The streaming wars have really heated up over the past few years, with a number of different services releasing new movie content. Netflix has been putting out originals at a dizzying pace, including a number of franchises. The Kissing Booth is one such property, with the young adult story coming to an end with Vince Marcello's The Kissing Booth 3. Reviews for this new streaming release have started rolling in, so how did critics respond to the threequel?
It seems to be a mixed back critically for The Kissing Booth 3, so it should be interesting to see how Netflix subscribers respond to the final installment of the trilogy. After all, the titles are usually massive popular. IndieWire's Kate Erbland called The Kissing Booth's finale "forgettable", and had issues with both the story and performances. As she put it,
But not all of the reviews coming in for The Kissing Booth 3 have the same opinion. There were both middling and positive reviews for the sequel, and praise for the performance by leading actress Joey King. ScreenRant's Molly Freeman seems to enjoy the franchise as light fare, rating the threequel with 2/5 stars and saying:
The critical response to The Kissing Booth 3 continues to be divisive, as seen in The AV Club's review by Caroline Siede. Siede criticized the third movie for not having enough stakes to really capture audience's attention. They also took aim at the franchise's case of characters, saying:
The lack of a hook in The Kissing Booth 3 was seemingly also addressed in the review by New York Times' Natalia Winkelman. They addressed the new installments' lack of excitement, while also acknowledging it is a fitting finale for the property. That review reads,
And as much criticism as The Kissing Booth 3 has taken during certain reviews, there was also a rave from The Young Folks' Chelsie Derman. That glowing review praised the messaging of the new Netflix movie, especially for those who have seen the previous two installments. As they put it,
Of course, audiences have been known for have their own response to movies, sometimes conflicting with critics. Luckily for fans, they'll be able to judge for themselves as The Kissing Booth 3 is already streaming on Netflix. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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