Often, film critics and audiences don’t see eye to eye. Take for example the recently released, Morbius. It was given bad reviews and scores by critics but is loved by audiences. Critics asses films much more deeply than regular moviegoers do. They scrutinize and analyze films with much rigor. Consequently, few films come out from such assessments with their shine intact. Bad critic reviews and poor scores are almost the norm now.
Critic reviews and scores were supposed to help people decide on movies. But as we will discuss further, there is often a sharp divide between the opinion of critics and audiences. Are critics too critical? Today, we take a look at a few films that received bad critic scores but got amazing audience ratings. Let us know if you agree with the entries in our list in the comments section. The ratings mentioned are from Rotten Tomatoes.
1. We’re The Millers
Critics Score: 49%
Audience Score: 72%
This film was quite fun! It had an amazing plot and a stellar cast. Audiences loved the film and it remains a favorite of many to this day! A comfort film, which can cheer up the bluest of us, any day! The simplicity of its plot was a big plus! Often, films try to be very ambitious with their plots and end up making them ridiculously complicated. Further, the silly humor in this film is quite pleasing! You just can’t watch this film, without a big smile on your face! Alas, the critics took this film too seriously and gave it a bad score.
2. The Lion King (2019)
Critics Score: 52%
Audience Score: 88%
The critics were scoring this in comparison to the original. This is the reason behind the low score. The audience however loved the film and it was a big hit in the year 2019. The filmmakers did a great job and were rewarded with an impressive 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes. As with other films on this list, the critics were of a different mind. Still, a gap of 36% is sure to raise eyebrows!
Critics Score: 30%
Audience Score: 81%
The disparity between the critic’s score and that of the audience was very high on this one. Venom was an interesting and ingenious take on the comic book character. The film had its moments and was well appreciated by the audiences, who gave it an 81% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The plot was simple and promising and the antagonist Riot wasn’t too bad either. The critics, however, were too harsh. 30% was all that they could spare for venom. A difference of 51% between the two scores made us wonder, whether the two had watched the same film?
4. The Greatest Showman
Critics Score: 57%
Audience Score: 86%
This is one film on the kist, where we feel the critics had it right. A departure from the others. The film had good songs, but that was about it. The plot was wafer thin and the performances weren’t too great either. Not sure why the audiences loved it soo much, to give it a 86% on rotten tomatoes. Frankly, 57% of the critics seem quite generous to us! Hmm!
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Critics Score: 50%
Audience Score: 89%
This film has the highest audience score of all on this list. It is a cult classic and has a staunch fan base. A chaotic film that was fun to watch. It has its share of flaws too. For instance, it is boring in so. e some places and. is a hard watch. With a gap of almost 40% between the audience and critics’ scores, a question arises, who was writing? What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments section below!