30 Movies Critics (Wrongly) Hated That Are Actually Worth Watching

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1. Wild Wild West (1999) with Will Smith. The two leads have great chemistry, and the fantastical steampunk setting is glorious to behold. I don’t understand how nobody else liked it. It’s basically the prototypical Marvel movie, a superhero action comedy with sci-fi elements, except it’s got secret agents instead of superheroes.

2. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. The ending of that movie made me cry so hard.

3. George of the Jungle. Brendan Fraser was sooooooooo tasty in that movie, I crushed on him hard after watching it.

4. The majority of romantic comedies. I really don’t care, the world is so full of bad things, and terrible endings, that a predictable romantic comedy is soothing at this point. Bride Wars tops my list. It’s terrible and wrapped up in the thought that all women dream about is being married but the rom-com part of it is two best friends.

5. Hook. I still don’t understand how this amazing movie didn’t do well with critics.

6. Speed Racer. It is a wonderful family film and stays true to the cartoon. Way ahead of its time.

7. Chappie is massively underrated because it doesn’t have any Hollywood stars but it’s one of those movies that left an indelible imprint because of how humanized Chappie was.

8. Event Horizon by a MILE. One of my favorite sci-fi horror flicks. Fuck that 28% RT score.

9. Treasure Planet. Did terribly by critics and in theaters but now has a cult following because, in my opinion, it’s one of the best Disney movies.

10. Repo Men, starring Jude Law. Sure I know it might be too violent for some and the ending has issues, but I don’t think it deserved the harsh reviews it got. The acting was still great, the movie was surprisingly funny at times, and it had a cool premise.

11. The Chronicles of Riddick. I think people can’t get past the campiness. Diesel has always loved being unapologetically shlocky. But with the world-building it has and just the pure sense of scale, it’s one of my favorite films. You just have to get on board with it.

12. Mega Mind. Legit Will Ferrell’s best role and I won’t be convinced otherwise.

13. Meet the Robinsons, it’s the one movie that absolutely tugs at my heart. I still kinda cry to this day when I watch it. Maybe I have daddy issues.

14. Eurotrip. Scotty doesn’t know! So underrated.

15. How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey. It only has a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes and I have no idea why. I think the costumes are great, and Jim Carrey is entertaining as the Grinch. We watch it every year at Christmas.

16. Murder Mystery with Adam Sandler. It’s just stupid, dumb fun.

17. What Dreams May Come. It has a lot of mixed reviews and some people seem to just really hate it for some reason, but I thought it was a really interesting concept. I think some people only wanted the funny side of Robin Williams, too, but there was so much more to him. And it was really beautiful visually.

18. Mystery Men. This movie was so far ahead of its time. It didn’t quite land with audiences but ten years later there were a whole bunch of movies trying to do what they succeeded at.

19. Van Helsing. Can’t go wrong with Hugh Jackman.

20.  The Postman. Post-apocalyptic Kevin Costner accidentally rebuilds civilization by pretending to be a mailman.

21. The new Power Rangers movie that came out in 2017. I think it has around a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes but I think it’s great. It has some of the best teenage characters in a movie, they’re complicated and relatable. The plot goes into detail about the mythos of the Power Rangers and what their powers entail. It’s also fun with some darker moments. It gets cheesy at the end but it’s still for a younger audience after all. I think more people should check it out.

22. Constantine is always one of my go-to examples for a bad adaptation, but a great movie.

23. The Exam (2009). 8 candidates vie for a corporate job through an exam that has one question

24. Joe vs The Volcano. It’s an old movie that had absolutely horrendous reviews, but I love it. In fact, now I have to go see if I can stream it anywhere.

25. Empire Records. Just watched it and am surprised critics said it was just a fluffed up soundtrack. It’s over one day, and intended to be a moment-in-time piece.

26. 50 First Dates. Adam Sandler should only make movies with Drew Barrymore.

27. Flipped. It’s a nice, sweet story about a romance that led into teenagehood and also showed how quickly people can judge things based on what they see. I was genuinely surprised when I found out it wasn’t well-received.

28. Joe Dirt. Don’t try and church it up, son.

29. Tremors. It never got to the level of say Jaws or Jurassic Park as far as popular creature features. It wasn’t until I was older that I was able to appreciate how well produced it is. Plus, I think the guy that plays Earl is smoking hot.

30. Troy (2004) was hated by a lot of people, but I found it more enjoyable than most films I’ve watched. It looks good, the battle scenes are great, there are lots of veteran British character actors expertly hamming it up, and Sean Bean actually survives till the end. What more does it need? TC mark