After a long wait, the comedy “Don’t Look Up” was finally released on Netflix for audiences to enjoy.
The star-studded cast included Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Chris Evans, and Ariana Grande.
The film tells the story of two astronomers from Michigan State who begin a media tour to warn the public that an approaching comet is about to destroy the planet after the President tells them to “sit tight” with the information until after the mid-term elections are over.
Critics were divided on the Adam McKay comedy, which only scored a 56% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences seemed to rate it much more favorably, earning a score of 77%.
What Did Critics Think Of ‘Don’t Look Up’?
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat from “Spirituality & Practice” gave the movie a 5/5, writing, “A thought-provoking parable, both funny and sad, about the reactions to the consequences of climate change.”
Gary M. Kramer of Salon.com wrote, “’Don’t Look Up’ makes a few decent points and gets a chuckle or two, but mostly, it is leaden when it could be farcical, sluggish when it could be screwball. This end of the world comedy should have just been more fun.”
Preston Barta of the Denton Record-Chronicle wrote, “’Don’t Look Up’ very clearly has a lot on its mind. Ideas shoot out of it like a firehose, but there’s a poetic, melancholic nature to all its insanity. One of the year’s very best works!”
Becca James of the Chicago Reader, wrote, “The Adam McKay film stays true to the writer-director’s signature style. It’s star-studded, and the edits often wink at the audience, but it’s not so fun being in on the joke this time around.”
Manohla Dargis of the New York Times wrote, “In the end, McKay isn’t doing much more in this movie than yelling at us, but then, we do deserve it.”
What Do Fans Think Of ‘Don’t Look Up’?
Will S wrote, “I made an account on this website specifically to give this movie five stars. I was shocked the critics’ rating was so low because this is such an amazing movie. The runtime is long but it flies by. I wanted more. The cast is star-studded and so well utilized, Meryl Streep’s president Orlean was hilarious, Leo and Jennifer killed it in the leads, it was such a fabulous insane mash of everything and super funny too. Can’t stop thinking about this movie. Everyone should watch it.”
Robert T wrote, “A big let down with that cast. The story was bad, and the pacing is slow. Waste of time.”
Thounaojam P wrote, “The overall character’s performance execution is impressive, as expected with all the heavy muscles of the industry. The satirical plot could be better. Hollywood still kept its ‘end of the world, only America could save the world’ themes intact.”
Phillip W wrote, “I thought it was pretty good. Some of the things could have been left on the cutting room floor but overall it was still pretty good.”
Victor M wrote, “A good reflection of how we have ‘de-volved’ as a species. A scream for help, a desperate wake up call, though like many others, it surely feels like it’s already too late.”
Ahmad M wrote, “Well, this is a wonderful, satirical ride driven by some of the most famous and well-liked people, driving at a hard-to-miss allegory to contemporary events in terms of politics and climate change. A movie, I would say, that is nothing but enjoyable at every turn, while laying out a message of change beneath the fun and humour of it.”
John M wrote, “I liked this movie a lot. There’s a number of parodies going on and it does exaggerate, but not that much. If you’re up on the pandemic, cancel culture and politics you’ll see it clearly. It made me see how phony the world is today.”