12 Movies Everyone Expected to Be Bad, but Were Actually Good

Sometimes, a film comes along that surprises everyone, defying expectations and delivering an entertaining experience that no one saw coming. These movies, which everyone expected to be bad but were actually good, often become beloved classics.

1. “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014)

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Initially dismissed as another generic sci-fi action film, “Edge of Tomorrow” surprised audiences and critics alike with its clever storyline and impressive performances from Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The film’s unique take on the time-loop concept and its blend of action and humor helped it stand out as a refreshing addition to the genre.

2. “The LEGO Movie” (2014)

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When news of a movie based on a popular toy line was announced, many expected it to be a blatant cash grab. However, “The LEGO Movie” exceeded expectations with its witty humor, clever satire, and heartfelt message about creativity and individuality. It was praised for its animation style and for appealing to both children and adults.

3. “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015)

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As a reboot of a beloved franchise, “Mad Max: Fury Road” faced skepticism from fans and critics alike. However, the film’s stunning visuals, intense action sequences, and strong performances, especially from Charlize Theron as Furiosa, helped it become a critical and commercial success, earning numerous awards and nominations.

4. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017)

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A sequel to the 1995 original, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was met with low expectations. However, the film surprised audiences with its fresh take on the concept, incorporating video game elements and featuring a hilarious ensemble cast, including Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan. It was praised for its humor and entertaining storyline.

5. “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018)

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Based on the bestselling novel, “Crazy Rich Asians” was seen as a risky endeavor due to its all-Asian cast and focus on Asian culture. However, the film’s charming performances, lavish production design, and heartfelt storytelling resonated with audiences worldwide, making it a cultural phenomenon and a critical success.

6. “A Star Is Born” (2018)

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Despite being the third remake of the classic film, “A Star is Born” was met with skepticism. However, Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, along with his and Lady Gaga’s powerful performances, received widespread acclaim. The film’s emotional depth and memorable music helped it surpass expectations and become a major award contender.

7. “Knives Out” (2019)

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A modern take on the classic whodunit genre, “Knives Out” surprised audiences with its clever plot twists, sharp humor, and stellar ensemble cast. Director Rian Johnson’s storytelling and the performances of actors like Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, and Chris Evans were widely praised, making it a critical and commercial success.

8. “Sonic the Hedgehog” (2020)

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Initially criticized for its character design, “Sonic the Hedgehog” underwent a redesign based on fan feedback, which improved its reception. The film, featuring a mix of live-action and CGI animation, was praised for its fun, nostalgic elements and the charming performance of its lead actor, Ben Schwartz, as the voice of Sonic.

9. “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” (2021)

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This animated film, initially titled “Connected,” was released on Netflix and surprised viewers with its creative animation style, engaging storyline, and heartfelt family themes. It was praised for its humor, emotional depth, and relevant commentary on technology, making it a standout in the animated film genre.

10. “Free Guy” (2021)

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“Free Guy” was initially seen as a generic video game-inspired movie. However, its charming lead performance by Ryan Reynolds, clever humor, and surprising emotional depth won over audiences and critics alike. The film’s unique take on the concept of artificial intelligence and video game characters made it a delightful surprise.

11. “21 Jump Street” (2012)

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A comedic adaptation of the 1980s TV series, “21 Jump Street” was met with skepticism. However, the film surprised audiences with its clever humor, chemistry between leads Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and self-awareness about its own premise. It was praised for its fresh take on the buddy cop genre and became a surprise hit, spawning a successful sequel.

12. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)

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A relatively obscure Marvel Comics property, “Guardians of the Galaxy” faced doubts about its potential success. However, the film’s quirky characters, humor, and soundtrack, combined with James Gunn’s direction, resonated with audiences and critics. It was praised for its visual effects and unique storytelling, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

Critics Agree: These 12 TV Shows Are the Absolute Worst

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What’s the worst show you’ve ever watched? Not just a bad show. Not a show you found boring, or didn’t like, or couldn’t get into. I mean the worst of the worst.

If you’re critical (like I am), it can be hard to narrow down the list, so I pulled some fantastic fan suggestions for this one instead.

Critics Agree: These 12 TV Shows Are the Absolute Worst

19 Hyped-Up Movies That Were Actually Terrible

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So, you know how there’s always this buzz around those hyped-up movies, right? Like, the ones that everyone’s talking about, the trailers that give you goosebumps, and the anticipation that’s through the roof?

Yeah, those. But here’s the kicker- sometimes, they turn out to be total duds.

19 Hyped-Up Movies That Were Actually Terrible

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