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Netflix’s #1 movie right now is trash, according to critics and viewers

Published Mar 7th, 2022 4:11PM EST
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Image: Ivan Šardi/Netflix

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When a TV show — or, in this case, a movie like the new release The Weekend Away — rockets up the Netflix charts quickly after its release to become the #1 title in its category on the streamer, it’s tempting to make an erroneous assumption about it.

Oh, this must be one of the best releases on Netflix right now! Everyone is watching!

Unfortunately, that is nowhere even close to being the case. And The Weekend Away, which stars Leighton Meester and Christina Wolfe and which Netflix released on Friday, is a great example of this. It’s the #1 movie on Netflix right now in the US. And pretty much everyone seems to hate it.

The Weekend Away Netflix movie

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(L to R) Leighton Meester as Beth, and Ziad Bakri as Zain, in Netflix’s “The Weekend Away.” Image source: Ivan Šardi/Netflix

The Netflix summary describes this film as follows. “A weekend getaway to Croatia goes awry when a woman (Leighton Meester) is accused of killing her best friend (Christina Wolfe) and her efforts to get to the truth uncover a painful secret.”

The film is based on a novel of the same, by Sarah Alderson. Netflix is certainly finding streaming success with this formula, which follows its adaptation released just a few days ago of another title based on a novel by a female author. That one would be Pieces of Her, a Netflix series starring Toni Collette and which was based on Karin Slaughter’s 2019 novel Pieces of Her.

As of Monday, March 7, the top movies on Netflix included:

  1. The Weekend Away
  2. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming
  3. Shrek 2
  4. Shrek
  5. Just Like Heaven

Ratings and reaction

Now, as for the reaction to the new Netflix title at the top of that list? As we alluded to, even though this is the #1 Netflix movie right now, The Weekend Away has been ripped apart by critics and viewers on sites like Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie’s critics score on the review aggregation website currently stands at a middling 53 percent, based on 15 reviews. Like this one, from a critic’s assessment included in the Rotten Tomatoes score: “There are good murder mysteries out there but this is not one of them.”

On the audience side, meanwhile, the picture is even worse. The audience score on the site stands right now at just 43 percent, based on more than 50 ratings. The most recent of which, as of the time of this writing, include:

  • Terrible plot. Predictable halfway through. Surprised Leighton accepted this role.
  • Notthing makes sense in this movie
  • So bad. SO bad. The story, the acting, SO SO bad. If Hallmark had got this, it wouldn’t be nearly as hashed together.
  • ‘The Weekend Away’ is a predictable yet enjoyable thriller serving a strong performance from Leighton Meester.

It’s not just Rotten Tomatoes where The Weekend Away is getting slammed, either. On IMDb, the film has a 5.6/10 rating, based on input from more than 6,700 IMDb users.

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.

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