The moviegoers that we are, we love to enjoy our films, accepting pretty much everything the director is willing to throw at us, but sometimes it's just hard to get along with a movie when the plot is flat (Iron man 2) or simply all over the place (Jupiter Ascending). As much as we can love a franchise or director, we and critics alike, love to criticize a movie to point of destroying it when this one is awful, bad, distasteful, stupid or simply meh!
To be honest, it kind of feels nice to have critics agreeing with you about a movie - if it's bad it's bad, but if it's good it's great. But what about when we disagree? I don't want to pretend I understand critics' job, but sometimes they appear to be distracted when they do it. They either hate a movie we love or love a movie we couldn't even finish. I still trust in critics though, specially Rotten Tomatoes - they are so in touch with their inner fans and they are very accurate with their qualifications (Sorry IMDB, I don't trust you at all). That being said, I can count with the fingers of my hands the times when I not only disagreed with Rotten Tomatoes, but the times its critics disappointed me.
Just for you to understand, me being a cinephile living in Venezuela, I don't get to watch all the movies that I want to when they are in theaters. Instead, I have to buy them on DVD/Blu Ray or watch them online, thanks to Netflix and Amazon. So I used to love to go to Rotten Tomatoes and "ask them" what movies were worth watching. Most of the times Rotten Tomatoes helped me enjoy a great movie, or warned me about a movie that was terrible, but I still wanted to watch, so I was like: Rotten Tomatoes was right, I wasted 1.5 hours of my life (Pixels, really I don't understand why I even watched it). But to date, Rotten Tomatoes has disappointed me 7 times, which I'm listing below in no particular order.
7. The Call (2013)
Directed/Written by: Kenneth Branagh/Aline Brosh McKenna, Chris Weitz.
Critic Consensus: "The Call builds plenty of suspense before taking a problematic turn in the third act."
This one is hard for me to argue with, because the third act of this movie is in fact very complicated and hard to fit into the plot, not that I didn't like the twist because I did. Still, I think 43% is not at all accurate as this was one of the most entertaining movies of 2013. Both Halle Berry's and Abigail Breslin's performances are exquisite and Michael Eklund makes for a very dark and fearful villain. It's not a perfect movie but I really was on the edge of my seat and believe me, that does not happen very often.
6. The Longest Week (2014)
Directed/Written by: Peter Glanz/Peter Glanz
Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
This movie is hilarious in its own way. To be entirely honest, I don't find Jason Bateman funny, but this is the weird kind of movie where you're caught on a smooth and simple plot with not many characters but it kind of feels ok. I'm not saying it's a great movie or that it was hilarious, but 11% Rotten Tomatoes, really? I have a very short list of movies I would watch more than twice, and of course this one is not on the list, but this was a very well directed movie, with a very classy style and very smooth comedy. So yeah, I'm disappointed because it doesn't even have a consensus, but if it did, it'd be bad.
5. Thanks for Sharing (2012)
Directed/Written by: Stuart Blumberg/Stuart Blumberg, Matt Winston
Critic Consensus: "Thanks for Sharing showcases some fine performances but doesn't delve into its thorny premise as deeply as it should."
I found this movie really touching and inspiring. Mark Ruffalo's performance is raw, honest and fluid. I loved that P!nk was in the movie being just her. It is a very refreshing movie about a very complicated topic. I think Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are Alright) is brilliant and was a little under appreciated with this movie by critics. The 49% seems a little rough to me but saying it did not delve deeply into the sexual addiction premise is just dumb, since it does so in a considerate way.
4. Teeth (2007)
Directed/Written by: Mitchell Lichtenstein/Mitchell Lichtenstein
Critic Consensus: "Smart, original, and horrifically funny, Teeth puts a fresh feminist spin on horror movie tropes."
I really wanted to like this movie to be honest. I mean, it really felt feminist, and I am a feminism defender, but this movie is a joke and not a funny one. I think it wasn't even meant to be funny. I think when they were filming it, Lichtenstein saw the disaster that it was and went: Ok, this is a comedy then. The reason that I was disappointed with Rotten Tomatoes was not the qualification itself but the consensus. I mean I'm never gonna recommend this movie, but it's a ridiculously funny topic to talk about, I give the director that...
...however to say that it was smart and funny is too much for a movie in which the leading [female] character is violated so many times.
3. Life Partners (2014)
Directed/Written by: Susanna Fogel/Joni Lefkowitz, Susanna Fogel.
Critic Consensus: "With two appealing leads adrift in a sitcom-worthy plot, Life Partners doesn't do quite enough to earn viewers' commitment."
Shut up critics, just shut up. Talking about movies I would watch more than twice, Life Partners is as simple as the word itself, but cute, honest and real. I don't really get the qualification in concordance with the consensus, as 62% seems pretty good to me, but in the consensus they call the movie 'sitcom-worthy.' I wish to understand critics when it comes to light movies, they just don't like them. I mean, this movie is not at all heavy or complicated, but on the contrary is light, funny and filled with feelings. It feels like three months in the life of regular person. If you haven't watched it yet, don't trust Rotten Tomatoes, go watch it and decide if you like it or not by yourself.
2. A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Directed/Written by: Seth McFarlane/Seth McFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild.
Critic Consensus: " While it offers a few laughs and boasts a talented cast, Seth McFarlane's overlong, aimless A Million Ways to Die in the West is a disappointingly scattershot affair."
I mean, really? I'm not even a fan of McFarlane's work, but this was hilarious. All the references, the intended puns, incredible cast and the smart/different approach to the western genre, all mix together as a formula for a laughing out loud. I'm probably gonna have a lot of people disagreeing with me on this one but I loved how intentionally ridiculous this movie was. I was disappointed with the freaking 33% of the Tomatometer, and I feel like this easy going movie was not appreciated enough...
...Even Django was there, really, unchained and everything, and the cameo was just so unexpected .I really could not hold the laughs back throughout the entire movie.
1. Cinderella (2015)
Directed/Written by: Kenneth Branagh/Aline Brosh McKenna, Chris Weitz.
Critic Consensus: "Refreshingly traditional in a revisionist era, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella hasn't lost any of its old fashioned magic."
I really, really could not hate this movie more. Although it did very good in the wardrobe and visual effects departments, it really has none of the magic I remember from when I was a kid. The lead actress was a disappointment and the fact that the plot was not modified to fit into the new found women's identity in defense of a healthy body really makes me mad. It was neither funny nor interesting and I really don't want my daughter to watch it. It's a shame that Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter were in it, because I love them so much. But the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes seems to me to be Disney propaganda.
I have to add that I'm pretty happy with Rotten Tomatoes in terms of their accuracy, so it's safe to say that these seven exceptions are really picky ones. What do you guys think? Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below.