Do you ever find out movies you’ve loved all these years were widely-panned? How’s your reaction?
I have two in mind for me.
Jackie Chan’s “Around the World in 80 Days” was immensely enjoyable for me. I was stuck in an airplane as a kid once and I would have died of impatience and boredom had it not been for Jackie Chan. It was funny enough to make me laugh. It had recognizable stars I liked. I liked everything about Jackie Chan’s bad english. His kung-fu. I liked the hot blonde chick with the cute accent. And I just liked the wacky steam-punk-y old-timey vibe.
Anyways I recently decided to wiki the film, and turns out…it was blasted by critics and viewers, it almost feels like I’m the only one in the world who enjoyed it. Admittedly I saw it when I was relatively young, and in an airplane. Still. Jackie Chan! In a rather creative setting! Comedy! Old-timey setting! Schwarzeneggar’s last film before ascending to the position of Governor! NO CHRIS TUCKER!!!! What’s not to love? No Chris Tucker!
Other than that, there’s also the western Godzilla. Why? Because I was a kid, and it had a really big dinosaur.
Primetime22: I remember being a lot more surprised when movies I grew up with were *critically acclaimed*. After a while you just kind of assume most kids movies that aren’t Disney weren’t accepted by adult audiences or critics, so it’s fun to see the opposite.
*Spy Kids*, for example, has 93% on Rotten Tomatoes (97% among Top Critics).
docbrolic: I still don’t understand why this happened with one of my childhood favorites, Stephen Spielberg’s Hook. Maybe it was being compared heavily with his other works or other box office movies at the time. To this day I think it’s enjoyable.
CorndogNinja: *Muppets From Space* was my favorite Muppet movie as a kid, I watched it again and again and to this day still quote some of the one-liners and gags. I really enjoy the cool 70s soundtrack, the sci-fi feeling, and the familial feeling of the Muppet boarding house. Characters like Gonzo, Rizzo, Pepe, and Bunsen and Beaker get some great scenes despite not usually being at the forefront of the Muppet troupe.
But recently I discovered that, especially among the Muppet fandom, it’s considered one of the worst Muppet movies. I do think it has flaws (most notably that there are no original songs!) but I was surprised to see the reputation was so poor.
the_bespectacled_guy: I loved Hoodwinked when I was a kid. Thought it was hilarious and intelligently written. Really shocked to see what a mixed score it had on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jakeola1: Not exactly panned, but Hot Rod only has a 40% on RT. That movie is fucking hilarious, and I was really confused when I saw that score.
Quackadacck: Nacho Libre’s negative reception by both critcs AND audiences on review sites still perplexes me. I still think the movie is hilarious and I think it’s actually a pretty heart-warming movie. Pretty much everyone that I know who has seen has said that they really liked it, and have seen it multiple times. I guess there’s a silent majority of people who just didn’t like the movies sense of humor.
Trixxster103: Apparently not a lot of people like the horror movie Event Horizon. I love it and have thusly decided that the collective reviewers are simply wrong.
HonestJon311: I watched Titan A.E. as a kid and really enjoyed it, but it’s got 51% on Rotten Tomatoes. I still like it for the nostalgia, though, and it’s got some great performances and characters.
andrew991116: I loved watching The Pacifier whenever it comes up on TV. I found out about its middling reviews when I looked up Wikipedia to read about its production. I still love watching The Pacifier on TV.
Tevesh_CKP: I’m not surprised you liked Around the World in 80 Days – you saw it as a kid.
There are movies that are only good for the time they were made in; such as Wasabi. An early 2000s French movie that takes place in Japan at the height of Dance Dance Revolution, which plays a part in it. Unless you watched it when it was made, it probably looks like terrible schlock. Another example would be the Boondock Saints; a hilarious, offensive action movie that I fear has not aged well.
These are movies that if you saw at the time, you shouldn’t rewatch. Enjoy the memories.
There are movies that are only good for a particular part of your life. I found out that I missed the boat on The Breakfast Club. Critically acclaimed, apart of everyone’s favourite teenager movie list and I saw it in my mid 20s. Too late. I couldn’t really get suckered into it. I love Star Wars but if I talk to someone who is in their mid-20s I feel like they’ve missed the boat on being able to fully assimilate into a fun kid’s adventure romp.
There are movies that are only good for where you are in your life. Perhaps you’re feeling listless and something comes along that perfectly encapsulates your feeling. Or you’re just happy and this movie perfect nails that emotion for you. These are movies that you shouldn’t watch outside of that mood, as the contrast would just be too much. He Never Died spoke to me so much about depression but if you see it outside of that mood, it doesn’t hit as hard.
Some movies are indispensable while others are just entertainment. Watching either without the necessary environment will ruin the film. Snakes on a Plane on opening night was perfect, still my best theatre experience of all time. Watching that alone, in quiet contemplation wouldn’t work. Just like if I tried to watch 12 Angry Men with a rowdy audience.
And some are a cultural zeitgeist. I watched the original Point Break recently and I didn’t feel it, yet if I saw it in the 90s when it was made it would probably perfect capture everything I want in that time. The last big zeitgeist movie I can think of off of the top of my head would be Avatar and just like a hangover, people are trashing it now now that the fun is over.
As for me, my choice is Lady in the Water. I love fairy tales, meta and the stories-within-stories act structure. This movie knows my weakness, even if it seems like the world hates it.
neonraisin: More than anything I’m intrigued. I read/watch reviews given at the time, both positive and negative, and see what the more constant points of contention were. It doesn’t change my previous emotional reactions to the movie one bit. It does make me consider it in a new way, which is never ever bad. For better or for worse, it usually makes me go watch the movie again.
walterpeck1: The Thing has to be up there. It’s very much a cult classic and praised now. It came out against E.T. and Blade Runner and was left in the dust. It took life on home video and cable for people to recognize it for what it was.
UHF suffered much the same fate in 1989.
TheLast_Centurion: I thought Waterworld was considered good until I came to reddit and Im still buffled by this cause I dont know anyone personally who disliked this movie.
jeyborne: >NO CHRIS TUCKER!!!! What’s not to love? No Chris Tucker!
Anyone who doesn’t like the Rush Hour movies is the kind of person I absolutely don’t need in my life.
xvalicx: I remember watching Wild, Wild West as a kid and loving it. Then I come to the internet it’s considered this god awful movie and 10 year old me is flabbergasted.
hopetodieb4fifty: The Matrix Revolutions, The Village. ._.
Edit : I felt shocked and stupid at the same time of course.
Also The Terminal’s RT rating. ._.
JamesonWilde: I’m not sure if it’s “widely panned” but I found out a month or so ago, and was reminded again tonight, that apparently most people think Temple of Doom is the worst of the original Indy films. I love it.
leighk51: Bruce Almighty, absolutely loved that movie back when I was younger, could quote most of the movie (Still use B-E-A-U-tiful fairly regularly), was pretty surprised to see it at a 48% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes.
But I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles…
monsterm1dget: The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is one of my mom’s and mine favorite movies as we are both huge literature fans, so watching all of these characters walk around together was really fun.
Turns out nearly everyone hates this movie. 🙁
TheDragonDracul: I love Ghostbusters ll and it is given tons of shit over the internet.
oneisnotprime: Original Taken has a 58% (=rotten) critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. which is insane. Audience score is 85%.
Personally, I tend to like anything with a high critic score OR a high audience score.
untildeath: Year One. Laughed my ass off and thought it was a classic to rival the Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler movies. It’s in the single digits. The bastards. If a dude hanging upside down peeing on himself because he can’t hold it in any longer isn’t funny, than nothing is.
Flabergie: It happened to an entire city. [Phantom of the Paradise](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_of_the_Paradise) received poor reviews and flopped everywhere except for my city where it became somewhat of a cultural phenomenon.
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a movie in my life. A lot of the parody humor is so unbelievably stupid that it ends up being funny for an entirely different reason, but I would recommend it to anyone that has an open minded sense of humor.
quietriot204: Growing up, I thought Empire Records was a household staple. Sure, it’s a cult classic now, but it has a solid 26% on RT and I know maybe one person whose seen it.
caper1144: I loved Patch Adams when I saw it when I was 19. But man. It got some awful reviews. 23% RT. I never would see a movie with such a rating.
superancica: I loved (and still love) Tarantino’s Death Proof. I was very surprised now, 10 years later to find out that it was a flop.
Dylan0812: I always loved ‘Without a Paddle’ when I was younger, as I got older I recognised it wasn’t a masterpiece but 14% Rotten Tomatoes with a 3.9/10 rating is way too harsh in my opinion. It’s a decent comedy in my opinion, I’ve seen much worse.
Also, ‘The Secret Agent Club’ with Hulk Hogan. To be fair I was well aware it was shit but I liked it nonetheless.
AliceTheGamedev: I watched both Mask of Zorro and Legend of Zorro about five hundred times as a teenager and loved them both.
Only realized years later that Legend of Zorro was critically panned and generally considered unsuccessful.
I rewatched the first one last year and discovered I still absolutely love it, but I haven’t dared rewatch Legend of Zorro yet because I’m a bit afraid I’ll start noticing its flaws.
MyNameCouldntBeAsLon: Deep Impact. It didn’t do bad at the box office, but I thought it was a much more cerebral armageddon with downright better actors (Morgan Freeman as the US president). It’s reviews are not stellar
Mills65: Speed Racer. It has a 40% on RT but it just looks too beautiful for me NOT to love it. Definitely one of my favorite movies.
Jaspers47: I hear the words “Western Godzilla” and I picture the king of monsters wearing a cowboy hat.
alex2800: I watched Aeon Flux a couple of times when I was a teenager and absolutely loved it. I think I’d better never watch it again …
Also I rewatched Flubber recently and I shouldn’t have
Philandia: the princess diaries is 47% on RT
RG450: Big Trouble, an early 2000s movie adapted from a Dave Barry book, is hilarious, cleverly written, and features what is essentially an all-star cast. Unfortunately, part of the plot includes a bomb being transported on a plane. In a post-9/11 world, it was not given a wide release, which really hurt it.
kurosaki1990: Man of steel i thought it was best thing happened to comics movies after batman trilogy then i got introduced to reddit and RT, same with the last samurai, man on fire, kingdom of heaven, hidalgo, and tons of movies that i recently found are rotten in RT.
time_machines_change: Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore is one of my all time favorite films. One critic said it was a “monument of boredom and a Himalaya of pretension.” I aspire to create something that will rattle someone that much.
Tasteful_Dick_Pics: The Great Outdoors was poorly received by critics when it came out. I always loved it as a kid and it still holds up to this day.
HippocratesKnees: I remember watching 10,000BC on DVD and thinking it was an awesome fun experience of a movie. I quickly learned after going on several forums that I was in the minority on that opinion.
Edit: It’s pretty much the same exact story for Tarsem Singh’s ‘Immortals’ too. Oh, and Clash + Wrath of the Titans. I guess I just have a weak spot for ancient history set movies.
Edit: Okay, just two more I thought of. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Jack the Giant Slayer.
Jack_Hat: I loved the mario brothers movie. Still do. I think people just don’t understand the basic concept of alternate universes/stories/retellings. They brought Mario into real life. A story for the game didn’t exist. They literally made a crazy creative world/universe/mythos from just a basic concept
It’s a great fun adventure movie with some action.
But everyone online wants to be a critic and just keep repeating what other “””critics””” say with out an original thought.
Timzor: Wild Wild West.
Maybe not the best film but the production design is fantastic.
MBAMBA0: Citizen Kane didn’t get terrible reviews, but for the most part critics kind of dismissed it at it as overly-clever and self-indulgent without much substance.
The truth is the emotional depth of the film was done with such a light, fluid hand – people at the time not used to that kind of breathless wit could fully register what they were seeing. They were used to ‘great works of art’ being presented with a certain kind of stately pacing this film was rebelling against.
uselesstheyoung: For me its Mafia! Loved the movie when I was younger and honestly havent watched it in at least 10 years, but looked it up recently and it has terrible score. I still can remember quite a few scenes that make me laugh so I would say the reception hasnt made a difference to me
Ainsley-Sorsby: There’s a ton of them but Disney’s “home of the range”(2004) an “Hercules” hit very hard. At least the later has mostly mixed reviews,even tho it was still a big shock for someone like me who,as a kid i thought was pretty much the best movie ever. Also,im not ashamed to admit:i quite liked Adam Sandler movies as a kid
GingerNingerish: I remember watching Daddy Daycare a lot as a kid, seeing the review scores made my heart sink a little. I haven’t seen it in years so my thoughts might change a lot if I do, so for now I can only remember it as a good harmless fun movie.
breakfree89: For me, it’s Face/Off. I genuinely loved this film growing up. Legit thought it would be universally loved as an incredible action movie. Apparently not.
TaikaWaitiddies: Not exactly panned but people find Paper Towns average while I absolutely love that movie
amil_box: I really loved Sgt. Bilko when I was a kid and I still quote it frequently.
Turns out everyone else thinks it sucks, or hasn’t seen it.
Dead_Halloween: Money Train. I loved that movie and I was surprised it did so poorly.
Alaminox: I LOVED Terminator 3 and Ang Lee’s Hulk as a kid. When I found out that people hate them I couldn’t believe it.
Btw, I still think Hulk is a great movie.
HardlyMahYacob: Back when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark.
friedpickle_engineer: Always glad to see some love for Around the World in 80 days and ’98 Godzilla! Great, fun films 🙂
I would personally add the Mario Bros movie to that list. As I’ve stated before, cyberpunk dinosaurs are never not cool. You can argue and say I’m immature all you want but its still true.
CH_GOROG: “The A-Team,” “Rush Hour 2,” and “Gangster Squad” were great films, and I was sad when I found that the films were critically panned.
Grant692: Not panned exactly, but I saw “We’re the Millers” in theaters a few years back without knowing much about it (rare for me, but a friend wanted to go and I said sure), and I thought it was hilarious. Very middling reviews.
It’s a harmless kids movie with Elijah Wood and a great cast of grown-ups. It’s a lot of fun. I don’t understand why everyone hates it so much.
deftones518: The human centipede — I knew it was widely panned before I watched it tho. It was creepy as hell, and there really wasn’t that much gore and blood. The intensity of the atmosphere was remarkable, IMO. One of the most misunderstood and one of the best horror films ever.
Nick3570: I was shocked when I found out Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls was panned by critics. It’s one of my favorite comedies.
Also, Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur got shit on by critics. I love that movie as well.