We all know that aggregator sites like Rotten Tomatoes have issues with the way their scoring system works. We also know critics scores have sometimes been far out of whack with audience scores on the same kind of sites. Even so, this bears comment. The Last Of Us scores are out, and the HBO video game adaption has scored 100% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
The theme from the reviews are that The Last Of Us is the best video game adaption ever made and stays faithful to the game until exactly when it doesn’t need to be. When it does, they say it is expansive rather than wildly out of place.
Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) produce The Last Of Us. Here is a selection of review:
“For fans of the game, it is an adaptation of the utmost skill and reverence, yet one still capable of surprise; for people who have never picked up a controller, it is an encapsulation of the game’s heart and soul – its full-blooded characters, its neat plotting, its mature themes of love and loss. 4/5”
Stephen Kelly, BBC
“Comfortably the best adaptation of a video game ever made: one that deepens the game’s dystopian lore while staying true to its emotional core. Like the game, it’s a masterpiece, too. 5/5”
John Nungent, Empire
“The show expertly tugs on both the heartstrings and the nerves to create something that feels very binge-able. For thriller fans, it’s going to be catnip: more please.”
Vicky Jessop, London Evening Standard
“What works about The Last of Us works well enough that one sees the near future in which the show winds up among television’s best. The raw material, including a poignant and thoughtful curiosity about what it might be like to live through catastrophe, is there.”
Daniel D’Addario, Variety
“The Last of Us becomes at least as engrossing in its quiet moments as in its scary ones — and arguably more so when it’s just focusing on who these people are rather than the dangers they are running from.”
Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone
The Last of Us is imminent. It is released on January 15th on HBO with an episode a week coming after that.
UPDATE – Since writing this article, the score has slipped to a measly 90%.