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Old 08-02-2019, 03:04 PM
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Based on a recent XKCD Comic.

Name a movie that:

1. You genuinely really like (not ironically).
2. Post 2000
3. Has less than 50% on Rotten Tomatoes

One of mine is easy since I just rewatched it again: Justice League. I genuinely enjoy this movie. Yes the DC Movie version of Superman sucks but that is really the only issue I have with it. The other characters are good to great. The plot is fine for a popcorn Superhero movie. I really like it and I am probably the only person who is sad they didn't release Justice League 2 this year (as was the original plan).

What is yours?
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:14 PM
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:22 PM
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Odd Thomas (2013). From the maker of The Mummy (1999?). I thought the movie was intriguing, read the books as a result. On checking, I see it had 36% from the critics, but 65% from the rotten tomato audience. Does it have to be less than 50 on both?
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:23 PM
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Aeon Flux (2005) is a guilty pleasure.
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:25 PM
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National Treasure (2004) (46%). I wouldn't even call it a guilty pleasure. It's just a pleasure.
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:27 PM
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Sure, it wasn't great, like Episodes 4 and 5 were, but I thought that it was clearly, unambiguously better than The Force Awakens, at least, and took the series in some interesting new directions. But apparently 56% of audiences disagree with me.

Likewise, I thought that Terminator 3 was the movie that Terminator 2 should have been, and that it fixed almost all of the flaws with that one. But 54% of audiences disagree.

Right on the edge of eligibility was the 2016 Ghostbusters. Maybe it wasn't quite as funny as the original, but it was still funny enough, and did a lot better job of characterization and world-building. Opinions are exactly split.

EDIT: I was assuming audience ratings were what's relevant, here.

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Old 08-02-2019, 03:29 PM
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I had to click "Show More" quite a few times before I found a movie I had even seen, but I finally found one that I had seen AND liked: Baywatch. It was freaking great; reminded me of the first Brady Movie from the 90s because it was both an homage and a spoof (altho I've never actually seen the show).

ETA: I liked T3 too, Chronos; thought it was pretty ddamned good and have watched it more than a dozen times.

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Old 08-02-2019, 03:36 PM
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The Lone Ranger (Tomatometer/Audience average = 41%)
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:38 PM
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I didn't check Rotten Tomatoes, but I seem to be the only person alive who thinks that "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" was the most enjoyable of the 4 Indiana Jones movies, even though the character of Short Round is beyond cringeworthy.

ETA

Should have read the OP more carefully, I didn't see the "Post 2000" stipulation...

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Old 08-02-2019, 03:47 PM
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National Treasure (2004) (46%). I wouldn't even call it a guilty pleasure. It's just a pleasure.
I came here to post that. National Treasure is excellent. My kids & I made it our mission to visit all the historical sites from that movie. We succeeded, but sadly, we couldn't find the wooden elevator under Trinity Church.
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Knockaround Guys is clocking a 21% on the Tomatometer. I enjoyed it. The acting was good, especially Vin Diesel as the disinterested tough guy. It wasn't a great story, and the ending was pretty predictable, but I still liked it quite a bit.

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I loved The Best of Times (31%), starring Kurt Russell and Robin Williams. A few scenes don't work, but the dialogue and acting are above reproach.
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:59 PM
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I was sure Europa Report was going to meet the requirements but it got 85 on the "Tomatometer" and 53 with the "audience".

Not sure which one of those I'm supposed to be looking at.
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:03 PM
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Domino (2005) is 18% at RT. (Wikipedia says 19%. Somehow it lost a percent since that was written.)

I recorded it off of cable to watch since I have a thing for bad movies. I was planning on zipping thru it, catching a scene here or there. But I kept watching more and more of it in normal time. Eventually I gave up and watched the whole thing. It surprised me. Not at all bad.

It is not to be confused with the 1988 or 2019 films of the same name.
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:20 PM
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National Treasure (2004) (46%). I wouldn't even call it a guilty pleasure. It's just a pleasure.
National Treasure 2 is rated even lower (36%), but I liked it, and the original.
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:34 PM
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I'll go all in on a series that deserves your immediate purchase:

The Maze Runner trilogy, which my wife and I bought on Blu-ray for something like $20. We love this series so much, we knew the moment it came in a Blu-ray bundle, we'd buy it:

Maze Runner: 65% Rotten Tomatoes. Let me tell you, this is a really great movie.

Scorch Trials: 46% Rotten Tomatoes - I'll say it. It's better than the first one. What a movie.

The Death Cure: 43% Rotten Tomatoes - A truly great finale.


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Odd Thomas (2013). From the maker of The Mummy (1999?). I thought the movie was intriguing, read the books as a result. On checking, I see it had 36% from the critics, but 65% from the rotten tomato audience. Does it have to be less than 50 on both?
Great call. I actually think they did not fully finish the effects in this movie, but even so, it holds up incredibly.

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National Treasure (2004) (46%). I wouldn't even call it a guilty pleasure. It's just a pleasure.
Great, great pick. My kids and I love these movies. They are:

- well made
- funny
- actiony
- totally appropriate for kids under 10
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:39 PM
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Christophe Gans' Silent Hill (2006) is rated 30% in RT.

30%.

That's just insane to me. Oh, sure, it's not perfect. I'm not saying it should have won all the Oscars that year or anything... but it's one of the finest horror movies I've ever seen, with plenty of really effective scenes.
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:44 PM
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Christophe Gans' Silent Hill (2006) is rated 30% in RT.

30%.

That's just insane to me. Oh, sure, it's not perfect. I'm not saying it should have won all the Oscars that year or anything... but it's one of the finest horror movies I've ever seen, with plenty of really effective scenes.
Wow, I liked this one too.
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:53 PM
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Van Helsing (2004). 24% RT rating, 57% audience score. Yes, it's a silly movie, with overblown fight scenes. It's still a lot of fun, Hugh Jackman is good in it, and Kate Beckinsale looks fabulous in tight pants (even if her Transylvanian accent leaves a lot to be desired). I like to refer to it as "a big wheel of monster-movie cheese."

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Old 08-02-2019, 04:57 PM
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It came out before 2000, but it came out when I was an adult, and it has a 13% on RT: Slaves of New York. I feel the same way about the book-- I freaking love this book. I bought it fully intending to hate it-- I want to hate all the right things-- but I loved it. I couldn't put it down. Anyway, regarding the movie: both Siskel and Ebert absolutely hated it. It's very rare that I like something they BOTH hated. Sometimes I hate something they both liked, but the other way around, not so much.

A film not on Rotten Tomatoes, because I don't think it's ever been officially released; it tested horribly with preview group. However, I saw a torrent, that was missing a few parts, but was about 90% complete, and easy to follow. It's the US version of Ab Fab. No, it was in no way as good as he original, but I still liked it. Maybe I liked it because it starred Kathryn Hahn, who is married to one of my brother's best friends, and Kristen Johnston, who is genuinely hilarious in anything she does, including reading Mr. T's autobiography. But I liked it.
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:58 PM
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I really like the National Treasure movies, Domino, and Silent Hill also. But my pick is The Book of Henry. Is it a masterpiece? No. But certainly not worthy of the scornful 22% critics give it.
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Another baffling one: Reign of Fire (2002) is at 42% at Rottenttomatoes.

It's a movie where Christian Bale, Matthew MacConaughey, Isabella Scorupco and Gerard Butler fight dragons, for God's sake!
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Old 08-02-2019, 05:25 PM
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Are we going by critics or audience score? I also like National Treasure, but while it's 46% on the Tomatometer, it has a 76% audience score.
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Old 08-02-2019, 05:32 PM
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Are we going by critics or audience score? I also like National Treasure, but while it's 46% on the Tomatometer, it has a 76% audience score.
Presumably critic score, since that's the main score RT uses. And in the example given by XKCD, Terminator Genisys has a 53% audience score.
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Old 08-02-2019, 06:38 PM
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Speed Racer, 2008 Emile Hirsch version. Highly entertaining from start to finish, great plot, great action, great effects. I just don't understand how you can watch that movie and not have fun. Somehow only 40% at RT.
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I loved What Men Want, the Taraji P. Henson comedy from earlier this year that's at 44% on the tomatometer and 32% audience score.
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Old 08-02-2019, 07:24 PM
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Speed Racer, 2008 Emile Hirsch version. Highly entertaining from start to finish, great plot, great action, great effects. I just don't understand how you can watch that movie and not have fun. Somehow only 40% at RT.
NO!

I watch Speed Racer almost annually! This is absolutely a 10/10 movie. Not even joking. smh.
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Old 08-02-2019, 07:43 PM
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Small Apartments released in 2013 is an outstanding movie. I don't know how rottentomatoes works but the movie has a green splat with 33% and a popcorn box (garbage can?) with 40%
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Old 08-02-2019, 07:56 PM
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Well, if we're going by the critic score, then this year's Godzilla: King of the Monsters was 41% (but 83% with viewers). They knew exactly what movie they wanted to make, and they made it exactly how they wanted, and the result is an excellent specimen of a kaiju movie. It's not a very good drama or thriller or whatever, but that's because it wasn't supposed to be.

Presumably, the high audience score is because most of the people watching a Godzilla movie are there because they want to see a Godzilla movie.
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I thought Tron Legacy would count, but it's at 51%. Nothing else came to mind before reading the thread; I guess I'll second National Treasure.
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Sahara. I thought it was very entertaining and had a great soundtrack. Steve Zahn's Al was hilarious. It's an incredibly rewatchable movie.
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At 14%, 2008's The Love Guru certainly qualifies as "unpopular". This movie is an unappreciated laugh riot.
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Old 08-02-2019, 09:27 PM
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I loved both Speedracer and Justice League.
Hansel & Gretel : Witch Hunters has a measly 14% on Rotten Tomatoes but I thought the f/x were top notch, the story moved along, and it was really fun and campy. Not sure what reviewers were expecting out of it.
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I was going to mention The Ninth Configuration because given all the crap it gets on these boards I thought it must be fairly well hated, but....not. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ninth_configuration So instead I will nominate https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/up_in_smoke_1978, poor production values and acting but boy is it funny.
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Hansel & Gretel : Witch Hunters has a measly 14% on Rotten Tomatoes but I thought the f/x were top notch, the story moved along, and it was really fun and campy. Not sure what reviewers were expecting out of it.
Good pick, another one my wife and I liked. I mean, it's not amazing, but it isn't the kind of crappy movie you'd expect from the title.

I also liked The Last Witch Hunter. It had 17% RT and 43% Audience Score.
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Old 08-02-2019, 09:41 PM
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Battle:Los Angeles (36%)

It's a military-squad-dropped-into-big-trouble movie. With aliens! It has some issues with pacing in the first act, but other than that it's a really, really good action movie.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Sure, it wasn't great, like Episodes 4 and 5 were, but I thought that it was clearly, unambiguously better than The Force Awakens, at least, and took the series in some interesting new directions. But apparently 56% of audiences disagree with me.
56% of the people who bother to go to RT to express their opinion--and given how much incel idiots hated TLJ, I'm not sure I'd take that number as significant. The critics gave it 91% fresh.

I don't see enough movies to rank on this list, and also I'm in my forties so my watching-shitloads-of-movies days are behind me.
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Battle:Los Angeles (36%)

It's a military-squad-dropped-into-big-trouble movie. With aliens! It has some issues with pacing in the first act, but other than that it's a really, really good action movie.
I liked it as well.
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I vote for Year One with Jack Black and Michael Cera. Only 23 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but I liked it. Even went out of my way to get the DVD.
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For me it's The Brother's Grimm. 38%/39% tomatometer/audience respectively.

I also agree with Hansel and Gretel and Speed Racer.
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Just thought of this one. Paycheck (2003). Based on a Philip K. Dick story as if you couldn't tell. I've got a bunch more but they are all pre 21st century.

Actually, Transcendence (2014). An old reliable sci-fi plot is likeable schlub gets superpowers, becomes insufferable jerk, saves world, is still insufferable. In this movie likeable adept man get superpowers and stays likeable. Everybody else loses their damn minds and try to kill him. World is not saved. (Or is it?) (Contains graphic scene of keyboard used as doorstop)
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Unfortunately North is too old (1994) to qualify. I did enjoy Year One, though.
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Only God Forgives (2013). 41% on the tomatomater and 37% with viewers. It's a bleak arthouse film with lots of violence and other nastiness so it's certainly not for everyone, but it worked for me.
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Constantine (2005) and Conan the Barbarian (2011) for me.

Power Rangers (2017) is at exactly 50%, which may or may not count.

Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie is unrated by RT critics, but has a 24% viewer rating, and I loved that flick, so I'm gonna count it.
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Battle:Los Angeles (36%)

It's a military-squad-dropped-into-big-trouble movie. With aliens! It has some issues with pacing in the first act, but other than that it's a really, really good action movie.
Hell, yeah! The actors playing soldiers actually moved like soldiers, with proper military tactics, all while they're fighting bug-eyed monsters. What's not to like?
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Hulk (2003) has a score of 62% with critics and 29% with audience so I am not sure it qualifies. But I really enjoyed it and though people are under-rating it.

Terminator Genisys (2015) has a score of 26% with critics and 53% with audience and it's another movie I really enjoyed. I can understand how it might not be everyone's cup of tea. Time travel movies have a tendency to be overly-complicated and this is a prime example. Also if you haven't seen the first Terminator you might a little lost watching it.
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The Lone Ranger (Tomatometer/Audience average = 41%)
That was going to be mine.

But as a unique pick, one I still don't understand the hate for: Cars 2.
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I thought the Andam Sandblerg movie "That's My Boy" (20% fresh) was quite funny.
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Battle:Los Angeles (36%)

It's a military-squad-dropped-into-big-trouble movie. With aliens! It has some issues with pacing in the first act, but other than that it's a really, really good action movie.
This is another good one. I genuinely really liked that movie.
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