Despite receiving a dismal 24% score on Rotten Tomatoes, categorizing it as “rotten” by the aggregator website, Rebel Moon faced a different fate on Netflix. The film soared to popularity, claiming the top spot as the most-watched title on the streaming platform during its premiere week, defying critical reviews.
In a video posted on X, Snyder expressed gratitude, extending thanks to the global audience that tuned in to watch the film and contributed to its success. He says in the video, “To all my fans around the world, thanks for making Rebel Moon the #1 film on Netflix.”
Kurt Johnstad, co-writer of Rebel Moon, weighed in on the film’s negative reviews, asserting that critical assessments “have never directly correlated with its performance.” Considering the substantial viewership the film has achieved, Johnstad’s perspective seems well-founded.
He told Variety, “People will either love it and be connected to it, and I think what this movie has is an emotional drive and a core and characters that are vulnerable. And of course, there’s sequence and action and visual — it’s a magnificent looking film. But I think that at the core of it, it’s got emotion. There’s an emotional engine and a currency that runs through the film that I think works, so I’d invite people to check it out.”
Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire is streaming on Netflix.