Gal Gadot’s New Movie Fails To Redeem Her Record-Breaking 2021 Netflix Bomb With The Rock & Ryan Reynolds
2023/09/07

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After failing to make a critical impression with in 2021, Gal Gadot's latest Netflix film follows up with mostly negative reviews. Despite its poor critical reception, the Gal Gadot, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Ryan Reynolds-starring in 2021 and had largely favorable Rotten Tomatoes scores from audiences. thus became a huge streaming hit, which led to hope that Gal Gadot's latest Netflix spy action film, , would follow suit while redeeming the 2021 film's failure with critics.

hit Netflix on August 11, nearly two years after the record-breaking debut of . However, unlike , Gal Gadot's latest Netflix film doesn't have the same star-studded cast, with no Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson or Ryan Reynolds to help carry the promotional side.

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This means the movie may not get the same leniency from audiences as it did with a more fun, comedy-focused action flick. Without the humor, cast, and fun factor, will be relying on Gadot's popularity and the plot and execution of the film to resonate with audiences, though the 2023 film's critical response is already faring worse than .

Worryingly for Gadot, is receiving an even worse critics score on Rotten Tomatoes than . At the time of writing, holds an abysmal 29% score from critics on , coming in lower than 37% score. While had a lot of other factors contributing to its success, 's reception is heavily reliant upon the film's writing, acting, and premise being of high quality, which the 29% critics score doesn't suggest.

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While audience scores could still redeem the film somewhat, all signs point to going down as a failure.

Positive audience scores alone may not be enough to save the film, despite the fact that there are already . Though Netflix hasn't confirmed the sequel, 's director has suggested that the 2023 film is meant to be the first installment in a growing franchise. However, with such disappointing reviews, the prospects of actually happening aren't promising. Whereas the popularity from audiences justifies , the chances of reaching the same viewership seem low given its poor marketing. The bad reviews for Gadot's latest film and its unlikeliness to succeed only add to the movie star's troubling streak with critics.

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Gadot is best known for her involvement in major franchises, most notably as Gisele in the films and Wonder Woman in the former DCEU. Outside the big franchises, however, Gadot has struggled to find much success with critics. Her streak of poor-performing non-franchise movies continues with , as she's seen few hits outside the multi-movie universes she's been involved with. Even , which has relatively positive reviews, is part of Kenneth Branagh's Hercule Poirot film series. Her non-franchise film

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boasts critical acclaim, but also only sees Gadot portray herself in a brief interview scene.

Despite her Hollywood star power, Gadot has certainly struggled to find new roles that critics and audiences alike have supported. is yet another instance of her difficulty working on critically renowned movies outside established franchises. Regardless of her movies' performances, Gadot continues to find new anticipated roles, with a leading part in and casting as the Evil Queen in Disney's live-action remake lined up. With sequels also on the way, Gal Gadot will have plenty more opportunities to redeem her poor record among critics after .

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