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

Critics SLAM Chris Pratt’s ‘anti-woke’ action series The Terminal List but viewers praise it as the ‘most entertaining thing on streaming’

TV crticics have slammed Chris Pratt’s new ‘anti-woke’ action series The Terminal List – but the fast-paced thriller has gone down a treat with viewers.

The Amazon Prime series follows Lieutenant Commander James Reece (Chris) after his platoon of Navy SEALs are ambushed while on a covert mission. He then returns home 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 massive 93% of viewers approve of the show, with most giving it a five-star rating. 

Divided: TV crticics have slammed Chris Pratt’s new ‘anti-woke’ action series The Terminal List – but the fast-paced thriller has gone down a treat with 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 would not know from watching the actor giving arguably his laziest performance to date, lethargically shuffling through scenes like he’s just here for the cash, unable to bring any real shades of humanity to an admittedly half-a-note character.’ 

The Daily Beast slammed the series as an ‘unhinged right-wing revenge fantasy’ that panders to ‘male red-state viewers with routine references to beer, guns, country music, and hunting’. 

In another negative review, Variety said the show is ‘a dour, miserable sit, one that would be tough to take as a two-hour film, and has been inexplicably roided up to eight hours.’ 

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

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

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

Response: Only 37% of critics have given The Terminal List a positive review, according to Rotten Tomatoes, but a massive 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 criticised the plot.

They wrote: ‘The plot, in so much as there is one, will make about as much sense to viewers as it does to the heavily concussed Reece.’ 

Reaction: Audiences have given the show a positive assessment, with one viewer saying: 'The is the best TV show to come out in a while

Reaction: Audiences have given the show a positive assessment, with one viewer saying: ‘The is the best TV show to come out in a while

Audiences have given the show a noticably more positive assessment, with one viewer saying: ‘The is the best TV show to come out in a while. 

‘Chris does an amazing job playing the part of a navy seals commando, taking vengeance on those who killed his team. I was on the edge of my seat the entire season.’

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

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

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

One viewer added: ‘Excellent acting through out. Authentic portrayal of subject matter. Gripping story.’ 

Another wrote: ‘Critics as usual got this one wrong. Outstanding series!’ 

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

The Terminal List reviews 

The Guardian: ‘It’s a passion project for Pratt, who hasn’t been shy about his military obsession, but you would not know from watching the actor giving arguably his laziest performance to date, lethargically shuffling through scenes like he’s just here for the cash, unable to bring any real shades of humanity to an admittedly half-a-note character.’

The Daily Beast: ‘Given its suggestion that slaughtering your powers-that-be enemies for a righteous revenge cause 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, let’s say, lacking.’ 

The Independent: ‘The plot, in so much as there is one, will make about as much sense to viewers as it does to the heavily concussed Reece’ 

Variety: The Terminal List is ‘a dour, miserable sit, one that would be tough to take as a two-hour film, and has been inexplicably roided up to eight hours’ 

Empire: ‘The plot is so simplistic there’s really no challenge to following it. The far bigger challenge is maintaining any interest’ 

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