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Machina said:
  • Event Horizon (1997) - 35% Meta | 7/10

35... wow. Wouldn't have thought it'd be that low. Great film.

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pikashoe said:
JRPGfan said:

^ basically this.

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.

I think Predator (the original) is a perfect poster child showing critics actually do get it wrong, even overwhelmingly.  Predator isn't an amazing movie, but I think it's an overall good movie.  At worst a guilty pleasure movie, but not a bad movie by any means.

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I think a lot of comedy movies from the 80s or 90s were deemed bad, like Boomerang for Eddie Murphy, but we are actually decent and entertaining

super_etecoon said:
Mar1217 said:

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

What do you mean?  Fight Club received an F from Entertainment Weekly when it released.  Sounds like it got panned pretty hard.

The discussion is supposed to be about movies that weren't "that bad". Meaning this is mostly about devent-average movies not the best of the best that were panned.

Starship Troopers, Jumanji would come to mind in this case. 

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KratosLives said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:

On any other day, this would seem strange

Con air got bad reviews? I thought it was amazing. 

Con Air is 56% on RT and 52% on Metacritic.  Those scores aren't terrible, but they are definitely too low.  Maybe critics started hating Nicholas Cage even before he started making bad movies?  There are also these on Rotten Tomatoes:

National Treasure 1  46%
National Treasure 2  36%

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2019's Godzilla King of the Monsters has a 42% rating on rotten tomatoes but I absolutely loved it.
It delivered exactly what I wanted; the monsters I'd grown up with brought to life in a whole new way with modern technology, beating the crap out of each other in epic fashion. And that soundtrack. *Chef's kiss*

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John Carter actually sucked.

I thought the Robocop reboot from 2014 was pretty good. Also the Child's Play reboot.

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Mar1217 said:

Jumanji would come to mind in this case. 

I got a colleage saying "oh we watched Jumanji the other day with my son, it was so fun, the one with The Rock"

I was like "why not watching the first/actual one?"

"I always hated that movie"

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