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I hope we aren't including Fight Club in this discussion. Good thing perspectives change over time on some of these arguably timeless movies.



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I always found the "Scary Movie" series to be quite funny even though critically, it's not very good.



             

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Hard to say for me as I tend to agree with the general critical consensus more often than not and don't look back on the reviews of older films very often. I'm sure lots of dumb comedies qualify for this list like Kung Pow, for instance. I guess one film I loved when I saw it that I was surprised only got a lukewarm critical reception was The Good Shepherd.



pikashoe said:

There's so many to choose from. Twin peaks: fire walk with me, the shining, predator, Highlander, saw 1, The thing (many other John carpenter films), starship troopers and many more

I had to go look up Starship Troopers review scores, because I couldnt believe it was a poorly rated movie by critics.
Turns out I was kinda wrong..  Its sitting at a 51 on metacritic (dispite myself loveing that moveing, the younger teen me, really liked it at its time of release).

Highlander movies were kinda terrible though.
To me, I watched the tv series growing up, and that was always the real "highlander", the movies were like bad lowbudget poorly executed movies.

I like predator too, again teen me, was into action movies by arnold.

Obviously theres "exceptions" to the rule, but the vast majority of poorly rated movies are just bad ones.



Step Brothers was not met favorably with critics, but most people I know love it and is one of my personal favorites.



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pikashoe said:
JRPGfan said:


I dont buy into the "its so bad, its good" stuff.
Or "mindless action fun".

Basically if a movie is hated by critics, its almost certain its just a bad movie.

Wow, just no to all of this.

Wonder what he thinks of Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate".

A historical masterpiece, but obviously presenting the "Ugly American", was instantly penned by every American critic and "critic".



Captain_Yuri said:

I always found the "Scary Movie" series to be quite funny even though critically, it's not very good.

Yeah, as stupid as they are I still laugh at them, especially Scary Movie 3... "Unless, you a zombie!"

smroadkill15 said:

Step Brothers was not met favorably with critics, but most people I know love it and is one of my personal favorites.

I always thought it reviewed pretty well, but looking at Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes it's at 51 and 55 respectively, so not exactly amazing, but not bad either... meh, still one of my favourite comedy films lol. 

OP;

So a film I've watched maybe a few times now and still enjoyed it years later, is Wild Wild West... I had no idea it was panned and won five razzie awards lol, it's just one of those films I watched as a kid (I was eight when it released) and enjoyed, then watched a couple more times later on in life and still enjoyed it.



Sucker Punch is better than one might think. But you need to watch several times to fully understand what is going on on all the different levels, only then can you truly get the movie and understand why it's much better than expected.

mysteryman said:

Speed Racer was perfect for what it was supposed to be.

Absolutely!

It's really a live-action anime. It took all the action and absurdity from the original and ran (raced?) with it. And it is glorious!

Captain_Yuri said:

I always found the "Scary Movie" series to be quite funny even though critically, it's not very good.

The second one was pretty weak, but that's due to the studio wanting another one in under just a year, writing and filming included. The fact that they managed to even get a plot together and film it all under that time constraint is laudable, but the movie itself is pretty bad from this rushing. The following ones were much better.



Can you believe that Spaceballs, History of the World: Part I and Robin Hood: Men in Tights have metacritic scores below 50? Looks like those Mel Brooks classics also count for this list...

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Death to Smoochy.

I saw it before I knew of its reputation and loved it. I was quite surprised to find out that it was so poorly regarded. Williams and Norton are awesome.