It’s all because of the last 25 seconds or so :D
I agree, it’s an underrated film, otherwise. I didn’t think it was as great as the first two - IMO, the first was phenomenal, the second was good, but had a “Made for Netflix” feel to it. And Paradox had more a “Made for TV” feel to it. It was like a really good Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episode, and definitely worth watching for fans of the first two.
The last 25 seconds people didn’t like because it was a nasty twist ending for the crew, and people naturally like happy endings - and aren’t generally satisfied by stuff like that unless it’s some epic/way over the top last stand scene. Horror movie fans are probably more forgiving because we’re thinking “this is REALLY going to piss off the normies.” given most horror fans are dark comedy fans and are more tolerant of anticlimactic bad-turn endings.
I think people also got tired of the Cloverfield name being used to trick people into going to see movies that weren't proper followups to the original.
Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.