Special Report

Movies Audiences Hate But Critics Love

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5. Stuart Little 2 (2002)
> RT and IMDb avg audience rating: 44% (179,730 votes)
> RT critics rating: 81% (124 votes)
> Directed by: Rob Minkoff
> Starring: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie

The likeable mouse returns in “Stuart Little 2” to save a friend from an evil falcon. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus, the animated movie is “a sweet, visually impressive sequel that provides wholesome entertainment for kids.” Most viewers, however, did not like it, describing it as predictable.

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4. Antz (1998)
> RT and IMDb avg audience rating: 54% (652,010 votes)
> RT critics rating: 92% (93 votes)
> Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson
> Starring: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman

Woody Allen reprises a typical role for him — that of a neurotic character. In “Antz,” he is the voice of a neurotic but rebellious ant that tries to escape its colony but then falls in love with the ant princess. The animated film was praised by both critics and viewers for its special effects, but only the critics enjoyed the plot.

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3. About a Boy (2002)
> RT and IMDb avg audience rating: 55% (31,164,074 votes)
> RT critics rating: 93% (187 votes)
> Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
> Starring: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette

“About a Boy” is sort of a coming-of-age movie but about an immature adult who is being taught how to act like a grown-up by a boy. The comedy-drama is still highly praised by critics, who liked not only the script but the main actors’ performances as well.

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2. Spy Kids (2001)
> RT and IMDb avg audience rating: 48% (427,471 votes)
> RT critics rating: 93% (128 votes)
> Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
> Starring: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas

“Spy Kids” is the first movie of the Spy Kids franchise. In the 2001 movie, two kids go on a mission to save their parents, who are former spies, from an evil mastermind. Most critics really enjoyed the movie, describing it as fun and entertaining. Viewers were less keen. Only 48% gave the action comedy a positive rating. Some even called it cheesy and lame.

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1. Cuties (2020)
> RT and IMDb avg audience rating: 31% (27,737 votes)
> RT critics rating: 87% (79 votes)
> Directed by: Maïmouna Doucouré
> Starring: Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni, Esther Gohourou

“Cuties” is a coming-of-age film about an 11-year-old girl from a conservative family who joins a dance troupe and grows aware of her femininity, much to the dismay of her mother. Critics have called the movie honest and thoughtful. The film holds an 88% Freshness score. Only 16% of viewers, however, liked it, with many saying the film sexualizes the young actresses.