Netflix’s ‘The Last Days of American Crime’ Joins the Rotten Tomatoes 0% Wall of Shame But Sits in Top 10

Ever since the quarantine started, Netflix streaming skyrocketed and turned its casual viewers into savvy pick-and-click curators of its content. Within the streamer’s carousel of original films and series are hits, misses, and “mehs,” but there are some works deemed bad.

Bad as in they become the brunt of jokes or earn the prize-winning score of zero. Ouch. Netflix’s action film The Last Days of American Crime is the latest flick to join Rotten Tomatoes’ lineup of royal flops as it sits in the streamer’s top 10.  

'The Last Days of American Crime'
‘The Last Days of American Crime’ | Marcos Cruz/Netflix

What is ‘The Last Days of American Crime’ about?

Released on June 5, The Last Days of American Crime is a heist story with a main character drawn into the plot by the allure of revenge. Edgar Ramirez plays the lead, Graham Bricke, who some viewers may recognize from Point Break or American Crime Story where he played Gianni Versace.

According to the logline from Netflix, The Last Days of American Crime is based on a graphic novel where the protagonists seek to make history with their crime.

“As a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke (Edgar Ramírez), a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with famous gangster progeny Kevin Cash (Michael C. Pitt), and black market hacker Shelby Dupree (Anna Brewster), to commit the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the signal goes off.”

Check out the trailer for the film which includes sex, violence, and brooding.

Rotten Tomatoes reviews showed no love, no mercy

Believe it or not, the amount of movie Rotten Tomatoes gifted with the distinguished “0%” rating is not that long. Less than 50 films have earned a spot on the list, and a few of them are actually cult classics. It doesn’t seem like The Last Days of American Crime is headed for cult status however, as the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes currently sits at 27%.

What are critics saying on the site? David Fear of Rolling Stone said, “This is not good action cinema. This is not even good alligator-brain cinema,” while the New York Post’s Johnny Oleksinski wrote, “Don’t care about story, characters or words, but love violence? Even you will be disappointed.”

New York Magazine’s Bilge Ebiri summed it up this way: “Yet another insipidly sleazy, lizard-brain shoot-’em-up that through its very dullness demonstrates how rote such ghastly fare has become in our culture.”

And our very own Fred Topel made this comparison: “As Netflix originals go, The Last Days of American Crime makes the cops screaming ‘F You’ to each other in Bright look like Serpico.”

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Despite the reviews, people are watching it

People are home, and people are ramping up their binge habits. With that said, The Last Days of American Crime ticked up Netflix’s top 10 list in the US and at the time of this writing, is perched in seventh place.

It’s only been five days since the movie’s release, but it’s garnered enough streams to inch its way into the ranks. If you dare to watch it, be prepared to invest more than two hours of your time.

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