The association appears to be legitimate because the viewership data came from the audience rather than critics, but the famous cast most likely played a role as well. The cast includes not only skilled award winners, but also stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, who are known to draw a crowd only by their names. While there is a strong link between the Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score and film quality, the score is more of a predictor of popularity than a viewership driver. However, a film’s cast can be one of the most compelling draws. However, the fact that the cast is garnering attention to a picture that is rated favourably by 74 percent of viewers undoubtedly helps.
Obviously, there’s also the fact that Don’t Look Up is widely regarded as a satire on how people react to a hotly debated issue like climate change, which is further fueled by the cast and informal survey score. While critic reviews receive a lot of attention, especially on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s realistic to assume that they aren’t necessary for high streaming numbers or film industry exhibitions.
While critics weren’t crazy about Don’t Look Up, awarding it a 55 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, the picture received a 74 percent Audience score, which is much more essential for streaming and film industry audience. Red Notice is Netflix’s most recent huge streaming hit, with a 37 percent critics’ score and a Fresh 67 percent Audience score (92 percent if you count Rotten Tomatoes’ “Confirmed Audience” number, compared to Don’t Look Up’s 74 percent Verified Audience score).
Despite the fact that it didn’t have a generally positive Rotten Tomatoes survey score from reviewers, Don’t Look Up established a Netflix record with 152 million hours watched in its first week on the streaming service. The doomsday parody, which features a star-studded cast, is a massive sensation and may even outperform Bird Box and Red Notice as Netflix’s most-watched film in its first 28 days.
Don’t Look Up appears to be much more pushed than most of Adam McKay’s recent projects, with Academy Award winners and candidates in nearly every key role, including Meryl Streep, who holds the record for most Academy Award nominations for any performer, with 21 nominations and three wins.
Leonardo DiCaprio has one victory from six nominations, Jennifer Lawrence has one win from four nominations, Cate Blanchett has two wins from six nominations, and Mark Rylance has one win from one nomination.