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12 Movies That People See as Masterpieces Even if Critics Down Agree

The big problem with movies is that they’re subjective. So just because critics didn’t call a movie a masterpiece (plenty of good films get overlooked!) doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of the title.

Very iconic movie here! Not only is Tremors entertaining, but it’s also very well written, paced, and acted too. While yes, many people do love this film, it didn’t win any awards when it came out and was largely overlooked by critics.


A top tier film in my books, Pleasantville seems to have been left in the 90s despite being pretty unique in both style and story. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire, Pleasantville is about a pair of siblings who enter a 1950s black and white television show and slowly corrupt it.


One of my childhood favorites but a quick search shows pretty mixed reviews for this 2001 film. I think the problem with this movie was the marketing: it looks like a romantic film rather than the action comedy that it is.

A Knight’s Tale

It’s not that this movie isn’t a beloved masterpiece by critics and fans, it’s that it never really entered the mainstream despite being so good. Ask a bunch of people if they’ve seen it – if your circle isn’t a bunch of sci-fi fans I’ll bet there will be few who have.

Children of Men

I recently felt the need to re-watch this one and let me just say that I appreciate it so much more as an adult than I did as a kid. It truly is a masterpiece in both sci-fi satire and homage to the genre. Especially if you’re a Star Trek fan.

Galaxy Quest

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