All critics know that the public will not always agree with them. This rule often applies to works that critics love but that audiences find subversive or unintelligible — films like the 2019 sci-fi drama Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt.
Other times the inverse equation is correct: the critical community overlooks the merits of the film while the general public is persuaded of it and turns it into a classic of cinema.
As with all art forms, there is not necessarily a “right” or “wrong” rating for a single film. People are free to enjoy what they find enjoyable, and this freedom includes critics and audiences alike.
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But the age of the internet has allowed non-critics to have more say than ever when it comes to expressing their judgment on a movie.
Movie review sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic have allowed us to see the stark contrasts when audiences and critics disagree.
Here are 13 of the most divisive movie titles – the ones the audience loved but the critics didn’t:
1- “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016)
It seems that director Zack Snyder’s 2016 sequel to Man of Steel had a premise that couldn’t fail. Everyone loves Superman. Everyone loves Batman. Why don’t we make them wrestle? The film’s ratings were very low, and everything from the acting to the screenplay to Snyder’s direction came under attack from critics. However, the audience was considerably more accommodating, with DC Comics fans considering the later blockbuster one of the best ever made in the so-called “Snyder’s World”.
2- Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
There were plenty of good reasons to criticize the 2018 Freddy Mercury biopic “Bohemian Psalm”: the dubious way it handled the late Queen singer’s sexuality, the widely ridiculed montage, and even the strange fake teeth that Developed by the hero Rami Malek. The film has received more than it deserves from the critical community, achieving only 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences admire its charm nonetheless.
3- The Boondock Saints (1999)
The release of the revenge crime drama “Saints of Pondok” was accompanied by a lot of turmoil, appearing in a few movie theaters in passing, but nevertheless was a huge success when it was released on home videos, which eventually led to the release of a sequel in 2009 The film boasts one of the most contradictory reviews ever on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics rating 28 percent versus 91 percent positive audience reviews.
4- Harlem Nights (1989)
This 1989 blockbuster comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor came under fire from critics when it premiered, but audiences saw the funny side. RottenTomatz has a positive rating of 80 percent, compared to 23 percent of critics.
5- Joker (2019)
It would be unfair to say that Todd Phillips’s Joker, which tells the original story of the Joker – the villainous character in Batman’s Tales – received unanimous criticism from industry professionals, but there were plenty of scathing reviews: this was a polarizing film that some fans completely despised. While he was hated by some in the general public as well, they were more positive when it came to the merits of the movie, and Joker achieved a very high score of 80 percent among audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. His hero Joaquin Phoenix eventually won an Oscar for this role, and is the second person to win an Academy Award for playing the character after Heath Ledger, who won it for The Dark Knight.
6. Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
One of the best movies on this list, and completely misunderstood by critics when it debuted, “Josie and the Kitten” is a humorous satire featuring an original track list of catchy pop-punk bands. Many viewers’ assessment was correct from day one.
7- Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Director Matthew Vaughn’s stylized attempt at spy movies didn’t quite stun critics when it debuted in 2014. The film’s jokes may have been too loose, and the action too sarcastic, but moviegoers were even more impressed, with special praise for its gritty fight scene. To the beat of “Free Bird” by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. It has been so popular with audiences that a sequel and an earlier sequel have already been produced, with more sequels and sub-stories in development.
8- It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)
This classic Christmas movie from director Frank Capra is often cited as the best Christmas movie ever – and one of the undisputed best. However, this was not always his assessment. When the film was first shown, its reception was visibly lackluster. And only later, when the film was shown repeatedly on television during the holidays, did its popularity begin to swell and it receives the recognition it deserves.
9- The Lion King (2019)
Critics generally hated the re-release of the Disney classic for children, The Lion King, in a computer-generated image format that wasn’t even necessary. The songs were not well performed, the animation seemed realistic but bleakly lacking in expression, every detail was ridiculous of the work. In any case, the audience attended the shows in large numbers and left the halls happy, and the film earned an audience rating of 88 on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to only 52 percent of critics.
10- Mamma Mia! Mama Mia! (2008)
Much like Bohemian Ditto, Mamma Mia was not recognized by the critical community for being too exaggerated, too cliched – it was like drizzling a lot of flavoring on a simple plate. However, audiences got exactly what they expected from an ABBA musical, and Mamma Mia quickly became a hit business and staged raucous group performances for his (mostly female audience).
11- Saw (2004)
Horror films have always had a slightly unique relationship between critics and audiences, often with a distinction between “high” cost and darker or exploitative horror, when in fact the latter has been at the core of many of the genre’s most successful and innovative works over the years. the years. Critics underestimated Sue when it debuted, but audiences saw things differently. The Humble James Wan eventually blossomed into one of the biggest horror movie franchises of the 21st century.
12- Twilight (2008)
The first cinematic treatment of the hit vampire novel series was never destined to fail – fans of a certain demographic and age would defend it like a warrior army. However, critics have criticized the high school fiction, denouncing its flaws almost unanimously. In any case, the public treated him more positively, and perhaps they were right. Twilight, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, has managed to convince viewers of two outstanding acting talents for a generation.
13- Venom (2018)
Critics weren’t sure what to do with Venom, the anti-Marvel horror movie in which Tom Hardy plays the villainous Eddie Brock, nemesis of Spider-Man, who is teaming up with his alien symbiont. Critics decided that it was a work similar to what was prevalent in the middle of the beginning of this century, full of noise, hateful and lousy, but audiences interacted with it much more than that, and public reviews on Rotten Tomatoes were positive, reaching 80 percent, compared to only 30 percent given by critics. Not surprisingly, a successful sequel to Venom has already been produced, while another is being prepared.
*The article was published in The Independent on May 26, 2022