Netflix's new no.1 has a 97% Rotten Tomatoes score – will you be watching?

A Man Called Otto is the number-one movie on Netflix right now – but is it worth watching?

A man called Otto
(Image credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment)

A Man Called Otto is the number one film on Netflix right now and audiences are fawning over the Tom Hanks comedy-drama, originally released in 2022. 

The role of a loveable grump might seem like it was written for Tom Hanks ("America’s Dad"), but it is in fact based on the 2014 novel A Man Called Ove

Hanks plays the titular Otto, a now-retired widower who has lived in the same neighbourhood for decades. Frustrated by the world around him, Otto has garnered a reputation for being blunt and difficult, when a new family moves in across the road, however, his walls slowly start to come down.

Critics liked the film on the whole, giving it a respectable but not spectacular 69% approval rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes but it is with audiences that it has really struck a chord, hence its rise to the top of one of the best streaming services. A 97% audience rating suggests that A Man Called Otto is a real crowd pleaser that critics may not be giving enough love. 

A Man Called Otto

(Image credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment)

The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw gave the film a miserly two stars, demonstrating an Otto-like grumpiness – although he did admit that “Hanks carries the film”. The main criticism levelled at the story (including from Bradshaw) is in the tonal inconsistency. Otto’s cantankerous humour is spread between some pretty dark moments in a way that can be quite jarring.

The film as a whole, however, has a cosyness and ends up delivering a message reminiscent of It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol. While it doesn’t have a festive setting, I can see this movie having similar success as a Christmas flick for families with teenage children. 

Judging by the high audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, If you want to intermittently laugh and then cry this weekend, then A Man Called Otto should be worth your consideration.

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.