Spaceman’s Disappointing Rotten Tomatoes Score Ruins An Impressive 11-Year Actor Streak
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Spaceman’s Disappointing Rotten Tomatoes Score Ruins An Impressive 11-Year Actor Streak


  • Adam Sandler’s latest Netflix movie, Spaceman, received poor reviews, but his career in comedy remains untouched by criticism.
  • Many of Sandler’s best films are considered “Rotten” on Rotten Tomatoes, but he still maintains a loyal fan base.
  • Carey Mulligan, known for critically acclaimed performances, faces her lowest-rated film since The Great Gatsby with Spaceman, which still attracts attention.



Adam Sandler’s recent Netflix movie, Spaceman, has received poor critical reception, ending the impressive success streak of one of its stars. Adam Sandler is no stranger to subpar critical reception, though it’s hardly harmed his masterful career in comedy movies. Even a fair few of his lowest-scoring films are considered to be in the “so bad they’re good” territory. He has such a beloved film presence that he really can’t lose. That said, it’s doubtful that the negative reviews for Spaceman will obstruct its viewing numbers on Netflix, as many of its top hits have been poorly received by critics.

Many of Adam Sandler’s best movies are considered “Rotten” on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning they received 59% or lower as an aggregate score from critics. Classics like Big Daddy, Grown Ups, The Longest Yard, and many more have absolutely abysmal scores on the site. For Sandler, the 59% score for Spaceman is actually quite good. On the other hand, Spaceman co-star Carey Mulligan has had a consistently phenomenal reception critically, barely having any “Rotten” movies on her record.

Spaceman Is Carey Mulligan’s Lowest Live-Action Movie On Rotten Tomatoes Since The Great Gatsby

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Carey Mulligan is known as a respected, prestigious actor who’s been appearing in films for nearly two decades. She’s already earned three Academy Award nominations and four Golden Globe nominations, having appeared in supporting and leading roles in movies like Drive, Promising Young Woman, Inside Llewyn Davis, and more recently, Maestro and Saltburn. Carey Mulligan’s best movies and TV shows consistently contain stellar performances, making Spaceman’s poor reviews such a shock.

Spaceman is Carey Mulligan’s lowest-rated live-action movie on Rotten Tomatoes since The Great Gatsby, which itself has a criminally low score. The Great Gatsby was released in 2013, meaning she’s had over a decade of critical success until Spaceman. Still, the silver lining is that Spaceman will likely attract attention on the streaming service. Many of Netflix’s most-watched movies have poor reviews, including Sandler’s Murder Mystery 2, which had an even worse 45% score. Mulligan may have broken her impressive Rotten Tomatoes streak, but the movie is still #3 on the site’s global chart.

Carey Mulligan Has Only Had 4 “Rotten” Movies In Her Movie Career

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Mulligan’s breakthrough role as a prominent actress was in An Education in 2009, which earned her a first-time Academy Award nomination. Both before and after her rise to prominence, Carey Mulligan has managed to appear primarily in critically acclaimed films, with only four Rotten movies in her career. That’s an incredibly impressive statistic that speaks to her selection of parts, often prioritizing supporting roles in Oscar-caliber dramas rather than leading roles in critical disasters. Her “Rotten” movies are as follows:

Carey Mulligan Movies

Rotten Tomatoes Score

The Greatest (2009)


Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)


The Great Gatsby (2013)


Spaceman (2024)


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Spaceman is a sci-fi drama starring Adam Sandler and directed by Chernobyl director Johan Renck. The film, based on the book Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař, follows Jakub Procházka who goes on a solo mission to space and encounters a mysterious creature as he begins to lose touch with reality.

Johan Renck

Release Date
March 1, 2024

107 Minutes

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