Critics SLAM Chris Pratt’s ‘anti-woke’ action series The Terminal List, but viewers praise it


TV critics have criticized Chris Pratt’s new ‘anti-woke’ action series The Terminal List, despite the fast-paced thriller to the liking of viewers.

The Amazon Prime series follows Lieutenant Commander James Reece, played by Pratt, 43, after his platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a covert mission. He then returns to his family with conflicting memories of the event.

Only 37% of critics have given The Terminal List a positive review, according to Rotten Tomatoes, but a whopping 93% of viewers approve of the show, with most giving it a five-star rating.

Divided: TV critics have criticized Chris Pratt’s new ‘anti-woke’ action series The Terminal List — but the fast-paced thriller has caught the eye of viewers

In a scathing review, The Guardian gave the series one star, describing it as a “terminally dull” military thriller “that offers little intrigue or excitement.”

They wrote: “It’s a passion project for Pratt, who hasn’t been shy about his military obsession, but you wouldn’t know it when you see the actor giving perhaps his laziest performance yet, shuffling lethargically through scenes as if he were just here for the money, unable to bring any real shade of humanity into an albeit half-note character.’

The Daily Beast labeled the series a “runaway right-wing revenge fantasy” that indulges in “red state male viewers with routine references to beer, guns, country music, and hunting.”

In another negative review, Variety said the show is “a stern, miserable sit, one that would be hard to take as a two-hour movie, and inexplicably scaled up to eight.”

Storyline: The Amazon Prime series follows Lieutenant Commander James Reece (Chris) after his platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a covert mission.  He then returns to his family with conflicting memories of the event

Storyline: The Amazon Prime series follows Lieutenant Commander James Reece (Chris) after his platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a covert mission. He then returns to his family with conflicting memories of the event

Comment: Only 37% of critics have given The Terminal List a positive review, according to Rotten Tomatoes, but a whopping 93% of viewers approve of the show, with most giving it a five-star rating

Comment: Only 37% of critics have given The Terminal List a positive review, according to Rotten Tomatoes, but a whopping 93% of viewers approve of the show, with most giving it a five-star rating

The publication also said the show appears to be a “vanity project” for Chris, who serves as an executive producer.

In a slightly more positive review, The Independent praised the performances of actresses Riley Keogh and Constance Wu, but criticized the plot.

They wrote, “The plot, if any, will make as much sense to viewers as it did to the badly bruised Reece.”

Response: Audiences gave the show a positive rating, with one viewer saying,

Response: Audiences gave the show a positive rating, with one viewer saying, “It’s the best TV show to come out in a while

Show: The Terminal List debuted on Amazon Prime on Friday, July 1, and is based on Jack Carr .'s novel of the same name

Show: The Terminal List debuted on Amazon Prime on Friday, July 1, and is based on Jack Carr .’s novel of the same name

The Hollywood Reporter gave the show a scathing review, comparing The Terminal List to a “dry, tasteless” burger that “has been on the grill for so long that the result is dry and tasteless.”

The reviewer wrote, “It’s the entertainment equivalent of a charred hockey puck, with the same limited range of flavor and aesthetic.”

The publication added: “This was an opportunity to take a thriller frame and encompass a meaningful exploration of trauma and other veteran-related struggles, accentuating bravery and heroism.” Instead, it’s leaden, usually emotionless, and if the pace is high, it’s because something important has been removed.”

Audiences have given the show a noticeably more positive rating, with one viewer saying, “This is the best TV show to come out in a while.

Chris does an amazing job playing the role of a seal commando and taking revenge on those who killed his team. I’ve been on the edge of my seat all season.’

Another said: ‘Great series. Don’t listen to the ‘professional critics’. If you’re looking for action with a great cast, this show is for you.”

One viewer added: ‘Excellent acting. Authentic representation of the subject. Gripping story.’

Another wrote: ‘Critics are wrong as usual. Excellent series!’

The Terminal List debuted on Amazon Prime on Friday, July 1, and is based on Jack Carr’s novel of the same name.

The terminal list reviews

The Guardian: ‘It’s a passion project for Pratt, who hasn’t been shy about his military obsession, but you wouldn’t know it when you see the actor giving arguably his laziest performance yet, shuffling lethargically through scenes as if he just here for the money, unable to bring any real shade of humanity into an albeit half-note character.’

The Daily Beast: “Given the suggestion that slaughtering your powerful enemies for a just revenge case is totally OK and very cool, the morality of showrunner David DiGilio and executive producer/director Antoine Fuqua’s eight-part series (July 1) is lacking, let’s say.’

The Independent: ‘The plot, if any, will make as much sense to viewers as it did for the severely concussed Reece’

Variety: The Terminal List is “a stern, miserable sit, one that would be hard to take as a two-hour movie, and inexplicably made to eight o’clock”

Empire: ‘The plot is so simplistic that it’s really not a challenge to follow. The much bigger challenge is maintaining interest’

CNN: ‘Despite star producer Chris Pratt’s promotional perks as a grittier kind of avenger, this brutal eight-part slog squanders his talent in front of and behind the camera’

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘A dry, tasteless piece of red meat…The entertainment equivalent of a charred hockey puck, with the same limited range of taste and aesthetic’

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