Netflix’s ‘Atlas,’ Starring Jennifer Lopez and Simu Liu, Panned by Critics on Release Date

Netflix's 'Atlas,' Starring Jennifer Lopez and Sam Liu, Panned by Critics on Release Date

Netflix’s sci-fi thriller Atlas, starring Jennifer Lopez, Simu Liu, Sterling K. Brown, and Mark Strong, was released on May 24, 2024, and while it seemed like Netflix was going to have an action-packed hit in its library, the first reactions aren’t that great. The movie has been out for just a couple of hours now, and the critics had their say on the movie; from what we can infer from the initial reactions, the movie is actually – horrible! Based on several reviews, the movie has been declared Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, as critics pan the movie. The initial audience reactions have yet to come in.

The movie was initially announced back in 2022, with principal photography beginning on August 26, 2022; the shooting ended in November 2022. Atlas is directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Rampage, Daybreak) from a script by Leo Sardarian and Aron Eli Coleite.

The movie, which does tackle some hot topics and questions, stars Jennifer Lopez as Atlas Shepherd, the titular heroine of the movie. The official synopsis reveals the following information:

Atlas Shepherd, a brilliant but misanthropic data analyst with a deep distrust of artificial intelligence, joins a mission to capture a renegade robot with whom she shares a mysterious past. When plans go awry, her only hope of saving the future of humanity from AI is to trust it.

So, what do the critics say? As we’ve said, the movie has been panned by critics so far, with only 9% of positive reviews, none among the top critics.

Tomris Laffly of gave the movie 2/4 stars and described it as follows: ““Atlas” goes off the rails amid visual designs and thematic ideas that feel borrowed from other (and better) films that came before it. And for a “our future depends on this”-type tale, its stakes never quite coalesce.”

Variety‘s Todd Gilchrist also panned the movie, stating the following: “A dearth of original ideas undercuts the appeal of “Atlas,” leaving Lopez to fend for herself in much the same way her character is forced to in the film’s formulaic story.”

Among those who have panned the movie is TheWrap‘s William Bibbiani, who wrote the following comment: “Hidden somewhere beneath all the generic dialogue, embarrassing plot, mediocre action, and oddly ineffective performances, there’s a good idea in Brad Peyton’s ‘Atlas.’ It’s a shame the filmmakers never found it.”

And that is, more or less it – this is the majority opinion of the critics. We have yet to see what the audience says, so this might not be the most objective evaluation, but it is certain that the movie has numerous flaws that need to be addressed. We are going to report further on this, so be sure to keep following us for all the news and updates!

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