There was never going to be consensus. The property was too prickly (and old) to guarantee an aesthetic group hug. But with most of the reviews in and an aggregate standing of 74% at Rotten Tomatoes (and a supposedly more ‘accurate’ 64% at Metacritic), it is clear that some element of the legitimate press were equally upset with Ridley Scott’s return to Alien territory. Even worse, the social media and comment boards have been lighting up with fascinating flame wars, all centering on whether or not the aging auteur did his foundational franchise any good. In many of the discussions, there’s limited middle ground. Indeed, the vast majority of opinions on Prometheus run the gamut from absolutely love to…well, absolutely hate.
Again, it’s not hard to see why. When you say “prequel” - even one disowned by the creator as having anything other than a “DNA” connection to the source - you parse expectations. Those heavily invested in the film series and the stories they’ve told demand answers, anticipate connections, and create a kind of fan fiction fantasy in their head about what and how this introductory movie will function. They are so ensconced in the idea of an Alien prologue that anything other than the vision reflected in their mind’s eye will do. Mythos can only manage so much, almost guaranteeing disappointment. It’s a byproduct of the age we live in and the media marketplace where ideas tend to flourish before flying wildly out of control.