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This Netflix top 10 movie is so bad it has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes

The thing to remember about Netflix and other streaming libraries is that there is a lot of junk out there. And sometimes people watch it in such a large amount that it gets into the top 10 of the list. That seems to be the case with John Travolta’s newest record Trade Paint.

The 2019 film was ranked #7 on Netflix’s Top 10 Movies list, although it managed to earn an impressively low 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Being so bad that there isn’t a single good review is actually something. Whether it’s worth watching is another question.

What is commercial paint?

Released back in 2019, Trading Paint follows Sam Monroe (Travolta), a locally renowned stock car racer. Long retired, Sam’s main goal is to support the career of his son, Cam (Tony Sebastian). But Cam’s success is hampered by a lack of funding, which is why, in desperation and a desire to prove himself, he moves to a rival team.

Sam’s reaction is one of anger, followed by the decision to come out of retirement and regain his championship status. The film also features Shania Twain as Becky, Sam’s girlfriend, as well as Michael Madson and Lynxy, head of a rival racing team.

What do critics think of Trading Paint?

0% rating at Rotten Tomatoes (will open in a new tab) means that there are no positive reviews about Trading Paint on the site. Granted, it’s only showing 12 reviews right now, but a failure like that is almost as unprecedented as getting a full 100% rating.

Viewers seem to agree with the rating, with an average rating of 31% based on over 50 ratings. Some people seemed to appreciate the film despite its shortcomings, but overall it was disliked. IMDB shows a score of 4.4 out of 10. (will open in a new tab)based on 2.1k ratings and the worldwide box office was $18,566.

Glenn Kenny at RogerEbert.com (will open in a new tab) gave the film a 1.5 out of 4, calling it “an apparently unremarkable off-road racing movie”. While Frank Scheck at The Hollywood Reporter (will open in a new tab) stated that “there is enough material for a sufficiently exciting drama. For some reason, writers Craig R. Welch and Greg Gerani couldn’t come up with anything interesting.”

Johnny Oleksinski at the New York Post (will open in a new tab) noted that “there is potential for enjoyment in an old story done right”, but unfortunately “Travolta, wheezing in a southern accent as he exaggerates his outbursts and emotional reconciliations, falls short.”

Bottom line: is Trading Paint worth watching?

Movies are subjective and different people like different things. However, Trading Paint might be something you might miss out on. The negative reception from audiences and critics is sufficient indication that this is a bad film. And by that we mean really bad, not so bad that it’s fun you get with things like The Room.

So, unless you really want to watch something, and you don’t have to spend 90 minutes on something you don’t necessarily have to pay close attention to, Trading Paint probably shouldn’t be on your watchlist. There are plenty of top picks on the top 10 list right now, including Sing 2, The Sea Beast, and 12 Strong.

Hell, you might even be better off watching The Gray Man. The critics didn’t like it, but the audience seemed to like it.

Remember when John Travolta made good movies? What the hell happened there?

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