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Bad reviews for good movies

There's just no pleasing some

It's hard to make everyone happy. Just yesterday, we bought Snickers bars for the whole office and it turned out that one person was on a diet, another didn't like caramel (?!) and someone else had a nut allergy or whatever.

Even if you're a talented filmmaker and you've made a movie that everyone is pretty much in love with, you're still not guaranteed an easy ride.

Here are 30 examples of critics who've hated movies that everyone else loved.

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With thanks to Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    "When you see good actors in a project like this, you… More details

    Fight Club

    Fight Club

    "When you see good actors in a project like this, you wonder if they signed up as an alternative to canyoneering"

    Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

  • Alien

    Alien

    "An empty-headed horror movie with nothing to… More details

    Alien

    Alien

    "An empty-headed horror movie with nothing to recommend it"

    Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    "Star Wars is a junkyard of cinematic gimcracks not… More details

    Star Wars

    Star Wars

    "Star Wars is a junkyard of cinematic gimcracks not unlike the Jawas' heap of purloined, discarded, barely functioning droids"

    Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    "A theme park ride masquerading as master's… More details

    Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    "A theme park ride masquerading as master's thesis"

    Luke Y Thompson, New Times

  • The Godfather Part II

    The Godfather Part II

    "Part II's dialogue often sounds like cartoon… More details

    The Godfather Part II

    The Godfather Part II

    "Part II's dialogue often sounds like cartoon captions...its insights are fairly lame"

    Vincent Canby, New York Times

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    "Plodding, puffed-up kitsch mistaking itself for… More details

    The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    "Plodding, puffed-up kitsch mistaking itself for profound psycho noir that the source material won't support"

    Jurgen Fauth, About.com

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    "So chic, studied and murky it resembles a cross… More details

    Se7en

    Se7en

    "So chic, studied and murky it resembles a cross between a Nike commercial and a bad Polish art film"

    David Ansen, Newsweek

  • Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

    Lord of the Rings: Return o…

    "An uneven movie with yawns aplenty" David… More details

    Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

    Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

    "An uneven movie with yawns aplenty"

    David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    "A very dark and far too long thriller with many dull… More details

    Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    "A very dark and far too long thriller with many dull moments that would serve the film better by moving along a bit faster."

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News

  • Heat

    Heat

    "All the squealing tyres, flying bullets and falling… More details

    Heat

    Heat

    "All the squealing tyres, flying bullets and falling bodies cannot save Heat from drowning in its own banalities"

    Andrew Ross, Salon.com

  • Airplane!

    Airplane!

    "Most of the jokes are groan-worthy, and some are… More details

    Airplane!

    Airplane!

    "Most of the jokes are groan-worthy, and some are downright racist."

    Josh Larsen, Larsen On Film

  • Mad Max

    Mad Max

    "Mad Max is ugly and incoherent, and aimed, probably… More details

    Mad Max

    Mad Max

    "Mad Max is ugly and incoherent, and aimed, probably accurately, at the most uncritical of moviegoers"

    Tom Buckley, New York Times

  • The Warriors

    The Warriors

    "A bad joke shoddily disguised as a gritty urban… More details

    The Warriors

    The Warriors

    "A bad joke shoddily disguised as a gritty urban thriller"

    Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    "Inappropriate and wrongheaded interruptions reveal… More details

    Die Hard

    Die Hard

    "Inappropriate and wrongheaded interruptions reveal the fragile nature of the plot and prevent it from working...a mess"

    Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

  • Requiem For A Dream

    Requiem For A Dream

    "If this is the future of cinema, I'd rather be home… More details

    Requiem For A Dream

    Requiem For A Dream

    "If this is the future of cinema, I'd rather be home watching television"

    Christopher Kelly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • Rocky

    Rocky

    "The screenplay of Rocky is purest Hollywood… More details

    Rocky

    Rocky

    "The screenplay of Rocky is purest Hollywood make-believe of the 1930's, but there would be nothing wrong with that, had the film been executed with any verve."

    Vincent Calby, New York Times

  • The Goonies

    The Goonies

    "I find nothing entertaining about kids screaming for… More details

    The Goonies

    The Goonies

    "I find nothing entertaining about kids screaming for two hours"

    Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald

  • Spartacus

    Spartacus

    "It is a spotty, uneven drama" Bosley Crowther,… More details

    Spartacus

    Spartacus

    "It is a spotty, uneven drama"

    Bosley Crowther, New York Times

  • Goodfellas

    Goodfellas

    "Dramatically unsatisfying" Joseph McBride,… More details

    Goodfellas

    Goodfellas

    "Dramatically unsatisfying"

    Joseph McBride, Variety

  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    "Full of repugnant junkies so unpleasant that I was… More details

    Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    "Full of repugnant junkies so unpleasant that I was hoping they'd all OD just so I could escape this torture test"

    Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    "It made me feel pity for the actors who worked in it… More details

    Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    "It made me feel pity for the actors who worked in it and anger at the director for taking liberties with them"

    Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    "It's almost like [Scott]'s trying as hard as he can… More details

    Gladiator

    Gladiator

    "It's almost like [Scott]'s trying as hard as he can to make the worst movie of all time"

    Chuck Randolph, Matinee Magazine

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    "As pointless as it is shocking" Rex Reed, New… More details

    Oldboy

    Oldboy

    "As pointless as it is shocking"

    Rex Reed, New York Observer

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    "It's astonishing that so much money, talent,… More details

    The Matrix

    The Matrix

    "It's astonishing that so much money, talent, technical expertise and visual imagination can be put in the service of something so stupid"

    Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle

  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    "This movie seems to me almost a mishmash of the worst… More details

    The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    "This movie seems to me almost a mishmash of the worst bits that were left out of previous Coen Brothers outings"

    Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com

  • Gone With The Wind

    Gone With The Wind

    "Badly written...a bore" Arthur Schlesinger, The… More details

    Gone With The Wind

    Gone With The Wind

    "Badly written...a bore"

    Arthur Schlesinger, The Atlantic

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    "Pretentious, abysmally slow, amateurishly acted and,… More details

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    "Pretentious, abysmally slow, amateurishly acted and, above all, wrong"

    Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    "It is a coarse-grained and exploitative work which… More details

    Jaws

    Jaws

    "It is a coarse-grained and exploitative work which depends on excess for its impact. Ashore it is a bore, awkwardly staged and lumpily written"

    Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    "The Empire Strikes Back is about as personal as a… More details

    The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    "The Empire Strikes Back is about as personal as a Christmas card from a bank"

    Vincent Canby, The New York Times

  • Inception

    Inception

    "One way to salvage some fun with this blunderbuss… More details

    Inception

    Inception

    "One way to salvage some fun with this blunderbuss would be to fall asleep while watching and dream up a better movie yourself. Try it. You'll avoid a headache"

    Kelly Vance, East Bay Express

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