8 Critically Hated Movies That Deserve A Second Chance
Certain films are simply awful, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Then there are the films that are demonized by critics, yet do not always merit the poor reviews that they’ve received. See the below movies for a few examples.
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A Steven Spielberg movie with a low Rotten Tomatoes score? No way! However, Hook is currently sporting an average of 29% on the renowned review site! The critics didn’t love this adult Peter Pan tale, perhaps due to their inability to reconnect with their inner child while they go to the theater to watch it. Some critics called it a “woeful mishmash of a comedy” and another complained it be “bombastically boring.” Would you be in agreement with their criticisms?
It’s true that this isn’t his greatest film but, despite the snarky opinions of some critics, this is quite decent, with amazing special effects and a lot of thrilling sets. Robin Williams gives a terrific performance as the adult Pan who manages to shake away the burdens of adult responsibility. The other actors including Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy, Bob Hoskins as Smee as well as Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, are all equally great.
Despite the low reviews Kids seem to enjoy the film, but I have the impression that the main target of Spielberg’s film is the adults in our lives. We all are unable to connect with our childhood because of the pressures that work demands and other serious responsibilities as adults, but If we could take just a moment to remember our former selves perhaps we all can learn to fly, metaphorically speaking, and get back in touch with the joys of childhood.
Superman III (1983)
In 1978, we believed that the possibility of flying when Richard Donner brought Superman to the screen. The film is one of the best comic adaptations of books ever made and it’s also Superman 2 which followed a couple of years after. There was excitement when the movie’s third installment was announced, but when it came out the critics were not satisfied. “Superman III may be the saddest disappointment of the summer movie season,” said Linda Deutsch of the Associated Press. According to the opinion of Roger Ebert, the movie is “shallow” and “silly.” Maybe Ebert did not realize that he was watching a good comic book film!
Superman III isn’t among the top of the Superman series, but it’s much better than the fourth film, which was a good one with an effective message about nuclear weapons but was a poor production. The third movie is one featuring Richard Pryor as Gus Gorman the computer geek and a source of laughs while He both assists and aids his fellow Man of Steel. This is also the one in which Christopher Reeve takes on a dual role in which he plays both the bad and good sides of his character. There is an excellent scene set in a scrapyard in which his two characters compete against each other.
Despite the 30 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, this is much better than the critics would like us to believe. It’s certainly silly, as Ebert stated, however, no one goes to a Superman film looking for a masterpiece of art. That is, unless you’re an avid fan of Zach Snyder’s DC films obviously, which were technically good, but not as entertaining as they could be.
The film was not a huge hit with critics. Constantine when it was first made available. Some thought Reeves’s acting style to be a bit sloppy. Some critics expressed displeasure with the plot seemed more of a mess according to certain. There were critics who were unhappy with the deviations directed by Francis Lawrence took from the Hellblazer comics that served as the basis for the film. However, regardless of the 46 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, which is more likely to be more than it was previously and could be due to a critic review, it’s an acceptable film with an unquestionably awesome (and certainly not wooden) Reeves blazing his way through the tale, slaying demons using a crucifix shotgun!
There’s plenty to love about the film including its vision of Hell which is appropriately dark and terrifying. The monsters are the stuff of nightmares due to the amazing special effects that make them come to life. The film also has a stellar casting, which includes Tilda Swinton in the role of the attractive Gabriel as well as Peter Stormare in a career-best performance as Lucifer.
It’s true that the film could have been better with humor since it’s self-conscious at times. However, it’s not the flop that some people thought it would be this could be one reason Reeves and Lawrence will be reuniting in another film that is at the beginning of development.
The critics dug their teeth into the film adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical. It has a 19 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has read the negative reviews that have criticized the film’s poor CGI and its absurd plotting. The audience seemed as shocked and confused by the film as critics did, as per IMDB user reviews. one critic claiming that it’s “A disastrous show of pompous and inconsequential gibberish.” Meow!
The film has been universally disliked, but if someone who loves this musical’s original, there’s an opportunity to actually like the film. The effects are a bit dated and some of the characters are not as well-cast however, it’s a musical that is performed with enthusiasm and fervor, with the most notable being Memory which is performed by the extremely skilled Jennifer Hudson, and there are some standout moments because of the amazing choreography.
The dialogue is repetitive – “Look what the cat dragged in” – and the plot is kind of a mess for those who aren’t familiar with it. However, I’d argue that this isn’t the catastrophe that many have referred to it as. Personally, I would prefer it over The Greatest Showman, although this isn’t something agreed upon by my colleagues at TheReviewGeek! Because I’m a cat lover I’m sure that I’m not alone who thinks this film could be the musical version of the litter of cats!
Alien 3 (1992)
There weren’t just a few individuals to criticize this third installment in the Alien franchise. The director of the film David Fincher also hated the film, mostly due to the film was not something he considered to be his own due to the production interference that hindered his time working on the film. The movie has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 47 percent, which is less than a 98% score for both aliens or Aliens.
Alien 3 isn’t the best movie in the Alien franchise, and it’s not Fincher’s most memorable film. It’s still visually distinct because of its grungy scifi design and the prison-world setting is a refreshing change from the spaceship settings of the previous Alien films. It’s understandable why people were unhappy with the story – the loss of Newt was an aspect that irritated a few – but there are many interesting twists and turns in this film including the plot element of Ripley being pregnant with an alien growing inside her.
The original version of the film was not without problems, but the “assembly cut’ addressed certain of them due to the extended running time, which allowed the development of characters and added significance to the story of the film. However, regardless of the version, you view it is still able to be frightening due to the Alien terror and is much more frightening (for good motives) than the inexplicably bizarre Alien: Resurrection that came out just a few years later.
Van Helsing (2004)
The critics pounded an iron rod through the middle of the film and warned the audience to stay away from it. It’s got a 24% of its rating on Rotten Tomatoes and one reviewer said it was “a screaming, noisy, over-edited mess of a movie.” Personally, I think that critics are a bit unfair. This film about the infamous vampire hunter could be a bit too extravagant at times and can be a bit that can be described as a sensory overload however if you’re in the market for an action-packed film that is fun and entertaining, with a hint of gothic, dark horror There’s plenty to appreciate about this movie.
Hugh Jackman gives a spirited performance as Helsing and watching him battle the movie’s monsters, which includes Dracula’s vampire brides as well as Dr. Jekyll, is a great time, especially so due to the Bond-esque devices, he employs to defeat them. The film is reminiscent of the Universal monster movies of the past with a memorable sequence in the opening that recalls the Frankenstein movies of the 1930s. The film won’t scare you with this movie in like the people of the past, but you could still appreciate the numerous homages to film monsters from classic films.
The film is filled with memorable set pieces, including the epic rooftop battle of Helsing as well as Jekyll and the gorgeously choreographed ballroom scene featuring Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) and the seduced Anna (Kate Beckinsale) waltzing around a packed dance floor that is populated by contortionists, jugglers, and flame-breathers. If you haven’t seen the film for some time, possibly due to the critics who carried crucifixes and condemned it in the past it might be the perfect time to watch it!
Clash Of the Titans (2010)
Despite the 27 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, this remake isn’t too terrible. Many reviewers had issues regarding some of the 3D visuals that made up a part of the release to theaters. However, watching the film at home, on a 2D television, the film can be appreciated more as it was in the past.
The plot will be familiar to you if have seen the film before or know the mythology that underlies the story. The focus is upon Perseus (Sam Worthington) who is the demigod’s son of Mighty Zeus (Liam Neeson) who sets out on a journey to save humanity prior to the time that Hades (Ralph Fiennes) throws the entire world into darkness and chaos.
In the process, the hero must take on a variety of opponents, including huge scorpions, the formidable Medusa, and the terrifying Kraken Each of these can be brought to life with the latest technology in special effects instead of the stop-motion animation used in the original film.
In essence, it’s an excellent classic B-movie that we don’t get frequently anymore. It’s fun, even if it’s not the most memorable film The battles of Perseus against the Titans are spectacular in their own right. People who loved the original film will enjoy the nods to the classic film, such as the mechanical Owl Bobo which makes an appearance in this fun remake.
Troll 2 (1990)
Like the other films that are on this list, it’s a truly poor film. The title is false, to begin with – there’s no sequel to the film titled Troll – and it’s got several issues, including poor acting by the cast of amateurs, cheaply-made monsters, and an uninspired script that makes nothing of sense. It’s not surprising that the film is rated only 5% score on Rotten Tomatoes since it is a great example of how to not make the perfect horror movie.
Some films are so awful that they’re actually good. This is something you can say regarding Troll 2. The movie’s critics consider it to be the “best worst film ever made. If you’d like to know more about the film, go through this documentary that explains the film’s making and the reasons why it’s adored by a lot of. In terms of plot, the film tells the story of an isolated town which has been taken over by a tiny army of goblins that are vegetarians and want to transform the residents into plants to devour the plants. The plot is absurd, but what’s more hilarious is the acting of the cast, who are amateurs and blunder every word they’re given.
If you haven’t yet seen this film yet I strongly suggest that you go to the theater. You’ll be laughing at the horrible latex creatures as well as the ridiculous phrases of dialogue – “I’m an innocent victim to a nighttime rapture. I must let go of my most repressed feelings for women.” – and the bizarre plot appears to be vegetarian-friendly. The film is enjoyable even though critics think it’s among the worst films ever produced!
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