FALLOUT Hits Rotten Tomatoes With A Fresh Score - Here's What Critics Are Saying!

FALLOUT Hits Rotten Tomatoes With A Fresh Score - Here's What Critics Are Saying! FALLOUT Hits Rotten Tomatoes With A Fresh Score - Here's What Critics Are Saying!

Prime Video's Fallout TV series definitely has bombed because the small screen adaptation of the hit video game franchise has arrived on Rotten Tomatoes with a score that's not far off The Last of Us.

By JoshWilding - Apr 11, 2024 12:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Video Games
Source: GameFragger.com

In recent weeks, the initial excitement surrounding Prime Video's Fallout TV series appears to have died off. A poorly edited clip did little to help matters, though the series has long faced criticisms from fans of the hit gaming series concerned it might not deliver. 

Well, the review embargo lifted earlier today and it's since been made clear that there was no need to worry.

As we first reported on GameFragger.com, Fallout has an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 46 reviews, putting it in roughly the same ballpark as The Last of Us (which has 96%). That's undeniably impressive and, while plenty more verdicts will likely be counted in the days ahead, this is a strong start for a show which recently got the semi-official green light for a second season. 

Here's the initial Tomatometer reveal and a link to a full list of reviews. 

We have, however, rounded up what critics have been saying about the series and, as you'll see from the excerpts below, the consensus is overall very positive. 

Joy and Nolan's last big sci-fi show, The Peripheral, was canned after one season, reportedly as a result of industry strikes. Westworld was cancelled four seasons into a planned six-season run. I think it'll be third time lucky. Fallout is both totally rad and an absolute blast. [4/5] - BBC

Fallout expands on the big ideas of the games, making it an adaptation worth watching both for fans and those unfamiliar. It’s an equal parts funny and nightmarish show that, like its protagonist, isn’t content to live inside a projection of the past. [4/5] - Empire

That most of Prime Video’s Fallout consists of getting sidetracked by bullshit is simultaneously one of its main charms and one of its most frustrating flaws. At its liveliest, the sci-fi adventure captures the fun of simply getting to explore a strange new world, meeting colorful characters and going down mysterious rabbit holes. But the lack of urgency also means its eight hours take an awfully long time to get where it’s going. - The Hollywood Reporter

A bright and funny apocalypse filled with dark punchlines and bursts of ultra-violence, Fallout is among the best video game adaptations ever made. [9/10] - IGN

Instead of adapting one specific game storyline, the show uses the games' settings, character archetypes, and various genres — yes, including Westerns — to craft something that is at once original, yet wholly Fallout. Yes, there may be some stumbles in this televised excursion through the wasteland, but it's still a fun ride. - Mashable

Fallout may look the part and nail the video game’s cheery optimism/dog-eat-dog inhumanity mein, but by its umpteenth attempt at making this funny—Glen Miller big band cliches overtop of a transmogrified giant fish trying to eat a young squire!—you want this one trick mutated pony to die a quick and painful death already. [D] - The Playlist

Despite its inconsistent tone and overcrowded story, Fallout blows the competition away with a game-accurate, hilarious quest through the Wasteland anchored by plenty of personality and punchy social commentary. [4/5] - Total Film

The show’s clearly committed to being the definitive Fallout adaptation, a love letter to fans, no question, while still opening the vault door to welcome in just about everyone else brave enough to step inside. - TV Line

Based on one of the greatest video game series of all time, Fallout is the story of haves and have-nots in a world in which there’s almost nothing left to have. Two-hundred years after the apocalypse, the gentle denizens of luxury fallout shelters are forced to return to the irradiated hellscape their ancestors left behind - and are shocked to discover an incredibly complex, gleefully weird, and highly violent universe waiting for them.  

Fallout premieres later today on Prime Video, two days earlier than expected.

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Vigor - 4/10/2024, 8:06 PM
Watching it tonight!!
Origame - 4/10/2024, 8:07 PM
Again, not saying it will be bad, but critics have lost all meaning now. After all, this is only 2% higher than the critics score for the last jedi.
asherman93 - 4/10/2024, 9:59 PM
@Origame - Rotten Tomatoes is just an aggregate site. It’s the content of said reviews and why the critic in question liked/disliked it that matters more.

I had a teacher who made an interesting suggestion once - look at the lowest scored review of a good movie, and the highest scoring review of a bad film, and that might tel you more whether you might like the thing in question.
Malatrova15 - 4/10/2024, 8:07 PM
You mean here? Not in Toonado?
MaxPaint - 4/10/2024, 8:20 PM
@Malatrova15 - That shit still exist? I mean Hunter Schafer not Toonado.
Malatrova15 - 4/10/2024, 8:20 PM
@MaxPaint - pls b c
marvel72 - 4/10/2024, 8:46 PM
@MaxPaint - LOL
ReverseFlasher - 4/10/2024, 8:09 PM
Super excited for this, especially the full season drop. Jonathan Nolan never disappoints, as far as Im concerned .
MaxPaint - 4/10/2024, 8:21 PM
I'll check this one for sure, Fallout is one of my favorite franchises. It only needs to have the same tone as Fallout 3.
HashTagSwagg - 4/10/2024, 8:23 PM
"Fresh", based on 36 reviews? you people call this shit way too early.
marvel72 - 4/10/2024, 8:48 PM
@HashTagSwagg - They haven't even seen all the episodes.
ReverseFlasher - 4/10/2024, 9:38 PM
@marvel72 - you sure about that? thought I saw a couple reviews that reference the season as a whole and where it ends etc
ReverseFlasher - 4/11/2024, 12:47 AM
@HashTagSwagg - 36 reviews aint enough?! Lmao bro get a life.
HashTagSwagg - 4/11/2024, 7:47 AM
@ReverseFlasher - Black Panther was 100% from 44 reviews, if you like swallowing BS then that's your sandwich.
Apophis71 - 4/11/2024, 7:59 AM
@HashTagSwagg - It's a TV show not a film, tend to have way less reviews in after they have premiered than movies do before their opening weekend (sometimes TV show never get over a hundred critic reviews) so...

...now on 93% with 60 reviews however and already dropped so waiting any longer would be fairly pointless bothering with critic review aggragate scores as anyone paying much attention to such things will tend to want to know it before they watch the first episode (after that they build attention by WoM).
HashTagSwagg - 4/11/2024, 8:11 AM
@Apophis71 - It's been a day since it's release, I'll wait until enough actual humans see it before deciding to get invested.
Apophis71 - 4/11/2024, 8:59 AM
@HashTagSwagg - Which is entirely fair, however if outlets waited more than a day since release to talk about reviews it wouldn't be newsworthy at all is kinda the point and also not negating the fact RT scores are fairly meaningless anyway as only indicative of how broad the appeal is likely to be not if it is truly great or not.
DarthAlgar - 4/10/2024, 8:33 PM
I'll get around to it.

I finally got around to Twisted Metal and holy shit it was surprisingly good.
MyCoolYoung - 4/10/2024, 10:33 PM
@DarthAlgar - I definitely liked twisted metal and can’t wait for the next season
bkmeijer1 - 4/11/2024, 1:25 AM
@DarthAlgar @MyCoolYoung - I liked it a lot too. Guess the games didn't have much to offer, so the show had a clean slate to create a human story around it
MyCoolYoung - 4/11/2024, 11:47 AM
@bkmeijer1 - especially from where they started at. They did it like the new mortal combat did it… except good
bkmeijer1 - 4/11/2024, 2:30 PM
@MyCoolYoung - that isn't hard, considering the reboot from a few years back was just a really nonsensical movie
Fares - 4/10/2024, 8:39 PM
I can't believe I'm actually excited for this. I never really gave a shit about Fallout.
TheVisionary25 - 4/10/2024, 8:47 PM
@Fares - same…

Never really seemed like my cup of tea entirely but might give it a shot.
CoHost - 4/10/2024, 9:19 PM
Last of Us's average score - 84

Fallout - 72

Yeah totally similar
TheVisionary25 - 4/10/2024, 9:29 PM
It’s at 93% from 59 reviews now so that’s cool…

I haven’t played the games but the show looked good imo so interested in checking it out!!.

Can’t wait to see Walton Goggin’s The Ghoul especially , seems like the most intriguing character to me in this as of now.

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AnthonyVonGeek - 4/10/2024, 9:32 PM
Nice. I’m excited to watch it. Gonna start it after I finish watching this cheesy movie…
Forthas - 4/10/2024, 9:57 PM
Jonathan Nolan is an elite Producer/Show Runner and writer. Very much looking forward to this!
LeDiableBlanc - 4/10/2024, 10:02 PM
Probably will start watching it tomorrow. The games are good.
MyCoolYoung - 4/10/2024, 10:36 PM
Surprised they dropped them all at once. Definitely will start today
bkmeijer1 - 4/11/2024, 1:26 AM
@MyCoolYoung - same. I checked a few months ago when the last episode was gonna drop, assuming it was gonna be weekly. Guess I was wrong
MyCoolYoung - 4/11/2024, 11:46 AM
@bkmeijer1 - that’s been the model for some time now. I honestly expect it now unless stated otherwise. Streaming starting to look a lot like cable
bkmeijer1 - 4/11/2024, 2:29 PM
@MyCoolYoung - Prime does have unusual release windows though, like first three episodes at once and the other five weekly, so with Prime it's always guessing.

I do think it really depends on the show though. 3 Body Problem should've been weekly imo, especially that fifth episode needed a week to discuss
MyCoolYoung - 4/11/2024, 8:05 PM
@bkmeijer1 - I haven’t seen it. Was it good?
bkmeijer1 - 4/12/2024, 3:15 AM
@MyCoolYoung - it is in my opinion. It starts out as a sort of thriller and slowly morphs into full sci-fi. One storyline is more sci-fi than the other, but it's intervowen with each other quite good.

There's real stakes in the show too, and I also really like that the science is based on real stuff. Can't say a lot about it though, because anything is pretty much a spoiler.
vegetaray - 4/10/2024, 11:15 PM
Well, surprisingly, the first episode was damn good!

I was fully expecting this to be crap but there it is, a legitimate Fallout series.
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