Here Are Some Movies That Are Not Rated High On Rotten Tomatoes But Are Actually Good

Here Are Some Movies That Are Not Rated High On Rotten Tomatoes But Are Actually Good

The critics may not think much of a movie because of the technicalities they base their opinion on but the film may be a hit among the viewers. 

Before watching a movie that we are unsure about, most of us make it a point to look up its ratings to ensure we are not wasting time. We take one look at the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and know if the movie in question is something that will go on our to-watch list or something that will never be watched. But sometimes the critics' views and how the audience feels about a film are so different, that we may miss out on some gems. The critics may not think much of a movie because of the technicalities they base their opinion on but the film may be a hit among the viewers. 

There are some films that people love but critics don't. It may have a low rating but actually makes for a very entertaining watch. Here are some films that you may have missed out on due to the ratings.

1. Jennifer's Body (2009) — 45% on Rotten Tomatoes

Megan Fox

The film did not do well when it was first released but has been making a comeback in recent years as the feminist elements of the film are finally sinking in. "Jennifer's Body features occasionally clever dialogue, but its horror/comedy premise ultimately fails to be consistently funny or scary enough to satisfy," is what the critics had to say. On the other hand, one user stated: "Watching this in present-day reveals a way ahead of its time campy horror-comedy that is, essentially, all the best parts of the late 2000s tied with a monstrous bow"

2. The Greatest Showman (2017) — 57% on Rotten Tomatoes

Source: IMDb

The critics feel that the movie "tries hard to dazzle the audience with a Barnum-style sense of wonder -- but at the expense of its complex subject's far more intriguing real-life story." But the audience score for the film stands at 86%. One user stated: "I dug this... I see people talking about how it's not factual, well, I don't go to movies to see factual. I want to see fantastical & whimsy, and this movie has it. It's a fun movie and I enjoyed most of the songs."

3. She's the Man (2006) — 44% on Rotten Tomatoes

Source: IMDb

"Shakespeare's wit gets lost in translation with She's the Man's broad slapstick, predictable jokes, and unconvincing plotline," the critics stated. But the audience thinks otherwise with a rating of 79%. One user said, "This movie is one of my favorites! I rewatch it every year. I don't know why tomatoes have it rated low. Everyone I know absolutely loves this movie. I even quote this movie on a regular basis and can quote the movie word for word. Classic. Have loved it since I was a kid! I recommend watching this. It will not let you down!" 

4. Jumanji (1995) — 55% on Rotten Tomatoes

Source: IMDb

Jumanji is an iconic '90s film but as per the critics, "a feast for the eyes with a somewhat malnourished plot, Jumanji is an underachieving adventure that still offers a decent amount of fun for the whole family." Viewers on Rotten Tomatoes have rated it 62% and on IMDb, it has a rating of 7/10. One user defended the movie stating: "While I try not to take IMDb ratings to heart, I do think the rating for this film is too low. The film is absolutely fantastic in all departments. I will admit, there are some bits that are quite scary due to some scenes that are amazingly dark. The film does start off slowly, but when the film fast-forwards to twenty-six years later, the film turns into fast-paced family entertainment. Other than one or two scary scenes and the slow beginning, I could find very little wrong with Jumanji."

5. Hocus Pocus (1993) — 38% on Rotten Tomatoes

Source: IMDb

This cult classic Halloween movie was rated terribly by the critics who stated: "Harmlessly hokey yet never much more than mediocre, Hocus Pocus is a muddled family-friendly effort that fails to live up to the talents of its impressive cast." It has a 71% rating from the audience on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.9/10 rating on IMDb. One user said, "I LOVE THIS MOVIE! It's a hilarious movie and I hope newer generations will love this movie too." They added, "I think they chose good actors for the movie and the song got stuck in my head for just watching it twice."

6. The Princess Diaries (2001) — 49% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Princess Diaries

The critics dubbed the film as "A charming, if familiar, makeover movie for young teenage girls." The audience rated it at 68%. One user said of the film, "This is the best movie that I watched as a teenager/adolescent and completely shaped who I am as a person. It is the best princess movie out there and teaches about independence as well as a love for your community."

7. National Treasure (2004) — 46% on Rotten Tomatoes

Source: IMDb

The critics stated: "National Treasure is no treasure, but it's a fun ride for those who can forgive its highly improbable plot." And the audience did forgive the film's plot by giving it a 76% rating. One user said, "Sure there are really implausible things here but you can't help but have fun. It's a wacky globetrotting caper with a villainous Sean Bean, so of course, I liked it."

8. Armageddon (1998) — 38% on Rotten Tomatoes

Source: IMDb

This doomsday action film, according to the critics, is "lovely to look at but about as intelligent as the asteroid that serves as the movie's antagonist, Armageddon slickly sums up the cinematic legacies of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay." It has a 73% rating by the viewers and a 6.7 rating on IMDb. One person said, "There are things wrong with Armageddon, but I don't think it is a bad movie. In fact, I think it more as a guilty pleasure," and added, "So what makes Armageddon entertaining? Well, the visuals are incredible, and the music is great. I liked the script, clichéd it may be but there was enough tongue-in-cheek for me to be entertained by." 

9. Hook (1991) — 29% on Rotten Tomatoes

Source: IMDb

The Robin Williams-starrer did not impress critics who stated: "The look of Hook is lively indeed but Steven Spielberg directs on autopilot here, giving in too quickly to his sentimental, syrupy qualities." On the other hand, the audience gave it a 76% rating. It has a 6.8 rating on IMDb and one user said, "I saw "Hook" when it first came out, and mostly just interpreted it as a cool kids' movie. But when I saw it again nine years later, I caught a lot of jokes. There's Peter's comment about mergers and acquisitions, and the shots of the Beatles poster, for starters."

10. Cruel Intentions (1999) — 55% on Rotten Tomatoes

Source: Columbia Pictures

"This darkly comic drama and its attractive young cast are easy on the eyes, but uneven performances and an uninspired script conspire to foil Cruel Intentions," the critics stated. The first film in the franchise was given an 81% rating by the audience. It has a 6.8 rating on IMDb with one user stating: "Some call this guilty pleasure. There's no need for the guilty part. It's a fun movie. The source material is superb. The young actors are all amazing. It has the style." 

11. Venom (2018) — 30% on Rotten Tomatoes

Source: Sony Pictures

This superhero film in the Marvel-Sony filmverse did not impress critics who said, "Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man." On the other hand, people gave it an 81% rating. One user stated: "Absolute insane fun. Don't come in expecting a cinematic masterpiece or a typical superhero movie. Come for the hilarious and insane dynamic between Eddie and Venom. This is not an artistic or highly nuanced film. This is a fun, hysterical romp with a human disaster and his equally disastrous parasite."

12. Space Jam (1996) — 45% on Rotten Tomatoes

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

This film starring the legendary Michael Jordan did not impress the critics who said, "While it's no slam dunk, Space Jam's silly, Looney Toons-laden slapstick and vivid animation will leave younger viewers satisfied -- though accompanying adults may be more annoyed than entertained." The audience gave it a 63% rating. On IMDb, it has a 6.5 rating.

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