11 Movies That Rotten Tomatoes Hated but Are Actually Really Good

Ever look at a movie rating and immediately feel upset because everyone seems to disagree with your opinion? Apparently, you’re not alone! These are 12 movies that have bad scores on Rotten Tomatoes that are actually good.

We’re talking about movies that have bad reviews both from critics and the audience score here – because I know sometimes a film can have a low score from one side or the other and still be (almost) universally well-liked.

Ratings are presented as: critics | audience as of the time of writing.

Chronicles of Riddick – 29% | 65%

Chronicles of Riddick.
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

It’s apparently controversial to say that I love this movie, although the audience score fares a little better than the critic rating. Still, it was criminally underrated and an extremely entertaining action sci-fi sequel to the (also under appreciated by critics) movie Pitch Black. Maybe they just hate Vin Diesel?

The Golden Child – 21% | 47%

The Golden Child.
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Here’s one that both audiences and critics hated: The Golden Child. Starring Eddie Murphy as a private detective, it combines fantasy elements with action and kung-fu as he works to get a missing child back safely.

Despite the low score, fans of Eddie Murphy (and especially the Beverly Hills Cop movies) will appreciate the comedy in this 1986 film.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 54% | 51%

The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

I’m one of the biggest Jurassic Park fans around and I can safely say that, while not as good as the first one, The Lost World was still great! Although there are some parts that are worth criticism, The Lost World: Jurassic Park was a solid movie that only reviewed badly because it was impossible to follow up the first film.

The Cable Guy – 55% | 51%

The Cable Guy.
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures.

This Jim Carrey movie is hilarious so I’m not sure why so many people hate the film. Directed by Ben Stiller, it might not be a 10/10 but The Cable Guy is definitely a lot better than the reviews it got!

The 13th Warrior – 33% | 66%

The 13th Warrior.
Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures.

At 66% The 13th Warrior ekes it in for a positive audience score, but that’s largely due to recent reviews being much more positive than they were when the film was released. Starring Antonio Banderas, (who doesn’t love him?) it’s about a man who is sent to a distant land on behalf of a sultan.

The story is loosely based on a Michael Crichton novel and was directed by John McTiernan who did Die Hard and Predator. If you haven’t seen it check it out – it still holds up 25 years later!

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – 48% | 57%

Ace Ventura.
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Despite some jokes that haven’t aged well (which Jim Carrey has addressed in interviews already), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a funny movie – at least if you enjoy his strange style of comedy.

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist – 13% | 69%

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.
Image Credit: Twentieth Century Fox.

Another one that fared slightly better with an audience but still suffers a low score overall, it feels like a lot of people didn’t get the joke when it comes to Kung Pow: Enter the Fist. If you’re not familiar with it, this movie cuts together re-dubbed old kung fu movies with new footage to create a hilarious parody film. It’s not for everyone (as the reviews show!) but if you like old kung fu films and silly comedies this one’s for you.

Godzilla (1998) – 20% | 28%

Image Credit: Warner Bros.

I knew this movie didn’t fare well but I’m honestly floored to see one of the first movies I ever bought on DVD be done so dirty by critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. To me it felt a lot like the old Kaiju movies I love (but with a Hollywood twist) – apparently, everyone else thought it was just bad. But it’s not!

Mystery Men – 60% | 57%

Mystery Men.
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

OK technically this tomato is fresh, but given that 60% is the threshold it’s not exactly a win, especially since audiences rated it even lower.

Now if you haven’t watched it, Mystery Men is an almost-parody of superhero movies where a team of “b” level heroes have to band together and fight a super villain. It’s silly, entertaining, and feel-good so I don’t really get the poor rating for this one. Definitely holds up still too!

Waterworld – 46% | 43%

Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Probably the most controversial one to add to this list since a lot of people who have seen Waterworld might argue that the ratings are correct and it’s not good.

But listen, I think it’s good, and so do a lot of people. Which means if you’ve skipped Waterworld because of the bad reviews you should at least decide for yourself if this 1995 Kevin Costner flick is worth watching or not!

The Brothers Grimm – 38% | 39%

The Brothers Grimm.
Image Credit:
Dimension Films.

I wouldn’t call it my favorite movie but there wasn’t anything bad about The Brother’s Grimm. Was it more style than substance? Sure. But I would consider a movie below 40% to be almost unwatchable and The Brothers Grimm does not fit that description.

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Van Helsing (2004).
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