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1st Jul '16 9:10:03 PM HighCrate
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->''"If film critics could destroy a movie, Creator/MichaelBay and Creator/AdamSandler would be working at Starbucks. If film critics could make a movie a hit, the Dardenne brothers would be courted by every studio in town."''
-->-- '''[[http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/johnny-depp-armie-hammer-lone-ranger-jerry-bruckheimer-108756 Alonso Duralde]]''', ''[[http://www.thewrap.com The Wrap]]''

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->''"If ->''“This is just how the film industry works nowadays; critics could destroy give bad opinions, the public usually has a movie, Creator/MichaelBay differing opinion, and Creator/AdamSandler would be working at Starbucks. If film critics could make a movie a hit, all is well in the Dardenne brothers would be courted by every studio in town."''
world of Hollywood since the studios made their millions anyway.”''
-->-- '''[[http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/johnny-depp-armie-hammer-lone-ranger-jerry-bruckheimer-108756 Alonso Duralde]]''', ''[[http://www.thewrap.com The Wrap]]''
'''Alex Billington''' [[http://www.firstshowing.net/2007/get-ready-for-a-swarm-of-negative-critics-this-friday-on-pirates-3/ on]] ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''
3rd Jun '16 9:43:09 AM nombretomado
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** 2007: ''Film/SpiderMan3'' (Wii and PS2 versions)

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** 2007: ''Film/SpiderMan3'' (Wii and PS2 [=PS2=] versions)
7th May '16 2:22:31 PM trekie140
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* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' was [[VindicatedByHistory originally panned by critics]], who found the story hard to follow and preposterous, but positively adored by its readers. It would eventually become one of the most influential and popular novels of all time.

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* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' was [[VindicatedByHistory originally panned by critics]], who found the story hard to follow and preposterous, but it was positively adored by its readers. It would eventually become one of the most influential and popular novels of all time.
18th Apr '16 4:26:12 PM PoeDameron
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* The ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' sequels, especially ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', also had {{Sequelitis}}, but they made even more money than ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl Curse of the Black Pearl]]''.

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* The ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' sequels, especially ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', also had {{Sequelitis}}, but they made even more money than the significantly better-reviewd ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl Curse of the Black Pearl]]''.



** The same can be said for most Christian movies, most recently the massive wave of wide-released religious propaganda that followed ''God's not Dead'''s and ''HeavenIsForReal'''s wake: ''Moms' Night Out'', a critically-panned Christian rom-com; ''LeftBehind'', a critiaclly-panned Christian apocalyptic thriller based on the book and starring NicolasCage; ''Do You Believe'', a critially-panned Christian drama; ''WarRoom'', a militant Christian drama and ''MiraclesFromHeaven'', a somewhat better-reviewed but still poorly-received Christian domestic drama. Poorer performers, however included ''The Identical'', a music-based Christian drama; the infamous, Razzie- winning ''SavingChristmas'' and ''Woodlawn'', a Christian sports film, all which failed both critically and commercially. '''Well-reviewed Christian films do exist''', but tend to be better-made and less didactic
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** The same can be said for most Christian movies, most recently the massive wave of wide-released religious propaganda that followed ''God's not Dead'''s and ''HeavenIsForReal'''s wake: ''Moms' Night Out'', a critically-panned Christian rom-com; ''LeftBehind'', a critiaclly-panned Christian apocalyptic thriller based on the book and starring NicolasCage; ''Do You Believe'', a critially-panned Christian drama; ''WarRoom'', a militant Christian drama and ''MiraclesFromHeaven'', a somewhat better-reviewed but still poorly-received Christian domestic drama. Poorer performers, however included ''The Identical'', a music-based Christian drama; the infamous, Razzie- winning ''SavingChristmas'' and ''Woodlawn'', a Christian sports film, all which failed both critically and commercially. '''Well-reviewed Christian films do exist''', but tend to be better-made and less didactic
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18th Apr '16 4:23:53 PM PoeDameron
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** ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' (which [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel got better reviews]] than ''Revenge of the Fallen'', but ''still'' quite negative nonetheless) grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and was the fifth-highest-grossing movie ever until 2013.

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** ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' (which [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel got better reviews]] than ''Revenge of the Fallen'', but ''still'' quite extremely negative nonetheless) grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and was the fifth-highest-grossing movie ever until 2013.



* The live-action ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movies (the latter two in particular) have received nothing but hate from most critics. That hasn't stopped either from being huge successes.
* The ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' films. Creator/RogerEbert's [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091118/REVIEWS/911199998/1023 reaction to]] ''New Moon'', for example.

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* The live-action ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movies (the latter two three in particular) have received nothing but hate from most critics. That hasn't stopped either from being huge successes.
* The ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' films.films, all which were given negative reviews,. Creator/RogerEbert's [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091118/REVIEWS/911199998/1023 reaction to]] ''New Moon'', for example.



* Critic James Berardinelli [[http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=725 used the trope name regarding]] ''Film/AlienVsPredator''.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': Mostly for being ''purposeful'' HamAndCheese.

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* Critic James Berardinelli [[http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=725 used the trope name regarding]] ''Film/AlienVsPredator''.
''Film/AlienVsPredator'', as the mere concept of two beloved cinematic monsters fighting for the first time will draw in audiences regardless of the film's quality.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': Mostly for being ''purposeful'' HamAndCheese.HamAndCheese, with prestigious actors such as ChristopherEccleston and JosephGordonLevitt realizing just how cheesy it was and deciding to eat all the scenery in sight.



* The mostly negative critical reviews for ''Film/TheHangover Part II'' didn't keep it from being hugely successful at the box office.

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* The mostly negative critical reviews for ''Film/TheHangover Part II'' didn't keep it from being hugely successful at the box office.office, largely due to good will from the critically-acclaimed original.



* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' is the highest-grossing film in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise, unadjusted for inflation, despite polarized reception. The same can be said for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' too: most critics liked them only modestly, but fanboys still turned out in droves to see them.
* It seems like nothing can dent the fanbase of the ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' films -- critics dismissed them as mediocre, general animation fans dismissed them as mediocre, and wide audiences dismissed them as mediocre. However, the fanbase of the films is composed mostly of wolfaboos and furries. Given the undiscerning taste of both groups, it should probably come as little surprise that the series has four sequels.
* ''Film/GodsNotDead'', a Christian propaganda film chronicling a devoutly Christian college freshman's bout with a snide atheist professor, was pummeled by many secular movie critics and even some discerning Christian movie critics. Yet it grossed more than $60 million in the U.S., which is both very rare for a propaganda film (of any kind) and actually pretty remarkable given the film's shoestring budget of two million dollars.
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* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' is the highest-grossing second-highest-grossing film in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise, unadjusted for inflation, despite polarized reception. The same can be said for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' too: most critics liked them it only modestly, but fanboys still turned out in droves to see them.
* It seems like nothing can dent the fanbase of the ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' films -- critics dismissed them as mediocre, general animation fans dismissed them as mediocre, and wide audiences dismissed them as mediocre. However, the fanbase of the films is composed mostly of wolfaboos and furries. Given the undiscerning taste of both groups, it should probably come as little surprise that the series has four (DirectToVideo) sequels.
* ''Film/GodsNotDead'', a Christian propaganda film chronicling a devoutly Christian college freshman's bout with a snide atheist professor, was pummeled by many secular movie critics and even some discerning Christian movie critics. Yet it grossed more than $60 million in the U.S., which is both very rare for a propaganda film (of any kind) and actually pretty remarkable given the film's shoestring budget of two million dollars.
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dollars. Released a mere few weeks later, ''Heaven is For Real'' made $91 million on a 12 million budget, seen by legions of religious Christians and starting a trend of poorly-made Christian propaganda films that cost remarkably little but were seen by very many right-wing, religious viewers who cared more about the films' values and messages than their quality.
** The same can be said for most Christian movies, most recently the massive wave of wide-released religious propaganda that followed ''God's not Dead'''s and ''HeavenIsForReal'''s wake: ''Moms' Night Out'', a critically-panned Christian rom-com; ''LeftBehind'', a critiaclly-panned Christian apocalyptic thriller based on the book and starring NicolasCage; ''Do You Believe'', a critially-panned Christian drama; ''WarRoom'', a militant Christian drama and ''MiraclesFromHeaven'', a somewhat better-reviewed but still poorly-received Christian domestic drama. Poorer performers, however included ''The Identical'', a music-based Christian drama; the infamous, Razzie- winning ''SavingChristmas'' and ''Woodlawn'', a Christian sports film, all which failed both critically and commercially. '''Well-reviewed Christian films do exist''', but tend to be better-made and less didactic
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18th Apr '16 3:30:55 PM PoeDameron
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* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' had a downplayed case of this: it got mixed critical reception, but became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time in the U.S. and third-highest such movie internationally after ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/Deadpool2016''.

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* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' had a downplayed case of this: it got mixed critical reception, but became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time in the U.S. and third-highest such movie internationally after ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/Deadpool2016''.''Film/Deadpool2016'', both which received significantly better reviews, especially ''Deadpool''.
10th Apr '16 3:22:04 PM PonchoBot
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* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' had a downplayed case of this: it got mixed critical reception, but became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time in the U.S. and second-highest such movie internationally after ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''.

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* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' had a downplayed case of this: it got mixed critical reception, but became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time in the U.S. and second-highest third-highest such movie internationally after ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''.''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/Deadpool2016''.
16th Mar '16 10:17:51 PM rjd1922
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* Any children's show that is predominantly made to be MerchandiseDriven will be scavenged by critics: ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', ''WesternAnimation/TeddyRuxpin'', ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', ''Series/{{Samson}}'', or even anime like ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Anime/{{Digimon}}''... but children will watch it religiously beg their parents to buy them every product in the franchise. (It should be noted that being MerchandiseDriven doesn't necessarily make it a low-quality work, simply that critics tend to dislike them and kids tend to love them regardless of writing quality.)

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* Any children's show that is predominantly made to be MerchandiseDriven will be scavenged by critics: ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', ''WesternAnimation/TeddyRuxpin'', ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', ''Series/{{Samson}}'', or even anime like ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Anime/{{Digimon}}''... but children will watch it religiously and beg their parents to buy them every product in the franchise. (It should be noted that being MerchandiseDriven doesn't necessarily make it a low-quality work, simply that critics tend to dislike them and kids tend to love them regardless of writing quality.)
12th Mar '16 5:03:27 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* The Music/KidzBop albums definitely qualify, albeit not so much with professional critics as with more casual music fans. The main complaints are that they {{Bowdlerize}} already mediocre songs by censoring the lyrics (in some cases [[AccidentalInnuendo actually making the lyrics dirtier]] and even so, [[AgeInappropriateArt the lyrics are still not appropriate for kids]]) and have kids sing the songs, never mind that they can't even sing and might not not even be going through puberty, yet these albums still sell enough to warrant 25 albums.

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* The Music/KidzBop albums definitely qualify, albeit not so much with professional critics as with more casual music fans. The main complaints are that they {{Bowdlerize}} already mediocre songs by censoring the lyrics (in some cases [[AccidentalInnuendo actually making the lyrics dirtier]] and even so, [[AgeInappropriateArt the lyrics are still not appropriate for kids]]) and have kids sing the songs, never mind that they can't even sing and might not not even be going through puberty, yet these albums still sell enough to warrant 25 31 albums.
19th Feb '16 2:35:11 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Classical music is often thought of as being above such battles, but Music/GiacomoPuccini is an example of a composer who's effectively Critic Proof. There is a large body of informed opinion in the classical world which argues that Puccini may have had a knack for catchy tunes, but compared to his compatriot Music/GiuseppeVerdi he had very little talent for constructing musical drama, and most of his stories, however promising, are effectively ruined by the steaming ladles-ful of musical {{Narm}} that he poured over them. However, none of this seems to affect Puccini's box office, and he remains one of the most popular opera composers ever.
** As Verdi once advised opera house director Giulio Gatti-Casazza, the box office receipts are the only gauge of success. "The theater is meant to be full, not empty."

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* Classical music is often thought of as being above such battles, but Music/GiacomoPuccini is an example of a composer who's effectively Critic Proof. There is a large body of informed opinion in the classical world which argues that Puccini may have had a knack for catchy tunes, but compared to his compatriot Music/GiuseppeVerdi he had very little talent for constructing musical drama, and most of his stories, however promising, are effectively ruined by the steaming ladles-ful of musical {{Narm}} that he poured over them. However, none of this seems to affect Puccini's box office, and he remains one of the most popular opera composers ever.
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ever. As Verdi once advised opera house director Giulio Gatti-Casazza, the box office receipts are the only gauge of success. "The theater is meant to be full, not empty."
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