do the critics say about Beauty? 

Critics haven’t been particularly kind to Beauty: the Netflix film presently has a dismal 20% on reviews aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab). However, this could improve as more media deliver their opinion, although Netflix is unlikely to gloat about the film’s critical reception anytime soon.

This semi-true story is ultimately too murky to have anything effective to say about Houston, mainstream success, or living in the closet,” wrote Noel Murray of the Los Angeles Times in a review of the film.

Stephanie Zacharek of Time Magazine(opens in new tab) was also underwhelmed by Beauty, observing that it “ends before it has truly gone into anything of substance.” “Beauty’s heroine, whom we know is destined for catastrophe, is left stranded in the middle of her own story,” wrote Zacharek in his review of the picture.


Not every review has been unfavorable, but the majority of them have been so. As The New York Times’ Lisa Kennedy(opens in new tab) noted, Beauty is “an elegy with an edge, one that touches on faith and financials, love and condemnation. It’s only 90 minutes long, so you might want to give it a shot.

Analysis: Another Netflix disappointment 

Netflix has recently added a number of worthwhile classic films to its repertoire, but the world’s largest streaming provider is now having difficulty coming up with original films. Beauty is the latest in a long line of lackluster motion pictures.

To begin with, it appears to be getting the attention of subscribers, as seen by its placement in the top 10. Beauty, on the other hand, is unlikely to remain at the top of the box office for long. In other words, don’t hold your breath waiting for Netflix’s recommendation algorithm to bring it back for future users.


Even if Netflix doesn’t have the best new releases, there are still a lot of terrific movies to see on Hulu and Prime Video this week. It’s possible that one of Netflix’s next batch of original movies, which will be released this week, will bring Netflix some positive reviews.

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