Special Report

Movies Audiences Hate But Critics Love

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25. Nurse Betty (2000)
> RT and IMDb avg audience rating: 53% (35,289 votes)
> RT critics rating: 83% (131 votes)
> Directed by: Neil LaBute
> Starring: Renée Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock

“Nurse Betty” is a comedy about a woman’s obsession with a doctor in a soap opera. She travels to meet him in person (while she is being chased by a hitman). Critics praised the actors’ performance, and Renée Zellweger won a Golden Globe for her performance as Betty.

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24. Freaky Friday (2003)
> RT and IMDb avg audience rating: 58% (932,429 votes)
> RT critics rating: 88% (155 votes)
> Directed by: Mark Waters
> Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon

Critics freaked for the 2003 remake of “Freaky Friday,” bestowing upon it an 88% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s Critics Consensus cites the charming performances of Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan in this fun body-switching movie. Viewers, on the other hand, thought the film was awkward, corny, and a cliché.

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23. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
> RT and IMDb avg audience rating: 59% (27,025 votes)
> RT critics rating: 91% (11 votes)
> Directed by: Adam Robitel
> Starring: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang

Few films have polarized critics and audiences like the 2014 found footage horror film “The Taking of Deborah Logan.” The film centers on a mother and daughter who are being recorded as part of a thesis project, when the mother starts showing signs that she is possessed. Though more than 90% of critic reviewers liked the film, less than half of audience reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a positive review.

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22. Chicken Run (2000)
> RT and IMDb avg audience rating: 66% (548,773 votes)
> RT critics rating: 97% (172 votes)
> Directed by: Peter Lord, Nick Park
> Starring: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels

The stop-motion animated film “Chicken Run” is one of the few on this list in which a significant majority of both audience members and critics gave the film positive marks. Though generally positive, audiences were somewhat lukewarm on the film, with 65% of Rotten Tomatoes reviews giving it a thumbs up. Yet nearly every single critic liked the movie, with the Critics consensus praising the voice acting, the comedy, and action sequences.

“Chicken Run” tells the story of an American rooster that crash lands in a British farm, inspiring the local hens to flee before they’re turned into chicken pot pies.

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21. Stephanie Daley (2006)
> RT and IMDb avg audience rating: 59% (49,281 votes)
> RT critics rating: 90% (51 votes)
> Directed by: Hilary Brougher
> Starring: Tilda Swinton, Amber Tamblyn, Timothy Hutton

“Stephanie Daley” tells the story of two women — a pregnant psychologist with a history of giving birth to a stillborn and her patient who stands trial for killing her newborn baby. “The premise has all the trappings of melodrama, but the excellent performances give the characters complexity and empathy,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus. Some viewers, however, described the movie as overrated and uninteresting.