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Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck

Updated June 9, 2020 120.2k votes 7.4k voters 86.7k views239 items

List RulesMovies must be well liked, but not all that great.

List of supposedly great films that actually kind of suck. This list includes films that have won or been nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, and many other awards, but despite their praise and accolades, we find them almost impossible to watch.
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  • Resident Evil: Retribution1
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    Resident Evil: Retribution

    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

    Released2012

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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  • Pearl Harbor2
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    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael...  more

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  • Avatar3
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Crash4
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    Crash

    Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Haggis

    This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis....  more

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  • Twilight5
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    Twilight

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2008

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

    Twilight is a 2008 American vampire romance film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of...  more

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  • Scream 26
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    Scream 2

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox

    Released1997

    Directed byWes Craven

    Scream 2 is a 1997 American slasher film created and written by Kevin Williamson and directed...  more

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  • Ghostbusters7
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    Ghostbusters

    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig

    Released2016

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Ghostbusters (alternatively known as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and marketed as such on...  more

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  • Les Miserables8
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    Les Miserables

    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2012

    Directed byTom Hooper

    Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 1862 French...  more

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides9
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    Released2011

    Directed byRob Marshall

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  • Prometheus10
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    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

    Released2012

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and...  more

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  • Shakespeare in Love11
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    Shakespeare in Love

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Madden

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  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan12

    Released2006

    Directed byLarry Charles

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a 2006...  more

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  • Species II13
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    Species II

    Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Medak

    Species II is a 1998 American science fiction horror film directed by Peter Medak, and the...  more
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider14
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    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

    Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig

    Released2001

    Directed bySimon West

    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is a 2001 action film based on the popular Tomb Raider video game...  more

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  • Species15
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    Species

    Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley

    Released1995

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    Species is a 1995 American science fiction horror film directed by Roger Donaldson, and...  more

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  • The Matrix Reloaded16
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    The Matrix Reloaded

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The...  more

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  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life17
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    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

    Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler

    Released2003

    Directed byJan de Bont

    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is a 2003 action film based on the popular Tomb...  more

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  • The English Patient18
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    The English Patient

    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1996

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script...  more

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  • Watchmen19
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    Watchmen

    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin...  more

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  • Bugsy20
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    Bugsy

    Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley

    Released1991

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • Mean Girls21
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

    Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the...  more

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  • An American in Paris22
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    An American in Paris

    Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron

    Released1951

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral...  more

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    #138 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#21 of 21 Movies With Places In The Title That Weren't Actually Shot There

  • Farenheit 9/1123
    Fahrenheit 9/11 is a 2004 documentary film by American filmmaker and director and political...  more
  • The Prince of Tides24
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    The Prince of Tides

    Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byBarbra Streisand

    The Prince of Tides is a 1991 romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name....  more

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  • Scream25
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    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

    Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven....  more

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