The Critics Loved It But I Hated It
Do you have a movie where the critics loved it but you hated it?
I certainly have a few, and actually trying to write a review of "The Aviator" starring Leonardo DiCaprio gave me the idea for this article, since although the topic of Howard Hughes interested me, the movie left me sadly unimpressed.
Another movie that the critics as well as many people I know raved over was "Legends Of The Fall", and yet that did nothing for me at all.
However, top of the list of movies that I personally hated is "The English Patient". This came on 2 VHS videos, and when we got to the end of the first video, we almost didn't bother to load the second, it was just that bad (and then some). There is even a Seinfeld episode about this movie, where Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is taken to see the movie by her boss, and she finds it so bad that she walks out halfway through. Her boss almost fires her, but then decides to send her to Tunisia and make her live in a cave for six weeks.
I can easily add to the list with classics like "Midnight Cowboy" (the only good part was the closing lines as the main character dies), and a Scandinavian adult movie from the early 70's called "I Am Curious Yellow" which had absolutely no plot and no interest.
So what movies do you love to hate and have no desire to ever have to see again?
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LeaPea2417 wrote on October 16, 2014, 11:22 AM
I know a lot of people like "The Godfather" series of movies. But, I always hated it. I think there are three in the series, but I could never sit through the first one.
Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 1:26 PM
I think the Blair Witch Project would be at the top of my list for worst movies that got rave reviews. But I don't even take that movie seriously. If it had been a couple of teenagers showing me the video on their cell phones, I'd have thought it was stupid. The only reason anyone has even heard of it is that somebody figured out how to market that trash.
After would be Star Wars, Watership Down, and the Amityville Horror. Admittedly, I was about 11-13 when I watched all those films. But they really held no appeal for me despite all the hooplah.
poddys wrote on October 16, 2014, 2:59 PM
I didn't really enjoy Blair Witch either, but I wouldn't mind camcorder batteries that lasted as long as theirs did!
The Godfather movies were ok, not really my favorite though.
Watership Down was ok, but the book was much better. It's actually the ONLY book I have read cover to cover and then started again right away.
Star Wars I loved, well episodes 4-6 (the 1st 3), not so fond of the newer ones.
Add to my list "Earth To Echo" which I reviewed on imdb.com, it was atrocious.
AliCanary wrote on October 16, 2014, 4:11 PM
Oh yes! I walked out halfway through "A Beautiful Mind". Boring, depressing, and just downright annoying. Bleaahhhh.
paigea wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:55 PM
Well, I fell asleep every time I tried to watch Lord of the Rings? we finally gave the movie away without seeing it.
poddys wrote on October 17, 2014, 4:47 PM
I saw about 1/4 of it then had to go out. Would be interested in renting it or watching on tv, but by 1/4 way through it had me curious to know what was going to happen, but that was about all.
poddys wrote on October 17, 2014, 4:48 PM
My wife feels the same, she doesn't like that sort of movie, and yet for me all 3 of the trilogy movies are wonderful escapes from reality.
I loved Master & Commander, but when we tried to watch it together she had enough after about 15 minutes.
AliCanary wrote on October 17, 2014, 11:03 PM
I enjoyed LOTR more or less, but my butt was numb on that theater seat after three hours!
poddys wrote on October 18, 2014, 4:00 AM
Been there done that a few times! Sadly I didn't get to see LOTR at the theater, and there are some movies that you ABSOLUTELY need to see on the big screen.
poddys wrote on October 18, 2014, 4:03 AM
We never watch pay per view, just wait for them to come out on free tv.
These days with out TiVo box we can record whole series off tv, so of course by the time we have caught up with everything that we have recorded (which is never), we rarely get around to watching our dvd's or renting something else.
Must have 5 or 6 boxed sets of dvd's that we have never watched.
BarbRad wrote on October 18, 2014, 2:00 PM
I don't see enough movies to make valid comments, and I rarely knew what the reviews on the bad ones I did see were.
poddys wrote on October 18, 2014, 4:29 PM
Sometimes I think you can get too addicted to television. Far better to be like you, because it's easier to do other things.
poddys wrote on October 18, 2014, 4:30 PM
I rarely look at reviews too, I form my own opinion, but when I do see that a movie has had great reviews I am sorely disappointed if I don't like it.
somedsatisfied wrote on October 21, 2014, 8:26 PM
On the opposite side, critics were cruel to Waterworld but I enjoyed it. :)
maxeen wrote on November 19, 2014, 10:09 AM
'Rosemaries Baby 'with Mia Farrow -silly me going to see that when a few days from having my baby.
poddys wrote on November 30, 2014, 2:31 PM
I enjoyed Waterworld too, and Dances With Wolves was brilliant, but as for The Postman... terrible.
crowntower wrote on December 10, 2014, 1:08 AM
#TTRC It happens specially when you have different views in life of the writer and of the critics. I hate the The Legend of the Fall if that is Brads Pitt's movie, I hate the ending, I hate the story line, then I hate the "the Mexican" and many more.
agvulpes wrote on January 3, 2015, 6:29 AM
My most 'boring' movie was 'Chariots of Fire' for me the only redeeming factor was the music but that also started to irritate after a while. Going back a bit but Porgy and Bess was another ! :)
inkedwriter wrote on January 4, 2015, 1:29 PM
Legends of the Fall was one I liked, but I often find myself not really caring for movies that win Best Picture at the Oscars.
Elfbwillow wrote on January 5, 2015, 4:03 PM
Therea few in which I felt that way, different to the critics views, though at this precise moment none spring to mind
stbrians wrote on January 7, 2015, 11:42 AM
These films may be hard to understand and the critics understand them better. Am new here.
Coffee wrote on February 24, 2015, 4:33 AM
I hate when I am really looking forward to seeing a film and then it just falls flat.
It happens almost every time with horror films.
arthurchappell wrote on February 26, 2015, 2:11 PM
I loved midnight cowboy I hated the bond movie skyfall even though everyone raved about it
Deema wrote on May 2, 2015, 4:48 PM
Yes, a lot. It is quite annoying and time wasting. I find this a lot with series, for example Person of Interest and Breaking Bad.