Movies Critics Hate but Audiences Love Now Streaming

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5. Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
> Directed by: Darren Grant
> Starring: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Tyler Perry
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.9/10
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW, fuboTV

Filmmaker Tyler Perry has starred in numerous critically acclaimed movies, including “Star Trek” (2009) and “Gone Girl” (2014). He has had a more difficult time receiving good reviews for his comedies — such as the numerous Madea movies — many of which he has written himself. “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” which received only 16% positive reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, is another example. Rotten Tomatoes users, however, blessed the film with a score of 87%.

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4. Grandma’s Boy (2006)
> Directed by: Nicholaus Goossen
> Starring: Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini, Shirley Jones
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.6/10
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, DIRECTV, HBO Go, HBO Now, FandangoNOW, Redbox, Sling TV, fuboTV

Adam Sandler-produced “Grandma’s Boy” — about a pot-smoking video-game tester who moves in with his beloved grandmother — has something of a cult following among those whom critic Nathan Rabin refers to as “slackers and stoners.” These fans helped deliver an 85% approval rating from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s Critics Consensus, however, describes the movie as “a gross-out comedy that’s more gross than comedic” and as being “lazy and unrewarding.”

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3. Out Cold (2001)
> Directed by: Brendan Malloy
> Starring: Flex Alexander, David Denman, A.J. Cook
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 2.9/10
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, DIRECTV, Max Go, Pluto TV, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Cinemax Amazon Channel

This PG-13 gross-out comedy about a group of snowboarders trying to prevent their beloved mountain from being converted into a yuppified ski resort was despised by critics, only 8% of whom gave it a positive review, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences had fun with the lowbrow flick’s “gross-out humor and sophomoric plot,” however, with 84% giving it a positive review on the same site. Eventual comedy film star Zach Galifianakis makes an early-career appearance in the movie.

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2. Grind (2003)
> Directed by: Casey La Scala
> Starring: Adam Brody, Joey Kern, Mike Vogel
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.1/10
> Available on: FandangoNOW

“Grind,” about four skateboarders seeking success on a summer tour, got a thumbs-up from just 8% of cinema tastemakers on Rotten Tomatoes. Poor reviews may have affected its performance at the box office, where it failed to earn back its $6 million budget. Ben Nuckols of the Associated Press said the movie was a “wan attempt to transpose the sports-movie formula onto the extreme-sports scene.” Audience reviews were relatively positive, however, with 79% of audience users approving of the film.

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1. Drop Dead Fred (1991)
> Directed by: Ate de Jong
> Starring: Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.1/10
> Available on: Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple iTunes, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Microsoft Store, Redbox, HBO Go, HBO Now, FandangoNOW, HBO Max, HBO Now Amazon Channel

“Drop Dead Fred” follows a young woman, Elizabeth Cronin (Phoebe Cates), as she reconnects with her imaginary friend, Drop Dead Fred (Rik Mayall). The movie received positive reviews from merely 9% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with Gene Siskel calling it “easily one of the worst films [he’d] ever seen.” A much higher 77% of nearly 200,000 users gave it a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDb users rated it 6.0 out of 10. The movie grossed approximately double its estimated $6.8 million budget at the box office.