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10 Films Critics Hated But Were Box Office Hits Anyway

March 22nd, 2014 4:00pm EDT | Justin Sedgwick By: Justin Sedgwick favorite Add to My News
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In today's bleak economy, moviegoers need to watch every single penny they have. So before heading to the multiplex often they'll check reviews by trusted critics to make sure the movie is good. Even though these critics may be stodgy or out of touch with mainstream audiences, their extensive knowledge on film still proves to be helpful to moviegoers needing some silver screen advice. But there are some movies, despite atrocious and horrible ratings, still managed to be big winners at the box office. Here are 10 films critics hated but were hits.

"Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009)

Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen

Michael Bay’s first voyage into Cybertron was heralded by critics and fans alike. But his runner up “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was a sloppy and convoluted metal mess, earning accusations of sexism and stereotyping by film reviewers. But their opinions proved to be a moot point as Optimus and crewed soared to a cool $402 million.

Critics Said: 

"The movie rages on for a hundred and fifty minutes and then just stops, pausing for the next sequel." - David Denby, The New Yorker

"Much of the movie is computer-generated hash, weightless even with nonstop BOOMS and METAL GROANS and THUDS." - David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"After the first ten minutes, I just...wanted...the...movie...to...end." - John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis

Rotten Tomatoes Score : 20%

Average Rating: 4/10

Box Office Totals: $402.1M

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