30 Films Loved by Critics But Failed To Win Over Movie Fans

A user on Reddit recently asked, “which legendary classic movie left you disappointed when you finally watched it?” We compiled the top 30 answers and some may come as a surprise!

Crash

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“Thought this would be some deep exploration of the darkness in the human psyche. Instead, I felt like I watched a cheap movie, far too dull and lifeless for its premise.”

“I read an article about Dean’s crash after the movie, and it was far more interesting than anything actually happening on the screen.”

Saturday Night Fever

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“I was not expecting it to be so dark. I thought it would be just a fun movie with dancing. Not a bad movie, just odd in all the wrong ways.”

“Oh God, yes. If not for the music, dancing, and Travolta’s coolness, this is Manos Hands of Fate level bad.”

Mad Max

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“The climax was amazing considering how and when it was made, but everything leading up to it was just boring.”

“I appreciate it a little more these days, but I was disappointed on first viewing of Mad Max.”

The Graduate

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“I think it was a ‘you-had-to-be-there’ kind of thing, like many other 60s films.”

“Agree 100%. Except for the Simon & Garfunkel songs, the movie left me cold. Overhyped. Nothing in it.”

Gone With The Wind

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“It’s just overdone and mostly boring.”

“It’s a cultural landmark, but some of the scenes are laughable. The scene where the daughter dies is unintentionally hilarious.”

Scarface

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“I love Pacino, but this role just threw me off. I just couldn’t get used to him. He had shades of Dustin Hoffman doing Rain Man – and not in a good way.”

“One of Pacino’s worst performances, and he has a whole lot of bad over-acting in his back catalog.”

Sleepless In Seattle

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“I don’t understand why it is held to such a high standard as romcoms go, but I was definitely disappointed.”

“Same. My expectations were too high for it to be a classic. You’ve Got Mail was way better.”

Grease

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“Why do people like this movie? It is awful. It was awful 40 years ago, and it just keeps getting worse with age.”

“It’s not just a matter of no longer being funny or entertaining. It has not aged well at all.”

Vertigo

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“Although Vertigo has scenes that I recognize as artful, it doesn’t stick with me anywhere near the same way that Rear Window does.”

“I just watched Vertigo for the first time last month and was very underwhelmed. I don’t know why, but it just didn’t do much for me at all.”

Taxi Driver

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“The performances were great, but I just didn’t get hooked by the story.”

“I don’t see the hype, unfortunately… it was just so slow.”

Top Gun

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“I wasn’t invested in the main characters at all. Needless to say, I didn’t rush to the theatres when Maverick came out.”

“I watched it at my husband’s request and was so bored. I was also very confused about the volleyball scene.”

Heat

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“It seems like one of those movies that everyone loves just because there are a bunch of famous people in it when really the casting is making up for a lackluster plot/story.”

“I was really hoping for a great cop vs. criminal showdown, but the ending was so anticlimactic. It just felt like a letdown after such a long build-up.”

2001: A Space Odyssey

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“I can recognize how it changed the film industry, but that doesn’t make it a good movie.”

“It annoys me that it keeps the audience at arm’s length. I’m cool with ambiguity, but the movie is distant to the point that it doesn’t have characters, just people who do things to allow the movie to continue.”

Rain Man

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“It got all the Oscars, and my friends loved it, yet I found it as an utterly horrible Hollywood-style fake.”

“I second that. The whole movie is just Tom Cruise yelling at his autistic brother.”

Titanic

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“I just thought the script was terrible for the most part, trying far too hard to be Oscar bait. It certainly didn’t need to be 3+ hours long, in my opinion.”

“I love Bill Paxton, but every line he delivers in Titanic makes me twitch.”

Raging Bull

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“It’s all perfectly competent, and it’s a good movie. I’m just not sure why it’s such a legendary classic.”

“Totally agree on Raging Bull. I do not understand the love that movie gets.”

A Clockwork Orange

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“I watched, and I felt it was just mean. Feel sympathy for Alex? He was lucky he didn’t get the electric chair or lethal injection.”

“It’s a truly miserable movie. I used to think it was profound and great, as that was the consensus. It really isn’t.”

Forrest Gump

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“I mean… it’s good. And Tom Hanks was impressive, but I didn’t really feel like I was moved.”

“I never liked Forrest Gump. It felt too cheesy and ham-fisted.”

Pulp Fiction

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“I understand this take. My wife and I both watched it for the first time, and while I loved it, she fell asleep, and I didn’t really blame her.”

“It’s an incredibly well-made film, but I just couldn’t get myself to care for the characters.”

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“Yeah, I agree. Fellini, in general, just doesn’t do it for me.”

“I expected it to be a masterpiece, but it was just a pretentious mess. The symbolism was heavy-handed, and I didn’t care too much for the characters.”

Dead Poets Society

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“I love Robin Williams, but I thought this one was pretty boring.”

“The character of Mr. Keating was supposed to be this charismatic and life-changing teacher, but to me, he just felt like a caricature of what a ‘cool’ teacher should be.”

Once Upon A Time In America

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“Maybe the most boring film I’ve ever seen….”

“Yeah, I agree with this one. I don’t know what people see in this. If anyone wants to share, I’d be happy to hear why they love it so much.”

Citizen Kane

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“I had to watch it in school and thought it was boring as hell.”

“The film’s use of flashbacks and nonlinear storytelling felt more like a gimmick than an effective narrative technique.”

The Usual Suspects

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“I thought it was an entertaining little thriller when I saw it ages ago, but it’s taken on this undeserved mantle of ‘the most brilliant movie with the best twist ever.”

“I know it’s supposed to be a classic, but to me, it just felt like a forgettable crime movie – it didn’t leave much of an impression on me.”

The Shining

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“It was my favorite Stephen King book. But I feel like the movie didn’t follow the book properly. Kubrick was good at creating symbols but horrible at decoding them.”

“The plot felt disjointed and confusing; I couldn’t quite follow what was happening.”

Schindler’s List

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“It just felt extremely long to me. I thought half the sets looked poor, as well as it being a really melodramatic and manipulative movie.”

“For what’s supposed to be a ‘true story,’ it sure does feel very superficial and Oscar bait-like.”

Blade Runner

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“The older Blade Runner felt a lot longer, and I found myself skipping through stuff because most of the scenes were unnecessarily included.”

“I found it so incredibly dull.”

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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“I honestly ended up finding it to be a lot more laughable than frightening.”

“I felt like it was too predictable, as I could see the twists coming from a mile away.”

Close Encounters

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“This was one of my most disappointing classic watches ever. Not a good movie.”

“It really wasn’t all that for me. I think I just don’t jive with Spielberg movies in general.”

Chinatown

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“I should say that I think the movie’s pretty good. So, I’m not really disappointed by it. But I’ve heard it called ‘the best script ever’ a lot, and I honestly have no idea why people think that.”

“People say that it has a lot of layers to it, and that makes it a classic. It just doesn’t make me feel the same way.”

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