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OldBoy
07-01-09, 09:03 AM
with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" posting a 20% at Rotten Tomatoes and the majority of the major critics trashing it to shreds, but has well exceeded expectations, broken box office records already, and poised to be review proof (though 2<sup>nd</sup> weekend drop should be significant). this one seems to be the biggest movie with the worst reviews.

so it got me to think about what other movies were review proof? ones that were just maligned, but went on to make nice bank...

Nick Danger
07-01-09, 09:07 AM
Pretty much any slasher movie.

RichC2
07-01-09, 09:37 AM
Sequels to well-liked originals/sequels, in general, are review proof. Big spectacles are often review proof as well.

Also horror movies and usually those crappy spoof flicks.

Going off RT, the following scored below 50% critical approval and still drew mega bucks:

Shrek 3 - 41% fresh - $322m US / $798 worldwide
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End - 45% fresh - $309m US / $960m WW
Bad Boys 2 - 21% Fresh - $132m US / $273m WW (not really a "hit" considering its $130m budget but eh)


I was going to put more but my connection sucks right now.

MrSmearkase
07-01-09, 09:39 AM
Just saw this article posted yesterday, courtesy of Den of Geek...

Blockbusters that were utterly critic-proof (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/278062/10_blockbusters_that_were_utterly_critic_proof.html)

Interesting to see the amount of sequels listed.

outcastja
07-01-09, 09:42 AM
Recently:

Shrek the Third 41%
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 53%
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 45%
Hancock 39%

beavis69
07-01-09, 09:44 AM
Some of those in that list are kinda weird. Simpsons has a 90%. Thats a pretty well reviewed movie in that case. Unless they are saying no matter if it was given a 10% or 90% it still would have done just as well

MrSmearkase
07-01-09, 09:46 AM
Some of those in that list are kinda weird. Simpsons has a 90%. Thats a pretty well reviewed movie in that case. Unless they are saying no matter if it was given a 10% or 90% it still would have done just as well

I think the intent in the example of The Simpsons was just that, that ultimately the reviews probably wouldn't matter too much considering the large and established fanbase. I had the same double-take when I saw that on the list, as well.

Snowmaker
07-01-09, 09:49 AM
Just saw this article posted yesterday, courtesy of Den of Geek...

Blockbusters that were utterly critic-proof (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/278062/10_blockbusters_that_were_utterly_critic_proof.html)

Interesting to see the amount of sequels listed.

I own all but 3 of those on BD or DVD.

MrSmearkase
07-01-09, 10:22 AM
I own all but 3 of those on BD or DVD.

I own many myself, so much for Rotten Tomatoes.

PopcornTreeCt
07-01-09, 11:25 AM
Obligatory -- if it makes money it's poorly reviewed.

RichC2
07-01-09, 01:24 PM
Obligatory -- if it makes money it's poorly reviewed.

Ah how semi-true that used to be.

Damn recent exceptions (Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Slumdog Millionaire ($359m worldwide on a $15m budget), etc; )

Drexl
07-01-09, 01:36 PM
Meet the Fockers - 38% fresh, $279 million in the US

OldBoy
07-01-09, 05:38 PM
Some of those in that list are kinda weird. Simpsons has a 90%. Thats a pretty well reviewed movie in that case. Unless they are saying no matter if it was given a 10% or 90% it still would have done just as well

i just saw that as well. interesting list. hadn't realized some of those had such huge worldwide takes.

Supermallet
07-01-09, 05:43 PM
Only two films on that list were worse review than TF2: The Flintstones and Tomb Raider. And I remember enjoying The Flintstones.

GoldenJCJ
07-01-09, 06:34 PM
The older I get the less I agree with the majority of reviews out there. I don't know if it's due to the internet where anybody with a blog can be a critic or if there's some mentality where critics are afraid to go against the grain for fear of being ridiculed or what but I've almost stopped listening to critics altogether.

Now that's not to say Tranformers 2 or similar movies are great cause they're not but many of them are quite fun and, IMO, should be graded as such. There's a place for Oscar bait dramas and there's a place for big budget Michael Bay type movies.

wm lopez
07-01-09, 06:47 PM
The ones I will always remember are GODZILLA, GHOSTBUSTERS 2, ADDAMS FAMILY.

mikehunt
07-01-09, 08:06 PM
The older I get the less I agree with the majority of reviews out there. I don't know if it's due to the internet where anybody with a blog can be a critic or if there's some mentality where critics are afraid to go against the grain for fear of being ridiculed or what but I've almost stopped listening to critics altogether.

Now that's not to say Tranformers 2 or similar movies are great cause they're not but many of them are quite fun and, IMO, should be graded as such. There's a place for Oscar bait dramas and there's a place for big budget Michael Bay type movies.

I've never paid attention to the big name critics
siskle and ebert for example were rarely in synch wiht my opinion of a movie

I haven't seen TF2 yet though, maybe this weekend

Robert
07-01-09, 11:15 PM
<b>Hitman</b>, which was trashed by critics, made over 100 million worldwide and has a sequel in the works.

Arthur Dent
07-01-09, 11:24 PM
Only two films on that list were worse review than TF2: The Flintstones and Tomb Raider. And I remember enjoying The Flintstones.
I enjoyed The Flinstones film, too, but I was 8 years old when it came out. I saw it again a few years ago: Didn't hold up at all.

islandclaws
07-02-09, 12:53 PM
Spider-Man 3.

phobos78
07-03-09, 01:27 AM
The Garfield movies.... Never underestimate babysitter films.