Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Good movies that got bad reviews

I saw Oblivion recently and really loved it. That made me questioned the mediocre reviews it received. Why do good movies get bad reviews? Well, I don’t know. Of course everyone is entitled to their opinions and taste is subjective. Still, it doesn’t explain why some people get it so wrong. That boggles my mind. Here a list of great movies that got, not bad, but scathing reviews:

Star Wars

"It’s an assemblage of spare parts—it has no emotional grip... an epic without a dream."—Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

Forrest Gump

"It is... glib, shallow, and monotonous, a movie that spends so much time sanctifying its hero that, despite his 'innocence,' he ends up seeming about as vulnerable as Superman."—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

2001: A Space Odyssey

"pretentious, abysmally slow, amateurishly acted and, above all, wrong”—Stephen hunter, Washington Post.


"By the end of this long film, I would have traded any given gladiatorial victory for just one shot of blue skies."—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The Godfather, Part II

"It's a Frankenstein monster stitched together from leftover parts. It talks. It moves in fits and starts but it has no mind of its own... Looking very expensive but spiritually desperate, Part II has the air of a very long, very elaborate revue sketch."—Vincent Canby, The New York Times

The Wizard of Oz

"It has dwarfs, music, Technicolor, freak characters and Judy Garland. It can't be expected to have a sense of humor as well, and as for the light touch of fantasy, it weighs like a pound of fruitcake soaking wet."—The New Republic


“An empty-headed horror movie with nothing to recommend it” –Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Schindler’s list

“A theme park masquerading as master’s thesis”—Luke Y Thompson, New Times

The Matrix

“It’s astonishing that so much money, talent, technical expertise and visual imagination can be put in service of something so stupid”—Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle

Gone with the wind

"Badly written…a bore” Arthur Schlesinger, The Atlantic

Okay, now you can scratch your heads.

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