Bright is getting awful reviews and David Ayer likes the strong reactions

By ·December 21, 2017 8:15 pm

Critics are giving David Ayer’s new Netflix film Bright a hard time. Not all of the Bright reviews are negative – there are a few words of praise here and there – but on the whole, the film is seeing dire critical reception and current sits at 24% on Rotten Tomatoes, at the time of writing.

This is nothing new to Ayer. Critics stomped on his last film too – Suicide Squad – upon its release (we didn’t – we really liked it), and it seemed like he a had a hard time of it. On that occasion he defended his film against the critics. This time around, he’s taking a different tact.

On Twitter, Ayer openly praised one highly negative review that called his film ‘the single worst movie of 2017’, stating that he considers strong reactions either way a high compliment:

The two went on to have another amicable exchange, in which David Ehrlich called Ayer a ‘good man’:

Ayer isn’t the first director to take this chilled-out approach to negativity. Several other critically lambasted directors – most recently Darren Aronofsky with mother! – have used similar philosophies. They often state that no one talking about their film at all would be the real killer and that strong reaction either way at least means the film had a strong impact.

Netflix have also ordered a sequel to Bright already, which shows that they’re clearly happy with the film.

Bright arrives on Netflix tomorrow. Will you give it a go, despite the reviews? Let us know in the comments section below.


Image credits: Netflix


Written by Christopher Hart

Lead Writer and Copywriter

Chris is a Copywriter for a major bank. He an MA in Publishing and a BA in Comparative Literature. He's also a self-published author (Altered Stone).

His areas of interest include LOST, The Leftovers, The Prisoner, Y: The Last Man, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, BioShock, Supergiant Games and Josh Malerman.

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