A chilling addition to Netflix’s ever-growing true crime library has cemented its place as one of the most popular titles on the streaming platform right now. After premiering on Tuesday, May 10th, the new Netflix original film Our father has already become one of the top movies and joins the ranks of other true crime documentaries to gain popularity, including King of the Tigers, catch killerand Don’t fuck with catsamong many others.
Running at just over an hour and a half, the new docuseries is packed with twists and turns as it details the chilling true story of fertility doctor Donald Cline. Years after Jacoba Ballard, an only child, was conceived through donor sperm, a DNA test uncovers the truth behind Dr. Cline’s practice and reveals that Ballard has dozens of half-siblings, a number that only grows as she and her siblings set out on a journey to find the truth. They soon discover that their parents’ fertility doctor, Cline, has inseminated dozens of his patients with his own sperm.
although Our father It’s only been available to stream for a little over a week, and it’s already made a pretty big impact on subscribers. On Thursday, May 19, the documentary ranked as the second most popular film on the platform, behind the comedy starring Rebel Wilson senior year. It happens borego, Operation Mincemeatand The perfect familyrounding out the top 5. Our father is also successful worldwide outside the USA, Our father is the #4 movie on the streaming service, according to the latest FlixPatrol data. It just falls back The takedown, The perfect familyand senior yearwhich once again claimed the top spot.
Although the documentary was freshly certified on Rotten Tomatoes with a 75% critic rating, it received some mixed reviews. That Chicago Sun Times‘ Richard Roeper wrote that “director Lucie Jourdan paints a vividly disturbing picture of Cline, using his own words and actions against him, but making it wise and compassionate Our father so much for the victims.” Indeed The Wall Street Journal‘s John Anderson wrote that the documentary “is a horror story presented too much as a horror film”.
Our father is just the latest Netflix original true crime title set to grab the attention of subscribers. It joins an existing true crime library filled with hits The Puppet Master: Hunt for the Ultimate Imposter, Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miamiand Sophie: A Murder in West Corkall of which have landed on Netflix in the last few months.