Matt Damon's 'The Great Wall' ScalesNetflix Top 10Despite Past Criticism

Matt Damon's 2016 film "The Great Wall" has reached No. 4 on Netflix's US top 10 list despite initial criticism and financial disappointment. The movie's newfound popularity on Netflix suggests audiences may have softened their stance on the film since its debut.

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Matt Damon's 'The Great Wall' ScalesNetflix Top 10Despite Past Criticism

Matt Damon's 'The Great Wall' ScalesNetflix Top 10Despite Past Criticism

Matt Damon's 2016 film "The Great Wall" has reached a surprising No. 4 spot on Netflix's US top 10 list, despite facing criticism upon its initial release for promoting a white savior narrative. The movie, a Chinese-American co-production directed by Zhang Yimou, features Damon alongside an ensemble cast including Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal, and Andy Lau.

"The Great Wall"grossed $334.9 million worldwide on asubstantial $150 million budget, making it the 27th highest-grossing movie of 2016 and the 9th highest-grossing film starring Matt Damon. However, due to its high production costs, the movie was estimated to have lost around $75 million, despite its box office success.

Upon its release,"The Great Wall"received largely negative reviews from critics and audiences alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 35% critic score and a 42% audience score. It also performed poorly on other platforms, such as Metacritic, IMDb, and Letterboxd. In comparison, director Zhang Yimou's previous films, including "Hero" and "House of the Flying Daggers", garnered much higher critical acclaim.

The movie's newfound popularity on Netflix may suggest that audiences have softened their stance on the film since its 2016 debut. However, it is unlikely that this resurgence will make up for the estimated $75 million deficit unless "The Great Wall" maintains its high ranking on the Netflix top 10 list for an extended period.

"The Great Wall" now stands as an intriguing case study in how a film's reception can evolve over time, particularly in the streaming era. While the movie's initial release was marred by controversy and financial disappointment, its unexpected success on Netflix in 2024 raises questions about the long-term impact of critical reception and the potential for films to find new audiences through streaming platforms.