Cinephiles say cinema can only be experienced on the big screen. It's something that people share culturally. Netflix is disrupting the way people are approaching and watching movies—and critics say that's a bad thing. There's a certain magic that comes from seeing images come alive on the big screen with an audience. Netflix is rejecting the big screen entirely and cinephiles worry movies will never be the same again.
This is an ideal, of course. France, despite the way Americans fetishize it, is no utopia when it comes to art; it’s overly given to traditionalism and often fixated on the past. But it's an ideal many see as worth preserving. So the idea of letting cinema fracture into something mainly bent on entertaining individual tastes (or, at best, the tastes of the people who can sit together in a living room) is anathema. Streaming is not a matter of first resort; it's a last one, something you do only when you have no other option, and after the critical conversation about the film is long over.
Others think the hand-wringing over the way movies are changing is pointless. Netflix is taking risks by supporting movies large studios would never touch. Just look at the endless reboots and sequels dominating American box offices. Do we really need eight 'Fast and Furious' movies? The big screen is not what it used to be and people need to accept that.
In that context, Netflix is actually a boon to movies, something that can buck the trend toward bland, huge-budget entertainment aimed at dragging in the maximum revenue possible. As Stiller pointed out, the flexibility and targeted nature of Netflix lets the company invest midrange resources into films on which studios are no longer willing to gamble.
Netflix is also giving people around the world the opportunity to see movies they would never been able to see. Arthouse and foreign films are hard to find in the city. It's even harder in rural and suburban areas. Netflix's rejection of the big screen means more people can enjoy these movies. Is that really such a bad thing?
Netflix is not ruining cinema, it's financing storytellers and giving those stories a platform to be seen. That's literally the opposite.