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Old 11-12-2019, 07:16 AM
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What were the biggest critical reappraisals? (All media)


I'm not talking about box office here: Plenty of films do poorly in their initial release and then do well afterwards for purely boring reasons like studio politics preventing a proper marketing campaign, and plenty of films have a good opening weekend and then do precisely nothing afterwards because they made a big splash and were so bad nobody wanted to see them twice.

I'm talking about films where the consensus of reviewers (usually called "critics") has shifted dramatically. One example is John Carpenter's The Thing, which was hated by reviewers when it was first released and is now one of canonical horror/science-fiction genre merges. I can't think of any film going the other way, from loved by reviewers to being panned now.

Moving away from film, the novel Moby-Dick got mixed reviews, and now it's universally seen as one of the greatest English-language novels.
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