12 Amazing Films The Critics Hated

Photo credit: Universm Film

Photo credit: Universm Film

Not every classic movie gets the response it should when it’s first released. You know what I mean-everyone seems to love it, but for some reason the critics just don’t share that opinion and it winds up getting ignored in awards season. Sometimes, it’s a retroactive thing- it takes a few years (or decades) for the movie to properly sink in and get the critical reaction that it deserves. But what movies got completely panned by critics- only to find their place in the halls of fame later? We’ve compiled a list of awesome films the critics panned-you’ll be surprised by number nine!

1. Metropolis

Fritz Lang’s dystopian classic isn’t the easiest film to love- it’s silent, surreal, and features a plot that requires serious concentration to understand-but that doesn’t mean that it’s anything less than a masterpiece. Critics at the time described it as “extravagantly theatric”-now, you won’t find a must-see list of classic movies that doesn’t at least nod to this brilliant bit of cinematic theatre. A fascinatingly beautiful, meticulously put-together drama that works on every level.

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  • http://rodneywelch.blogspot.com/ RodneyWelch

    This list is completely wrong. “The critics” did NOT hate these movies. All the writer did was select 12 well-known movies, found a bad review or two somewhere, and pretended it was majority opinion. The exception is “Ace Ventura,” which has only been described as amazing exactly once, and that was by whoever wrote this silly, silly article.

    • Brad King

      This is mostly correct. Unforgiven, for one, actually was critically acclaimed– I know that for a fact. In fact, it deduted in 1998 on AFI’s top-100 movies list at #98, and it’s generally considered one of the best westerns ever. In fact, it IS the best western ever in my opinion.

      • http://www.examiner.com/outdoor-recreation-in-newark/brian-sniatkowski briansnat

        “Unforgiven” is the third best western ever, behind “Stagecoach” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”, in my opinion of course. “The Searchers” and “High Noon” would round out my top 5.

      • joeymegatron

        “Magnificent Seven”? Not a western, or did you forget about it? Not to mention, “My Darling Clementine”? “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly”? ” I wouldn’t make Unforgiven even Eastwood’s best; “High Plains Drifter” is much better, IMO.

  • Brad King

    Untamed Heart is an very good film, yet not critically acclaimed. Christian Slater and Marisa Tomei both put in excellent performances, and film a current of genuine emotion and sentimentality (that was not sappy in any way) flows through the film, yet the critics somehow missed it.

  • Bill Bush

    in “All About Eve” this moron calls Bette Davis…..Bette Midler, this shows how totally clueless they are, they know absolutely nothing about movies and just pretend that they do.

  • http://www.examiner.com/outdoor-recreation-in-newark/brian-sniatkowski briansnat

    I recall some of these movies receiving considerable critical acclaim at the time of their release. “Unforgiven” and “Apocalypse Now”, “Annie Hall” and “Godfather Part 2″ come immediately to mind. I wasn’t around for some of the older ones so I can’t say for sure how they were generally received. Because a few critics didn’t like them doesn’t mean all the critics didn’t like them. I challenge the author to find a single movie, no matter how widely acclaimed, that didn’t have some negative reviews at the time it was released.

    BTW, Bette Midler was 5 years old when “All About Eve” was released. It was Bette Davis, who is hardly underrated.

  • Michael Russell

    Many of these movies were Oscar Winners at the time — Hollywood loved The Graduate, nominated for Best Picture, Bonnie and Clyde won two Oscars, Clint Eastwood was hailed for The Unforgiven — and it won 4 Oscars! Why in the world would you publish this? This is total misinformation.

  • igfarben

    All About Eve with the underrated Bette Middler? Who knew?

  • JamesM

    This is as stupid as “name five movies without an “E” in their title, and all of the other junk that gets posted as revelatory. Kick me for reading it. Badly researched, wrongly skewed and a plain waste of time.

  • Mazcalsone

    MEMO TO SELF: Never, ever click on a link to such garbage as this. Bette Midler was five years old when All About Eve was released. Brainless and clueless site. ‘We won’t be fooled again…’

  • Jim Miller

    This is the stupidest, most poorly written and researched piece I’ve ever read on motion pictures. Where did this moron do his research? Unforgiven won four Oscars, for Christ sake, Bonnie and Clyde won two, and both were nominated for Best Picture.

    • mrasnders2

      I agree, Also When was Bette Midler ever in “All about Eve”? Was that not Bette Davis?!!!!

  • Bradondo

    Every time I give this awful site a chance to redeem itself it just digs itself deeper and deeper into a cesspit rank with badly researched, poorly written offal. I often wonder if the various columnists have actually seen the films they’re writing about. Every article I’ve read has been packed with misinformation, the quality of the writing is uniformly awful and there appears to be no editorial process in place whatsoever. I’ve seen multiple entries where the article is discussing one film but heads the page with a photo from an unrelated film, plots and details are often erroneously displayed without any regard for fact-checking (an entry on Blade Runner once described future LA as “virtually abandoned” for example, ignoring the throngs of people jostling each other on the streets and sidewalks in nearly every outdoor scene), actors’ names are misspelled or, even worse, credited for films in which they didn’t appear, and demonstrably fringe and contrarian opinions are presented regarding well-known works as if they are the commonly accepted majority view. Moviseum demonstrates everything that can go wrong with web-based content publishing, and its an affront to true film fans everywhere. This will be the last click they tally from me :/

  • Brian Weston Blamires

    HEY!!! It’s Speed Racer NOT Speed Rader!!!!!!!!!!

  • VOICEOFREASON

    Generally Imake a point to go see the movies the critics don’t like . Seldom if ever have I been sorry i didn’t listen to a critic :P

  • Pixie5

    Not only is this a poorly written article, but apparently no one has even monitored the comments in order to make even the smallest corrections on the “facts” presented. Bette Midler??? Actually the whole thing needs to be trashed. Don’t you people want people to like your website? Hello??? Anyone home???

  • The Stranger

    The best” Western” ever made / why “The Seven Samurai “of course .Honorable mention-”The Ox Bow Incident” & “A Fistfull of Dollars”.

  • missieb2000

    Speed Racer was stupid, is still stupid, will remain stupid.

  • Golum

    WOW…Bette Midler…She was probably a 5 year old at the time but I’m sure she’ll appreciate that you subbed her for her namesake!!!

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