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There are tons.
I'll pick some that got panned by critics - that I not only enjoy as guilty pleasures, but I consider to be great movies.
- Taken 1. Die hard, The Bourne surpremacy and Taken 1 are my 3 favorite action movies of all time - Taken sits at a sad 51 on Metacritic.
- The next three days sits at 52 on Metacritic and it's an incredibly engaging movie. Love it.
- Angel-A has a 48 on Metacritic and is easily my favorite Luc Besson film. It is worth more than a 50 MC just for the visuals alone.
- Willow has a 47 on MC and is arguably the greatest fantasy film of the 80s.
- Spaceballs has a 46 on MC but is one of my favorite comedies of all time. Right up there with Top Secret! and MP's Holy grail.

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The first Starship troopers as some have mention is a great movie, another one is Soldier with Kurt Russell. Starship Troopers is probably better though.

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National Treasure (MC: 39, RT: 46) and Book of Secrets (MC: 48, RT: 36) were both fun adventure films. Ditto for the two Jolie Tomb Raider films.

drbunnig said:

National Treasure (MC: 39, RT: 46) and Book of Secrets (MC: 48, RT: 36) were both fun adventure films. Ditto for the two Jolie Tomb Raider films.

Wow, didn't realise it scored so low, I thought it was great and was always under the impression it got favourable reviews or something lol... I REALLY don't pay attention to film reviews... then again I barely pay attention to game reviews either, lol

I believe someone mentioned Speed Racer already, but I want to add that it has a 41% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a real crime.  The movie is awesome, but I would not recommend it to anyone with epilepsy. Maybe that is why it got a low score?

Overall I tend to find that movie critics tend to like the same films that I do though.  Instead I find the following two scenarios happen a lot more often.
1) They like movies that I can't stand.  This includes a fair amount of movies that get Oscar nominations.

2) They like a movie, that I also think is great.  However, the movie flops at the box office, because most people missed it for whatever reason like The Big Lebowski or Scott Pilgrim vs The World.  I'd really like to find more hidden gems like these.

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John Carpenters the thing

If we take 'panned by critics' to mean anything with a red score on Metacritic:

  • Pandorum (2009) - 28% Metacritic score | 9/10 for me
  • The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) - 38% Meta | 8/10
  • The Collector (2009) - 29% Meta | 8/10
  • Event Horizon (1997) - 35% Meta | 7/10
  • Final Destination (2000) - 36% Meta | 7/10
  • Final Destination 2 (2003) - 38% Meta | 7/10
  • Resident Evil (2002) - 33% Meta | 7/10
  • The Butterfly Effect (2004) - 30% Meta | 7/10
  • The Colony (2013) - 28% Meta | 7/10
  • P2 (2007) - 37% Meta | 7/10
  • Hitman (2007) - 35% Meta | 7/10
  • After.Life (2009) - 36% Meta | 7/10
  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) - 23% Meta | 7/10
  • Red Planet (2000) - 34% Meta | 7/10
  • The Host (2013) - 35% Meta | 7/10
  • RV (2006) - 33% Meta | 7/10
  • Warcraft (2016) - 32% Meta | 7/10
  • Underworld: Evolution (2006) - 36% Meta | 7/10
  • Underworld: Awakening (2012) - 39% Meta | 7/10
  • Would You Rather (2012) - 20% Meta | 7/10
  • 6 Days (2017) - 36% Meta | 7/10
  • I Spit on Your Grave (2010) - 27% Meta | 7/10
  • Alien vs. Predator (2004) - 29% Meta | 7/10
  • ATM (2012) - 34% Meta | 7/10

I honestly thought there'd be more; Metacritic red scores are rarer than I thought they'd be. I have a lot of liked movies with 'yellow' Metacritic scores.

The 13th Warrior.

Was bashed by critics but is an excellent action film with a great sense of time, place, and atmosphere.

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There are quite a few movies that were, from what I've read, not well-received critically when they were new even if they are considered classics today. Some standout films that I enjoy but were initially released to mixed-to-bad reviews include The Thing, Predator, Scrooged, Alien, and Halloween. TV Tropes even has a page for films like this: "Vindicated by History."


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Jumanji, Starship Troopers, Encino Man.

And before reading this thread, I didn't know Metacritic did movies as well lol. The critic scores are woeful and makes even IMDB look somewhat decent.