Movies Critics Hate but Audiences Love

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5. The Boondock Saints (1999)
> Directed by: Troy Duffy
> Starring: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 4.2/10

This “juvenile, ugly movie that represents the worst tendencies of directors channeling Tarantino” (according to the Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus) was enjoyed by 91% of users on the site and given a rating of 7.8 out of 10 on IMDb. Only 22% of critics gave it a positive review, with most finding it idiotic and immoral.

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4. Drop Dead Fred (1991)
> Directed by: Ate de Jong
> Starring: Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.1/10

“Drop Dead Fred” follows young adult 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 5.9 out of 10.

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3. Grandma’s Boy (2006)
> Directed by: Nicholaus Goossen
> Starring: Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini, Shirley Jones
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.6/10

Adam Sandler-produced “Grandma’s Boy” — about a pot-smoking video-game tester who moves in with his grandma — has something of a cult following among those whom critic Nathan Rabin refers to as “slackers and stoners.” Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus describes the movie as “a gross-out comedy that’s more gross than comedic” and as being “lazy and unrewarding.”

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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

The makers of “Grind” — about four skateboarders seeking success on a summer tour — may not have had critical success in mind as they crafted the film. However, the disapproval of tastemakers, only 8% of critics liked the movie on Rotten Tomatoes, may have affected its performance at the box office, where it failed to earn back its $6 million budget. Audience reviews were relatively positive, however.

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1. Out Cold (2001)
> Directed by: Brendan Malloy, Emmett Malloy
> Starring: Flex Alexander, David Denman, A.J. Cook
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 2.9/10

This PG-13 comedy about a group of snowboarders tasked with preventing their beloved mountain from transforming into a yuppie-infested ski resort was absolutely hated 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% of viewers giving it a positive review on the same site.