Here’s what the critics have been saying about Will Smith’s new Netflix film ‘Bright’

'Suicide Squad' director David Ayer is behind the movie, which will be released on Netflix tomorrow (December 22)

The first critics’ reviews have come in for Will Smith’s new Netflix film, Bright – and they don’t make for especially good reading for the star.

Smith stars in the film as an LAPD cop who partners up with a rookie police officer (played by Joel Edgerton) – who just so happens to be an Orc. Suicide Squad director David Ayer has helmed the new film, which will be released on Netflix tomorrow (December 22).

Critics have been having their say on the new film ahead of Bright‘s release on the streaming service – however, many of the reviews haven’t made for good reading for anyone attached to the $90 million-costing film.


The Daily Telegraph gave it two stars, writing: “You’ll either extend the movie the latitude [scriptwriter Max] Landis and Ayer think they deserve, or you’ll stare at it for two long hours wondering, amid the bullets and an awful lot of rainy confusion, why they think they deserve it.”

Forbes blasted the film further, saying Netflix has made “…a visually grotesque, dreadfully dull and hopelessly convoluted would-be franchise action movie just as well as the stereotypical Hollywood machine!” Indie Wire, meanwhile, said Bright had earned infamy as the worst film of 2017.

“Truth be told, Bright is so wretched that it invites only the most cynical of interpretations, leaving you with no choice but to assume the film was tainted by the knowledge that most of its audience would see it on their phones or laptops.”

Ayer responded to Indiewire‘s criticism of his film on his Twitter account, writing: “Every movie is a labour of love for me. I’ve never chased the audience, and I know my work can be polarising. I’ve lived a crazy love and I guess my movies reflect that.”