Jeon Jong Seo‘s new Netflix thriller, Ballerina, was just released through the platform on October 6, 2023. A week into the launch, a good amount of subscribers got a chance to tune in to the 1.5 hour flick. Despite the stellar performance of the cast, the lackluster story ended up disappointing many. This was how a negative one-line review ended up going viral on social media, gaining 1.2 million views on Twitter. ”
발레리나 후기 공감 pic.twitter.com/he7Sm2FwbB
— 찰덕 (@chaildeog) October 9, 2023
Jong Seo unnie, don’t star in anything just because it’s by your boyfriend.
The movie was produced and directed by Lee Chung Hyun, who has been in a public relationship with Jeon Jong Seo since 2021. They previously worked on The Call together in 2020. Ballerina is about a bodyguard who sets out to fulfil her dead best friend’s dying wish, and ends up chasing after a drug cartel. Most English-language reviews also said similar things, commenting about how the cinematography might have been gorgeous, but the plot leaves much to be desired. Many also wondered why the title was named as such, when it was a “clichéd revenge flick.”
제목이 왜 발레리나인지도 모르겟음
걍 흔해빠진 복수물임 https://t.co/UcDyQByaLs
— 수애 (@jju_nimS2) October 9, 2023
I wonder why the title is Ballerina. It’s simply a clichéd revenge flick.
Others were simply disappointed after being teased so long.
발레리나 기대 했는데 보고 개실망함 https://t.co/Jwwil1p6bJ
— 소행성충돌 외계등장 (@9Allwa) October 9, 2023
I had been looking forward to Ballerina, but I was super disappointed after watching.
아ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 초반은 괜찮았는데 뒤로 갈수록 안타까운 탄성만 나옴….. 배우가 아깝다………………………… 너무너무……ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ대중의 시선은 무섭구나ㅋㅋㅋㅋ https://t.co/imOzqNRbKj
— 덴드 (@mcyyhw) October 9, 2023
Ah LOL. The first half was okay, but as it progressed, I only could sigh out of how much of a pity it was. The actors are wasted [on it]… So, so much. Seems like the gaze of the public is scary.
Others went a step further, commenting that the only good part of the show was the visuals from the two female leads.
ㄹㅇ 걍… 종서웅니와 신세휘씨가 이쁘게 나오는 거 빼고는 메리트 없음 볼 게 많다면 굳이 안봐도 됩니다 근데 자기는 종서웅니의 빵야빵야 총쓰는 모습을 보고싶다?? 그럼 보세요 그냥 https://t.co/u3NivloLOF
— 빠꾸업는바이크 (@hiiiii__rruuuuu) October 9, 2023
FR, it’s just… There’s no other merits apart from Jong Seo unnie and Shin Se Hwi coming out pretty. If you have many other things to watch, you don’t really have to watch this one. But if you want to see Jong Seo unnie shooting guns? Then just watch it.
It seems like Jeon Jong Seo’s girl crush image and many fangirls did most of the heavy lifting for Ballerina. As it was one of the most highly-teased acts for Netflix’s K-Drama and K-Movie launch of 2023, many were left disappointed. You could probably still watch the flick to catch Jeon Jong Seo’s badass moments!
i’m watching #Ballerina for the plot
the plot: pic.twitter.com/Af8XWkMSxP
— jeon jongseo pics (@jongseospics) October 8, 2023