Movies Critics Hate but Audiences Love Now Streaming

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15. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
> Directed by: Dennis Dugan
> Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.6/10
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, DIRECTV, Microsoft Store, Redbox, TNT, fuboTV, Sling TV, FandangoNOW, Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Netflix

Only 15% of critics reported liking “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,” with Time Out’s Stephen Garrett going as far as to call it a “mortifying would-be comedy.” The flick stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James as two heterosexual firefighters who feign being gay in order to enjoy the legal benefits. Audiences were less put off by the concept, and 69% of the more than 1.3 million users who rated the film on Rotten Tomatoes reported liking it. The movie grossed more than $187 million worldwide.

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14. Beaches (1988)
> Directed by: Garry Marshall
> Starring: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 4.4/10
> Available on: Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Max Go, FandangoNOW, Cinemax Amazon Channel, Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes

Despite a cast led by Oscar nominees Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, and despite being nominated for a Best Art Direction Oscar, critics had a lukewarm reaction to this meditation on female friendship with only 39% of those reviewing it on Rotten Tomatoes liking it. Yet 88% of audience members enjoyed the film. Director Garry Marshall followed “Beaches” with another fan favorite in 1990: “Pretty Woman.”

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13. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
> Directed by: Bill Duke
> Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.2/10
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Disney Plus, DIRECTV, Amazon Video, Apple iTunes

In the sequel to the warmly received “Sister Act,” Whoopi Goldberg reprises her role as the lounge singer masquerading as a nun. This time, she is asked to shape up a music program for an inner-city school. Despite reuniting a stellar cast that includes Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith, and Mary Wickes, and the addition of singer Lauryn Hill, the Sister Act sequel was a dud with critics. Only 17% gave it a Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert, writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, dismissed the sequel as a “dreary retread.” Audiences, however, were still amused by the sequel, giving it a 61% score.

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12. The Benchwarmers (2006)
> Directed by: Dennis Dugan
> Starring: David Spade, Jon Heder, Rob Schneider
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.1/10
> Available on: Vudu, Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Microsoft Store, Apple iTunes, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Starz, Hoopla, Redbox, FandangoNOW

Razzie-award nominee “The Benchwarmers” is a story about three guys who strike back against bullies by forming a three-man baseball team to take on youth teams. Described as a sophomoric, gross-out comedy starring David Spade, Rob Schneider (“Saturday Night Live”) and Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”), it grossed almost $60 million domestically despite receiving an 11% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences said the movie had its funny moments and gave it a score of 64%.

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11. Joe Dirt (2001)
> Directed by: Dennie Gordon
> Starring: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.0/10
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Apple iTunes, Sling TV

David Spade vehicle “Joe Dirt” received scathing reviews from critics, with only 11% giving the movie about a mullet-sporting redneck a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes. While audiences weren’t over the moon about the film, they rated it a respectable 6.0 out of 10 on IMDb, and 63% gave it a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes. There was enough interest in the movie to warrant a 2015 sequel: “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser.”