Netflix's Obliterated is getting obliterated by critics – watch these 4 action comedies instead

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The Netflix action comedy series Obliterated, about a special forces team who have to save Las Vegas while being completely intoxicated, isn't getting great reviews since its debut on the best streaming service

While Collider is a rare positive voice, saying it's a filthy and fun action comedy, The Guardian says it's so bad you're hoping the bad guys nuke the heroes, giving it just one out of five stars. Meanwhile, Variety says it's "nearly unwatchable... no fun at all". 

The show's too new to have Rotten Tomatoes ratings – it only debuted today – but clearly it's not going to be a high scorer, which means it won't likely make our list of the best Netflix series. You might want to check out these four films instead.

The Nice Guys

I loved this film, and if you like Shane Black movies – of which this is one – then you're going to love it too. Black is the writer of films including Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Last Boy Scout and The Last Action Hero. 

The same blend of whip-smart wisecracking and excellent action is delivered with great gusto here by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Stuff said it "ticks every box for an R-rated good time", while MovieFreak said that "The Nice Guys is a major blast, Crowe and Gosling having the time of their lives bringing all this madcap, blood-splattered lunacy to life."

Stream it on Netflix in the US and Australia, and Prime Video in the UK.   

Midnight Run

Starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin this is the fast, funny, intense movie every odd-couple cop film wants to be. As the late, great Roger Ebert wrote on its original release, "whoever cast De Niro and Grodin must have had a sixth sense for the chemistry they would have; they work together so smoothly, and with such an evident sense of fun, that even their silences are intriguing." 

The LA Times called it "murderous fun", noting that while "it’s not a very original idea or a very inventive screenplay: one more buddy-buddy crime comedy, with a tightly suppressed homo-erotic undercurrent, loaded with car crashes, gunfights and exploding helicopters". The acting elevates it: "There’s some soul behind the explosions, a heartbeat below the slick carnage."

Stream it on Netflix in the US or rent it on YouTube in the UK and Australia. 

They Cloned Tyrone

John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, and Jamie Foxx are spectacular in this superbly smart, self-aware and very, very funny pulp caper: I love the YouTube comment that describes it as a Jordan Peele/Black Mirror mash-up. 

It has a solid 100% audience rating on the tomato site and an infinite scroll of delighted critics who love its affectionate homage to the blaxploitation films of the 70s, its beautifully written script and the intelligence that's never far beneath even the biggest laughs. See it, clone yourself and then watch it again twice. 

Stream it on Netflix in the US, UK and Australia.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

You know you've got a winner when even the synopsis is funny. Unremarkable garage rock bassist Scott has an unusual problem: his girlfriend's army of seven evil ex-boyfriends all want to kill him. It's deeply silly, utterly loveable and completely hilarious, with Michael Cera perfectly cast as the titular hero and Mary Elizabeth Winstead delivering a fun performance as the woman whose exes can't let her go. 

"It's fresh, funny, inventive and unique," said Newsday, while the London Evening Standard praised it as "geek heaven, a mash-up of comic books, computer games, grunge rock and slacker drama". As Time Out put it: "It could have been a noisy, flashy mess, but luckily it's got heart, which makes it feel fun and unique, and more like a lo-fi, endearing mess instead."

Stream it on Netflix in the US or rent it on YouTube in the UK and Australia. 

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Carrie Marshall

Writer, broadcaster, musician and kitchen gadget obsessive Carrie Marshall (Twitter) has been writing about tech since 1998, contributing sage advice and odd opinions to all kinds of magazines and websites as well as writing more than a dozen books. Her memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, is on sale now. She is the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR.