Movie buffs rely on movie critics to give an honest review of a movie to avoid wasting their money and time on a bad movie. Yet at times the two groups disagree, with some critical critics poking fun at the blockbusters or slapstick comedies that moviegoers enjoy.
However, these roles are sometimes reversed – with critics praising a movie that most viewers end up hating. Throughout the history of cinema there has been a great variety of films which, despite the reception rave reviews from professional critics, which the public came to hate.
To determine which movies critics love but critics hate, 24/7 Tempo looked at audience data and reviewer ratings from the Internet Movie Database and Rotten tomatoes. Movies were ranked based on the difference between a movie’s Tomatometer score – the percentage of positive professional reviews on Rotten Tomatoes – and the weighted average audience rating on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.
Many movies on this list fall into one of two categories: kids movies and horror movies. While critics scrutinize films for aspects such as pacing and artistic choices, audiences may ignore a film aimed at children or be repelled by the gory or spooky scenes of a horror film.
Having a large gap between what critics and members of the public think about seems like a relatively new phenomenon. Of the 30 films on this list, only six were released before the year 2000. So are films that audiences liked but critics didn’t – almost all of them released in the past 20 years. These are the movies audiences love but critics hate.
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To determine which movies critics love but audiences hate, 24/7 Tempo looked at ratings and review data for Internet Movie Database and Rotten tomatoes. Movies were ranked based on the difference between a movie’s Tomatometer score – the percentage of positive professional reviews on Rotten Tomatoes – and the weighted average audience rating on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. The average audience score was weighted by the number of audience reviews on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. Only films with at least 25,000 ratings on IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes, 10 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, a Rotten Tomatoes audience rating of less than 70% and a critical rating of at least 75% were included. Additional domestic box office data comes from the Film Industry website Numbers.