Movies Critics Hate but Audiences Love Now Streaming

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20. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
> Directed by: Guy Ferland
> Starring: Diego Luna, Romola Garai, Sela Ward
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 4.2/10
> Available on: Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Apple iTunes, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Epix, Sling TV

Most critics and audience members agreed on the merits of the original “Dirty Dancing” (1987), which holds a Rotten Tomatoes audience score of 90%. Critics fled from the prequel, “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” finding it “trite and unnecessary.” However, a substantial 73% of audience members on Rotten Tomatoes enjoyed the movie’s Cuban flavor.

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19. Step Up (2006)
> Directed by: Anne Fletcher
> Starring: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 4.5/10
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, DIRECTV, FandangoNOW

This early film in Channing Tatum’s career about a troublemaker who gets the chance to pursue a career in dance is a hit with fans, receiving an average 83% positive reviews among the more than 615,000 viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes did not agree, with only 21% giving it a Freshness score. Critics like Judy Chia Hui Hsu of the Seattle Times opined that “‘Step Up’ may sizzle on the dance floor, but when the dancing stops, the film fizzles.”

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18. Next Friday (2000)
> Directed by: Steve Carr
> Starring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Justin Pierce
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 4.0/10
> Available on: Vudu, YouTube, Google Play Movies, DIRECTV, Microsoft Store, USA Network, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, TNT, fuboTV, Sling TV

Whereas 78% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes liked the original “Friday” (1995), only 22% approved of the sequel “Next Friday” (2000). In the follow-up film, rap star Ice Cube’s penchant for getting into trouble follows him to the suburbs, where he visits a cousin and uncle who had won the lottery. The site’s Critics Consensus said the “messy and plotless” film “lacks the fun of the original.” Audiences’ opinions differed, with 76% of almost 182,000 users liking “Next Friday.”

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17. The Perfect Man (2005)
> Directed by: Mark Rosman
> Starring: Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear, Aria Wallace
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.3/10
> Available on: Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, DIRECTV, Redbox

Teen favorite Hilary Duff stars in this rom-com about a single mother (Heather Locklear) who gets romantic emails from a secret admirer, who is actually her daughter trying to lift her spirits. Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the film is “preposterous and predictable” with “cookie-cutter characters and contrived plotting.” Just 6% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a Freshness score. Of the nearly 282,000 users on the site, 58% approved of the film.

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16. The Little Rascals (1994)
> Directed by: Penelope Spheeris
> Starring: Travis Tedford, Bug Hall, Brittany Ashton Holmes
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.7/10
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, HBO Go, HBO Now, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, Microsoft Store, HBO Max, HBO Now Amazon Channel, Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes

In contrast to the series of original shorts from the 1930s’ “Our Gang” and “Little Rascals” comedies, the 1994 offering was a full-length film helmed by “Wayne’s World” director Penelope Spheeris. Based on critics’ opinions, moviegoers are unlikely to forget the original shorts. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a Freshness rating of 23%. “A dismal kids’ comedy in which all creativity stopped after casting lookalikes for the old rascals’ was completed,” wrote Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune. The film managed a 70% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.