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List Rules Vote up the movies you used to love.. but yeah, now that you think about it, are really just awful.

Movies are an integral part of childhood. We can all remember the first movie we saw in the theater, the first one we tried to watch when our parents weren't looking, and the ones that moved us or even shaped who we are today. For millennials, most of their movie memories from their impressionable years were made during the '90s - but those films don't always hold up well today.

A funny thing happens: we grow up, and suddenly not all the movies we adored when we were kids hold up decades later to our adult minds, imaginations, and high standards. You might have thought Independence Day rocked back in the day, but would you go for it now? When is the last time one of your friends suggested a Blair Witch Project evening? You see what we're getting at.

A lot of the movies on the following pages still have their defenders, so don't be a hater... vote it down instead of up. The ones hovering near the top are the movies you feel just don't hold up for whatever reason. Is one of your childhood favorites on the list? 

The Mask is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up
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People forget that Jim Carrey was a huge box office draw in the '90s and that pretty much started with his zany performance as the rubber-faced titular character in The Mask. You thought he was a gas and that Cameron Diaz was hot. Fast-forward to today and the whole dialed-to-11 manic affair will have you reaching for the "stop" button.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

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Actors: Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein, Amy Yasbeck, Joely Fisher, + more

Initial Release: 1994

Directed by: Chuck Russell

Produced by: Robert Engelman

Screenplay by: Mike Werb

Genres (Film): Fantasy, Romance Film, Crime Fiction, Action Film, Comedy

Rated: PG-13 (USA)

Also Ranked

#41 on The Best Movies of 1993

#50 on The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

#20 on The Best Movies of 1994

#96 on The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up
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Back in 1998, were you laughing it up when Eddie Murphy talked to animals in the remake of Dr. Dolittle? You must have been, because the movie made over $144 million at the US box office. CGI and animatronics have improved tenfold since 1998, so this romp with the animals can't help but feel dated.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%

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Actors: Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Paul Giamatti, Raven-Symoné, + more

Initial Release: 1998

Directed by: Betty Thomas

Produced by: David T. Friendly, Joseph Singer, John Davis

Screenplay by: Nat Mauldin, Larry Levin

Genres (Film): Family, Comedy, Fantasy Comedy

Rated: PG-13 (USA)

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#67 on The Best Movies of 1998

#46 on The Greatest Animal Movies

#40 on The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids

#21 on The Funniest Comedy Movies About Animals

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"Twister" Blows


Twister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up
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Twister is one of the first in long parade of disaster flicks that were all the rage in the pre-Y2K '90s. People talked about the spectacular special effects and that cow that gets sucked up by the tornado. Audiences will still line up for a decent disaster flick, but the Jurassic CGI in this movie just doesn't blow us away anymore.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

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Actors: Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton, Alexa Vega, Jami Gertz, + more

Initial Release: 1996

Directed by: Jan de Bont

Produced by: Michael Crichton, Ian Bryce, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy

Screenplay by: Anne-Marie Martin, Michael Crichton

Genres (Film): Disaster Film, Thriller, Adventure Film, Drama, Action Film, + more

Rated: PG-13 (USA)

Also Ranked

#5 on The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

#10 on The Best Movies of 1996

#51 on Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

#18 on The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater

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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up
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If you were a kid into basketball in the '90s, you loved Space Jam, that classic a live-action/animation hybrid starring Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, and a bunch of the Looney Tunes characters. Just imagine showing a kid today, likely raised on balanced a diet of Pixar and DreamWorks, this 2D flick filled with cartoon characters they've never heard of.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 35%

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Actors: Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Danny DeVito, + more

Initial Release: 1996

Directed by: Joe Pytka

Produced by: Ivan Reitman, Daniel Goldberg, Joe Medjuck

Screenplay by: Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris, Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick

Genres (Film): Animation, Science Fiction, Family, Sports, Adventure Film, + more

Rated: PG (USA)

Also Ranked

#87 on The Best Animated Films Ever

#39 on The Best Sports Movies

#86 on The Greatest Movie Themes

#6 on The Best Movies of 1996

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