Netflix has finally released its controversial Marilyn Monroe drama Golden – but some viewers have complained that the film is “unwatchable”.
Many viewers specified on social media that they couldn’t make it past 20 minutes Golden before leaving it.
The 18-rated film, based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, stars Ana de Armas as Monroe. Critics have been divided, with particular criticism over the film’s gruesome depiction of trauma and sexual assault.
In a one-star review for IndependentJesse Thompson wrote: “Golden The film is not bad because it is vulgar, exploitative and ugly, although it is all those things. It’s bad because it’s boring, self-indulgent and doesn’t know what it’s trying to say.”
Other viewers have taken to Twitter to decry the film’s failure.
“While the film is beautifully shot (most of the time) and Ana de Armas gives a brilliant performance, it falls flat quickly… and that final hour is… Jesus Christ, invisible. A complete head scratcher of a movie,” one person wrote.
“Trying to watch @netflix Blonde,” commented another. “Couldn’t stomach more than about 20 minutes of the nearly three-hour duration. Those 20 minutes were nothing but brutal and heartbreaking. Totally unwatchable.”
“I just started watching Golden And I shut it down after 20 minutes, enough said,” wrote a third, while another described it as “hate mail for Marilyn’s icon.”
“It’s begun Golden And closed it in record time,” revealed a person. “Graphically depicting rape on screen is not a meaningful way to depict the horrors of sexual assault. Please, I beg you to leave this woman alone and stop slapping SA survivors and women in the face.”
“Golden Has to be one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, I’m literally disgusted after watching it, Merlin deserves better,” wrote another viewer.
One scene in particular that people agree is too far is a “horrific” one involving JFK, which is being called a “disgusting exploit.”
The film is now available to stream on Netflix.