Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Critics Who Hated The Year's Best Reviewed Films

ELLAR_COLTRANE_afb6791.jpg

As we enter the season of list-making and superlative-giving, it's worth sparing a thought for those lone voices of dissent. 

Because not everyone loved Boyhood. True story.

We've gone through some of the year's most adored films and found the rare critics who failed to share in the pleasure. Let us know if any of these films left you cold. There's no judgement here.

(Images: All Star)

LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%

"...more exhausting than fun, too unsure of itself to stick with any story thread for too long." 

Kyle Smith, New York Post


Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

Rotten Tomateos rating: 95%

"Gyllenhaal’s whompingly one-note performance tells you all you need to know. He’s veh-ry skerrrr-y, kiddies — ahwoooooooo!"

David Edelstein, Vulture


The Babadook

The Babadook

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

"...it's hard to see what all the fuss is about...it feels awfully familiar and surprisingly tame by the time it reaches an anti-climax of an ending."

Allan Hunter, Daily Express


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%

"This meticulously appointed dollhouse of a movie just went on and on, making me want to smash many miniature plates of plaster food in frustration."

Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice


Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%

"Lottery money has allowed Leigh to hoist his production values sky high. I suspect, it has also allowed him to ignore the needs of the vast majority of the people who buy the tickets."

Andy Lea, Daily Star


Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%

"An old-fashioned social-problem film where the problem magically evaporates."

Budd Wilkins, Slant


Pride

Pride

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%

"...a simplistic, featherweight cornball...the makers rely on the clichés we see in way too many light-as-a-feather British comedy-dramas"

David Edwards, Daily Mirror


Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%

"It all goes by as slowly as an IRS audit because there’s no suspense...Guardians of the Galaxy brings to mind some of the most unforgettable sci-fi event movies of the last 30 years. Alas, those films are Howard the Duck and Green Lantern"

Kyle Smith, New York Post


Boyhood

Boyhood

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 99%

"Linklater’s bland imagery and presumed “realism” make Boyhood’s running time excessive. It raises that old mumblecore problem: Can a hipster also be banal?"

Armond White, National Review


Frank

Frank

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%

"...the mash-up of elements combine with a singularly unpleasant roster of characters to create a work of genuinely off-putting quirkiness."

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

Related

2015-film.jpg

30 Films You Need To Get Excited About In 2015

2014-trailers.jpg

The Ultimate 2014 Trailer Mashup

bad-neighbours-bloopers.jpg

The Best Movie Bloopers Of 2014

2014-facts.jpg

30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About 2014's Biggest Movies

alien.png

Bad reviews for good movies

615x330-in-del-toro-byrne-ctk32062.jpg

Bad Netflix reviews for great movies

Comments

More

Brendan Gleeson: "I was thrilled to be cut down by Daniel Day-Lewis"

Brendan Gleeson on being entertained by Gambon and killed by Day-Lewis

by Ralph Jones
22 Jun 2017

Can you guess the highest grossing film for every year since 1980?

Genuinely: no, you can't

by Gary Ogden
21 Jun 2017

Don't panic, but the Han Solo movie just lost both of its directors

Don't ruin this for us now

by Carl Anka
21 Jun 2017

Daniel Day-Lewis announces he's retiring from acting

His final film will air later this year

by Alex Finnis
21 Jun 2017

Netflix’s new Hulk Hogan documentary looks like essential viewing

It couldn't have come at a better time

by Tom Victor
16 Jun 2017

The 17 ultimate screen dads

The daddies of them all

16 Jun 2017

The 'Dodgeball' cast have reunited for a surprise mini-sequel

Watch it here

by Gary Ogden
15 Jun 2017

Stunning footage of Bruce Lee's only "real fight" has been unearthed

The martial arts expert looking just as masterful away from Hollywood

by Carl Anka
14 Jun 2017

Edgar Wright has teased the possibility of Hot Fuzz 2

The greatest buddy cop film of all time... Part 2?

by Carl Anka
09 Jun 2017

Nick Offerman: "I would have sold my family to play Gimli"

The moustachioed funny man on varnishing, magnets, and his Gimli ambitions

by Ralph Jones
08 Jun 2017