Season one of the series is sporting a rough 37% approval rating from critics. The Daily Beast deemed it “an unhinged Right-wing revenge fantasy,” and a Variety review called the series “a dour, miserable sit, one that would be tough to take as a two-hour film, and has been inexplicably ‘roided up to eight hours.”
Audience scores, though, tell a different story. The show is boasting an impressive 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes from the general audience, with comments expressly calling out film critics.
“Shocked at the harsh reviews from critics,” one person wrote. “This series was highly enjoyable. Full of twists and suspense and Chris Pratt was great.”
“Chris Pratt is excellent, this is really a different character for him and he plays it so well!” another person said. “I don’t get why the critics don’t rate this highly, is it because he’s conservative and/or Christian? Their rating is a complete mystery to me because this, to me, is better than the Jack Reacher series, and I LOVED that one too!”
“Critics have no idea what they’re talking about,” another slammed. “This show is insanely good. Could not stop watching.”
“Excellent story and acting! From the critics score, you can tell they have sold-out their morals and should never be trusted to give an unbiased review,” one comment said.
“It’s so refreshing to watch a show that actually focuses on the subject the show is meant to be about instead of delivering some social justice BS lecture,” another person wrote.
“This show was amazing! The critics are morons,” someone bluntly put it. “I binged it and am gonna binge it again with friends. Wish I could give this show more stars!”
Brandon Morse at RedState said the show was bound to “draw ire” from the Left.
“Not only does it star a man they hate for some of the dumbest reasons imaginable, but it also looks at military men with a kind eye and is unapologetically fun,” he said. “Nowadays, this is a sin to the blue checkmark left which demands that every piece of work carry its message in some way, shape, or form.”
Pratt has been criticized for some rather benign “controversies,” and most often the criticism is tied to his open Christianity.
A previous version of this story misattributed the quote “unhinged Right-wing revenge fantasy” to Buzzfeed. It is attributable to The Daily Beast.