Sometimes, critics can praise a film at the time of its release, and years later, that same film can be a hated pile of garbage. And sometimes, a film will receive horrible reviews after its release, but somewhere down the line, it becomes a beloved classic. In both instances, the critics’ original reviews were wrong.
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I know reviews are subjective, so they can’t exactly be “wrong” or “right.” But, these critics were wrong, only in the sense that their reviews don’t hold up anymore. Either the movie means something entirely different now due to age / changing viewpoints / society progressing, or critics failed, at the time, to see how audiences could find significant meaning in a film that they thought was trash.
So here are eight highly rated films that turned out to be pretty unwatchable, and nine movies that were critically trashed, but [pushes up glasses] are actually good:
1.Actually, it’s good – Jennifer’s Body (Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%)
2.Actually, it’s bad – American Beauty (RT score: 87%)
3.Actually, it’s good – Scooby-Doo (RT score: 32%)
4.Actually, it’s bad – Love Actually (RT score: 64%)
5.Actually, it’s good – National Treasure (RT score: 46%)
6.Actually, it’s bad – Forrest Gump (RT score: 71%)
7.Actually, it’s good – Josie and the Pussycats (RT score: 53%)
8.Actually, it’s bad – Crash (RT score: 74%)
9.Actually, it’s good – Hocus Pocus (RT score: 39%)
10.Actually, it’s bad – Green Book (RT score: 77%)
11.Actually, it’s good – The Thing (RT score: 83%)
12.Actually, it’s bad – Manhattan (RT score: 94%)
13.Actually, it’s good – Wet Hot American Summer (RT score: 37%)
14.Actually, it’s bad – Garden State (RT score: 86%)
15.Actually, it’s good – Venom (RT score: 30%)
16.Actually, it’s bad – Gigi (RT score: 87%)
17.Actually, it’s good – Empire Records (RT score: 29%)
What other movies did critics get seriously wrong? Sound off in the comments!