film Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up  

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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? 

Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 1 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%

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)

Also Ranked

#65 on The Best Movies of 1998

#46 on The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made

#41 on The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids

#22 on The Funniest Comedy Movies About Animals

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The Mask is listed (or ranked) 2 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%

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

#50 on The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

#40 on The Best Movies of 1993

#21 on The Best Movies of 1994

#93 on The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up
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This 1994 live-action remake of the classic cartoon, starred John Goodman as Fred Flintstone and Rosie O'Donnell as neighbor Betty Rubble. Everyone loved the cartoon, so don't pretend you didn't see the movie (it made almost $131 million, so we know at least some of you did). This kind of zany play for nostalgia is so transparent today that it's almost impossible to have any fun in this version of Bedrock.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

Actors: Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell, John Goodman, Jay Leno, + more

Initial Release: 1994

Directed by: Brian Levant

Produced by: Bruce Cohen

Screenplay by: Steven E. de Souza, Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein

Genres (Film): Fantasy, Crime Fiction, Family, Comedy, Children's/Family, + more

Rated: PG (USA)

Also Ranked

#48 on The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

#92 on The Best Movies of 1994

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Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up
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Wild Wild West cost a whopping $170 million to make and pulled in about $114 million at the box office. It was supposed to be a big hit for big star Will Smith, but even his star power couldn't save this overblown mess from biting the dust. You would never watch this today, but, admit it: you still work out to Smith's theme song from the film.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Actors: Salma Hayek, Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Bai Ling, + more

Initial Release: 1999

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Produced by: Barry Sonnenfeld, Jon Peters

Screenplay by: Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman

Genres (Film): Western, Science Fiction, Adventure Film, Action Film, Comedy, + more

Rated: PG-13 (USA), G

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#30 on The Best Buddy Cop Movies

#60 on The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

#85 on The Best Movies of 1999

#43 on The 30+ Best Modern Western Movies

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