10 Poorly Received Blockbusters That Got Great Reviews


A lot of entertainment writers frequently discuss the gulf between critics and moviegoers, or fanboys vs. general audiences, or box office vs. quality. A film like Transformers: Age of Extinction can have an 18% critical rating yet earn over a billion worldwide, while a thousand critically-praised art house dramas languish in the VOD graveyard.

With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the flipside of that gap, ten blockbuster films with massive budgets that received a lot of mileage from critics and either flopped at the box office or earned generous scorn from fans. All the films on this list scored 73% or better in their critical aggregate rating on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of release (meaning they were “Certified Fresh”), yet their perception today is either as bombs or disappointments that altered franchises and careers.