Netflix is currently unable to take a break from critics, with its new comedy film The Man From Toronto just the latest Netflix original film to be released. ‘rotten’ certificate (opens in new tab) on the aggregated review site rotten tomatoes (opens in new tab).
According to the film’s synopsis, The Man From Toronto sees “the world’s deadliest killer” and “New York’s greatest disaster” confused with each other when the latter arrives early at an Airbnb rental. In other words, it offers exactly the kind of premise you’d expect Netflix’s algorithm to spit out after ingesting a few choice keywords.
The action actor starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson currently holds a score of just 24% on the ‘Tomatometer’, putting him in the ignominious company of Netflix’s ‘rotten’ movies like Spiderhead (42% (opens in new tab)), interceptor (44% (opens in new tab)), Red Warning (37% (opens in new tab)) and Senior Year (24% (opens in new tab)).
Nick Schager from The Daily Beast (opens in new tab) describes The Man From Toronto as “terribly dull”, while Christopher Cross from Tilt Magazine (opens in new tab) calls it “Other unimaginative content designed to placate rather than thrill”.
Courtney Lanning of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (opens in new tab) He took it even deeper, theorizing that “when people who cancel their Netflix subscriptions complain about a lackluster library, it’s probably movies like The Man From Toronto they point the finger at.”
known critic Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times (opens in new tab) was not much kinder, stating that “The Toronto Man squanders the talents of Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart”.
Of course, the film received a handful of ‘Fresh’ reviews among all the ‘Rotten’: Brandon Zachary from Comic Book Resources (opens in new tab) praised its stars’ chemistry and called it “a light but enjoyable comedy”, while Anne Brodie from What She Said (opens in new tab) proclaimed The Man From Toronto “A good time!”
But what do the public have to say about The Man From Toronto? Does the film stand alongside Red Notice as yet another example of the chasm between intellectual critics and audiences who just want a little light entertainment?
Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case with The Man From Toronto – while the movie is one of Netflix’s most popular movies right now, its paltry 48% viewership score on Rotten Tomatoes shows that the movie hasn’t resonated with average viewers either.
Analysis: But can it attract new subscribers?
Regardless of what critics and audiences are saying about The Man From Toronto online, Netflix’s main concern will likely be around its effect on subscriber numbers – particularly, its ability to attract new subscriptions… or at least prevent it. for existing users to leave.
The streaming giant appears to be trying a new tactic in this regard. It was recently revealed in a report by Consequence.net (opens in new tab) that Netflix’s goal in the future will be to stop greening critically-loved “vanity projects” like The Irishman in favor of easier-to-digest fairs like The Adam Project and the aforementioned Red Notice.
A movie like The Man From Toronto, which is sold for its star power alone, is a prime example of this approach – although given the critical and overwhelming audience, we don’t like Netflix’s chances of increasing the number of subscribers on the back. this or a similar ‘blockbuster’ fare.
Despite its miserable word-of-mouth, however, The Man From Toronto started off well in terms of views, with the film currently doing well in several territories.