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Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck 

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List Rules Movies 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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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Cameron

Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul Haggis

This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more

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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
ddperk80 added Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Bay

Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

Released: 1996

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more

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Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Dismalhead added Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, which also inspired a 1980 concept album and 1985 ...more

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#10 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #198 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies #755 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more

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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Bootsdad added Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Madden

Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more

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Borat: Cultural Learning... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
QAZQ added Pamela Anderson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Keyes

Released: 2006

Directed by: Larry Charles

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a 2006 British-American mockumentary comedy film. The film was written and produced by British comedian ...more

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The Tree of Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

Released: 2011

Directed by: Terrence Malick

The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. The film chronicles the origins and ...more

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

Released: 2009

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick ...more

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Harry Potter and the Ord... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
QAZQ added Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Alizzo475 added Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Wes Craven

Scream 2 is a 1997 American slasher film created and written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
PeteBoyle added Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Mabie1 added Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards

Released: 2011

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a 2011 action adventure film based on Tim Powers' novel. The film is directed by Rob Marshall

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Resident Evil: Retributi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Alizzo475 added Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2012

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

Resident Evil: Retribution is a 2012 American-Canadian-German science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the fifth installment in the Resident Evil ...more

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
MoonshadowRachel added Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2008

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

Twilight is a 2008 American vampire romance film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. ...more

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
WarrenMitchell added Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more

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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch

Released: 1951

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more

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The Prince of Tides is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, George Carlin

Released: 1991

Directed by: Barbra Streisand

The Prince of Tides is a 1991 romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name. The film stars Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. It tells the story of the narrator's struggle to ...more

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Fahrenheit 9/11 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Michael Moore

Fahrenheit 9/11 is a 2004 documentary film by American filmmaker and director and political commentator Michael Moore. The film takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush and its ...more

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Something's Gotta Give ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
PeteBoyle added Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves, Diane Keaton

Released: 2003

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

Something's Gotta Give is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers for Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. It stars Jack Nicholson and Diane ...more

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
JustinPatrickChrist added Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Loveleen Tandan, Danny Boyle

Slumdog Millionaire is a 2009 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson. It was co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an ...more

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Bugsy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty

Released: 1991

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Bugsy is a 1991 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. It stars Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, ...more

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The Godfather Part III ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1990

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who tries to ...more

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Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
JimJenkins added Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia ...more

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