Joey King Explains Why ‘The Kissing Booth’ Is Not a Movie for Critics

Critics weren’t too kind while reviewing the first The Kissing Booth movie and the film’s star Joey King isn’t bothered by what they think!

The 20-year-old actress opened up about the negative reviews while appearing on Variety and iHeart’s The Big Ticket podcast.

“I understand that critics weren’t all over this movie, but that’s the thing — it’s not meant for critics to be like, ‘Wow, what a movie!’ It’s meant for people to watch and have a great time,” Joey told podcast host Marc Malkin. “I’m thankful that I got to do The Act, where critics were like, ‘Oh, that’s awesome.’ But also not everything you do has to have critical acclaim. It doesn’t mean it’s not successful. And it doesn’t mean it’s not one of my favorite projects I’ve worked on. And just the fan reaction to it is all the criticism I need as far as just the way it fills my heart.”

While the movie has a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, it was a smash hit for Netflix and was the streaming service’s most re-watched movie of 2018. Clearly fans didn’t care about the reviews!

FYI: Joey is wearing a Sotos Natkis overalls, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, and Lillian Shalom ring.

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