Here’s what he said when I asked if it bothered him that critics weren’t that fond of Murder Mystery.
The 2019 Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston comedy currently has a 45% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although from only 62 critics, and an audience score of 38%, although from only 306 users. If you look at all of Sandler’s movies on Rotten Tomatoes, they do tend to get lower scores. The Ridiculous 6 is sitting at a rare 0%, with a film like The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) as an exception with 93% fresh. Murder Mystery‘s Metascore is a low 38, from 19 critics, with a 5.6/10 score from Metacritic users. But the movie has an OK 6.0 rating from more than 57,000 users on IMDb.
It’s Netflix’s record opening weekend that Murder Mystery director Kyle Newacheck really cares about, and the idea that 31 million accounts viewed the movie over the first three days. (Netflix reportedly counts a view after an account watches 70 percent of the movie’s total runtime.) There’s was even talk that Murder Mystery might’ve made a killing at the box office, had it opened in theaters.
Here’s more from the Los Angeles Film School graduate and Game Over, Man! director on the reaction to Murder Mystery: