10 Amazing Movies That Opened to Shockingly Bad Reviews

  • March 18, 2016
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Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1960)

“What's offered instead is merely gruesome.” Time Magazine. / image source

Fans of cinema weren't accustomed to the depiction of violence presented in Psycho. Many critics were initially caught off guard, some of whom dismissed the film entirely because of it.

7.

Fight Club (2000)

Fight Club (2000)

“Fight Club” is an empty shout of 'To hell with it all!” Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel / image source

Similar to the controversy of A Clockwork Orange, some reviewers felt that Fight Club lost its own point by being so graphic, a discussion that continues to this day.

8.

Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978)

“...the movie consists of hokey set pieces and unintentionally comic deaths.” Josh Larsen, Variety / image source

In many eyes Halloween is the grandfather of the modern slasher genre, but critical reviews took to attacking the mundane setting and the film's slower pace. Strangely, even the most harsh critics still praised the film's score.

9.

Super-Troopers (2002)

Super-Troopers (2002)

“The movie is about a humorous as watching your favorite pet get buried alive.” Jason Clack, Matinee Magazine / image source

The cult classic remains divisive to this day, though the Broken Lizard Group has found great success since the film's release. But lowbrow humor is always going to be hit-or-miss and unfortunately for Super-Troopers it didn't pan out until it found its niche on television.

10.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

“This may sound like cultural overkill, and indeed it is, and it shows.” Richard Rand, The Guardian / image source

A lot of the flak for Apocalypse Now comes from the ten-year production time. During the lengthy preview process a common complaint was the heavy-handed literary references.

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