“The Postcard Killings” hit Netflix in January of 2024 and, according to streaming data aggregation site FlixPatrol, debuted in the number eight spot on January 27 — not bad considering the film’s theatrical performance. But what’s even more surprising than its auspicious streaming debut is that the movie then continued to climb the Netflix charts, hitting number two on January 28 before claiming the top spot on January 29.
How long Jeffrey Dean Morgan can cling to number one remains unclear, but this isn’t the first time a critical failure has wowed the Netflix crowds. Michael Fassbender’s historic flop “The Snowman” similarly dominated the streamer’s charts last year, as did Bert Kreischer’s “The Machine,” which received a stellar welcome when it hit Netflix in September of 2023 despite a rough critical reception following its theatrical debut.
What does this tell us about Netflix and/or “The Postcard Killings”? Well, it’s worth bearing in mind that Netflix has a dodgy history when it comes to its viewing metrics, but this might be yet another reminder that streaming audiences are a lot less discerning than those willing to venture out to the multiplex. Or perhaps it’s vindication for Morgan and what he and director Danis Tanovic may very well feel was an overlooked crime thriller. Whatever the case, if you like the sound of a New York detective heading across the pond to jolly old England to track down the killer who brutally murdered his daughter and son-in-law, then why not join in the “Postcard Killings” renaissance and stream away?