Movies That Are Widely Watched But Universally Hated Upon

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Some movies become popular by a fluke. Yes, things like this happen. These films are usually flawed productions that have good but not all too great aspects to them. By a random act of kindness by lady luck, they become popular and are widely watched. However, this is where their luck ends. Even though these films become popular, they are widely disliked. In a way, they become a victim of their unworthy popularity.


Their wide reach creates a false hype around them, and when people watch such films, they are left disappointed. The hype doesn’t match up to reality. The result is quite a weird one, these films are widely watched, yet are often disliked. These films have aspects to them that are great, which in part may contribute to their success, however, since these films are flawed productions they end up on the wrong side of many who watch them with great expectations. Today, we take a look at 5 such films that are widely watched but are universally hated.

1. Frozen (2013)

Films that are popular but are disliked
A poster of Frozen

Frozen is often described as just “okay”. Yet, it exploded and is now ubiquitous. It punched far, far above its weight. The main issue with this film was that there was large gap between the merits of this film and the reputation and fame it garnered.


2. Gladiator (2000)

Popular films that are disliked
Gladiator (2000)

This film won the best picture award and many don’t know why. Sure, it was a hit, but best picture? There were many more deserving candidates for sure. The main criticism of the film was that it was not original and had been heavily “influenced” by other films like Ben Hur, Ten Commandments, and Robin Hood Prince of thieves. Much of the concept was from other productions. This film is often said to be overrated.

3. The Hurt Locker (2008)

Popular films that are disliked
A still from The Hurt Locker

It seems people have a huge issue with the main character of this film. He is described as self-centered and having a big ego. Used to having things his way, he doesn’t care much for others. The culmination of this was at the end of the film when he abandons his family due to his “hero” complex. The story is often rated as being very corny and lacking in realism and nuance.

4. Pacific Rim (2013)

Popular films that are disliked
A still from Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim has been often accused of being uninteresting in long parts. The characters of the film are uninspiring. Nevertheless, it was a hit. However, since then, slowly but surely, negative opinions of the film have taken over. The fight scenes, which were a big attraction to this movie were not much of a big deal. When your best aspects are not exceptional, you have a problem. Finally, there were an unusual number of logical inconsistencies in this film. Taking it even further down.


5. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Popular films that are disliked
Guardians of the Galaxy

This brings us to the final entry on the list. Guardians of the Galaxy was a sci-fi film from the last decade. It was quite popular too. What’s more, it remains relevant and talked about to this day. For all its strong points there are lots of people that dislike this film. They have their set of grievances. A frequent complaint is that the film is not funny at all, most of its jokes are lame and its attempt at comedy falls flat on its face.

Next, many of the characters, jokes, and some of the acting in the film are quite awkward. It just doesn’t work for many of us. The only uncontested high point of the film is the visual effects. Everything else is, to put it mildly, debatable. So, what do you think of our list? Let us know in the comments section below.

Angad Singh

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