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

Why Tom Hardy is the man the world needs right now

Politicians are lying to us. Brexit is dividing us. Donald Trump may be about to nuke us. But don’t worry, we’ve found a saviour

by Joe Ellison
24 Feb 2017

New Horror movie about racism is 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Rave reviews all round

by Matt Tate
24 Feb 2017

Netflix picks up Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

Production is scheduled to begin next year

22 Feb 2017

'Star Wars' release the first cast photo from the Han Solo spin-off

You can't have too much Chewie

by Matt Tate
22 Feb 2017

QUIZ: How well do you know Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine?

As everyone’s favourite foul-mouthed mutant returns to screens in Logan, we put your knowledge to the test

21 Feb 2017

Guillermo Del Toro ends the speculation about Hellboy 3

Big Red fans, it's not good news

21 Feb 2017

The ShortList Alternative Oscars

The only awards that really matter

by Gary Ogden
20 Feb 2017

Is Love Actually actually shit or brilliant?

Two writers argue their case for the divisive 2003 rom-com

16 Feb 2017

The totally excellent 19 facts you never knew about Wayne’s World

No way? Way.

by Keyan Milanian
16 Feb 2017

Details of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer 'leaked'

If it's true, Star Wars fans are in for a treat

14 Feb 2017