The Last of Us is widely hailed as one of the greatest video games ever made, so there's understandably been a lot of trepidation surrounding the upcoming TV series.
While HBO is a cable channel known for its high production values, fans have already found fault with at least some of the creative decisions. For example, there are those who feel Bella Ramsey doesn't look enough like the Ellie from the games, while the decision to remove spores - and thereby those striking gas mask scenes - has been met with heavy criticism.
Regardless, the review embargo for The Last of Us' first season lifted yesterday (critics were given access to all 9 episodes), and that means we have an all-important Rotten Tomatoes score!
As of right now, it sits at an impressive 97% based on a total of 60 verdicts. Globe and Mail and Slant were the only outlets to award the show negative scores, robbing it of a short-lived 100% rating.
The Critics Consensus reads, "Retaining the most addictive aspects of its beloved source material while digging deeper into the story, The Last of Us is bingeworthy TV that ranks among the all-time greatest video game adaptations." With that in mind, we're sure a couple of less-than-glowing reviews will do little to hamper The Last of Us' chances of success.
In our own review, we concluded by saying, "Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey are incredible in The Last of Us, an unmissable, perfect adaptation of the hit video game series that manages to do the Naughty Dog title justice, all while expanding this world in thrilling new ways."
Will you be tuning into The Last of Us premiere on HBO this Sunday?