Who Needs Reviews? 40 Movies We All Love Despite Critical Flops

As movie lovers, we often turn to reviews and critics to help guide our choices in selecting the next film to watch, but they aren’t always right. Someone recently asked, “What is a movie that critics hated but you actually loved,” and people were quick to respond.

Here are the top 40 answers.

Hook (1991)

Hook (1991) - Tri Star Pictures
Photo Credit: Tri Star Pictures.

I didn’t realize until recently that it wasn’t received well by critics. That was one of my favorite movie experiences as a child. It really had a magical tone, and I loved the set designs.”

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Big Trouble In Little China (1986) - 20th Century FOx
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Big Trouble has way too little flannel for a film made in the 90s. Probably because it came out in 1986.”

I just introduced Big Trouble to my husband a week ago, and he loved it!”

The Village (2004)

The Village (2004) Touchstone Home Entertainment
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I love the village and don’t understand why it gets so much hate.”

The Beach (2000)

The Beach (2000) Twentieth Century Fox
Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox.

Love this movie and soundtrack.”

“I remember people ripping on it because it had DiCaprio in his first movie since Titanic, but it is a really good movie.”

The Lone Ranger (2013)

The Lone Ranger (2013) Walt Disney Studios
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios.

Critics slammed this movie, but I thought it was quite enjoyable as a 7-year-old and still find it enjoyable even as a 16-year-old.

Waterworld (1995)

Waterworld (1995) Universal Studios
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“I LOVED Waterworld. Do not at all understand why people hate it but have accepted it.”

Roadhouse (1989)

Roadhouse (1989) - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
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Roadhouse is an absolute riot. The main character is a world famous bouncer and it just gets more ridiculous from there.”

Mars Attacks! (1996)

Mars Attacks! (1996) Warner Bros. Pictures
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“Did reviewers not like Mars attacks? That’s insane!”

The Postman (1997)

The Postman (1997) Warner Bros. Pictures
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

With you there. This falls into the movies everyone but us hated, and I don’t care.”

John Carter (2012)

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures.

It’s a crime that the movie didn’t do better. Disney barely marketed it at all. As fans of the books, my dad and I were so excited for it and to see more. Sadly, we’ll probably never get another movie.”

“It’s Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and avatar all rolled into one!”

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) 

Eurovision Song Contest_ The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Netflix Original
Photo Credit: Netflix Original.

I don’t find slapstick funny, so I don’t like Will Ferrell/Adam Sandler, etc. films, but my grandad really wanted us to all watch this one as a family, and it was weirdly adorable and pretty damn funny. I unironically loved it.”

Highlander (1986) 

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I loved Highlander and for the longest time wanted to grow my hair out to locks like that.”

Constantine (2005)

Constantine (2005) Warner Bros. Pictures
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

Constantine is one of my absolute favorites.”

Van Helsing (2004)

Photo Credit: Universal Studios.

I didn’t know Van Helsing was poorly rated. That movie is cinematic GOLD.”

I loved Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing. I couldn’t understand why I didn’t take off.”

Hot Rod (2007)

Hot Rod (2007) Paramount Pictures
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Yes! Really funny and insanely quotable.”

“Such a funny movie! So many laughs every time I watch it. Definitely one of, if not my favorite comedy.

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Vanilla Sky (2001) Paramount Pictures
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Vanilla Sky is like one of my all-time favorites. I don’t understand the hate. The twist. Amazing. Makes you think.”

Batman & Robin (1997)

Batman _ Robin (1997) Warner Bros. Pictures
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

I love batman and robin so much!!”

Event Horizon (1997)

Event Horizon (1997) Paramount Pictures
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

This is the only horror movie to ever really mess with my head. Love it. But I NEVER want to see the directors cut.”

“I love this film, it’s a solid horror film.”

Tommy Boy (1995)

Tommy Boy (1995) Paramount Pictures
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Wait, critics hated it???? It’s a great movie!”

Tommy Boy is one of the finest things ever made.”

Bullet Train (2021)

Bullet Train (2021) - Columbia Pictures
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

I second this! Saw it in theaters and had a blast!!”

“I loved almost every second of this movie and am genuinely confused as to why critics panned it. There were a few jokes that didn’t really land for me but other than that, I had an absolute blast.”

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Starsky _ Hutch (2004) Warner Bros. Pictures
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Oh! I love this movie! I still own it lol.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Pirates of the Caribbean_ At World_s End (2007) Walt Disney Studios
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios.

Pirates 3 is my all-time guilty pleasure movie. Everybody double-crossing everybody else, insane plot lines, great performances, incredible music, over-the-top action, it’s SO good.”

I will always stand by my opinion that the first three Pirates films are highly underrated, absolutely delightful and that I wish there were more movies like them.”

The Cell (2000)

The Cell (2000) New Line Cinema
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It’s not a bad movie at all, but it’s on my list of creeped-you-out-for-life movies. So many NOPE moments I’ve only managed to see it once. The acting is pretty good.”

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

I freakin’ love that movie. It’s a little confusing on first watch, but I love how the story emphasizes how actions, good or bad, ripple through time.”

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Photo Credit: Marvel Studios.

“That was actually my favorite of the 3.”

Super Mario Bros (1993)

Super Mario Bros (1993) Hollywood Pictures
Photo Credit: Hollywood Pictures.

It’s an enjoyable movie through and through. I also love when things deviate from the source material. If I want the original story, I’ll go experience that. Give me something DIFFERENT.”

13th Warrior (1999)

13th Warrior (1999) Touchstone Pictures
Photo Credit: Touchstone Pictures.

Didn’t realize it got hate. My friends and I loved it at the time and still do today.”

Scooby-Doo (2002)

Scooby-Doo (2002) Warner Bros. Pictures
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

I’ve been trying for decades to convince the world to give Scooby a chance!”

Hudson Hawk (1991)

Hudson Hawk (1991) - Tri Star Pictures
Photo Credit: Tri Star Pictures.

Hudson Hawk is genius. I will die on this hill.”

I LOVE this movie. I mean, it’s just about a guy wanting to get a cappuccino.”

Empire Records (1995)

Empire Records (1995) Warner Bros. Studios
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Studios.

Empire Records is a really fun movie.”

Dune (1984)

Dune (1984) Dino de Laurentiis Company
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Came here to say this. It has a look and feel to it that just completely draw you in. Will remain one of my all-time favorites.”

Grandma’s Boy (2006)

Grandma’s Boy (2006) Twentieth Century Fox
Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox.

Who didn’t like Grandma’s Boy?? That movie is perfect.”

Fired Up! (2009)

Fired Up! (2009) Weinstock Productions
Photo Credit: Weinstock Productions.

this hilarious teen comedy doesn’t get enough love.

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Photo Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Productions.

Gotta appreciate pre-Bucky Sebastian Stan as Blaine in this.”

Predators (2010)

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

“Predators is the best. It’s the perfect sequel. The Predator, I didn’t really care for, it seemed a little ridiculous. Same with AVP Requiem (the first one was pretty cool).”

“The Predator was pretty bad as was AvP Requiem, but Predator 2, Predators, and the first AvP were great fun in my book. I particularly did not understand the hate on Predators. Adrian Brody looked great and there was some actual story and character development.”

Bad Boys II (2003)

Bad Boys II (2003) Columbia Pictures
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

It’s the perfect sequel.”

The scene where the Coast Guard stops the speedboat in Miami harbor alone is worth the price of admission.”

Speed Racer (2008)

Speed Racer (2008) Warner Bros. Pictures
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

Honestly, one of my favorite movies. I was so bummed when they took it off of HBO max. It’s so hard to find the movie to watch.”

Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil (2002 Constantin Films
Photo Credit: Constantin Films.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) Twentieth Century Fox
Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox.

I love it. The 1st one was so awesome.”

Yeah saw it when I was younger back in the day and recently saw it for the second time now as an adult. It is such a great film. Really love it.”

Valerian (2017)

Valerian (2017) EuropaCorp
Photo Credit: EuropaCorp.

I would recommend it. I’ve seen it twice and enjoyed it each time. Really feels like it should have been a bit longer and/or with a sequel.”

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