Movies Critics Hate but Audiences Love Now Streaming

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25. Coyote Ugly (2000)
> Directed by: David McNally
> Starring: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, John Goodman
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.9/10
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, DIRECTV, FandangoNOW

In this comedy-drama, an aspiring musician played by Piper Perabo goes to New York and becomes a celebrity bartender at a hotspot called Coyote Ugly, where the female employees dance on the bar, flirt with customers, and do shots with them. The Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus said the film “has a trashy energy and undeniable aesthetic appeal.” It holds a 23% Freshness score among critics. Among almost 700,000 audience users, 71% enjoyed the movie.

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24. Half Baked (1998)
> Directed by: Tamra Davis
> Starring: Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Díaz, Jim Breuer
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 4.2/10
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, Starz, DIRECTV, FandangoNOW, Fandango, Redbox

Comedian Dave Chapelle co-wrote and stars in this stoner comedy about three friends working together to bail their buddy out of jail. While only 29% of critics delivered positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes — the site refers to it as a “half baked production” with a “scattershot sense of humor” — 81% of audience members enjoyed it. The movie was also a financial success, grossing more than $17 million at the domestic box office against an estimated budget of $8 million.

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23. I Am Sam (2001)
> Directed by: Jessie Nelson
> Starring: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 4.6/10
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, DIRECTV, Microsoft Store, HBO Max, Redbox

Sean Penn received his third Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a mentally challenged man fighting for legal custody of his 7-year-old daughter. In the process he also teaches different people, including his lawyer, the importance of family. Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes found the film “manipulative” and that it oversimplified a complex issue. “I Am Sam” holds just a 35% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, though 87% of more than 300,000 Rotten Tomatoes audience users liked the movie.

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22. Without a Paddle (2004)
> Directed by: Steven Brill
> Starring: Matthew Lillard, Seth Green, Dax Shepard
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.9/10
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Max Go, Redbox, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW

Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, and Dax Shepard star as three friends who embark on a disastrous canoe trip in this PG-13 rated comedy from director Steven Brill, who has collaborated extensively with Adam Sandler. A mere 14% of critics liked the movie on Rotten Tomatoes, with Village Voice’s Mark Holcomb comparing its leading men to “a cut-rate Three Stooges.” Audiences delivered an overall approval rating of 68% with more than 400,000 votes cast.

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21. Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)
> Directed by: Raja Gosnell
> Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Jerry O’Connell
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.3/10
> Available on: Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Video, DIRECTV, Pluto TV, Microsoft Store, Tubi TV, FandangoNOW, The Roku Channel, FlixFling, Apple iTunes, HBO Max

The reboot of the 1960s family comedy stars Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo as parents of a blended family of 18 children. Critics were unsparing in their assessment of the film, calling it an “asinine remake” with “no fresh insight or genuine laugh in sight.” Little wonder it has a 6% Freshness score among Rotten Tomatoes critics. Audiences were more forgiving, with 51% of almost 400,000 Rotten Tomatoes users approving the film.