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15 Movies Everyone Expected to Be Really Bad but We Actually Really Like

In the film industry, it’s not unusual for a movie to be dismissed before it even hits the screens, whether due to its bizarre concept, a less-than-stellar trailer, or simply the involvement of certain actors or filmmakers who haven’t charmed the critics lately.

Before its release, “The Lego Movie” might have seemed like a blatant attempt to sell toys under the guise of a feature film, which led many to predict it would be nothing more than a lengthy commercial.

“The Lego Movie” (2014)

When Disney announced they were making a film based on a theme park ride, skepticism was the initial reaction. However, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” quickly became a beloved classic upon its release.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)

Adapting a late-1980s TV drama into a modern comedic film seemed like a recipe for disaster, but “21 Jump Street” surprised everyone with its clever humor and fresh take on the buddy cop genre.

“21 Jump Street” (2012)

With its confusing marketing campaign and another in a long line of sci-fi films starring Tom Cruise, expectations for “The Edge of Tomorrow” were lukewarm at best. 

“The Edge of Tomorrow” (2014)

After the disappointing reception of 1995’s “Judge Dredd” starring Sylvester Stallone, there was little enthusiasm for a reboot. Nonetheless, “Dredd” stripped down the excess of the original and presented a grittier, more focused story.

“Dredd” (2012)

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