10 bad movies that actually got good reviews when they were released 1 month ago

10 bad movies that actually got good reviews when they were released

Time and hindsight has not been kind to these movies.

With the internet having lost its collective mind at the idea that Shrek might not be a certified classic (note: it isn't, it's good, but it is by no means a masterpiece), you might be surprised to find out that there have been plenty of bad movies that critics were overly positive about when they were first released.


Sure, history is laced with examples of great movies that were simply misunderstood when they hit the cinemas, but what about the other way around? Critics aren't perfect, opinions aren't shared by everyone, but modern consensus on these ten films tell us that... well... the critics were wrong.

Also, yes, we know that Rotten Tomatoes scores aren't the be-all-and-end-all of critical opinion, but for the sake of ease, that is what we're working from here. Right, on with the list, starting with...

The Amazing Spider-Man

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Not so much amazing, and more like The Forgettable Spider-Man. While there were definitely some entries on the plus column for this movie - Garfield was a great Peter Parker, and he had some fantastic chemistry with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy - it was ultimately just way too similar to the Tobey Maguire version that had concluded just five years previous. Can you even remember who the baddie was in the first one? No, you can't, which is why they put thirty-seven baddies in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and made it thirty-seven times worse.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%


Depp is obviously channeling Michael Jackson for his take on Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation, which... yeah, we don't have much else to say about that. You would've thought that Burton's quirky aesthetic would be a perfect fit for Dahl's twisted-for-kids stories, but as his versions of Alice In Wonderland and Dumbo would dictate, Burton works better outside of mega-budgets. Also, for the life of us, we still can't understand a single word anyone is singing during any of the musical numbers. It out-Tenets Tenet's muddled sound design before Tenet was even a twinkle in Christopher Nolan's eye.

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%


The movie that beat Brokeback Mountain for the Best Picture Oscar shouldn't be disliked for that reason. Well, not solely for that reason. The Academy were clearly so blinded by wanting to give awards to Hot Topic Racist Issue Movie, that they kind of overlooked the fact that the movie was so manipulative, you barely noticed that it seems to exist in an alternative reality, where racism is the only talking point every single person has, all day, every day. Critics gushed because Famous Actors played a Racist, but then they learned a Lesson, and that was Great. Ugh.

Finding Dory

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Admit it, until we mentioned it right here, you'd completely forgotten this movie existed. Which kind of has a nice irony to it, considering. Should we try even harder to forget it now, considering all of that scandal around Ellen DeGeneres' show? Nah, the movie already does all of that hard work for us. This is by no means a bad movie, but to score in the mid-nineties is something else entirely. This shouldn't even be in the same conversation of quality as Inside Out, Wall-E or, y'know, Finding Nemo. But here we are.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Fundamentally the worst of the Harry Potter movies, but it has a higher RT score than Philosopher's Stone, Order of the Phoenix, and Deathly Hallows Part One. Yes, Kenneth Branagh is great, but him and the big snake at the end are literally the only things we remember from this one, other than knowing that the 161 minute runtime is at least half an hour too long.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Listen, we get it. It was 20 years since the last Indy movie, and we were all very excited to see him back on the big screen. But this was also a full decade after another long-delayed franchise-return left us feeling similarly empty (more on that in a bit), so you think we'd have learned out lesson. But no, we ignored the Nuke The Fridge and the inter-dimensional aliens and Shia LeBeouf as a pretender to the Indy throne, because Harrison was back with his whip and his hat. We were younger, and we were foolish. We've learned our lesson now, right? Right??

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Iron Man 2

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

The third-lowest scoring Marvel movie (ranking above The Incredible Hulk and Thor: The Dark World), it should still be lower. A lot lower. What should have been titled A Feature Length Trailer For Marvel's Future Releases, the Stark sequel wasted great performances by Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell, instead too interested in teasing upcoming MCU entries. Marvel would get much, much better at seeding out this kinda stuff, but Iron Man 2 still stands out as the best example of the worst kind of universe building.

The King's Speech

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Another Best Picture winner (this time beating The Social Network, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, and Toy Story 3), and another film that absolutely did not deserve to win. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are good fun in the leading roles, but paralleling King George VI finding his voice and Britain finding its footing in World War II is absolutely laughable. And not in a good way. Director Tom Hooper would go on to direct Cats, which was at least reviewed accurately.


Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

This is a toughie, because everyone involved - both those making the movie and those watching the movie - knows exactly what kind of movie this is. But knowing it is trying to be a bad movie, does that make it a good movie? Or just successful at being bad? It is a quandary, but it still doesn't excuse this tornado-made-of-sharks having higher RT scores than some actually good movies.

Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

You knew this was coming. Attack of the Clones is worse than The Phantom Menace (which scored a still too high 52%), and worse than Revenge of the Sith (an insanely high 80%), so the question here is really how Episode II doesn't have a score 0%. Have you ever in your life encountered anyone who admitted to liking Attack of the Clones? That scene about sand should have been enough to have George Lucas' film-making licence taken away from him. But film-making licenses don't exist, we don't think, so we just had to wait for him to sell LucasArts for $4.1 billion and retire. Yeah, that showed him!

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