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This Show Is Number One On Netflix Despite Being Poorly Rated By Rotten Tomatoes

2023 has been a great year for Netflix with a number of successful TV shows and movies. TV shows like ‘Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story‘ and The Fall of The House of Usher gained a lot of popularity. Hence there was no doubt that another series – ‘All The Light We Cannot See‘ – adapted from a popular novel wouldn’t make it to Netflix’s number one spot.

Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Anthony Doerr developed by ‘Peaky Blinders’ famed Steven Knight, and directed by ‘Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy, the four-part limited series stars a stellar cast featuring Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie. The story revolves around a blind French teenager and a German soldier whose paths collide in Nazi-occupied France as they attempt to survive the death and destruction of World War II.

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‘All The Lights We Cannot See’ Receives Poor Rating On Rotten Tomatoes

Mark Ruffalo stars in the Netflix series 'All The Light We Cannot See' based on a novel
Mark Ruffalo stars in the Netflix series ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ based on a novel

The new four-part Netflix series sits on top of Netflix and yet only received 24% by the Rotten Tomatoes, making it one the Netflix’s lowest of 2023. Despite having a stellar cast, a big budget and a revolutionary director, the new WWII show failed to meet expectations.

‘All the Light We Cannot See‘s Rotten Tomatoes score is one of the streamer’s worst of 2023 next to ‘Queen Cleopatra’ at 18 percent. The four-part docudrama narrates the story of the reign of Egypt’s last pharaoh. The series caused much controversy over the depiction of her race. 

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Reviews Explain Why ‘All The Lights We Cannot See’ Worked Poorly

‘All the Light We Cannot See’ still
‘All the Light We Cannot See’ still

Critical reviews always shine a light on what works and what falters in any show or movie. To understand what failed to connect in ‘All The Light We Cannot See, we can refer to those. Variety wrote, “that Knight and Levy aim for an uplifting, inspirational tale of connection that transcends division, distance, and prejudice, but instead delivers a flat, jumbled story that lacks the desired effect.” Meanwhile, TV Insider commented: “This isn’t terrible filmmaking, just negligible, thuddingly obvious and (unlike the book) forgettable. Less bombast might have made this a more illuminating event.”

However, the audience did not feel the same as the critics. Although the show is far from receiving a perfect score, viewers at home gave ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ 63%.  

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Khevna Shah
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Khevna Shah is a content know-it-all, working as an Entertainment Writer for First Curiosity. When she's not forensic-analyzing new movies and shows, she's probably out there with her camera. Approach her with your fan theories, and you've got yourself a friend for life. She aspires to be a professional content critic someday.