The Critics Are Wrong: Well-Liked Movies that I Dislike

We all have those movies; ones that get critical acclaim or are beloved by moviewatchers and you just don't like very much. These are some of those movies for me. Basically, this is my "I'm a contrarian" list. Sometimes, maybe I'll end up liking them more on a second view (though most of them I wouldn't even want to watch a second time).

The criteria here is pretty vague but it's basically any movie that has a very good critic reputation (certified fresh Rotten Tomatoes, above-65 Metascore, positive reception looking back), or a very good moviegoer reception, either cult classics or huge financial hits. Movies that are supposedly ironically great but I don't enjoy definitely belong here, though that hasn't happened yet.

Presented in reverse-chronological order. Feel free to argue about these with me.

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  • Joker
  • Beautiful Boy
  • Halloween
  • Eighth Grade
  • Big Fish & Begonia
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Darkest Hour
  • It
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Wonder Woman
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Sully
  • Train to Busan
  • Don't Think Twice
  • Captain Fantastic
  • The Jungle Book
  • Green Room
  • The Boy and the Beast
  • Kung Fury
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • A Letter to Momo
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Cloverfield
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • Hana
  • Tekkonkinkreet
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • King Kong
  • MirrorMask
  • Intermission
  • The Triplets of Belleville
  • 28 Days Later
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Signs
  • Cat Soup
  • Donnie Darko
  • Snatch
  • Pi
  • Enemy of the State
  • The Frighteners
  • The City of Lost Children
  • Get Shorty
  • The Ref
  • A Perfect World
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Predator
  • Highlander