50 Films Critics Hate but Audiences Love

November 29, 2018 by Steven M. Peters

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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.

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50. Gods and Generals (2003)
> Starring: Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.3/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.5/10
> Domestic box office: $12,870,000

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49. The Longest Ride (2015)
> Starring: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 7.1/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.4/10
> Domestic box office: $37,430,000

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

48. Because I Said So (2007)
> Starring: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.2/10
> Domestic box office: $42,670,000

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47. Good Luck Chuck (2007)
> Starring: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.4/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.9/10
> Domestic box office: $34,930,000

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46. Almost Heroes (1998)
> Starring: Chris Farley, Matthew Perry, Bokeem Woodbine
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 5.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.8/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.4/10
> Domestic box office: $6,110,000

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45. Safe Haven (2013)
> Starring: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.4/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4/10
> Domestic box office: $71,350,000

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44. The Loft (2014)
> Starring: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 5.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.3/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.1/10
> Domestic box office: $5,980,000

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43. The Air I Breathe (2007)
> Starring: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Andy Garcia
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.9/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.8/10
> Domestic box office: $30,000

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

42. Step Up (2006)
> Starring: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.5/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.5/10
> Domestic box office: $65,330,000

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41. Warcraft (2016)
> Starring: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 8.2/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.9/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.3/10
> Domestic box office: $47,370,000

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40. The Choice (2016)
> Starring: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Alexandra Daddario
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.7/10
> Domestic box office: $18,710,000

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39. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
> Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.6/10
> Domestic box office: $120,060,000

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38. Dirty Grandpa (2016)
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.9/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.8/10
> Domestic box office: $35,540,000

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37. The Benchwarmers (2006)
> Starring: David Spade, Jon Heder, Rob Schneider
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.1/10
> Domestic box office: $57,650,000

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36. No Good Deed (2014)
> Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Leslie Bibb
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.1/10
> Domestic box office: $52,540,000

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35. Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)
> Starring: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.4/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.6/10
> Domestic box office: $51,980,000

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34. A Haunted House (2013)
> Starring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.4/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.1/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.6/10
> Domestic box office: $40,040,000

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33. See No Evil (2006)
> Starring: Glenn Jacobs, Christina Vidal, Michael J. Pagan
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.4/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.1/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.7/10
> Domestic box office: $15,030,000

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32. Big Momma’s House 2 (2006)
> Starring: Martin Lawrence, Emily Procter, Nia Long
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 4.7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3/10
> Domestic box office: $70,170,000

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31. Venom (2018)
> Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 8.6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.4/10
> Domestic box office: $210,350,000

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30. Underworld: Evolution (2006)
> Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.2/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.8/10
> Domestic box office: $62,320,000

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29. Grown Ups (2010)
> Starring: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.3/10
> Domestic box office: $162,000,000

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28. The Shack (2017)
> Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.3/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.9/10
> Domestic box office: $57,330,000

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27. Sweet November (2001)
> Starring: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.5/10
> Domestic box office: $25,290,000

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26. A Haunted House 2 (2014)
> Starring: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 4.7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2/10
> Domestic box office: $17,330,000

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25. Four Rooms (1995)
> Starring: Tim Roth, Antonio Banderas, Sammi Davis
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.5/10
> Domestic box office: $4,300,000

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24. 88 Minutes (2007)
> Starring: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Ben McKenzie
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.2/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.9/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.6/10
> Domestic box office: $16,930,000

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23. The Best of Me (2014)
> Starring: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.6/10
> Domestic box office: $26,760,000

Source: Courtesy of Open Road Films

22. Little Boy (2015)
> Starring: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, David Henrie
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 8.2/10
> IMDb audience rating: 7.4/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.5/10
> Domestic box office: $6,420,000

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21. Courageous (2011)
> Starring: Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 8.6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.8/10
> Domestic box office: $34,520,000

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20. The Covenant (2006)
> Starring: Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan, Toby Hemingway
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.3/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.8/10
> Domestic box office: $23,290,000

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19. The Life of David Gale (2003)
> Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.2/10
> IMDb audience rating: 7.6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.2/10
> Domestic box office: $19,590,000

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18. Old Dogs (2009)
> Starring: Robin Williams, John Travolta, Seth Green
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.2/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.4/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.3/10
> Domestic box office: $49,490,000

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17. Saw V (2008)
> Starring: Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor, Tobin Bell
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.8/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.9/10
> Domestic box office: $56,750,000

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16. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
> Starring: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.8/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.2/10
> Domestic box office: $46,910,000

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15. Collateral Beauty (2016)
> Starring: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.2/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.8/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.6/10
> Domestic box office: $30,980,000

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14. Fireproof (2008)
> Starring: Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 8.2/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.3/10
> Domestic box office: $33,460,000

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13. Death Wish 3 (1985)
> Starring: Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.2/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.9/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.4/10
> Domestic box office: $16,120,000

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12. Facing the Giants (2006)
> Starring: Alex Kendrick, Shannen Fields, Jason McLeod
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.1/10
> Domestic box office: $10,180,000

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11. Grind (2003)
> Starring: Adam Brody, Joey Kern, Mike Vogel
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.1/10
> Domestic box office: $5,110,000

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10. An American Crime (2007)
> Starring: Ellen Page, Hayley McFarland, Nick Searcy
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.4/10
> IMDb audience rating: 7.4/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4/10
> Domestic box office: N/A

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9. Waiting for Forever (2010)
> Starring: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge, Richard Jenkins
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.3/10
> Domestic box office: $30,000

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8. A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)
> Starring: Kate Hudson, Gael García Bernal, Kathy Bates
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 6.6/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.3/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.8/10
> Domestic box office: $10,000

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7. God’s Not Dead (2014)
> Starring: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A.R. White
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 4.8/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.7/10
> Domestic box office: $60,760,000

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6. Grandma’s Boy (2006)
> Starring: Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini, Shirley Jones
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7.4/10
> IMDb audience rating: 7/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.6/10
> Domestic box office: $6,090,000

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5. War Room (2015)
> Starring: Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 8.8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.4/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.4/10
> Domestic box office: $67,790,000

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4. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)
> Starring: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7/10
> IMDb audience rating: 4.4/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.7/10
> Domestic box office: $37,920,000

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3. Out Cold (2001)
> Starring: Flex Alexander, David Denman, A.J. Cook
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 7/10
> IMDb audience rating: 6.3/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 2.9/10
> Domestic box office: $13,900,000

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2. Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
> Starring: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Tyler Perry
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 8/10
> IMDb audience rating: 5.8/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 3.9/10
> Domestic box office: $50,630,000

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1. The Boondock Saints (1999)
> Starring: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus
> Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb audience rating: 7.8/10
> Rotten Tomatoes critic rating: 4.3/10
> Domestic box office: $30,000

Methodology

To determine the films audiences love but critics hate, 24/7 Wall St. calculated the difference between each film’s average user rating and average critic rating. The average user rating was calculated as an average of a given film’s Rotten Tomatoes’ average audience rating and Internet Movie Database’s average user rating weighted by the number of votes placed for each. Critic ratings were the average critic score from Rotten Tomatoes. To be considered, each film needed to have at least 10,000 user ratings on IMDb, 5,000 audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, and 10 approved tomatometer critic reviews.