10 Amazing Movies That Opened to Shockingly Bad Reviews
History proved them wrong, but #5 and #8 went too far.
The comedy staple Clue was given a lot of grief for having three endings, which was seen as a gimmick to sell more tickets (which it likely was). But stranger than this are the critics who held it to the same standard as a straight-faced mystery film, which it clearly wasn't.
Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Depending on who you talk to Fire Walk With Me is either incredible or pointless for using the same bag of weird tricks as the show. More legitimate complaints focus on the tedium of a prequel, which will inevitably retell parts of the story the audience already knows.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Kubrick's controversial film was raked over the coals for its depiction of violence, especially sexual violence, which many saw as being framed in a positive way.
Blade Runner (1982)
The now genre-defining film was criticized out of the blocks somewhat unfairly: it opened against E.T. And Wrath of Khan, both of which were seen as more visually pleasing.
The Shining (1980)
Initial criticism of Kubrick's “The Shining” fell into two camps: those who felt deviating from the novel was a mistake, and those who simply found it dull, chiding the choice of atmosphere over horror.