This article contains spoilers for Netflix’s “Purple Hearts.” Reader’s discretion is advised.

While most romantics and avid fans of sappy Netflix films are smitten with “Purple Hearts,” most film critics are not—and we agree on the latter.

Two weeks since its premiere, “Purple Hearts” has racked up millions of watch hours and a place in the top 10 most trending films worldwide. With the “successful” number of viewers, it secured its position as “the third best second-week Netflix film since July 2021, behind Red Notice and Don’t Look Up,” according to What’s On Netflix.

Lack of special-op, full of soap-op

The film has a fair share of praise, mainly for the lead stars’ undeniable chemistry, but when it comes to the plot and overall filmmaking, critics are calling it lackluster, absurd, and a poor, cheap attempt to make a movie. One critic even said via Rotten Tomatoes that the film “is too much soap-op, not enough special-op.”

And it is, considering that most of its initial promotions were highlighted to depict what it’s like to be married to a marine.

In its review, the NME stated that while the storyline did have “well-deserved moments,” the rest of the plot remains “a little too on-the-nose and obvious to become properly compelling.” The New York Times also remarked that while it recognizes the film’s “potential to be a poignant melodrama,” the overall plot is absurd.

Meanwhile, a review by Military Times described the film’s storyline as “thin” with a clichéd military premise but nevertheless acknowledged the chemistry between the stars as “off the charts.”

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Based on a 2017 novel by Tess Wakefield, “Purple Hearts” follows the love story of a troubled marine and an aspiring musician who first had an encounter at a bar. No, it wasn’t love at first sight, but rather “mutual contempt at first sight,” considering that both had different beliefs—with one being painted as a liberal through flags and bumper stickers.