Olivia Newman’s mystery film Where the crayfish sing arrived on Netflix and immediately jumped to #1 on the site’s Most Popular Movies chart.
The film, which follows the story of a girl named Kya, features Daisy-Edgar Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson and David Strathairn.
Set in 1950s and 1960s rural North Carolina, the narrative blends elements of murder mystery, romance, and nature writing with a coming-of-age story about Kya, who grew up alone in the swamps.
The film is based on the bestselling book of the same name which has sold more than 12 million copies since its release in 2018. It was featured as part of Reese Witherspoon’s book club and the actor is now the executive producer of the film.
While audiences on Netflix clearly love the film adaptation, critics weren’t so convinced.
Find a rundown of Where the crayfish sing reviews below.
The independent – two stars
“Where the crayfish sing, in short, treat rural poverty as if it were a desirable aesthetic, the best way to reconnect with nature. This is a problem not only for obvious reasons”, The Independents Clarisse Loughrey wrote.
He added: “It [also] it seems especially farcical in the face of how the film’s only black characters are treated: a local couple, Jumpin (Sterling Macer Jr) and Mabel (Michael Hyatt), who own a shop and tend to abandoned Kya with godly generosity. In a movie set in 1960s South Carolina, race doesn’t matter. The film strictly insists that Kya is the only person in the prefix of her that she has ever been persecuted in any way.
The Guardian – a star
“This movie plays like an all-white reboot of Kill a Mockingbird with Edgar-Jones somehow managing to play Scout and Tom Robinson at the same time. And the big final twist is outrageously evasive cheating. Of the Guardian Peter Bradshaw wrote. “The scene where the film shows us, on the screen, moment by moment, what really happened and what responsibility the participants actually have. Well, suffice it to say, what we get is a hilariously ridiculous loophole, cakeist twist that left me craving alligators sliding into the swamp to chew on everyone involved.
Irish times – two stars
“During the opening scenes of this largely awful film, I was mulling some variations on ‘Carson McCullers Reimagined by Foghorn Leghorn.’ It is set in the American South. The bodies are found in the swamps. Paw beats the little uns. Doo, dah! Come on come on! irish times’ Donald Clarke wrote.
Evening standard – two stars
“I’d rather eat a box of Caran d’Ache pencils than see this mess again. However, I’m not horrified that it has found an audience (it’s a hit, in the US), because Kya la pariah is definitely deeper than it appears,” The Evening Standard Charlotte O’Sullivan wrote.
Where the crayfish sing is now available on Netflix.