A list of 10 Acclaimed Movies That Are Now Hated By Everybody
There are a lot of movies that end up not just getting critical acclaim and huge box office collections, but also go down in history as one of the classics. They continue to be loved by the viewers even today. On the other hand, there are some movies that even after receiving critical acclaim and box office success at the time of their release, are now not only redundant, but are also hated by almost everybody. In fact, it becomes quite hard to believe that the movies that are receiving so much hate now were actually a huge success back then.
Quite a few times, movies get delayed, and for a number of reasons, often end up getting a level of critical acclaim or box office results that exceed the expectations by quite a margin.
While many are often so because they are products of that era, while others are highly anticipated sequels that are hyped up to match the kind of anticipation that exists in the audiences. And then there were some “festival darlings” as well, that also went on to win the Best Picture award, only to find themselves in a tricky patch where a barrage of negative reviews and criticism blows from all sides by the general audiences, both during release and years later.
While you may find some of them guilty pleasures, most of them are very horrible flicks with new ratings on Rotten Tomatoes that reflect their true standing.
Green Book actually won the Best Picture award, and it was always an Academy favorite, to begin with. The flick won more than one award, and the entire conversation was built around Mahershala Ali and the hopes of winning the award for the screenplay. The film also earned a solid 78% on Rotten Tomatoes and also got itself an A+ rating on CineScore, which is quite rare.
However, soon the tides turned and all the strong positive reactions that were pouring in for the film turned sour, which made the Academy members look like outsiders and isolated when the entire political debate around the film broke out.
There was also a white savior argument that was made against the film, as the family of real Don Shirley (played by Ali) denounced the flick’s portrayal of the relationship between Viggo Mortensen’s characters and Shirley, and claimed that unlike the movie, they were not friends in real life.
Ali had to eventually apologize to the real family, and he clarified that he did not know there were real family members who could have helped him in understanding the real story for a better portrayal of the man on screen.
The story revolves around Mortensen’s character and the struggle of how he overcomes the racist tendencies through the help of his job, which was seen by many as a kind of white savior attitude. However, the director of the movie, Peter Farrelly later claimed that he tried his best to avoid that kind of portrayal of the character.
As of now, many people have publicly called Green Book the worst film to win the Best Picture award in recent times. And while this is not the feeling that everyone shares, it has to be the shortest turnaround that has ever taken place in public perception.
Mother! was a movie that received a very polarized reception, depending on which side you wanted to listen to, critics or general audiences. The flick was expected to win a lot of major awards after it received a great reception during the major festivals of the 2017 season.
Now, there is one thing about these festivals. These are usually meant for the prestige films to go and based on how the critical perception is, they either die or thrive. For instance, The Goldfinch made a grave mistake of releasing at a film festival where it was quite clear that it would get panned unfairly by the critics.
However, Mother! experienced quite an opposite scenario, where it opened to rave reviews after it premiered in Venice festival, and was in contention for the Best Picture Golden Lion award, apart from receiving a 68% Rotten Tomatoes rating. This was an indication that things would be great and exciting for awards back home later that year, and some critics also called it a masterpiece while others had a slightly different take on it.
This contrasting opinion with a tilt towards positivity allowed the film to leave the festivals with critical acclaim. However, when the film was released in theatres to the public, things became clear and the audiences clearly didn’t like the flick at all, which also earned it a horrible F at CinemaScore. Just to put it in reference, only twenty films have been given that score to date!
So, while many top critics decided to call it a masterpiece for its unique style, it was quite evident later that the audiences absolutely hated the film.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Yes, there was a time when people were truly and madly in love with this flick.
This Tim Burton movie is his own take on the popular Roald Dahl, where he very generously devoted screen time to showcase a Johnny Depp, who plays a very crazy version of Willy Wonka. This flick has all made-up flashbacks of Wonka and his childhood and how his relationship with his father used to be.
This was a bit too much for many people, as the common and more popular opinion was that the portrayal of Wonka in Gene Wilder’s movies was a far better and more accurate version of how the character “should” be. In fact, Wilder himself admitted that it wasn’t possible for him to watch Depp’s take on the character, simply out of fear that the actor would disappoint him.
However, as fate would have it, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was well received by the critics and audiences found it a good movie as well, making it one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. It also earned itself a score of A- from CinemaScore. Interestingly, critics also loved Depp’s portrayal of the character and found “classic Burton-esque charm” in his acting, while many even went as far as saying that everyone should actually see him perform.
This goes without saying that now most people would simply ask if you would recommend the 1971 take of the movie.
The Blind Side
Another flick that makes a lot of use of the typical white savior trope, The Blind Side made its way up to become an Oscar contender from the ground up. However, when it was released in the year 2009, it was loved by many because of Sandra Bullock’s performance, which also won her the Academy Award later that year.
The Blind Side actually makes the audiences believe as though it was a very critically well-received film, when in fact it was not. There were critics of the film even then, and while there were mixed reviews, they slightly tilted towards the positive side more. However, its nomination for Best Picture was a piece of shocking news for a lot of people, and actually caused a lot of drama. In fact, the rules were also changed after that year’s Oscars, regarding the criteria of how movies were nominated.
For that particular year, all a movie required to get a nomination slot was to earn the top ten votes, and that would automatically secure the nomination. However, The Blind Side’s nomination showed that the Academy was caught on the “blind side”, and they amended the rules that now mandated a film meet a specific number of nominations calculated by an algorithm, in order to be nominated.
So, while it stole all the spotlight because of the melodrama surrounding its nomination at the 2010 Oscars, the movie is no longer in people’s memories almost a decade later.
Also, Bullock’s Oscar win wasn’t exactly received well with everyone, with a lot of people making an accusation that the win was manufactured by the marketing campaign behind the film rather than because of the actress’s own talent.
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
If you really want to trigger an Indiana Jones fan, just ask them about the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and enjoy their reaction!
…….which honestly makes that 78% Rotten Tomatoes rating quite interesting, to say the least.
The early reviews and reactions to this movie were quite polarized, which made it a kind of love-hate situation. While a lot of people craved that nostalgia of watching their favorite adventurer and therefore enjoyed the movie a lot, others pointed out the flaws in the movie, such as crazy plot holes and the induction of Shia LaBeouf who played Indy’s son.
Given that the movie was just released, the reactions were quite raw, but now that it has been a while since the flick came out, there’s a clear notion that the movie wasn’t that good after all. Audiences loved it back then, but given that audiences nowadays don’t really care about the sequel game anymore, especially if the installment isn’t really up there with the original in terms of quality (take Terminator for example).
And yes, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was actually the second-highest grosser of the year, earning well over $800 million worldwide.
Another flick that won the Best Picture, Crash is without a doubt the worst movie to have ever won an Oscar for the Best Picture.
Crash is not just dated in the way it deals with the racial relations in the United States, it is also riddled with the typical white savior tropes and immature depictions of how white people and people of color reconciliation works. It is a melodramatic movie, but in the worst of ways, and it actually reduces all the serious issues to minor plot points that are often resolved with most laughable of means.
However, it seems this kind of opinion was exactly common back in the year 2005, when it received a solid 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, and earned itself an A- on CinemaScore. Hell, Robert Elbert went ahead and called it the best film of the year by quite a margin! There were some people who disagreed, though. For instance, Jack Nicholson was actually shocked and amused when he revealed the name of the winner for the Best Picture, which was met with a lot of boos and jeers from the crowd.
The dissenters perhaps weren’t enough to stop this movie from earning an Oscar status, which has now changed of course and from critics to audiences, everybody hates it.
A movie that stayed at the top of the list of highest-grossing movies of all time for close to a decade, and had groundbreaking visual effects and storytelling, quite a lot of people these days would agree that they never really liked the movie even back then.
Most of the time when a flashy movie hits the screens, the actual quality of the story gets drowned out by the sheer grandeur and scale of it. The movie was a phenomenon back then, and it is still today.
On its way to becoming a cultural phenomenon, the movie earned well over $2 billion worldwide, a record that smashed Titanic’s box office record, ultimately endings its total collections at nearly $2.8 billion. Also, the movie was a success at the Academy Awards as well, earning the Oscars for Cinematography, Art Direction, and Visual Effects.
However, quite the same way The Phantom Menace is treated now, Avatar is also shown more as a visual effects spectacle rather than it being a great movie, thanks to the advancement in technology that has taken place now.
There are a ton of spectacles available now – all impressive, and so it really takes a lot of it than just spectacle for a movie to earn critical acclaim and the hearts of the audiences. Currently, Avatar is criticized for its lack of originality and for displaying the same white savior trope all over again.
That said, we are more than excited to see how the sequel performs, especially since it’s been over a decade since the first installment came out.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
People hating prequels is nothing new. However, the kind of prequel hate Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace received was so strong that it led the child actor Jake Lloyd to quit acting for good, as he was bullied immensely following the movie’s release. In fact, Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace are often cited as the worst of the Star Wars movies by most of the people, which actually makes the reviews and critical reception this flick received quite an intriguing case.
Way back when the system of online ticketing didn’t exist, there was so much anticipation and excitement around the Star Wars prequel that cinema lovers lined up in long queues just in the hope of getting a ticket for the first-day shows.
The flick wasn’t really received as a masterpiece like the previous installments, the official critical acclaim was titled towards a lenient view for nostalgia, and this led to a lot of reviews and opinions focusing more on the good sides of the movie as much as possible. This resulted in the flick earning itself an A- at CinemaScore, while it also led the popular film critic Roger Ebert calling it “an astonishing achievement in imaginative cinema”.
While it may have been so in 1999, time and the advancement of technology have really taken away much of that grand spectacle and pathbreaking visual effects that the movie generated, leaving behind only the criticism of poor storyline, character development, and actors.
The modern reviews of this movie will not take the nostalgia as a positive sign, and the public perception around prequels currently actually says a lot about how the reception for this flick is going to be right now.
Sausage Party has a kind of humor that will be only appreciated by acquired taste, and this fact was the major reason why the movie was critically acclaimed upon its release, while most people nowadays will simply hate this movie.
The majority of the critical acclaim that the flick earned was because of its unique nature and the crude sense of humor that is presented in the animated medium, with some even saying that the ending of the movie was a masterpiece that should be seen by everybody.
However, once all that hype surrounding it died down, years later one finds that it is nothing but a polarizing comedy that will have strong contrasting reception that tilts towards negativity, depending on who you are listening to. It scored a solid 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, but that score is nowhere close to what people believe about the movie in the current scenario. While people would agree that it is indeed a unique style of filmmaking, that unique style isn’t entertaining according to most of the people nowadays.
Another reason that made people go for disliking the movie to hating it is the fact that a lot of animators who were hired to work on this movie were given extremely poor working conditions and some were even blacklisted for complaining to work overtime without getting any extra pay! This dispute was solved only recently.
This movie is perhaps the most bizarre of all, and it rightly deserves the number one spot on our list. American Hustle received a critical acclamation that has been very rarely seen before. The movie earned itself a score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, a solid 90 on Metacritic, Oscar nominations for all the leading cast, and a nomination for Best Picture as well!
However, this is where it gets interesting. The movie won almost next to nothing at any of the major awards show except for the Golden Globe, while registering an unwanted record in its name – a record for getting the most Oscar nominations and winning nothing, which led to a lot of questions as to how acclaimed movies such as this one fails so miserably at the awards.
The drastic fall of the movie has continued, and nowadays, almost everybody hates it for a variety of reasons. While some say it’s way too long, others call it a confusing and quite a sloppy movie. Perhaps a genuine flick that was overhyped, the movie is no longer considered a good movie, which is a sad thing given the kind of subject matter it deals with.