NETFLIX'S adaptation of All the Light We Cannot See has been slammed as a 'terrible mess' and 'ghastly failure' despite star studded cast.
The historical drama, which is based on a Pulitzer Prize–winning book, features Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie.
Rising stars Aria Mia Loberti and Louis Hofmann from Germany also feature.
The novel, All the Light We Cannot See, did sensationally well after it was published in 2014.
Written by American author Anthony Doerr, the war story was applauded his lyrical writing style.
It was a massive commercial success, leading to dozens of reprints after the initial print run sold out.
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As of late 2021, the book has sold more than 15 million copies.
It was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and that year's Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
The new Netflix series has stayed true to the story as it followed two opposing characters, a blind French girl and a German youth who becomes a soldier due to his skill with radio technology.
Set in the World War II, the young soldier has been conscripted against his will and is tasked with locating the source of her broadcasts.
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However, the series (directed by Shawn Levy) failed to impress critics even with the anticipation and fan buzz surrounding its premiere.
The Guardian's Lucy Mangan said the show had "all the subtlety of "Allo, 'Allo!" whereas Michael Hogan hit out at the "sanitised" adaptation for The Telegraph.
The Independent's Nick Hilton branded the series a "shonky, star-studded dud" and slammed the viewing for its "tweeification of horror."
Radio Times' Morgan Cormack felt that it fell into the trap of telling, rather than showing the emotional impact of the stories.
She said: "The series suffers from bouts of lengthy dialogue and discussions of things we should really be seeing for ourselves."
All the Light We Cannot See is available to stream on Netflix from Thursday 3rd November.
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