In addition to evaluating the artistic merits of movies, modern film critics are generally expected to help the average moviegoer wade through the endless film releases to find the very best cinematic offerings. With thousands of new movies released each year, audiences must rely on professional reviewers to avoid wasting as much time as possible on bad movies.
Critical consensus is generally in line with audiences’ approval of a film. This allows audience trust in critical authority to endure. Yet sometimes the tastes of critics and laymen diverge in ways too great to ignore.
24/7 Wall St. has identified 50 films that audiences love but critics hate. In order to do so, we created an index based on the disparity between audience and critic ratings from reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and the Internet Movie Database.
Many of the films with the greatest differences in critical and audience appreciation would be considered “low brow.” They do not aim for lofty intellectual goals but exist as unpretentious entertainment for the masses. These titles include Tyler Perry and Adam Sandler comedies, redundant horror sequels, and even recent superhero fare, such as this year’s “Venom” movie.
Other films on the list simply fail at the basics of what is considered by many to be requirements for “good” filmmaking. They feature poor acting, unconvincing dialogue, or jumbled narratives. These are all faults that audiences can apparently forgive if other aspects of the film can compensate for them, while critics cannot.