->''“This is just how the film industry works nowadays; critics give bad opinions, the public usually has a differing opinion, and all is well in the world of Hollywood since the studios made their millions anyway.”''
-->-- '''Alex Billington''' [[http://www.firstshowing.net/2007/get-ready-for-a-swarm-of-negative-critics-this-friday-on-pirates-3/ on]] ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''

Sometimes, a movie, book, game, TV show, or song is released and the critics hate it. They just hate it. Entire forests are destroyed printing scathing reviews that dissect such media down to the bone, showing in every possible way that the general public should stay away in droves. But, no matter how bad they are... no matter how many bad reviews they receive, the public loves it. The movie becomes a blockbuster. The book sits atop the ''New York Times'' best-seller list. The game flies off the shelves and becomes a must-have. The show is weekly appointment viewing. The song is on everyone's iPod...

The reasons for this phenomenon are myriad and diverse. Critics are often not fans of the source material being adapted (if any), so they look upon things from a layman perspective. Some dislike the style and humor, preferring more 'sophisticated' works. Sometimes the fans are so hardcore that they'd accept ''anything'' from the source, and sometimes, [[ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars it's made to be]] ''[[RuleOfFun fun]]''. In fact, many who see/buy the work may not even think the best of it either, but it's familiar enough that it manages to stand out and market itself. Sometimes it's simply become popular through being SoBadItsGood, or by fans acknowledging the work's flaws but considering them insignificant.

When no critic in the world can affect a work's popularity, it is Critic-Proof.

Compare LoveItOrHateIt, CriticalBacklash, ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars, CriticalDissonance, and HePannedItNowHeSucks. Contrast with AcclaimedFlop, ConfirmationBias, ReviewsAreTheGospel and GuiltyPleasure. Not to be confused with ProtectionFromEditors.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** The much-reviled [[ArcFatigue Endless Eight episodes]] of the second season were released across four [=DVDs=] in Japan. Given that said arc consisted of [[spoiler:the same episode eight times in a row]], it's surprising that the first [=DVDs=] sold (relatively) well. Though the later ones to a lesser extent; the second and third sold only half the amount the first one did.
** On the other hand, the North American licensors of Season 2 knew very well that they would ''not'' be Critic Proof (plenty of fans had already vowed a boycott due to the extreme unpopularity of Endless Eight), and simply released all 14 episodes in a single set.
* ''VisualNovel/{{SHUFFLE}}'' got panned by review sites as just another annoying [[UnwantedHarem harem show]], and even when it was first licensed, overwhelming opinion was that Creator/FUNimation must like losing money, [[ItWillNeverCatchOn because nobody would buy it]]. The DVD sales in North America were a surprising success, to the point that Funi produced a collector's box with the final volume.
* ''Anime/BakuganBattleBrawlers'' is widely considered as one of the worst kid shows of all time and has been bashed for its flat animation, bland characters, and ugly art. Yet it has a lot of toys and given a trading card game.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Despite not having any international theatrical releases since the Johto era, in Japan the twelfth film, ''[[Anime/PokemonArceusAndTheJewelOfLife Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]'', has become the highest-grossing anime film of 2009. People complain about the anime itself. Although it has lost some popularity, it's still extremely popular.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' is very popular among the Japanese audiences and even won the Anime Grand Prix award for Most Popular Anime in 2004 and 2005. Western reviewers liked the series but not as much as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED its prequel]]. However, if you ever ask this to a ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' fan prepare to hear how this series is one of the worst things Creator/{{Sunrise}} ever created.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Bloggers generally agree that it is anywhere from bad to mediocre, at best, but not a great show. It was the most popular anime of 2012. A second season premiered in summer 2014, retaining its popularity. In addition, other works from the ''Sword Art Online'' franchise began to make it overseas in that same year: a PS Vita game called ''Hollow Fragment'' got an English release around the same time, and Yen Press began to publish English translations of the light novels beginning April 2014.
* The anime of ''DiabolikLovers'' flopped and was trashed by both Japanese and Western viewers, yet was popular enough for Creator/SentaiFilmworks to release an ''English dub''.
* ''Eiken'' is widely considered one of the worst ecchi series of all time and has been bashed for its dumb plot/characters and ugly art. Both the manga and anime however allegedly sold very well, and fanart of the franchise is not uncommon.
* The anime adaptation of ''Anime/KantaiCollection'' has been panned by fans and reviewers as mediocre, but sales figures indicate Studio Diomedea aren't going to be hurt in the slightest.

* Big events and {{Crisis Crossover}}s in general. No matter how poor the reviews and fan reaction are, these tend to be the best-selling superhero comics of the entire year whenever they're released. When asked at a convention panel why Creator/MarvelComics keeps putting out massive crossovers despite fans saying they are sick of them, a rep from the company simply shrugged and said that they will stop doing event crossovers when people stop buying them in droves.
* Creator/BrianBendis and Creator/MarkMillar are two comic writers who've earned vocal detractors among certain fans, and yet their mainstream work for Marvel almost always sells huge amounts. Despite all the hate and controversy it garnered, Bendis' ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'' was one of the best-selling iterations of the [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] franchise in ''years''. Ditto for Millar's ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'', which is hated by many fans and critics but was still one of the biggest sellers Marvel put out at the time.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan has been featured a ''lot'' of bad stories in recent years. ''ComicBooks/MaximumCarnage'' was pretty bad, the ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' was universally reviled, ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' was crucified by critics and fans alike, and ''ComicBook/SpiderManChapterOne'' is one of those stories even Marvel has insisted [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain they never speak of again]]. Despite is all, Spidey still remains Marvel's mascot and biggest cash cow, something that likely won't change anytime soon.
* ''ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}'' is among the best-selling Flemish comic strips of all time, but has hardly had any serious critical attention or praise, mostly because it's a pure formulaic children's comic. Author Jef Nys was interviewed just a few times throughout his career and only received exhibitions, awards and a biography in the final decade of his life.

* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' is a frequent SnarkBait, but it's also one of the most popular comic strips around, appearing in over 2,000 newspapers worldwide and is still profitable through merchandising.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' is {{Creator/Pixar}}'s worst-reviewed animated film (currently in the below 40% range at Website/RottenTomatoes), but that hasn't stopped the film from making huge bucks at the box office (though it ''was'' Pixar's lowest-grossing movie at the box office until WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur came along). The {{WesternAnimation/Cars}} franchise managed to make a whopping [[CashCowFranchise ten billion dollars]] in merchandise, although they're not as liked as other Pixar works.
* Although ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' is disliked by a large portion of Disney fans, with a 36% rating on RT, it manage to become a mediocre success in the box office. On the other hand, ''Chicken Little'' didn't become a franchise, unlike ''Cars 2'' (excluding a cameo of the title character in VideoGames/KingdomHeartsII).
* 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.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''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'', both of which received significantly better reviews, especially ''Deadpool''.
* Creator/MichaelBay films are like this:
** ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' was internationally the highest-grossing film of 1998 against a backdrop of mediocre-to-frosty reviews from critics, though it seems largely forgotten now.
** ''Film/BadBoysII'', which Bay directed four years before ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', actually used all the same conventions. Critics hated it while the audience ate it up.
** ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' is currently the worst-reviewed movie ever to earn $400 million at the U.S. box office. And it actually made over ''$800 million'' worldwide, the first movie of 2009 to do so (even beating at least one of ''Film/TheDarkKnight''[='=]s records), so it will take some beating.
** ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' (which [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel got better reviews]] than ''Revenge of the Fallen'', but ''still'' extremely negative nonetheless) grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and was the fifth-highest-grossing movie ever until 2013.
** ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' got the worst reviews of any installment in the Film/TransformersFilmSeries, but it was 2014's only film with a ten-digit gross worldwide.
** Most people expected the trend to continue with ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'' which, like the previous films listed above, was ravaged by critics... [[SubvertedTrope and then the film opened lower than any of its predecessors. And then it dropped massively in its second weekend, and its domestic gross turned out to be around 130 million]]. [[FromBadToWorse And then it dropped 82% in China]]... something that is unheard of even from the most front-loaded releases in that country.
* The only entry in the ''Film/ScaryMovie'' series to get overall positive reviews was the first one. This didn't keep the others from making money, albeit not as much as the first.
* The ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' sequels, especially ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' were poorly received by critics but they made even more money than the significantly better-reviewd ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl Curse of the Black Pearl]]''.
* Subverted with ''Film/TheLoneRanger''. For a Creator/JohnnyDepp film, you'd expect it to earn big bucks. It was savaged by critics, but the audiences didn't eat it up like they did for the ''Pirates'' movies. Creator/ArmieHammer, Creator/JerryBruckheimer and Johnny Depp blamed critics for "conspiring" against the film to make it bomb, which in turn led to Duralde's response in the page quotation, and [[http://aisleseat.com/blog1/2015/05/20/the-super-secret-film-critic-cabal/ this more tongue-in-cheek one]] from Mike [=McGranaghan=].
* ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' was savaged by critics, but made triple its budget domestically and triple ''that'' internationally; ''Film/RamboIII'' was only slightly better reviewed and didn't do so well domestically, but still did pretty well internationally.
* ''Film/RockyIV'' was panned by critics upon its release and it even got about 9 razzie nominations, including "Worst Picture", yet it didn't prevent to make over $300 million worldwide and become the most high-grossing Rocky film of all time.
%%* ''Literature/MommieDearest''.
* The live-action ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movies (the latter three in particular) have received nothing but hate from most critics. That hasn't stopped either from being huge successes... at least until the last one was [[SuicidalOverconfidence scheduled for]] [[TooDumbToLive the same release date as]] ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
* The ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' films were regularly ravaged by critics, with Creator/RogerEbert's [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091118/REVIEWS/911199998/1023 reaction to]] ''New Moon'' being a commonly cited example. The series' highest Rotten Tomatoes rating was the 49% received by ''Eclipse''. This didn't stop the films from being unusually consistent box office hits - all four sequels grossed between $300-$280 million domestically and ranked in the top ten films of the year.
* ''Film/WildWildWest''. Not just critic-proof, but participant-proof as well. Even star Creator/WillSmith and director Creator/BarrySonnenfeld said they realized the movie was crap. It didn't stop it from making a ton of money. Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone claim that part of the reason was that underage teens who couldn't buy tickets for ''Film/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' bought tickets for ''WWW'' to get in the theaters then sat down to see their film instead.
* Many of Creator/TylerPerry's movies, though not considered awful, are usually not liked by critics. His movies do extremely well with African Americans, though.
* Critic James Berardinelli [[http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=725 used the trope name regarding]] ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'', 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, with prestigious actors such as Creator/ChristopherEccleston and Creator/JosephGordonLevitt realizing just how cheesy it was and deciding to eat all the scenery in sight.
* Creator/KevinSmith tried to invoke this with ''Film/JerseyGirl'' by saying it "wasn't for critics". It didn't work so well. Then ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' tried to parody it by coming up with absurdist nonsense perpetrators Twisp and Catsby, and taunting all the critics who couldn't criticize them because it wasn't ''for'' them. This [[SpringtimeForHitler backfired]] on ''Penny Arcade'' as well, when Twisp and Catsby instead became insanely popular.
* The mostly negative critical reviews for ''Film/TheHangoverPartII'' didn't keep it from being hugely successful at the box office, largely due to good will from the critically-acclaimed original.
* All of Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg's movies have had overwhelmingly negative reviews, yet they still manage to more than make back their budget (except ''Film/DisasterMovie''). ''Epic Movie'' and ''Meet the Spartans'' both debuted at #1 at the box office on their opening weekends, and ''Film/VampiresSuck'' at #2. All of their movies also have fairly low budgets, so really, no matter how bad their movies get, there will be enough people going to see them to make back their budgets several times over.
* ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' is widely regarded as one of the weakest Film/JamesBond films, but it became the highest-grossing film in the franchise until ''Film/GoldenEye'' was released.
* ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'': Intensely panned by critics and fans alike, but made over $100 million at the box office. It may be a Double-Subverted example, though, as the movie is still viewed widely as an embarrassment that [[FranchiseKiller killed Batman movies until]] ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
* ''Film/StreetFighter: The Movie'': The scathing reviews it got from critics didn't stop it from becoming one of the highest-grossing movies of 1994.
* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' is the third-highest-grossing film in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise, adjusted for inflation, despite polarized reception. The same can be said for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' too: most critics liked it only modestly, but fanboys still turned out in droves to see them.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' grossed $101 million in its first weekend, the third-widest opener of all time, despite highly polarized reviews (Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin liked it, most other big name critics did not.)
* ''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. 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, such as the massive wave of wide-released religious propaganda that followed the wake of ''God's not Dead'' and ''Heaven Is For Real'': ''Moms' Night Out'', a critically-panned Christian rom-com; ''Film/LeftBehind'', a critically-panned Christian apocalyptic thriller based on the book and starring Creator/NicolasCage; ''Do You Believe'', a critically-panned Christian drama; ''Film/WarRoom'', a militant Christian drama and ''Film/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 ''Film/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.
* Zig-Zagged with ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' and ''Film/SuicideSquad''. They were panned by critics as being inferior superhero team-up movies when compared to the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse but became incredibly successful, helped in part by dedicated DC Comics fans. On the other hand, bad word-of-mouth caused both films to suffer steep box office drops after their huge opening weekends; while ''Suicide Squad'' mostly rebounded from these drops, ''Batman v Superman'' ultimately couldn't double its domestic opening weekend total (grossing $330 million after opening with $166 million), something that's almost unheard of for a blockbuster film.
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'' has generally received bad reviews. One of the most positive called it "the best video game movie ever" and acknowledged that [[VideoGameMoviesSuck this was a backhanded compliment]]. Yet it made 60.5 million more than its budget of 125 million within a month despite opening within a week of ''Film/RogueOne''.

* The ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series. The books are generally poorly written, and there have been many articles written that give specific examples of just how stupid the characters act. Even from the perspective of Evangelical Protestant Christianity, the theology behind it is suspect. Yet the target audience strongly believes in the books' message and likes them anyway.
%%* Creator/DanBrown's bibliography
* The various books in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' saga:
** ''Twilight'' might cross over into SoBadItsGood territory; many who really do hate the writing style read it as a GuiltyPleasure, and there's all the people who plow through it just so they can bash it without being accused of complaining about books they haven't read.
** ''Breaking Dawn''. Despite the frequent hate you see, the earlier books got some decent reviews when they were released, it was later that the group of detractors grew as large as it did. ''Breaking Dawn'', however, was actively disliked by many ''fans'' of the series, and ''still'' sold incredibly well.
* A fictional version, from Ben Bova's ''Cyberbooks'': at a meeting in a publishing house, the staff discuss the latest "[[Creator/SidneySheldon Sheldon]] [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Stoker]]" manuscript and judge it to be complete rubbish, but a guaranteed bestseller. They recommend, "Hold our noses and buy it."
* Bestselling author of the ''Literature/MikeHammer'' series Creator/MickeySpillane can't be harmed by critics. He also admits that he's OnlyInItForTheMoney:
-->''I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends.''\\
''Inspiration is an empty bank account.''[[note]]Spillane was wrong. Music/JohnZorn recorded an entire {{Homage}} album built around Spillane's work: ''Music/{{Spillane}}''.[[/note]]
* ''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.
* Many critics panned Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', including Whittaker Chambers of the ''National Journal'', who said in a review of the book that "from every page, I could hear the book screaming, 'to a gas chamber, go!'" Notwithstanding critics dislike of the book, it still continues to sell tens of thousands of copies every year, unusual since the book was first published in 1957, and has been continuously in print ever since.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Magazine/TVGuide'' had a review disparaging a ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' special. Kids watched it anyway.
* It's ''always'' like this when it comes to many of the kid-coms produced by Creator/DisneyChannel, especially since the days of ''Series/HannahMontana'' and ''Series/HighSchoolMusical'' (and in some cases, ''Series/LizzieMcGuire''). Their shows are always savaged by both critics and 'traditionalist' Disney fans (in other words, fans of the live-action films made when Creator/WaltDisney himself was alive, most -- if not all -- of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, classic Disney Characters like MickeyMouse and DonaldDuck, and the Disney theme parks), but that won't stop the network's target audience of tweens 8-14 from watching them anyway.
* ''The Lawrence Welk Show'' was attacked as early as its 1950s debut by satirists and critics who even then accused it of being sappy, old-fashioned, un-hip, or downright reactionary. Despite a predominately middle-aged and elderly audience, and despite clinging stubbornly to musical styles that were rapidly falling out-of-fashion, it [[LongRunner ran in various incarnations from 1955 until 1982]], and has been more-or-less continuously appearing on TV in reruns ever since. Over sixty years after its debut, you can still catch episodes every weekend on many PBS stations throughout the US, while most of its younger and hipper competitors have long-since left the airwaves.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}'' never got the kind of acclaim that other {{Creator/HBO}} shows like ''Series/TheSopranos'', ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', and ''Series/TheWire'' did. Nevertheless, it had (has) one of the staunchest fan bases and was one of the network's highest-rated shows.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' became increasingly derided in its later seasons but it didn't seem to make a dent in the ratings.
* Critics were largely dismissive of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', regarding as a pale imitator of ''Series/StargateSG1''. Nevertheless, it was an excellent ratings performer for Sci-Fi Channel.
* ''Series/MyFamily'' has been slaughtered by critics, and even ''the stars'' refused to film one episode because it was so bad. Yet it's one of the UK's top-rated sitcoms and has aired over ten series.
%%* ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfAnAmericanTeenager''
%%* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' Surely.
* Almost anything on the Belgian television network [[UsefulNotes/FlemishTVStations VTM]] could qualify. Critics despise the network due to it being the first commercial Belgian network, which allows room for more commercial fare that critics just will absolutely hate (such as ''Wedden, dat...?'', ''Walters Verjaardagsshow'', ''Rad van Fortuin'', ''Blind Date'', ''Bompa'', ''Nonkel Jef'' etc.) with only the rare TV show on it (such as ''Moeder, waarom leven wij?'', ''Ons geluk'' and ''The Raf and Ronny Show'') being exempt from this fate and blame it for making society dumber due to the fact that they permanently give shows on there low ratings, but the network was so successful that Medialaan, the creator of that network, started publishing four more networks in Belgium in addition to that one.
* Every trash television show, from ''Series/TheMortonDowneyJrShow'' to ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' has been condemned by critics as 'the absolute worst in TV entertainment', but they always had high ratings.
* ''Series/BigBrother'', a reality TV series condemned by all TV critics worldwide in all countries, yet had some of the highest viewerships of all time.
* ''Series/MyKitchenRules'' is a very huge SnarkBait magnet; almost every recap articles of the episode would contain not-so-subtle insults regarding the contestants' fake personalities and their cooking skills. Even on its own FB fan page, a lot of viewers would spew their hate for the show's exaggerated drama and the painfully obvious fake dialogues, that it's frequently dubbed as "My Kitchen Rigged". The show itself have consistently placed as #1 in terms of viewer's numbers in Australia.
* ''{{Series/Jessie}}'' on Creator/DisneyChannel. There is hardly a review published that didn't call this one of the worst TV shows out there, to the point where sites that don't even normally review TV shows (like sports news site ''Deadspin'' and humor site ''Cracked'') would join in just to point out how awful this show is. Yet it was one of the most watched and most renewed show on Disney Channel when it ran.
* ''Series/EveryWitchWay'' on {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} likewise got huge episode orders and enough viewership to justify a spin-off despite nearly every critic who screened it claiming it almost literally unwatchable.
* In spite of the criticism ''Series/DudeWhatWouldHappen'' got, it somehow lasted for ''2 years''. The same goes for ''Destroy Build Destroy'', but was received a little better than the former [[JustHereForGodzilla due to it having]] Music/AndrewWK.
* ''Thuis'' is one of the most hated sitcoms in Flanders with critics and people alike, but it keeps getting the award for "highest amount of viewership" on ''Vlaamse Televisie Sterren''.

* Music/{{Liberace}} was undoubtly a talented pianist, but critics despised him from bringing ClassicalMusic to kitschy low ends. In a famous reaction to this criticism Liberace said: "[[TakeThatCritics I cried all the way to the bank]]."
* Music/RascalFlatts, at least from about 2004-2010. Ever since Dann Huff became their producer, they've been widely criticized for many reasons: Huff's bombastic production; Gary [=LeVox's=] over-the-top, whiny, nasal singing voice; and unimpressive song choices. Such derision didn't stop them from continuing to land in the Top 10, sell lots of albums, win lots of awards, and overall be the top band in country music for several years running. It would seem that the band eventually learned their lesson in 2010, when their label (Disney-owned Lyric Street) closed, and they moved over to the indie label Big Machine Records to greater critical acclaim, but generally diminishing returns on the charts as Music/LadyAntebellum and Music/ZacBrownBand took over as the dominant bands in the genre (before the former tapered off too).
* Both Music/LedZeppelin and Music/BlackSabbath were dismissed by critics in their early years, which didn't stop them from becoming very popular anyway. Nowadays [[VindicatedByHistory the critics are usually more appreciative]], however.
* Music/GrandFunkRailroad was largely savaged by critics and [[http://snopes.com/music/artists/clapton2.asp even found themselves at the butt of an urban legend]], yet found significant commercial success even outside the LowestCommonDenominator. As ''{{Website/Snopes}}'' put it:
-->And Grand Funk wasn't an act of the cute, well-groomed, sugary variety (like their contemporaries the Osmonds or the Bay City Rollers, or later entries such as the Spice Girls or the Backstreet Boys) who garnered huge followings by appealing to prepubescent girls or drooling adolescent males -- their records were bought by, and their concerts attended by, "real" rock fans.
* Music/{{Nickelback}} can be seen as the modern-day version of Grand Funk Railroad in this respect. They have been widely panned by critics and were once voted the worst band of all time; there exist countless Website/YouTube videos devoted to picking apart how all their songs sound the same. It hasn't stopped them from selling more than 50 million albums worldwide. As Chad Kroeger once noted, "Yeah, everybody hates us. We suck. Sure. But you know, somebody out there is buying our albums anyway."
* A lot of late-1970s/early-1980s ArenaRock bands were despised by critics while still selling multi-platinum albums. None got it worse than Music/{{Toto}}, who were accused of using their industry connections (they'd all been prolific session musicians before they formed the band) to rig the Grammy Awards in 1983.
* In the 1980s, Music/StevieNicks was commonly dismissed by 'highbrow' rock critics (''Magazine/RollingStone'' was particularly egregious in this regard) who fawned on her former lover and current bandmate Lindsey Buckingham, notwithstanding that his albums were only a fraction as popular as hers. Many of those same critics did a perfect about-face and hailed her as an elder stateswoman of rock and roll in the late 1990s and 2000s.
* Music critics hated the entire HairMetal genre during the 1980s, but that didn't stop it from becoming the biggest music genre in the world during that decade. When {{Grunge}} became popular in the early 1990s and pushed hair metal out of the spotlight those critics breathed a sigh of relief and embraced the 'earthy, genuine, and intelligent' new rock genre. In the last few years, how ever, Hair Metal has experienced a resurgence in popularity with bands like Music/MotleyCrue and Music/{{Poison}} having highly successful tours, with some of these bands even releasing new albums.
* Music/BritneySpears has one of the biggest groups of detractors in all of pop land, but somehow manages to get those #1 singles and albums, sell out tours, get hired for big bucks for TV shows and generally remain relevant and popular in the public eye.
* At the height of its popularity, {{Dubstep}} was reviled by every music critic, lambasted as a tuneless disgrace to all music. It's still widely loved by a huge number of fans and the artists that produce and play it are still widely commercially successful.
* Funk, a genre in Brazil that is a derivative of Miami bass[[note]](The nomenclature "funk carioca", coming from the Rio de Janeiro city demonym - where a lot of the genre's representatives come from - is usually given to distinguish it from the rhythm-and-blues derived brand of funk)[[/note]]. People mention the oversexualization of women and the genre's association with drug dealers and other kinds of criminal elements as reasons), and as such is reviled by critics, but still very popular by the masses.
* When she first appeared, most critics said, and not without some justification, that Music/LadyGaga would still be a C-List Girl Singer with no record contract were it not for her outlandish behavior, and that her 'true talent' wasn't music, but rather PR management. Millions of her fans surprisingly failed to care and buy her albums in droves.
* 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."
* Music/BillyJoel has been known to have been savaged critically, [[ItsPopularNowItSucks at least at the height of his success]], but according to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has sold 150 million albums worldwide as of 2013. His 1978 album ''52nd Street'' (which bears the distinction of being the first album mass-manufactured for UsefulNotes/CompactDisc in 1982) won the UsefulNotes/GrammyAward for ''Album of the Year'', he's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and many of hs hits have become standards.
* 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 31 albums.
* Music/EltonJohn very rarely, especially [[ItsPopularNowItSucks at the height of his fame]] got the kind of critical respect he had during his singer-songwriter period for his albums (although he had released his fair share of inconsistent albums as well, even his more notable albums and songs received unfair criticism), yet he remained one of the top acts of UsefulNotes/TheSeventies and has been very successful at many times since his heyday. Much the the blame can be due to [[WolverinePublicity his very high profile all over the media]], and some of it due to the fact he adopted an increasingly flamboyant [[CampGay image]] as he [[NewSoundAlbum changed to a more glam-rock and pop-oriented sound]] by ''Honky Chateau''.
* The Music/{{Eagles}}: One of the most popular rock bands of all time, and one of the most universally critically reviled. Allmusic is one of the few review sites that has anything good to say about them.

* The [[IrishmanAndAJew Jewish/Irish]] ethnic comedy play ''Abie's Irish Rose'' opened on Broadway in 1922, and quickly became a laughingstock of theatre critics. It closed five years later, having run longer than any previous Broadway show.
* Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's [[UsefulNotes/TheEighties Eighties]] musicals ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' and ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' were -- and are to this day -- heavily criticized as empty {{Spectacle}}, but were phenomenally successful with audiences anyway. This is parodied in the ''The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!'' pastiche "Aspects of Junita," where Junita sings her farewell:
--->Did I have genius? Never.\\
Did I have greatness? Never.\\
But was I a commercial success?\\
Yes--now and forever!
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'':
** It was panned by critics after the first performance in the 1980s. The cast expected empty seats at the next performance, yet WordOfMouth by theatregoers who absolutely loved it ensured that now, even a quarter-century plus later, it's a box-office hit.
** ''[[FandomNickname Les Mis]]'' received negative reviews ''in the U.K.'' at the beginning but that ''American'' critics and audiences were united in application, with the musical making the cover of ''Newsweek'' and getting much press, thus making it an InvertedTrope[=/=]PlayedStraight depending on the location.
* In-story example: In ''Theatre/DreamGirl'', Jim is fired by a publishing house after he turns down ''Always Opal'' (an obvious FictionalCounterpart of ''Forever Amber''), which proceeds to sell out at bookstores everywhere. "If I had it to do over again, I'd still turn that book down," he tells his sister-in-law Georgina, who completely agrees with him on the book's trashiness: "It's nothing but a lot of dressed-up smut, atrociously written, and all in very bad taste, if you ask me."

* The ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'' line of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'' dolls are fairly huge sellers, but they're mocked by nearly all MLP and doll fans/collectors for their cheapness and UncannyValley-level hideousness.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BackyardSports''. There are new editions every year and the games keep selling. IGN and G4 continue to hate the series, though (they both thought it was average at the beginning, then they considered it one of the worst game series of all time).
* Most EA Sports franchises, though ''VideoGame/FIFASoccer'' and ''VideoGame/NHLHockey'' have been acclaimed in later years. Part of FIFA's success should be credited to the poor job Konami did with ''VideoGame/ProEvolutionSoccer'' on the last couple years.
* ''VideoGame/EnterTheMatrix'' sold five million copies despite being panned by critics (and many gamers, ''after'' they bought it).
* Gamespot once gave out an annual "[[MedalOfDishonor Worst Game Everyone Played]]" award until it stopped doing so after 2010. Past winners included:
** 2010: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''
** 2009: ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars: Republic Heroes''
** 2008: ''Film/IronMan''
** 2007: ''Film/SpiderMan3'' (Wii and [=PS2=] versions)
** 2006: ''VideoGame/JawsUnleashed''
* [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames Licensed games]] tend to fare this way. ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}'', despite being widely considered one of the worst games ever made, actually sold pretty well.
* When ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'' came out, critics ''hated'' the game for being a MissionPackSequel [[RecycledInSpace WITH COINS!]] to ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', [[KillerApp but it became the fourth best-selling game for the 3DS]].
* ''Valhalla Knights'' has managed to become a franchise despite scathing reviews in the North American gaming media.
* Gaming critics hated almost everything about the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, which eventually sold over 100 million units worldwide (the third home console to do so).
* The ''VideoGame/JustDance'' series is the biggest CashCowFranchise of Ubisoft and each entry of the series is known to have very low scores from critics. It is also the series where critics use LampshadeHanging on this trope.
* ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'' has received very mixed reviews, its story in particular, being a SoOkayItsAverage ClicheStorm. This hasn't stopped it from being amazingly successful.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' (and by extension, pretty much any warriors game) is hated to death by critics. While not necessarily as popular as some other examples, the series does sell well enough constantly to justify translating another game in the series.
* The first several entries of the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' franchise received terrible reviews. It went on to become its developer's flagship series, with various adaptations and multiple games per year.
* Reviews for all five of the ''VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames'' titles were low, and the mainstream doesn't seem to care. It's mainly because fans wished that this crossover would be used for {{Platform Game}}s instead.

* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''. Despite, or perhaps [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity because of]], the group of detractors that the webcomic and its proprietor accrued, it maintains a solid following.
* ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'' has been savaged by many a CausticCritic yet it's run strong [[LongRunner for 12 years]] and the creator manages to sell physical books of the comic and even an art book for it in [[https://keenspotshop.com/collections/twokinds his store]].
* [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Furry]] Webcomics in general tend to be received unfavorably by outsiders and critics, but do extremely well with their intended audience.


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Any children's show that is predominantly made to be MerchandiseDriven will be savaged 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.)
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Despite getting a considerable amount of hate since its [[UnCancelled resurrection in 2005]] for handling controversial topics in a DudeNotFunny fashion and being lower-brow than many other shows, it's still one of Creator/{{Fox}}'s highest-rated shows.
* Early reviews for ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' ripped it apart, calling it an insult to the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' franchise, but that didn't stop the show from gaining (at least at first) huge ratings and even a sizable PeripheryDemographic, including classic ''Looney Tunes'' fans.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' allegedly got very good ratings and ran for about six or seven ''seasons'', yet it's considered by many critics and viewers to be one of the worst (if not ''the'' worst) kids' cartoons ever made. In fact, it's believed to be behind-the-scenes issues that finally killed it, not its bad reception.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' is possibly one of the most polarizing superhero cartoons ever made, and yet it still ran for four successful seasons. The toys in particular ([[MerchandiseDriven the shilling of which]] was one of the most criticized aspect of the show) proved very lucrative for Creator/{{Hasbro}} and Marvel.
* On the DC side, there's ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''. The show has been airing on Creator/CartoonNetwork for three years and has gathered a massive disapproval from fans of the original series who feel this show is an insult to the original (and the show seemingly [[TakeThatCritics takes shots at those fans]]) and fans of Cartoon Network's other shows who feel this show doesn't deserve [[AdoredByTheNetwork all the airtime it gets.]] Despite the overwhelming vitriol, however, it is one of Cartoon Network's highest rated shows and has gathered a sizable fanbase.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': From its 1960 inception, critics and Golden Age Animation purists hated it because it's, well, Creator/HannaBarbera. And Hanna-Barbera has always had a large segment of detractors. But that didn't stop ''The Flintstones'' from enjoying a six-year primetime run, various spinoffs and two theatrical movies, and Hanna-Barbera staying in operation for over four decades.