Movies We Appreciate Now but Were Unfairly Shown in Bad Light Back Then

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Has it ever happened to you that a lot of people around you criticize a show or movie? But when you reluctantly give it a chance, it turns out to be a really fun ride. Also, should’ve been loved more than it was. Such are some movies that were treated harshly and unfairly but when given the proper chance, shone brighter than the sun (not literally) and showed everyone why they were better from the start. Here is a list of movies we appreciate now but were unfairly shown in bad light back then.


Fight Club did not impress critics at first

Fight Club is among movies we appreciate now
Fight Club

When Fight Club first came out in 1999, many critics did not like the movie. But now, it is one of the movies we appreciate. In fact, it is now one of the most referenced movies. The movie’s plot follows an insomniac businessman who opens an underground fight club with a soap salesman. But soon things take a sinister turn. The movie inspired by Chuck Palahnuik’s novel was not enjoyed by the audience back then. It was deemed too dark by the critics and the audience avoided it. Also, the movie came to be appreciated by the viewers long after its release.

Citizen Kane is one of the movies we appreciate now

Citizen Kane is among the movies we appreciate now
Citizen Kane

Considered a classic now, Citizen Kane is a movie that did not receive appreciation when it came out. It was because of the villain’s resemblance with William Randolph Hearst. He was an influential man and the villain was inspired by him. So, he forbade the newspapers to mention the movie’s name, as he was a newspaper tycoon. This is why the masterpiece managed to only make $1.5 million when it was released in 1941. But now, the film is mentioned in cinema schools as a classic, critics and film experts now love it.


The Shawshank Redemption was not appreciated at first

The Shawshank Redemption is among movies we appreciate now
The Shawshank Redemption

We all know what a classic movie The Shawshank Redemption is. It is one of the most amazing piece of filmmaking. But back in 1994, movies like Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump came out. The two took all the attention of the critics and the audience. So, more than bad light, The Shawshank Redemption was a victim of wrong timing. People were more busy watching the other two highly acclaimed movies. But when the movie came out on Television, it was loved by the viewers. The movie is now on the list of top-rated movies on IMDb.

Vertigo was originally a flop

Vertigo is among movies we appreciate now

We all know Alfred Hitchcock for his excellent filmmaking. He gave us masterpiece movies like Psycho and Vertigo. In fact, the movie Vertigo now has a shot named after it as it was used by Hitchcock for the first time in the movie. But back when it came out in 1958, the critics did not like it. And the movie only managed to make $3.2 million at the box office. The movie is an amazing thriller based on the story of an ex-cop with a fear of heights, and his romance. It is based on a novel by Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, and Geoffrey Sainsbury.

A Christmas Story was unfairly shown in a bad light

A Christmas Story is among movies we appreciate now
A Christmas Story

When the movie, A Christmas Story came out in 1983, the critics did not see it as the Christmas classic it is now. The critics were not sure what to think of it. Especially, Vincent Canby in New York Times wrote a scathing review of the movie. He said it was not even as funny as a sitcom and “exceedingly busy” if anyone knows what that means. But when it came on TV, the film was widely loved by the viewers and now it is almost a ritual to watch it every Christmas.


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