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11 Movies People Are Genuinely Shocked With Disbelief at How High Their Ratings Are

Twilight (2008)
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From Rotten Tomatoes to IMDB, moviegoers often depend on ratings to dictate what they watch. However, there exists a confusing phenomenon that leaves viewers bewildered. Picture this: a movie is so abominably bad it is the Green Lantern of superhero movies. Yet, there it stands, with surprisingly high ratings. Are the critics conspiring against us? Join us as we review these 11 movies that fit the bill.

1. The Room (2003)

The Room (2003)
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When Lin Manuel said no one else was in the room where it happened, he probably referred to this movie. No intelligent person was in the room where it happened. From mind-boggling dialogue to bizarre acting, even for a period that boasted of bizarre acts, The Room is an absolute train wreck you can’t look away from. It may be that the extent of its badness accounts for its ridiculously high rating.

2. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

Birdemic Shock and Terror (2010)
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Indie movies are a chance for low-budget cinema to shine, a way to stick it to the man, and let directors show they can create a Mona Lisa with nothing but charcoal. However, Birdemic is a glorious disaster of epic proportions. The special effects are not unique, the acting is so wooden Pinocchio would be more lively, and the plot — there is no plot. Yet, the critics rate this movie highly. Beats us.

3. Transformers (2007)

Transformers (2007)
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Peter Cullen’s voice will always live rent-free in our heads, calling us to stand up to all the evil in the world. But the plot is about as thin as Optimus’ blade when you think about it. A cacophony of sparks, crunching metal, flashing colors, and more sparks! If a rubber duck fell off a building in the franchise, it would spark.

4. Twilight (2008)

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Twilight (2008)
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This film was absolutely cheesy; save for the eye candy everywhere you looked, this movie was unbearable. The vampire romance saga captured the hearts of millions and earned a high rating, but at the heart of it, it’s just another vampire movie with nothing new to the mix. Maybe a guilty pleasure for the viewers? You tell me.

5. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

The Da Vinci Code (2006)
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While we’re not taking anything away from Tom Hanks, the religious conspiracy thriller left many scratching their heads and wondering if it’s the same as the book. Yes, it had its thrilling moments, but the plot was convoluted. I get that you’re a master detective, but the mysteries seemed to be solved so fast that everything felt glazed over. But Dan Brown had set the ball rolling, so the ratings had to soar.

6. Avatar (2009)

Avatar (2009)
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James Cameron is a trendsetter who knows his stuff. When it comes to creating an immersive, groundbreaking 3D experience, there’s no one else to turn to. Although the film received rave reviews and achieved phenomenal success, it’s hard to deny that the plot is somewhat familiar to Dances with Wolves. Sometimes, it’s just the spectacle that steals the show.

7. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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We all loved Lewis Carroll’s original tale. It was poignant, packed with emotional depth, and executed with a finesse that took us down the rabbit hole and put us in the whimsical world alongside Alice. However, Tim Burton’s attempt at adapting the story didn’t hit all the right spots. Yes, the visuals were great, unbelievable even. But the movie’s execution, general glow, and depth felt lost in all the fun attractions as you explored Wonderland.

8. Sucker Punch (2011)

Sucker Punch (2011)
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When Hollywood sets out to make a movie solely with the idea of female protagonists, stylish visuals, and empowerment, they usually get it wrong nine times out of ten. Sucker Punch does have a loyal fan base, which seems to give it a somewhat good rating. But the plot is confusing, the execution is self-indulgent, and anyone from a mile away can see that the movie is just eye candy and an effort at girl power.

9. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
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Let’s just say I found it more titillating in terms of unintentional comedy than it was in delivering a compelling love story. I would bet that the immense buzz around the movie led to its high ratings because it is scary to think someone considers it a work of art. And they went ahead and made another one! Pass the handcuffs, please.

10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice (2016)
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If we go by the title alone, Batman v Superman deserves Rotten Tomatoes’ certified fresh rating. But after the credits rolled, many were left disappointed. Its length? Too long. The tone? Overly grim. The plot? Convoluted and so slow, if we watched it backward, we’d see Jesse Eisenberg’s hair regrow. I love Bats and Supes, but this was a missed opportunity to create a spectacle for the ages.

11. The Great Gatsby (2011)

The Great Gatsby (2011)
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Some say it abandoned the original depth of the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald and focused on the glitz and glam. Others think it was a work of art, with a cast so perfect, it’s hard to imagine it any other way. Regardless of what you believe, there’s no denying that DiCaprio’s stellar performance mesmerized everyone. Maybe the ratings don’t do it justice, or perhaps they do. You decide.


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