A dark adaptation of a cursed genre is sucking the air out of Disney Plus

Apologies to the handful Max Payne Supporters out there disagree that the Mark Wahlberg-directed action thriller isn’t an egregious insult to the good name of cinema, but looking at how critics and audiences reacted, it’s fair to say that these few The chosen ones are a minority.

With a 16 percent critical approval rating and a 29 percent user rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s about what the film deserves, while Razzie’s lead actor nomination for Worst Actor was entirely justified. What makes it truly infuriating, however, is the fact that it’s easy to see why the video game genre has spent 30 years trying to shake off the “cursed” label when there are no fewer than 13 console-to-screen films starring gives worse results than Max Payne on the aggregation page.

Max Payne
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In its defense, some of the lower ranked titles have more than one Uwe Boll directed, including ” Mortal Kombat Annihilation, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-LiAnd Hitman: Agent 47, all of which are objectively worse. And yet, it’s astounding that in the entire history of feature films based on video games, there are only four that have made it past the coveted “Fresh” threshold of 60 percent, and no fewer than 18 that have scored less than 20 percent .

That’s another argument for another time, though Max Payne has at least captured an audience on the most unlikely streaming service imaginable. Per FlixPatrolit found its way onto the global Disney Plus charts, a development that no one expected because it sucks and isn’t very Disney-like.

Lindsay Lowe

Lindsay Lowe is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Lindsay Lowe joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LindsayLowe@worldtimetodays.com.

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