If you’re going to do a video game adaptation of a beloved franchise, you better make sure you do it the right way. Critics haven’t been the most kind for Netflix’s Resident Evil series, as it currently sits at 53% on Rotten Tomatoes. But if you think it’s going to be one of those situations where critics hate something, but “true fan” viewers love it, then the opposite is true.
audience score is gruesome For resident evil. The lowest I’ve ever seen for a major show on the service. It has an audience score of 22% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 3.4 on IMDB, both of which are at a level very rare.
To compare it to other poorly received Netflix shows, Legacy of the famous superhero disaster Jupiter has a 41% reviewer score and 73% viewership score. Space Force, the controversial comedy, has a 64% critic score and 77% audience score. Hate’s Back Off, which frequently appears on “worst Netflix shows” lists, has a 50% reviewer score and a 76% audience score. A comparable show is the CG Resident Evil series on Netflix, Infinite Darkness, but even more so, with 50% critics and 39% with viewers. Let me tell you, I haven’t seen another big series on Netflix come close to these scores.
So what is going on?
I will say up front that we cannot rule out some level of racist review bombing here. Given that the show has four lead actors and actresses, the decision was made to cast the normally white Albert Wesker as Lance Reddick (who incidentally is the best part of the show). There was a lot of uproar about it before, so I can’t rule it out as being at least one Possible Contributing factor here.