If it's actually disappointing, rather than merely just OK, it's that one (still) expects more from the co-creator of The Office.
There's a great satire to be made about our modern interaction with journalists, and how gullible the American people can be when it comes to how reporters shape stories to their own benefit. "Special Correspondents" is not that movie.
There's nothing wrong with the type of movie "Special Correspondents" wants to be. The problem is that Mr. Gervais doesn't appear capable of making a good version of it.
Let me be clear: Nothing about Special Correspondents is relevant or interesting about media, warfare, or human nature.
A tepid Gervais is better than no Gervais at all, and Special Correspondents has its moments, most of which are supplied by supporting cast members like America Ferrera and Vera Farmiga.
Kevin P. Sullivan
What Gervais may have previously turned into a pointed satire of the news media instead becomes a flimsy farce that's surprisingly low on laughs.
Whatever point it might have is dulled by Gervais' cursory direction and a shortage of real-world overlap.
It's not exactly breaking news, but the British comic certainly has fun going for broke.
Netflix's ill-conceived satire marks a career low for writer-director-star Ricky Gervais.