Netflix’s library of original movies has expanded exponentially since it released its first film, “Beasts of No Nation,” in 2015 — and its pace of production is only picking up.
The company recently announced that it will be releasing 80 original films in 2018, including high-profile movies from the likes of Will Smith and Martin Scorsese.
Among Netflix’s recent original drama releases, films like the new Noah Baumbach dramedy, “The Meyerowitz Stories,” and the Stephen King adaptation “1922” (out this Friday) have garnered universal critical acclaim.
To find out which Netflix drama films are worth watching, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to rank each release by its composite critical reception. We excluded films that didn’t have enough reviews to receive a designation of “Rotten” or “Fresh.” We also included and footnoted upcoming films that have already screened for critics, like the Oscar-contender “Mudbound.”
Here are 28 of Netflix’s original drama films, ranked by their Rotten Tomatoes critic score from lowest to highest (if there was a tie, we used the audience score to break it):
28. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” — 19%
Critic score: 19%
Audience score: 38%
Netflix description: “Renowned warrior Yu Shu-Lien comes out of retirement to keep the legendary Green Destiny sword away from villainous warlord Hades Dai.”
27. “Brain on Fire” — 22%
Critic score: 22%
Audience score: 59%
Netflix description: “Struck by a mysterious, mentally devastating illness, a young reporter searches for answers while battling psychosis, catatonia and memory loss.“
26. “Death Note” — 40%
Critic score: 40%
Audience score: 24%
Netflix description: “Light Turner finds a supernatural notebook and uses it to mete out death, attracting the attention of a detective, a demon and a girl in his class.“