What makes a great movie? Quality cinematic productions require a well-written script, skilled acting, and superb direction — or so the critics maintain. For the general public, however, these qualities don’t always matter, and many films that critics snub, audiences actually love.
Film critics are often in tune with audience tastes and are generally in consensus with the opinions of typical moviegoers. Still, some widely loved movies elude the appreciation of professional movie critics. Romantic comedies, action blockbusters, and Christian dramas are genres that commonly achieve the adoration of the general audience and the disdain of critics.
Many of the films with the largest disparities between audience and critic ratings lack the elements typically associated with good movies — quality acting, realistic dialogue, visual storytelling, and mise-en-scène — yet offer other cinematic delights. Films such as “Transformers,” “300,” and “Warcraft” offer little in the way of plot and character, but contain dazzling, bombastic set pieces that may be enjoyable in their own right as spectacles of CGI-fueled action scenes.
To determine the films that audiences love but critics hate, 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on the disparity in audience and critic ratings from reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and the Internet Movie Database. There are 50 films whose audience and critic ratings differ by approximately 1 star on a 5-star rating system.