Most/least respected movie genres

This isn’t really a poll but more of a discussion thread. Which movie genres seem to get the most respect from critics and fans and which ones are derided the most?

Critics seem to praise dramas a lot. People like to see the hero overcome adversity and tragedy and resolve their conflicts in a triumphant victory. Historical docu-dramas also seem to do well as long as the history itself is presented accurately.

I think science fiction movies are the most vulnerable to being harshly criticized. This probably has to do with the fact that the plots are usually too unrealistic and that bad science and/or lack of research often contributes to the movie’s overall lower quality (e.g. Armageddon). Such movies also must rely on special effects, which is a touchy area among many movie-goers.

Comedies also seem to be more prone to ridicule. What’s funny to one person may be stupid or even offensive to another.

Well, we could ask “respected” by WHOM?

If we use the Academy Awards as a measuring stick, it would appear that the historical epic is the most respected genre. Movies like “Braveheart,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” et al., tend to win a lot of awards.

The LEAST respected genres, I suppose, are comedies and romances. Comedies are rarely nominated for Best Picture, and the great film comics are almost NEVER nominated for Best Actor.

As for romances… well, many acclaimed, award-winning films have a romantic element, but in film as in literature, the pure romance genre provokes a lot of smirks. Even the people who love the genre tend to be a bit embarrassed about it.

Sci-Fi is the bastard child of movies, which craves a lot of attention and has negligent parents, Mr. and Mrs. Drama. Action is the brother-in-law of Mrs. Drama and tends to hang around a lot but also not respected.

Crime doesn’t really get invited over for dinner all that much and Independent hates the whole lot of them and spends most of its time talking. Horror is the popular neighbor who hangs around sometimes, along with Romance and War.

Western has pretty much left town.

I think “Horror” is maybe the least respected genre, for the same reasons you listed for science fiction. I know that I rarely go to horror movies, and when I do I have the expectation that it will be kinda stupid. For every good horror movie like The Ring, there are dozens of Blair Witch 2 crapfests. (that could probably be applied to any genre, but I think moreso to horror)

Documentaries–of which I am a fan–probably get the least amount of attention, though the ones that do gain public notice usually are the ones praised by critics.

I can’t speak for critics, but I have a deep respect for porn. :smiley:

Seriously, though, it may be a sub-genre of the historical epic but I believe the category of “Holocaust Drama” is held in quite high regard by most critics. But that may be because producers themselves don’t want to be seen as making a half-assed effort about such a serious subject.

Teen sex comedies spring to mind. Oh, and they’re appropriate for this thread. Horror doesn’t get a seat at the Oscars much. Granted, there’s a lot of crap to be sorted through to find the gems in those genres, but they are there.

Critically, horror, SF, and action films are the least respected.

Commercially, that goes to musicals, foreign films, westerns, and “critical favorites” (annoying drama, to explain it.)

From most to least: documentaries, foreign language films, historical dramas, biographies, modern dramas, romances, westerns, crime movies, character driven comedies, war movies, musicals, chick flicks, joke driven comedies, action movies, horror, animation, science fiction, hard core porn, martial arts, soft core porn, and slasher movies.

I’d say the pop-star-musical-romantic-comedies score pretty low on the respect meter.

Animation. It doesn’t matter the subject matter, the country of origin, the genre, the age, or anything. Critics despise animation, and it don’t get no respect, dang it.

I’d vote for comedies. Steve Martin deserved an Oscar for ** All of Me **,

I guess we’ve all been a little blown back by recent events with the Lord of the Rings movies, but honestly, I think Fantasy gets it the most. There are a lot of sci-fi and horror movies out there, and there are a larger percentage of really good, critically aclaimed movies in both these genres (Blade Runner and The Exorcist just to name two biggies). Aside from The Lord of the Rings though, fantasy films have a much higher percentage of shit to decent films, and probably the fewest number of anything actually worth a damn. They hardly ever get anything decent for a budget, and those that do, tend to suck horribly. I mean, the last fantasy movie I can recall hitting theaters before LotR is Dungeons and Dragons, and we all know how great that was.

I dunno. Critics often praise the Disney films (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lilo & Stitch all received good reviews). Critics loved Toy Story (1 & 2) and Monster’s Inc, and some of them even liked Shrek. Roger Ebert frequently reviews and praises animated movies.

Oh yeah. Disney. That was pretty stupid of me to forget actually.

The Academy loved Shrek enough to come up with a whole new catagory, Best Animated Feature Film (or something like that).

Well, aside from Beauty and the Beast’s nomination for Best Picture a while back (I don’t remember the context of that event), there isn’t much respect for animation with respect to many of the other genres named here. Animation is still thought of as being only for kids.

That mighta been what Gerome was driving at.

Comedies as a whole get no respect, although they are much more difficult to do well than dramas. (And if you think differently … try making someone laugh. Now try making a whole room full of people laugh.)

In the immortal words of Alan Swann on his deathbed: “Dying is easy … comedy is hard.”

Armageddon unrealistic? You mean in real life, I can’t start an oil drilling company from scratch one day after being fired like Ben Affleck? How can you call a movie unrealistic where it’s easier to train oil workers to be astronauts than the other way around?

Yet for some reason, I would rather watch Armageddon or Con Air 1000 times over critically aclaimed movies like “The Hours”.