Movie critics and regular moviegoers don’t always see eye to eye, and that gets very obvious when it comes to certain highly rated movies. These movies were all the talk of the town when they came out, and got amazing ratings – but somehow most still seemed to hate them.
A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born had been made twice already, but Bradley Cooper woke up one day and decided he was the right guy to do it a third. And critics were definitely wowed by the result. But others didn’t quite see what all the hype was about.
Yes, the soundtrack is amazing and so is Lady Gaga. But the cliché story has already been told – and people are just sick of Hollywood remakes.
Avatar came out 10 years ago, and it’s hard to deny it was revolutionary when it comes to CGI. James Cameron began working on the project already back in 1994, but basically had to wait for computers to become advanced enough to realize his vision.
When it finally hit the big screen, the result was definitely visually impressive. And that momentarily distracted people from noticing the predictable plot, the two-dimensional characters and the, frankly speaking, ridiculous looking blue aliens who never seem to wear enough clothes.
Whenever a movie is based on a book, lovers of the book will be upset. And that seems to be one of the reasons far from everyone was a fan of Bird Box.
Most agreed the unique horror movie did feature some amazing acting, especially from lead Sandra Bullock. But it didn’t quite reach its full potential, and as often is the case – it paled in comparison to the much more complex and intriguing book, written by Josh Malerman.
Charlie and the chocolate factory
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are usually a match made in movie heaven. But even the most avid Burton and Depp fans couldn’t help but cringe through most of the odd mess that is Burton’s 2005 remake of this beloved children’s story.
Few moviegoers were charmed by Depp’s unique portrayal of Willy Wonka – and let’s not even talk about the ridiculous oompa loompas. It’s safe to say Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory from 1971 is still considered the best version.
Boyhood was one of the most ambitious movie projects in history, and the idea was pretty brilliant. Whereas most coming of age stories feature several actors portraying the same character as they mature through childhood and adolescence, director Richard Linklater instead worked with the except same cast over 12 years.
But as cool as the concept was, and as impressed as movie critics were, most still found the end result kind of…boring. Not too much happens except the mundane life of a boy and his family over 12 years.
50 Shades of Grey
Where do we even start with this one? The movie was highly anticipated by many who loved the books, but it pretty much crashed and burned within the first few minutes.
It’s hard to say what bothered people more – the terrible dialogue, the ridiculous plot or the non-existing chemistry between the two lead characters (who are supposedly madly in love). All we know is most moviegoers left the theater wishing they could get those two hours of their lives back.
Her was odd and quirky, and also pretty sad – which might be why it wasn’t for everyone. It won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, but despite the actors and director definitely deserving the praise, not everyone was a fan.
The story about a lonely writer who falls in love with an operating system named Samantha perhaps hit a little too close to home, in a time when Siri and other such virtual assistants are part of our everyday lives.
Adventureland is partially based on the writer/director Greg Mottola’s own summer after college in 1987, and stars big names such as Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, as well as SNL favorites Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.
The movie is a nostalgic trip down memory lane and a sort of coming of age story. Critics were charmed but not everyone could relate to the quirky humor and many felt like it didn’t live up to its full potential, and portrayed young adults as extremely immature tweens.
Crash won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2005, and many felt like that award should have been given to Brokeback Mountain instead. But even before this controversial win, the movie was seen as overrated by many.
Most agree the acting is pretty great, and the concept of interlocking stories where strangers unexpectedly change each other’s lives is intriguing. But the movie was also seen as overly sentimental and dramatic, almost to the point of crossing into telenovela land.
Dreamworks’ Antz from 1998 has for many gone down in history as the bad version of A Bug’s Life, which Pixar made the very same year. To be fair, at the time Pixar dominated animated movies – and how many bug centered movies can the audience realistically put up with in the same year?
So it kind of makes sense Antz flopped. Since then Dreamworks learned a few lessons and have made some pretty great movies over the years.
Bend it like Beckham
This feel good movie seemed like the perfect combination of comedy, drama and romance – or at least move critics thought so. But the audience was more skeptical. Sure, everyone loves a movie where someone triumphs in the face of adversity – but many felt like something about the main cast didn’t feel quite right.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers didn’t play the part of a cool football coach very convincingly, and the plot got less and less realistically English and more and more Hollywood by the minute.
Many were annoyed by all kinds of details in this movie. Some argued the southern accent was misplaced, considering the movie is supposed to take place in France (we have to admit, that is a valid point).
Others said the movie took a fascinating story about one of France’s most influential female writers and made it just..mediocre. And others yet summarized it as a standard period drama containing never-ending pretty, fluffy dresses and not much else. Ouch.
Not everyone was aboard this new take on what a scary movie can look like. Many instead felt like it failed completely at being scary at all. But some, and especially the movie critics, actually loved this unusal twist to the more standard monsters who chase you through the woods type of horror.
And some even went so far as saying there is an intricate symbolism to this movie, about how all our bad choices stubbornly follow us for the rest of our lives.
This dark coming of age story about a young girl who falls in with the wrong crowd quickly became a movie critic favorite back in 2003. And both Holly Hunter as the mother and a very young Evan Rachel Wood as the girl shined in their roles, no one could deny that.
But something about the storyline just didn’t sit right with the audience. Many felt it was too cliché, and painted an unfairly negative image of what teenagers are really like.
This has over time become the movie everyone loves to hate – movie critics and audiences alike. But people tend to forget, almost everyone was seduced by this cute story when it first came out back in 2004.
The chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams was undeniable, and even the least romantic person couldn’t help but root for these star-crossed lovers. But as the years have passed and people have rewatched it a few times, the consensus seems to be it’s just a little too cheesy.
Married to the Mob
1988’s Married to the Mob was a star-making movie for Michelle Pfeiffer, who turned in what critics called her best performance to date. It was also a very strange movie. Simultaneously a comedy that bordered on – and often crossed the line into – farce and a serious relationship drama, it may’ve just been a bit too much for audiences.
Critics, meanwhile, loved it, and praised both the movie and director Jonathan Demme’s work. In the end, it tried to be two very different things, and audiences and critics were wildly at odds as to how well it pulled it off.
Nurse Betty won the Best Screenplay award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, which was a sure sign movie critics would only have nice things to say about it. But audiences were confused, to say the least.
You’d think it’s hard to go wrong in a movie that stars Renée Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, and Chris Rock – but apparently it’s very possible. Even though the acting was fine, the plot of this movie is so surreal and confusing it distracted most from enjoying the performances.
It Comes at Night
Many moviegoers were deeply disappointed in this horror movie, and even more so precisely because it had gotten such great ratings. The premise does sound promising – as it’s about an isolated family hiding away from an unnamed threat that’s terrorizing the world.
But soon enough the initial suspense builds up to…nothing. None of the mysteries get solved, none of the questions get answered – and many felt they left the movie theater simply confused about what they had just seen.
Yes, The Shining will by many forever be the perfect horror masterpiece – but not everyone got the hype. Which actually makes sense, as Stanley Kubrick movies are something of an acquired taste.
Visually most agree it’s a stunning movie, with a terrifyingly haunting imagery. It’s also hard to deny Jack Nicholson shines (no pun intended) as the increasingly unstable husband. But many also felt the movie was unnecessarily long and slow paced to be a truly good horror flick.
Matilda is a beloved childhood classic, just like pretty much everything Roald Dahl ever wrote is. But even though the film adaption of the story was celebrated – not everyone was an immediate fan.
Instead some claimed the film was way too violent, considering it was supposed to be a children’s movie. And others said the plot was a very thinned out version of the book, with too much focus on slapstick humor and not enough on the deeper and heartier aspects of the story.
The Breakfast club
This 80’s classic was for the longest time both a critic and fan favorite. But things change, and not every movie stands the test of time. Even though critics and hardcore movie enthusiasts might still give this one a thumbs up, many regular moviegoers are no longer impressed.
One problem is the concept no longer being new, as portraying high school kids in narrow stereotypical boxes has been done countless times in the over 30 years that have passed since this one came out.
La La Land
La La Land won no less than five academy awards in 2017 – leaving many wondering if perhaps the academy members need to brush up on their film studies.
No one can deny Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are talented actors. But they are not musical artists, so did we really need to see them awkwardly sing and dance their way through an entire movie? Probably not. And many pointed out there are countless of talented artists from Broadway who would have been better suited for the job.
A Quiet Place
When everyone’s favorite funny guy from The Office, John Krasinski, suddenly decided to direct and star in a horror movie, people were suspicious. This seemed like a recipe for disaster – but the result vowed critics everywhere. The beautiful videography, the slow paced story, the acting – they loved it all. The audience? Not so much.
Even though people couldn’t complain about the quality of the movie – most simply didn’t find it even remotely scary, which is kind of the point of a horror movie. Some even went as far as to say it was straight up boring.
Could you ever go wrong with Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan? It seems hard, but considering the mixed reactions for Inception – it is clearly possible. This movie became famous partly because of how ambitious and impressive Nolan’s vision was, and the result was indeed visually stunning.
But many felt like the plot about dreams within dreams was completely ridiculous, and confusing to follow. The movie did however receive very high ratings, and for the most avid Nolan fans it’s still considered a success.
Trying to capture the legend that is the rock band Queen, and the tumultuous rockstar life of lead singer Freddie Mercury is bound to get tricky. How do you even choose what to include out of the band’s rollercoaster career and Eddie’s personal life?
Even though critics loved the result, many others felt like the only truly good thing about it was the soundtrack. The movie itself has been described as a slideshow not focusing long enough on each scene, leading to a messy and confusing storyline.
When it comes to directing comedies, it’s almost impossible to appeal to everyone. People simply find different things funny, and it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the quality of the movie.
But in a movie like Bridesmaids, where so many of Hollywood’s funniest comedic actors got a part, you’d expect the result to be mind blowing. Instead, many found the movie grotesque and immature in its type of humor – and the characters extremely unlikable.
Slumdog Millionaire was unique in many ways, and it’s rare for a movie from India with an unknown lead actor to be so highly anticipated. This was partly because it was based on book that many people all over the world had already read and fallen in love with.
These people were thrilled to see the action-filled and unique story depicted on the big screen. But those are exactly the ones who ended up hating it, saying it wasn’t staying true to the original book at all.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The unique thing about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is that it’s a highly rated movie, filled with A-list actors who all shine in their performances (according to everyone who’s seen it) – and still so many couldn’t stand this film.
For once the problem isn’t the acting or a bad storyline, instead many feel like the blame is on the writer-director Martin McDonough. He claimed he tried to make a darkly comic drama, but most felt the result is better described as an unfunny comedy or a dark drama with some very misplaced attempts at humor.
It’s hard to deny horror/thriller Us is a truly unique movie, with a plot twist few saw coming. But that doesn’t mean people loved it. The plot is so complex, surreal and confusing, many got lost and couldn’t figure out what director Jordan Peele was trying to say.
It was almost as if he tried to put too many ideas and themes in one movie, rather than focus on one or two. As a result many were left impressed by the visuals and creeped out by the characters – but completely clueless as to what it all meant.
The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman was an ambitious project that fell flat on its face. And people have not been holding back when describing it. “An awful mess” and a “disappointing circus” are just two of the common, highly unflattering opinions about the musical.
Other common complaints revolve around a shallow plot, where characters are only thinly developed and their dialogues seem unnecessarily melodramatic. The singing and dancing sequences have by many been described as cringe-worthy at best and some simply called the movie “idiotic”. Ouch.
The Babadook received plenty of praise and many flocked to the movie theaters to experience this new supposedly terrifying horror movie. But many came out feeling kind of tricked. Where were the scary parts?
Some may say the problem is the label “horror movie” as The Babadook plays out more like a psychological thriller. The monster itself only appears around four time in the movie’s entire 90 min run, and not once during the first half. So many horror movie buffs felt more than a little disappointed.
Logan is arguably the most popular character in the X-Men series, so it’s no wonder every Marvel fan was more than stoked they were getting another Wolverine focused movie. But the result got mixed reviews, to say the least.
Many felt like the plot was too confusing and “out there” (which says a lot, considering the whole franchise is based on mutants who break every law of physics and logic – all the time). And another common critique was it seemed more like a Western movie than a Marvel one.
Heathers is a quirky 80’s movies that many just didn’t understand. The plot is pretty absurd, the genre unclear and in many scenes you have no idea if you’re watching a dream sequence or reality. But that’s maybe the reason many critics actually loved it.
It’s more artsy than it first seems, and it also stars Winona Ryder who was one of the biggest names in the 80’s and 90’s. Pretty much everything she was in got good ratings automatically, regardless of the actual quality of the movie.
Sofia Coppola is a bit of a movie critic’s pet, and perhaps for good reason. As the daughter of renowned director Francis Ford Coppola she managed to prove early on she is just as talented as her father.
But because she has made several great movies in the past, it seems as if her more recent ones are rated too kindly by critics – but the audience isn’t buying it. Very few were impressed by this one, and in fact most forgot about it as soon as it stopped showing in theaters.
The Shape of Water
Guillermo Del Toro is a highly respected director and writer, so it didn’t come as a big surprise The Shape Of Water was unanimously celebrated by critics. And quite a few moviegoers also enjoyed the unusal story.
But the surreal drama/fantasy was a bit too out there for most. A story about a mute girl who falls in love with some sort of water creature that is being held in a lab isn’t really the kind that appeals to the masses.