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Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) has amassed a collection of hundreds of documentaries, many of which are quite good. But to be frank, there’s plenty of crap mixed in there as well. Next time you’re perusing the films that Netflix has to offer, make sure to avoid these ones. Or if you're into bad documentaries, make sure to watch them!
A Year in Champagne
Year Released: 2014
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
A Year in Champagne follows renowned wine importer Martine Saunier through Champagne, France as the viewer gets a guide a first hand at look at the champagne business: how it’s made, packaged, and distributed all over the world. The movie has one star on Netflix, and it’s only received three reviews from critics, making it ineligible for an actual Rotten Tomatoes’ score.
But I think Clayton Dillard from Slant Magazine summed up the movie pretty well. “Part advertisement, part snobbish soiree, A Year in Champagne is ultimately the type of self-absorbed, enclosed scenario that one could imagine Christopher Guest turning into a worthwhile mockumentary.”
Year Released: 2013
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%
Whereas the previous film didn’t receive enough reviews from critics to qualify for an average on Rotten Tomatoes, this film didn’t receive a single professional critic review. It was that unimportant. Netflix users have been able to demonstrate their disapproval though with a solid one star rating on the website. Rotten Tomatoes users agreed and gave the movie a 38%.
Buying Sex looks at the debate over pending reforms to Canadian prostitution laws and “asks the viewers review our attitudes towards the older profession.” (According to the synopsis provided by Netflix) Apparently, they failed to stir any kind of emotion or thought in any viewer anywhere.
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Year Released: 2012
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%
This documentary film follows a group of Internet celebrities who were at one time ordinary people. They talk about what their new life is like and the things they do to try to stay relevant. The movie received less than two stars on Netflix, but managed to get 55% approval on Rotten Tomatoes from their fans. Rotten Tomatoes has one critic review of the film – it’s from Common Sense Media, and it’s about whether or not the film is appropriate for children. I’m not really sure how that made it on there, but it did.
Year Released: 2014
Rotten Tomatoes Score: they don’t know the film exists
Yes, when you try to search this film on Rotten Tomatoes, they say, “sorry, no result found.” This can’t be good publicity for the film. The documentary features an interview with CEO of PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) and shows people Pepsi’s key facilities and how they develop all of their products.
Year Released: 2013
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%
This documentary film provides an inside look at the modeling industry. It takes you behind the lip-gloss and touched up photographs to show the truly dark side of the modeling industry. The film received two stars on Netflix and was panned by the audience viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. Similar to Inside: PepsiCo though, this film also failed to receive a single critic’s review.
User Ratings on Netflix can be Deceiving
Researching this article was pretty standard: going through Netflix and finding the worst rated documentaries according to their users. Interestingly though, some of the worst rated documentaries on Netflix happened to be critically acclaimed. For example, Hot Girls Wanted, the new documentary about the amateur porn industry, was panned by Netflix users receiving one and a half stars, but received an 89% rating from critics according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Also, the documentary film Girl Model, which, similar to Chasing Beauty, documents the dark side of the modeling industry, received a pitiful one star on Netflix. According to movie critics though, the documentary is excellent receiving a 93% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
So if any of the movies I came across had terrible reviews on Netflix, but high critical acclaim elsewhere, I did not include them on the list.
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