Critics think Netflix’s new teen drama is missing a bite

Critics think Netflix's new teen drama is missing a bite

The Netflix show premiered on Friday, June 10th, with all eight episodes of the first season being released on the same day, as is Netflix custom.

Critics think Netflix’s new teen drama is missing a bite

Juliette, who has spent her entire so far living off blood pills, realizes that the pills are losing their effectiveness as she approaches her 16th birthday, and she must face the prospect of making her first kill – something she does not want to do.

First Kill is a reworking of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, based on the short novel of the same name by V. E. Schwab. Juliette Fairmont, a vampire from a long line of vampires who can hide in plain sight in Savannah, Georgia, stars in the film.

Things are complicated further by the arrival of a new girl in town, Calliope Burns, who Juliette quickly becomes infatuated with. Trouble is, Calliope’s family history is just as complicated as Juliette’s. She’s a monster hunter raised by a family of monster hunters. Oh dear…

They don’t hate it, but they’re not exactly enamored either. The show has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 55%, which isn’t a kicking, but it’s not enough to earn the show a certified fresh rating.

Modern day takes on Shakespeare’s plays have proved to be rich source material for teen dramas, with the likes of 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s The Man and Get Over It all winning a place in heart of teenage movie goers with their clever takes on The Taming Of The Shrew, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. So how does First Kill stack up with the critics? Not very well, as it turns out.

Some critics really dislike it, too. Variety’s Caroline Framke (opens in new tab)wrote that the show was “sunk by a noxious combination of flat writing and flatter directing”, while Decider’s Joel Keller(opens in new tab) said that the show’s “storytelling is so clumsy it’s just very hard to watch.”

A few critics were more taken with the show, though, with Paste Magazine’s Anna Govert(opens in new tab) writing the show was a “…lot of fun. It’s campy, it’s quippy, and it’s melodramatic; everything you could ever want from a modern, teenage, Shakespearean vampire story”. Meanwhile, San Jose Mercury News’ Randy Myers(opens in new tab) said: “If you surrender to its delicious cheesiness, you’ll have a lot of fun.”

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