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Entertainment Weekly slammed for giving Netflix’s The Witcher 0/100 after admitting to skipping episodes

One of the critics wrote, “because life’s too short for Netflix drama running times, I skipped ahead to the fifth episode.”
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Over the last few years, people’s trust in TV and movie critics has become increasingly strained. This has been exemplified by the increasingly large divide between fan reviews and critics reviews on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with No Safe Spaces (a 55% divide), Batwoman (a 61% divide), and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (a 48% divide) being some of the many examples of this growing rift.

However, even with this reduced level of trust, many fans were shocked by Entertainment Weekly’s review of Netflix’s The Witcher and are slamming it for being “unprofessional” and “a dumpster fire of journalism.”

The review is written by two critics, Kristen Baldwin and Darren Franich, who admit to skipping most of the episodes.

Baldwin suggests that she only watched the first two episodes of the eight-episode season and infers that she only watched the second episode “in the interest of professional obligation.”

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Franich writes that he watched episode one and then “because life’s too short for Netflix drama running times, I skipped ahead to the fifth episode.” After episode five, Franich stopped watching the show and finishes the review with an assumption about what will happen in the season finale that he didn’t watch.

Despite only watching three episodes of The Witcher between them and only two episodes each, both Baldwin and Franich gave it an F grade – Entertainment Weekly’s lowest rating which is described as:

“An ‘F’ is given to something utterly without redemption. A “D” is a warning. An “F” is a condemnation. It is the critic’s curse.”

Entertainment Weekly’s F rating for Netflix’s The Witcher
Entertainment Weekly’s F rating for Netflix’s The Witcher

They also gave The Witcher 0/100 on Metacritic – a score that is far lower than any of the other critics.

Entertainment Weekly’s 0/100 rating for Netflix’s The Witcher on Metacritic
Entertainment Weekly’s 0/100 rating for Netflix’s The Witcher on Metacritic

Additionally, the review is being included in Rotten Tomatoes’ Average Tomatometer score for The Witcher with Franich being recognized as a “Top Critic” and the Entertainment Weekly review listed second from top in the “Critics Reviews” section of the page.

Entertainment Weekly’s review is listed second from top on The Witcher’s Rotten Tomatoes page with Darren Franich recognized as a “Top Critic”
Entertainment Weekly’s review is listed second from top on The Witcher’s Rotten Tomatoes page with Darren Franich recognized as a “Top Critic”

The review has been blasted online with people describing it as a “joke” and criticizing the lack of professionalism in the review.

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As for the overall reception to The Witcher, the divide between fans and critics is on display once again.

On Rotten Tomatoes, there’s a 31% divide with fans rating it 89% Fresh and critics giving it a 58% Rotten rating.

The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Netflix’s The Witcher
The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Netflix’s The Witcher

Meanwhile, on Metacritic, there’s a similar divide with the User Score from fans sitting at 7.5/10 while the Metascore from critics sits at just 53/100.

The Metacritic scores for Netflix’s The Witcher
The Metacritic scores for Netflix’s The Witcher

With critics now openly admitting that they don’t watch full shows before giving their final ratings, this rift between fans and critics looks like it’s only going to get bigger going forward.

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