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.
Fight Club (2000)
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.
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.
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.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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.