"Luckily Jennie saved it": The Idol's low Rotten Tomatoes score startles netizens

A still from The Idol (Image via HBO)
A still from The Idol (Image via HBO)

From the very beginning, fans were sure that The Idol was going to make headlines, whether through positive press or negative responses. After the controversial content in the trailer became a thing of discussion, the latest Cannes 2023 premiere of the show starring The Weeknd has already been dubbed a critical failure. The latest development concerning the series saw it receive a very low score of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the most trusted sites for viewers.

The Idol chronicles the story of a pop star struggling to get back on track after a public breakdown. It features Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Johny Depp, at the heart of the story, with The Weeknd in the other lead role. Early consensus in Cannes 2023, where the first two episodes of the show were screened, hints that this series will likely cause a lot of controversy when it streams worldwide.

A tweet reply to The Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to The Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)

The ratings also managed to start a debate on social media sites like Twitter, where many fans came forward to criticize the show and remark that it may be even worse than what its lower-end rating suggest. However, it also seems that Jennie Ruby Jane, the star of Blackpink who also features in the show, is a silver lining in the series as many fans praised her performance.


How are fans reacting to The Idol's early critical rating?

A post about Idol's early ratings (Image via Twitter)
A post about Idol's early ratings (Image via Twitter)

One of the worse things about social media is that fans are much quicker these days to jump to conclusions. While The Idol has not even been released worldwide, there already seems to be an overwhelming sense of hatred directed at the Sam Levinson show.

This may not be the viewers' fault entirely as many have concretely pointed out how The Idol is not one of the shows that is going to create an impact with its story or characters. In fact, many have remarked that the Sam Levinson series has multiple problems that are worth noting while watching the series.

Most reactions to the low critical rating of the HBO drama have been completely against the show. However, it seems that despite the negative response, Jennie Kim's portrayal has received positive responses from fans, who were impressed with her character. While details about Jennie's role are still not very clear, it is clear that her character of a backup dancer in The Idol is a memorable one.

Many fans claimed that the only reason the series is still bearable is because of Jennie Ruby Jane's Angel. Check out how others have responded to the low ratings below:

A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)
A tweet reply to Idol's first critical response (Image via Twitter)

While this might shoot Jennie to prominence, or at least considerable fanfare, things do not look very bright for the Sam Levinson series.


The Idol will premiere on June 4, 2023, on HBO.

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Edited by Susrita Das