Adam Sandler has said he stopped reading reviews after the harsh criticism BillyMadison.
The actor opened up about his views on film critics during a recent Netflix chat about his latest film Hurry.
Sandler, 56, said he stopped paying attention to reviews after his 1995 comedy BillMadison was torn up by film critics.
Although the comedy – which Sandler co-wrote with Tim Herlily – is widely considered an integral part of the actor’s work, he recalled that 90 percent of film critics called it “garbage” upon release.
“When I was 17 and dealing with it, I didn’t think about critics … I didn’t even know something like that was coming,” he said.
“I just thought you make films, people watch them. When BillyMadison came out, me and my friend who wrote it, we just thought, ‘Oh yeah, they’re going to write about it in New York!’
“We grew up reading the papers, we went to NYU. And then we read the first one and we were like, ‘Oh my god, what happened? They hate us.” And then we said, ‘That must have been that newspaper,’ but then 90 percent of the newspapers say, ‘That’s rubbish.’”
Sandler said the criticism hurt him mostly because “you know your grandmother reads it.”
He and Herlily decided not to read any more reviews of their work “because it was so hard.”
“I say the first two or three, Lucky Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, we would still hear about it,” Sandler said. “People would call us, ‘Can you believe they said that about you?’ I’d say, ‘I haven’t read it man…’”
That adult The star went on to say that he understands where the criticism is coming from, adding: “But everything has turned out brilliantly. And it’s OK, I get it. Critics will not connect to certain things and what they want to see. I understand that it doesn’t click for them.”
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However, he said he was “glad” to be getting credit for it Hurry. “I’m glad I’m getting credit, I suppose, but everyone worked hard on the film,” the comedian said. “I had a great role and I did my best.”
The actor, who has a $350m (£199m) deal with Netflix, is appearing in a sports drama Hurry as a basketball scout.
Sandler’s previous films for Netflix, including The ridiculous 6, Sandy Wexler and thrillerwere all torn apart by critics.
HurryHowever, Sandler has garnered some of the best reviews of his career to date — and even smashed an impressive Rotten Tomatoes record.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/adam-sandler-reviews-critics-billy-madison-b2238555.html Adam Sandler says he stopped reading film reviews after seeing the reviews for that one film