While Netflix’s in-house action production can always be relied on to draw solid viewership numbers, a worrying number of them aren’t exactly welcomed with open arms by critics.
In the last year alone, we have seen red notice (the platform’s biggest original hit of all time), Interceptor, the downing, the gray man, Day shiftand many others end up below the 60 percent threshold on Rotten Tomatoes that keeps them from a Fresh rating, but this week’s debutant lou has bucked the trend. Or at least, she has for now.
At the time of this writing, the JJ Abrams-endorsed revenge story has a 65 percent rating on the aggregation site, but it’s curious to note that a 69 percent user average puts it below nearly all titles. listed above. Maybe there’s something in the water, or maybe it’s a given that Netflix exclusives to win over the general public are the ones panned by critics.
Anyway, lou has been off to a stellar start since being added to the library yesterday, having instantly cracked the Top 10 in a whopping 89 countries, according to FlixPatrol. Not only that, but she’s also shot straight to the number one spot in 60 of them, proving that there’s a huge market to see Allison Janney reinvent herself as an unlikely butt kicker.
It could end up being the latest in a long line of Netflix OGs fading into the ether and never being mentioned again a month from now, but as it stands, lou is a certifiable big hit among the streamer’s sizable customer base.