People Confess Which Acclaimed Movies They Thought Were Terrible
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I admit, and this might as well be heresy to lots of people, that I just don't like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Sorry, everyone.

I know ya'll love it, but there's very little about it that I feel accurately captures the feeling of magic and whimsy that I experienced while I read Road Dahl's stellar book.

Before you get on my case, I'll emphatically deny liking Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... because it's also terrible.

You just can't please some people (namely me), right?


People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor Dame87 asked the online community:

"What is a film that gets a huge amount of praise but you think is awful?"

Paranormal Activity (2007)

"Paranormal Activity. I've seen scarier crap in a public toilet."

hushabyesecret

When it came out it was pretty freaky and I still wasn't in love with it. It's the definition of average.

The Notebook (2004)

"The Notebook. Both leads are so unlikeable and horrible to each other it's not even enjoyable in a 'so bad it's good' way."

"Especially when she actually breaks up with him, gets in a stable relationship with another guy who's not awful...and then ditches that guy to get back with the main love interest because respectful relationships are sooo boring, everyone real love requires being unable to be in the same room without coming to literal screaming matches."

dumbest-thotticus

Honestly, aside from some very good acting, the script of this film is pretty terrible.

But it's Nicholas Sparks, we're talking about.

The Blind Side (2009)

"The Blind Side. They turned an interesting real life story into Hollywood crap."

pamela9792

Even the film's subject dislikes it.

Sandra Bullock beating her competition for THAT? She was much better in Gravity.

Frozen (2013)

"Frozen. I hate it too much, but I can’t help it. People kept saying how it was the best Disney movie ever and it wasn’t even top ten."

MrWapuJapu

Disney really did this film a disservice by shoving it down everyone's throats for much of the last decade.

Les Miserables (2012)

"I know Les Misérables was super acclaimed and all that, but it was really nothing like the book. It made me sad."

jeff-the-nurse

It wasn't meant to be an adaptation of the book, it was meant to be an adaptation of the musical (which a lot of people don't like because it condenses many of the elements from the book).

That said, I can't stand this film either. It's horribly directed.

Crash (2004)

"Crash won Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing awards. Received six Academy Award nominations. I thought it sucked."

[deleted]

You mean the film in which Sandra Bullock is cured of her racism after she falls down the stairs?

Grease (1978)

"Grease. I HATED it. I can appreciate the choreography, but the storyline is awful, cheesy (not to mention misogynistic, which at my first viewing I didn’t know what that was). Couldn’t stand Stockard Channing’s character. Really bad acting too."

GuardMost8477

It's just a bit too hokey for my taste – it makes it difficult to enjoy.

I did see a stage production years ago that was a lot more fun.

Black Panther (2018)

"It has a nice looking setting, and it was good to see a movie featuring a majority black cast with a positive/comic book storyline rather than the stereotypical urban/hang setting. So to that end it read a good movie."

"At the same time, it was also just yet another unmemorable marvel movie - I know I have seen it, but I have no memory of what actually happened in it. Remove the political/seeing element of it and it gets completely lost in the crowd."

mrsyns

Considering that Marvel films do absolutely nothing for me, I was not surprised by Black Panther or the fact that it was more of the same.

Meet the Parents (2000)

"Meet the Parents. It’s just two hours of being vicariously stressed out and embarrassed for Ben Stiller."

jaycuboss

Something tells me this movie likely has not aged well. It would not surprise me at all if this turned out to be the case.

Avatar (2009)

"Avatar. It's just Pocahontas in space, God dammit."

fretfulmushroom

I prefer Dances with Wolves in space myself.

I rewatched this earlier during lockdown and dropped my DVD off at a local community center afterward. And who the hell asked for three more sequels?

We all have our tastes, sorry to disappoint. Besides, we're certain that you have a film or two you dislike in your arsenal.

Have thoughts about other films that are not included here? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!

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