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->'''Jack:''' For my pick, the Best of the Worst is ''Film/TheodoreRex''!\\
'''Rich:''' Jack... you're such a hipster that even in our small group--even in our ''tiny little'' group--you just have to be the dissenting opinion.
-->--''WebVideo/BestOfTheWorst'', "Dinosaur Movies"

The opposite of HypeBacklash, critical backlash is what you get when something is over-criticized and condemned to the extent that it couldn't ''possibly'' be as terrible as everyone makes it out to be. Like hype backlash, it's yet more proof that the critics aren't always necessarily correct, and QualityByPopularVote isn't always a reliable indicator of something's merits (or lack thereof).

Critical backlash tends to occur when critical reaction towards the product is tainted by some outside factor; [[HypeAversion overhype]], [[WolverinePublicity overexposure]], and outside controversy may prompt the critics to focus on the noise surrounding the work rather than the merits of the work itself. Critics are often primed to [[BiasSteamroller dislike the product based on some preexisting prejudice]] and fail to look deeply enough for redeeming value, particularly if the work suffers from PublicMediumIgnorance. Some critics may FollowTheLeader and echo more popular and louder critics.

Of course, some things also just press a critic's buttons the wrong way; critics usually have different expectations and approaches than the wider audience, and just because something doesn't tick the right boxes on their checklist doesn't mean the wider audience might not find something of merit in it. Alternately, it may be that the vehemence of the criticism has conditioned the audience to expect the show's flaws, lessening the blow, and thus making what good qualities it has stand out more.

If the work develops a particularly devoted audience despite the critical drubbing, then it may experience hype and critical backlash from different quarters; the work may not be as bad as the critics say, but likewise not as good as its most ardent fans claim, falling instead somewhere in between. {{Cult Classic}}s have often suffered from a critical backlash, only to be later rediscovered and VindicatedByHistory.

[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Adaptations]] and works that generally fall into a critic's AcceptableTargets radar (such as {{animation|AgeGhetto}} and [[SciFiGhetto genre fiction]]) often receive this kind of reaction. This phenomenon is deeply related to the StreisandEffect and NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity.

''Please note that this page is not a personal blog to discuss your personal experiences of this; this page is all about the general properties which tend to receive this treatment. Also remember that this is YMMV; seeing something you hate here only means that other people may not hate it as much as you do, not that it doesn't have points worth of criticism, so try to resist the urge to make a Administrivia/JustifyingEdit.''



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has received so much exaggerated praise ''and'' exaggerated criticism due to its BrokenBase status that long after the show originally aired different people regularly experience either Critical or Hype Backlash (depending on their expectations, degrees of suspension of disbelief, etc.) after they finally get to see it for themselves. It's not surprising to see newcomers arguing that the series doesn't deserve all the hate or all the hype.
* Much like ''Manga/InuYasha'' below, the soundtrack from Bruce Faulconer's production team for the Creator/{{FUNimation}} English dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' was reviled early on, and its fans became more vocal over the years since the show's airing. The dub overall has its own supporters as well.
* The ''[=InuYasha=]'' anime plays around with this: when the series first came out in Creator/AdultSwim during the early 2000s, the show was considerably renowned, but the English dub from Creator/VizMedia and Creator/TheOceanGroup was openly reviled by fans (sure even back then it had its supporters, but still). However, over time, the fanbase for Viz's English dub became a lot more vocal and, while it may not be seen as one of The Ocean Group's finest works, it is still considered to be a good effort. Unfortunately, while this was happening, the show was starting to get a lot more backlash (due to various things such as hype backlash and the show becoming more episodic). It has even gotten to the point where plenty of viewers think that the [[HamAndCheese English voice acting]] is the only good thing about the show nowadays (especially in the case of [[Creator/PaulDobson Naraku]] and [[Creator/ScottMcNeil Koga]]).
* ''Anime/MDGeist'' has been so often called 'the worst anime ever' that when a lot of people actually ''watched'' it when it aired on [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]], for many of them it failed to be as bad as claimed and [[VindicatedByCable it's gained something of a fanbase]] largely for the designs of the mech, its [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome soundtrack]], and generally avoiding anything '[[{{Moe}} cute]]'.
** Not to mention [[RefugeInAudacity how ridiculously violent it is]].
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' has such a vocal hatedom that anyone watching the show after its initial run is liable to experience a Critical Backlash. The show has its issues, certainly, but since nothing could ever hope to be as bad as the hatedom claims it is, it's not uncommon to find people for whom all the bile is hard to understand.
* A character example is Katejina Loos from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''. By the time most people discover ''Victory'' and watch the show, they will have been told again and again that Katejina is "The Queen of Evil" in the ''Gundam'' verse. They will have been told repeatedly that she is more evil than [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gihren Zabi]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Yazan Gable]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Muruta Azrael]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Lord Djibril]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ali Al-Saachez]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Decil Galette]], and [[TheScrappy more annoying than]] a gene-splicing [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Katz Kobayashi]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Flay Alster]] mixed with the blood of Scrappy-Doo himself. While Katejina is undoubtedly a horrible person, there is simply no way for her to be as revoltingly awful as the fandom makes her out to be, and many people watching ''Victory'' for the first time (years after it aired) find themselves actually noticing her few good points, if only because the fandom's (largely deserved) bashing of her, makes her bad ones something you just sort of accept.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' having such a massive fanbase as well as a [[PeripheryHatedom large, and vocal, Hatedom]] (a portion often holding it up to DoubleStandard for things they may let slide in series) means that in addition being possible to suffer from HypeBacklash, hearing about the series from its haters means having Critical Backlash can be just as likely.
* The WhamEpisode ending for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' in the form of the movie ''The End Of Evangelion'' becomes a lot less tragically depressing if you come in expecting the show to be, well, tragically depressing. For most people, the fact that it came out of nowhere and derailed the series, killing off several major characters and giving us the infamous [[gold: Tang]] ending is what really caused a lot of emotional anguish to the audience. However, thanks to ItWasHisSled and the numerous explosions on Internet forums and on this site's [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion page description]], it's almost impossible to go into the show not knowing it will experience eleventh hour sadness due to CreatorBreakdown. Thusly, when everything starts falling apart after episode 20, and the show forcefully cranks out the DeconstructorFleet and TearJerker UpToEleven, the implausibility borders on mildly depressing to So Sad It's Funny.
* Interesting example with the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. The series is often criticized for its StrictlyFormula nature, as well as [[NotAllowedToGrowUp refusing to age the characters with the passing years]]. Yet, despite the decline in popularity it experienced in the Johto arc, it still maintains high ratings in both Japan and the U.S, and has a large and devoted fanbase.
* Following the SeasonalRot of the Fairy Dance arc, quite a few anime fans who have previously praised ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', have switched to bashing it by series end. Not surprisingly, an increasing amount of folks are saying that the hate and backlash for the show is quickly reaching this territory. This is actually the opinion of Creator/{{Toonami}} themselves (whom probably witnessed first-hand many requests of SAO coming to the block get retracted when the show moved on to Fairy Dance during its Japanese run), as their [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/54263109126/do-you-have-any-concerns-about-the-incest-subplot-in rationale for picking it up]] [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/54258600250/someone-is-gonna-ask-this-anyway-so-i-figured-i-get-it in response to the backlash.]]
* the original dub of Anime/SailorMoon. You'd think it was something that has a [[Main/ZeroPercentApprovalRating 0% Approval Rating]] with the amount of negative comments on this very site. However, many fans have nostalgic affection for it and a sizeable portion of fans actually prefer it to the new English dub produced by Viz Media.

* The entirety of Creator/BrianMichaelBendis' Marvel career, really. People either love or absolutely ''hate'' him and his work (to the extent that he got '''death threats''' over killing ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}) but there's been a growing wave of positive reviews for his more recent work. The most recent volume of ''[[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man]]'' and ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' seem pretty popular and generally have very good monthly reviews from the critics.
** That and there's always been a huge amount of CriticalDissonance with his writing. For all the people on the internet screaming about how he's "ruining" comics, his work consistently sells ''very'' well.
* In the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' pantheon, ''ComicBook/MaximumCarnage'' and ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' are routinely used for target practice by seemingly everyone under the sun. While they are probably not examples of the best of Spidey's career, there are many people who genuinely feel that both stories don't warrant the sheer volume of backlash routinely given to them. One reason for ''The Clone Saga'' being less hated is how it was streamlined in the 90s cartoon (as was the Alien Costume/Venom origin). ''Everyone'' in the fanbase and critics hated ComicBook/OneMoreDay more. A lot of people do acknowledge that the Clone Saga had some very good material (among other things there was an excellent miniseries called ''The Lost Years''), but it dragged on far longer than could be supported by the story, resulting in the endless cycle of who the clone is until everyone stopped caring. Another problem is that some of the stories were ''very'' bad, among them [[DroppedABridgeOnHim the death of Dr. Octopus]], though some were even worse than that one.

[[folder:Films - Animated]]
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon
** The first example was ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''. It was trashed by critics - many of whom vilified Disney for "Americanising a great work of British literature" - and bombed at the Box Office, Walt himself even disowning the final film. But it found popularity in the 1960s with stoners and steadily opinion softened towards it. By the 1990s, it was included in the Walt Disney Classics collection.
** ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' is a major OldShame for the studio. It nearly bankrupted them and was trashed by critics for being DarkerAndEdgier. There's very little merchandise for it, and it took over ten years to get released on video. But it has a strong cult fanbase to this day. And even the original author didn't think it was that bad.
** There's also ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'', which was heavily bashed by critics, and continues to be, even on Wiki/ThisVeryWiki. But if you look on Website/{{deviantART}}, Website/YouTube, or Website/IMDb, you'll notice that it has a decent fanbase who compare it to Disney's films from the '40s and '50s.
** Blog/UnshavedMouse had this reaction to ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' - finding it to be quite a decent movie that was quite enjoyable. At the time of its release, it was one of the Black Sheep of the Disney studio.
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is the only Disney film to ever be nominated for a Razzie Award, and critics bashed it for being too dark and mature for children. As far as the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon goes, it has a massive following and it has far more fans than its critical response would suggest.
** ''{{Disney/Pocahontas}}'' got a lot of hate when it was released, and it's considered the turning point for when Disney started its slow decline. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and the Blog/UnshavedMouse don't think too highly of it either. However it does have plenty of fans for the characters, animation and songs, and for those who think the Aesop is actually a good one. General consensus seems to agree that it's [[SoOkayItsAverage far from Disney's worst film, but by no means their best either]].

[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike even]] [[Administrivia/EditWar in]] Wiki/ThisVeryWiki. When ''Avatar'' [[ItsPopularNowItSucks got extremely popular]], the HypeBacklash was so bad, many critics began to dissect it and complain about even the slightest of its flaws, to the point where even that backlash and all its criticisms were considered overblown.
* ''Film/CitizenKane'': People from the 1940s would probably be cringing at seeing how something like ''this'' is considered a SacredCow today.
* ''Film/{{Doom}}'', not the game, but [[VideoGameMoviesSuck the movie]]. It may not be accurate to the game, but does that really matter? The biggest problem Wrestling/TheRock leaves a LampshadeHanging on. Otherwise, it's fine. If nothing else, TheOner scene where they homage ''Doom's'' classic FPS origins was good enough to inspire its [[Film/HardcoreHenry own movie]].
* ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' is an interesting case. A lot of its initial reviewers said they thought it was bad, but not terrible. Somehow it sank in popular perception from 'bad movie' to 'worst movie ever' thanks to its many mildly to moderately negative reviews, combined with the fact that it starred Creator/BenAffleck and Music/JenniferLopez (who were the 'it' couple at the time). Creator/RogerEbert actually took time out of a [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/gigli-2003 different review]] to point out that it wasn't ''that'' bad.[[note]]Ebert gave ''Gigli'' a rating of 2.5 stars out of four, which fell just short of his three-star minimum for a "thumbs up".[[/note]]
* The American 1998 ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' film often gets this; true, it ''does'' severely depart from its source material, but as a standalone monster film and as a 'realistic' take on the ''Godzilla'' franchise, it's not bad, and some of the diehard ''Japanese'' Godzilla fans admit to liking it (and especially its AnimatedAdaptation) better than some of the ''official'' Toho films (some of which have been known to be famously horrible).
* ''Film/HeavensGate'' was annihilated in reviews and became one the most dramatic flops and [[GenreKiller Genre-Killers]] in Hollywood history, but some modern critics have suggested it wasn't as bad as it was made out to be. Part of the problem was that the film had received so much bad publicity during production due to delays, cost overruns, stories about Michael Cimino's hyper-perfectionist directing style, protests from animal rights groups and ⅓ of the film being cut, that critics were already expecting it to suck by the time they reviewed it. Although critics have softened their views, the original version is still panned, as the cut muddled up the storyline. On the other hand, the rerelease of the uncut version in 2012 was actually very well-received.
* Some critics seem to think ''Theatre/HelloDolly'' is a terrible movie musical. If you overlook the most glaring problems (Creator/BarbraStreisand's acting and sluggish pacing) it's SoOkayItsAverage at worst, though definitely not up to the standard the same studio had set with ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.
* The film adaptation of ''Literature/TheHost'' has been well and truly savaged by critics, leaving it with a meager 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Opinions vary as to whether this was deserved, depending on your fondness for Creator/StephenieMeyer's novel.
* ''Film/HudsonHawk'' was raked over the coals by critics when it was released for being a mess of a self-indulgent VanityProject, which it is. Part of the problem is that the theatrical trailer made the film look like a fairly straightforward action film. so moviegoers were caught off guard. However, it has always had a small following of fans who appreciate its over-the-top LargeHam performances and RefugeInAudacity plot.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. While it's doubtful the film will ever be considered the best of the franchise, and it does have a groan-worthy scene or two, it's by no means as bad as people make out. Most of the backlash aimed at this movie seems to be the result of NostalgiaFilter, as well as complaints about the film's MacGuffin being [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Science Fiction rather than a mystic/religious artifact]]. Which isn't true anyway, but that's beside the point.
* ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' got a reputation as "THE worst movie of all time" after it was shown on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', causing Dr. Forrester to ''apologize'' for showing it to Joel. It's probably easier to agree with it if you haven't already heard it. Any fan of ''[=MST3K=]'' will readily confirm that it's hardly the worst movie they had ever mocked.
* ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' was fairly well thrashed by reviewers but made a decent amount of money from its fanbase. Today, it is generally regarded as a GuiltyPleasure, retaining all that is considered fun about ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' while having a much bigger budget and [[StockFootage completely]] [[SubvertedTrope original footage]].
* On lists of Worst Best Picture Winners, ''Literature/OrdinaryPeople'' is often given a high rating. This is most likely due to it winning the Best Picture Oscar instead of ''Film/RagingBull''. The film itself is a very subtle, quietly moving film that doesn't deserve the almighty kicking it gets.
* A number of people think this of ''Film/{{Pixels}}''. If you take away Adam Sandler's character (who was arguably responsible for literally all of the film's negative publicity) and focus on [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome the video games and the way they're brought into the real world]], then it becomes a fun, enjoyable romp with shades of ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.
* While few fans would try to argue that ''Film/GhostbustersII'' isn't a watered-down imitation of its beloved predecessor, several of them also have a hard time seeing it as the bottomlessly terrible and unfunny disaster it's often made out to be on the Internet.
* Creator/KevinCostner's ''Film/ThePostman'' was a major commercial failure and its premise sounds ridiculous the first time you hear it, but it's certainly no ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' and the premise ''does'' makes sense after you think about it.
* Despite how much critics love to hate ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', the movie still has a huge fan following similar to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
* Creator/{{Disney}} is so ashamed of ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'' that the film isn't distributed anymore. Those who do get their hands on it, though, may find their reactions vary from 'Gee, that was kinda cute, not ''that'' bad' or 'Ughhh, this is really boring, [[BileFascination where's all the racism I can mock]]?...'
* ''Film/SpeedRacer''. Critics hated it and it flopped, but many of those who watched it consider it to be a fun, if silly movie.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Film/ThePhantomMenace pre]][[Film/AttackOfTheClones que]][[Film/RevengeOfTheSith ls]] tend to get varied reactions from audiences, with most die-hard ''Star Wars'' fans (especially those who saw the Original Trilogy first) calling them pure hot garbage with few redeeming qualities. This is an agreement amongst some fans that ''The Phantom Menace''[='=]s reputation has been blown out of proportion by people more angry with how the film was a disappointment than any actual legitimate criticism. While ''Menace'' and ''Attack of the Clones'' polarized both critics and fans, ''Revenge of the Sith'' was released to rather great acclaim.
** On a more specific note, while the acting of the prequel trilogy is considered to be awful, many fans feel that some actors get too much flak for their performances. In particular Creator/NataliePortman, Jake Lloyd and Creator/HaydenChristensen are attacked by die-hard fans who are more forgiving towards beloved actors like Creator/SamuelLJackson and Creator/LiamNeeson even though their performances were considered by critics to be just as terrible. Many believe that Portman, Lloyd and Christensen weren't bad actors per se (especially since Portman and Christensen have done roles outside of ''Star Wars'' where they received critical praise) and that [[MisBlamed their bad performances came more from George Lucas's directing and writing]].
** An earlier ''Star Wars'' example -- a look at ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''[='=]s stats on Metacritic illustrates the considerable gulf between critical reaction (52%, meaning mixed reviews) and the audience reaction (8.3/10, meaning ''universal acclaim''). The film still carries a reputation as a disappointing end to a great trilogy which made the bad guys into idiots, but the average ''Star Wars'' fan typically considers it to be a great film that happens to follow [[Film/ANewHope two even]] [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack greater ones]].
** [[TheScrappy Jar-Jar Binks]]. Yes, he's annoying and unfunny. Yes, he can distract from the plot at times and yes he could be seen as a [[EthnicScrappy racist characterization of Jamaicans]] but he's not unbearable to watch and actually can be useful at times ([[spoiler:if it weren't for him, the Naboo government and the Gungan army wouldn't have joined forces and the Federation would have won]]) even pulling off a few BigDamnHeroes moments in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. With the amount of hatred he receives, one would think the character came to life, fucked everyone's mothers and killed their fathers afterwards. Tellingly, [[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Mr. Plinkett]]'s review spends over ''90 minutes'' discussing the movie's flaws and barely has to mention Jar-Jar at all, making the unspoken point that Jar-Jar is no great asset, but it's unfair to blame him for ruining the film when there are plenty of other things wrong with the writing, acting, story and direction.
* ''Film/SuperMarioBros'': it's the UrExample of VideoGameMoviesSuck, but some people who have looked at it from a different angle (not expecting a direct adaptation, not [[ReviewsAreTheGospel listening to the Nostalgia Critic's word for it]] for once) actually don't find it to be ''that'' bad -- some even think it's actually pretty good if treated as a self-contained story divorced from the source material... [[InNameOnly which, admittedly, isn't that hard to do]].
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': The sequel garnered many more negative reviews that were more negative overall, both from professionals and audiences, than ''Film/{{Transformers}}''. Roger Ebert [[CriticProof gave voice to a particularly strong condemnation,]] though it still grossed over $800 million, [[http://www.the-numbers.com/search?searchterm=transformers over $120 million more than its predecessor.]] That being said, Revenge of the Fallen is the turning point for the film series, after which fewer and fewer Americans saw them in theaters.
** ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Dark of the Moon]]'', while getting [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel slightly better]] but still negative reviews, grossed over a billion dollars worldwide.
** And then ''[[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction Age of Extinction]]'' got even '''''worse''''' reviews than ''Revenge of the Fallen'', and still recorded a ten-figure worldwide gross, albeit slightly smaller than ''Dark of the Moon''. Fans also seemed to be lighter on this movie, for giving much more focus on the Transformers themselves and for having interesting and likable Autobots as leads, especially with Optimus' character arc.
* Many people feel this way about ''Film/{{Waterworld}}''. It arrived in theaters in 1995 with both the baggage of its gigantic budget and TroubledProduction (the sets got hit by a ''hurricane'' and that still wasn't the biggest issue) and growing critical and audience weariness with Kevin Costner, and its story is hackneyed, but its scope and scale are genuinely impressive.
* ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'' was trashed by critics, and nominated for several Razzie Awards. It's noted [[https://betterwithbob.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/films-from-bobbys-childhood-house-of-wax-2005-in-review/ here]] that the large amount of panning stemmed from the widespread {{Hatedom}} for Creator/ParisHilton - and that the bashing seemed to be the CatharsisFactor for most of them. Roger Ebert likewise noted that Paris Hilton merely played a typical slasher movie victim - and did it no better or worse than any number of actresses in other such films. To prove this point, Paris would later spark SheReallyCanAct moments with ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' and a guest spot on ''{{Series/Supernatural}}''.
* ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' got savaged by a lot of fans and critics alike. Richard Corliss of ''TIME'' magazine noted that a lot of the bad reviews came from critics who had nostalgia for [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981 the original]]. Some feel that it's a decent popcorn action flick when it's not being compared to its original.
* The ''Film/{{Divergent}}'' films are usually on many critics' 'Worst of X Year' lists, and "still better than ''Divergent''" is often used to describe other movies based off [[YoungAdultLiterature YA books]]. Some understandably don't find the movies to be ''that'' bad.\\\
This especially appears to be the reaction to ''The Divergent Series: Allegiant'', which was near-universally panned by critics but has a SoOkayItsAverage rating of 6.0 on IMDB.
* ''Film/Alien3'' was initially unloved when released in 1992, the big factor for this was the sudden deaths of Newt and Hicks, who became beloved characters in the previous film Others also critiqued the dark, dreary, and depressing story and various problems with the film, and even director David Fincher disowned it. However, in recent years the film has undergone a reevaluation thanks to the Assembly Cut of the movie on blu-ray, which restores many scenes of character development for most of the main cast as well as subtle development for the supporting prisoners, changes the Alien's host from a dog to an Ox, puts greater emphasis on the themes of religion and redemption the film was going for, and reveals the fates of two important characters, Junior and Golic, [[WhateverHappenedToTheMouse who simply vanish in the theatrical cut]]. Thanks to this cut the film has been seen by some Alien fans as an underrated entry in the franchise and a decent way to end the original trilogy and Ripley's story, and many feel that had it not been for the ExecutiveMeddling which led constant recuts, and had something along the lines of the Assembly Cut ended up in theaters, the film's reputation wouldn't have been so sour. The new version of the film's reevaluation is helped in light of the sub-par quality films that followed and the fear some fans have of the currently in DevelopmentHell Alien film helmed by Neill Blomkamp, which many fans fear will be nothing more than a clone of ''Aliens'' and will be a action flick that dumbs down the titular threat. While the film's reputation has improved significantly from what it once was, the newfound praise is by no means universal and David Fincher still refuses to have anything to do with it, though it has more to do with his horrible experience with the studio than the film itself.

* You know, a lot of critics back in the '40s would probably look at one series/universe today and wonder why people like it. They hated it because of how it was written, even using the same stock phrases people use to describe the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. Now? If you criticize it at all you'll be deemed "illiterate" by its DefensiveFans, who have given it the prestigious "SacredCow" badge. What is it? ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''!
* British author Creator/ColinWilson first hit the big time in 1958 with a book of critical literary analysis called ''The Outsider''. This was at first hailed as a critical success and the big-name critics couldn't get enough of this perceived driven young genius whose personal life was also newsworthy -- it turned out he was living rough to save on rent and spending his days in the British Library researching and writing. However, with subsequent books the critics turned and savaged him, perhaps fearing they'd been over-fulsome the first time. While still having cult status, Wilson's 'formal' literary career never really survived this early critical HeelFaceTurn.
** A lot of this had to do with his nonfiction writing: Wilson has written a number of histories of occultism, and publicly stated his belief in some supernatural phenomena. He also wrote what is widely regarded as one of the most risible books about UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper (at least until Patricia Cornwell got into the act).
%%* This actually happens to ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' given its Hatedom.
%%* ''{{Website/Cracked}}'' gives us [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18645_6-great-novels-that-were-hated-in-their-time.html 6 great novels that were hated by critics in their time]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Many people have disparaged ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' as the Antichrist of sitcoms. The show itself is guilty of trite jokes and plots more than anything else. It also gets away with many more sex jokes than its time slot, and having a minor as a costar, would seem to allow. Besides all that, Creator/CharlieSheen's real-life antics seem to color many people's perception of it even though he left the series in the eighth season. Yet it always commanded a sizable audience.
** Chuck Lorre's [[Series/TheBigBangTheory other major success]] also gets hit with this.
* {{Variety show}}s definitely count. They were derided by many critics and audiences for being schmaltzy and uninspired in their heyday, but there's a sizeable population who view them with [[NostalgiaFilter nostalgia goggles]] and think that they didn't deserve the bashing they got and/or are certainly better than the crop of reality shows that we have today. ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' might be an example.
* Most {{Smart Mark}}s despise ''Series/TotalDivas'' and usually any wrestling columnist that has to mention it will take the time to bash it. Despite this, the show still attracts a significant PeripheryDemographic outside the E! network's target audience including plenty of male wrestling fans.
* Due to its extreme longevity, ''Series/DoctorWho'' has entire ''eras'' that suffer from being critically maligned. This also applies to fan opinion, however it is quite common for stories and eras previously negatively viewed to receive positive reappraisal thanks to the passage of time. The Sixth and Seventh Doctor eras are rife with examples, as is the Second Doctor era, the latter due mostly to more stories from Patrick Troughton's time being recovered.

* Music/TheBeatles' final (sort of) album, ''Music/LetItBe'', was derided as a mess of half-done songs and sloppy editing, and arrived in stores after they'd broken up. However, it contains "Let It Be", "Get Back", "The Long and Winding Road", and "Across the Universe", some of the group's most famous and beloved songs.
* Music/BobDylan's 1978 album ''Street-Legal'' was slaughtered by critics (in ''Rolling Stone''[='=]s review Greil Marcus started out by calling it "a joke" and got even more vicious as he went) for its [[Music/BruceSpringsteen Springsteen-ish]] arrangements and sometimes inscrutable lyrics. It's even been speculated that the album's poor reception might have helped drive Dylan to convert to Christianity. But after a remixed version was released in the '90s many fans have embraced it as one of their favorite albums.
%%* "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
* The {{Hatedom}} of Music/JustinBieber has gotten to the point where even people who dislike his music think all the hate is overblown.
* The album ''My Beauty'' by former Dexy's Midnight Runners lead Kevin Rowland came in for some of this. In this case, many critics chose to focus their ire on the fact that Rowland chose to wear drag and makeup on the album cover. This led the album being one of the worst-selling in the label's history, with only about 500 copies shifted; however, on its rerelease after the the controversy had died down, later reviewers found it to be a relatively solid album of cover tracks.
* The 1970s musical genre of disco isn't the naming genre behind DeaderThanDisco for no reason, but it's nowhere near as bad as many of its more virulent critics would make out. Part of the problem is that much of the disco was commercialised and nothing like the original genre. For instance, pop disco songs often featured far too many strings.
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s ''Youthanasia'' and ''Cryptic Writings'' experienced this to the point where they are now considered great albums. ''Risk'' is on the verge of it, the album being the butt of jokes even though Dave Mustaine corrected a lot of the ExecutiveMeddling when he remixed and remastered it in 2004. In a reversal of the situation, the once well-received 'return to form album' ''The World Needs a Hero'' is now considered lackluster.
* Adam Buckley of ''WebVideo/ADoseOfBuckley'' makes reference to this effect on his 'Musical Autopsy' and 10 Worst Songs of the Year videos when he's deluged with comments asking why X, Y, or Z song isn't on his list by replying that musically and lyrically a particular song ''isn't actually that bad'', that there is a difference between a bad song and an ''[[HypeBacklash overplayed]]'' song ("If you had to hear the same Mozart song six times a day, seven days a week, for three months, you’d be pretty fucking sick of it too"), or he simply can't [[SoOkayItsAverage think of anything funny to say about it]].
* Teen pop and boy bands tend to have this happen once they fade out of the spotlight. ''Music/BackstreetBoys'', ''Music/BritneySpears'' and ''Music/{{NSYNC}}'' were hated almost as much as Justin Bieber back in their day. Today, with these groups/musicians now seen as nostalgic and the culture having found [[Music/JustinBieber new]] [[Music/MileyCyrus teen]] [[Music/OneDirection pop]] to hate on, it's become at least tolerable to admit to liking them.
* The critical backlash that boy band ''Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock'' received was especially notable, even noted on Wikipedia. A combination of massive overexposure (at one point, they even had their own Saturday morning cartoon, for crying out loud), criticism for using pre-recorded backing vocals live (which was likely only an issue due to the then-recent ''Music/MilliVanilli'' lip-synching scandal), as well as a shift towards the rising trends of grunge and gansta rap left this blue-eyed urban contemporary act to start receiving massive hatedom. By 1991, their popularity was in the toilet. Eventually, they too would be seen as nostalgic. They even combined with the Backstreet Boys to create the super-group NKOTBSB, which turned a profitable tour in the early 2010s.
* Music/FrankSinatra was the original teen idol in the 1940s. Most of his songs of that period were hated by men across the globe, because girls went crazy over him. Yet as TimeMarchesOn and Sinatra became more associated with a mature adult singing about more world-wise topics these songs from early in his career have been judged on their own merits and are actually quite good. In fact his voice never sounded better.
* Music/{{Nickelback}} gets plenty of hate, often voted as the worst band ever to the point where many non-fans don't feel that it's deserved and rather consider their music as [[SoOkayItsAverage bland but not awful]].
* Music/{{Everclear}} was derided by critics quite a bit in their heyday, but they still produced at least three hit singles ("Santa Monica," "Father of Mine," and "Wonderful").
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s ''Load'' and ''Reload'' albums. Upon release, the albums were heavily criticised for their alternative rock leanings and the band's questionable fashion choices. Over time, however, they've become more accepted by the metal community. The reasoning for this is twofold: First, while the Load twins [[BrokenBase alienated many of the band's longtime fans]], they also gained the band many new ones. Most significantly, they brought Metallica's music (and arguably metal in general) to a much younger audience. Since a good portion of the people that got onboard the Metallica bandwagon with the Loads eventually went on to discover less mainstream metal bands, it's only natural that the albums would be more accepted by the metal community now than they were during the mid-'90s. Secondly, in a weird way, the enormous backlash (not just with metal fans but also with the mainstream) with 2003's ''St. Anger'' got led many to go back and listen to the Load albums, realising that 'For bluesy hard rock (i.e. mostly non-metal) albums, these really aren't so bad.'

* ''Pinball/PopeyeSavesTheEarth'' is one of the most frequently bashed pinball machines of all time, and any discussion of terrible pinball by someone who's played a lot of pinball machines will inevitably list ''Popeye Saves the Earth'' among them. However, should a discussion about this game go on for long enough, there will always be people coming out to defend it, or at least say it isn't that bad. Indeed, despite its jarring mix of themes (''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' and [[GreenAesop conservationalism]]), it was still drawn professionally, and despite half of the playfield being obscured by a giant plastic model of a cruise ship's bow, it was crafted competently enough to preserve the ball's momentum traveling up and down ramps and lanes. There have been pinball machines with horribly OffModel artwork (such as ''World Poker Tour''), and there have been machines with worse problems with design (such as ''Orbitor 1''). All in all, ''Popeye Saves the Earth'' fell victim to being a weaker game [[ToughActToFollow released after a long line of critically acclaimed and popular pinball machines]] and had [[GuideDangIt confusing, ambiguous, and seemingly inconsistent rules]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/JohnCena, or more specifically, his wrestling ability. While Cena's move set is certainly limited and his matches can be formulaic, he's nowhere near as bad as a lot of his detractors will have you believe (at least in comparison with most other WWE main eventers with similar schedules). On the flip side, when he has a good opponent to work with, his psychology and understanding of story can lead to classics such as his Money in the Bank match against Wrestling/CMPunk; the same match that managed a five-star rating from ''Dave Meltzer'', the premier writer of the ''Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter'', the first one Meltzer had given the WWE in over ''fifteen years''. For comparison, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels has only had ''two'' of his matches rated as five stars from Meltzer, and he's often regarded as the best in-ring performer of all time. Wrestling/TheUndertaker, a similarly highly regarded wrestler, has only ever managed ''one'', and that was the first Hell in a Cell match against Michaels back in 1997, the last time WWE ever managed the five-star rating. Punk's second draw with Wrestling/SamoaJoe in their trilogy back in Wrestling/RingOfHonor was the first match in the United States to gain the rating in ''years''. The fact that Cena managed to gain such acclaim for one of his matches indicates that he does have ''some'' amount of talent, no matter how much the other guy is carrying the match.
* This extended to John Cena's girlfriend [[Wrestling/BellaTwins Nikki Bella]]. She attracted an insane {{Hatedom}} around the time she won the Divas' Championship, and this only increased when it became clear she would surpass Wrestling/AJLee for the longest title reign. Most of the criticisms stem from {{Narm}}-filled segments during her feud with her sister (which she herself viewed as an OldShame). A section of fans still believe she's just as bad as when she first started to get pushed. Others however felt the criticisms were overblown and that Nikki visibly improved her mic skills and wrestling. ''Bleacher Report'' praised her match against her sister Brie, rating it higher than the other Divas' match featuring smark favourites Paige and AJ Lee the same night. Likewise ''Lethal WOW'' named her the Most Improved Diva of 2015 and hatred of her has calmed down a lot in 2016 following a sidelining injury taking her out of action and other women being pushed in her place. Outside her {{Hatedom}}, general opinion seems to be that she's not amazing but she's not as terrible as her detractors would make her out to be.
* Wrestling/HulkHogan is also criticized for his lack of actual wrestling ability and for being formulaic much like Cena above. Hogan was trained by legendary Japanese technician Hiro Matsuda, but American promoters thought that the American wrestling fans wouldn't buy a guy the size of Hogan wrestling that way and pushed him to wrestle like a generic big guy heel (Though Ole Anderson disputes that it was the fault of promoters, saying he got rid of Hogan specifically because Hogan showed him nothing other than his size.), with his offense consisting mostly of strikes, dirty moves and a few power moves. His ability became even more "limited" when he became the top face of the WWF in the mid-1980s, since his matches always consisted of Hogan getting the crap kicked out of him, only for Hogan to get a second wind, perform the FiveMovesOfDoom and win. Hogan brought back some of his techincal style when he [[FaceHeelTurn became Hollywood Hogan]] in 1996, even putting on a decent technical match against Wrestling/BretHart in 1998 (though age and injuries had slowed him down considerably). Watching Hogan's Japanese matches compared to his American ones would almost make you think it was two different people. He even busted out an ''enzugiri'' in one of his Japanese matches. Considering that Hogan is the most famous pro wrestler ever and has been a household name to both fans and non-fans alike for over 30 years, he must have had ''some'' talent.
* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} has a reputation among hardcore fans for being limited and a dangerous worker because he accidentally delivered a legit mule kick to Wrestling/BretHart, giving Hart a concussion which lead to Hart retiring due to Post-Concussion Syndrome. While Goldberg wasn't very technically sound and he was a bit sloppy, he at least tried to bust out new moves in his matches and while they weren't textbook perfect, they look effective enough. Let's be honest, the Spear and Jackhammer were all he needed, because fans loved him for it.
* Ever since he became a singles wrestler, Wrestling/RomanReigns has become Public Enemy number one because of his limited moveset, cringeworthy promos and his positioning as John Cena 2.0. Reigns' moveset is limited, but he does have a few moves that he can do quite well, he has been in several Match-of-the-Year candidates since then, and nearly every opponent he has faced has praised him for his work ethic out-of-character. His promos are mediocre at best but that's mainly due to the creative team's bad writing and Reigns can deliver decent promos when he's allowed more free will (Many agree that'd they'd at least tolerate him if he stopped talking altogether and be a silent badass), and there are many wrestlers on the roster who are far worse at cutting promos than Reigns. Ultimately, the way he's booked his not his fault, he's simply doing what WWE tells him. He's no where near ready to be pushed as the top face, but he's not quite as untalented as his detractors claim.
* Detractors of WCW (and even some fans of it) often hate on its former lead commentator Wrestling/TonySchiavone, who was voted "Worst Television Announcer" in 1999 and 2000 by ''Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter'' (which SacredCow Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon "won" six years in a row) and is often credited as being the one to put WCW on its deathbed by spoiling Wrestling/MickFoley's WWF Championship win on RAW that same night, sarcastically saying "That's gonna put some butts in the seats!" It also doesn't help that Schiavone's late former colleague Wrestling/BobbyHeenan spoke very negatively about Tony in his book. Regarding his commentary itself, he would occasionally mix up the names of moves, pay little attention to matches that didn't involve the nWo and shill WCW to death by declaring just about everything to be "The greatest 'X' in the history of our sport!" Truth is, Tony's commentary was much better prior to the nWo era and many of the points people criticize him for are a case of {{misblamed}} (i.e. Wrestling/EricBischoff ordered Tony to bury Foley and the non-main event talents, towards the end of WCW everything was so out of control that not even Wrestling/JimRoss or Gorilla Monsoon could have saved it, the issues between Heenan and Schiavone were misunderstandings brought on by higher-ups, etc.). While few will call him the best commentator out there, those who don't dislike Schiavone believe he was alright enough and did the best job he could as the voice of WCW in the 90s.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Aaru's Awakening'' is considered by Website/GameFAQs to be [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/mac/129192-aarus-awakening the worst game ever made]]. The sheer fact that it has an actual and consistent art style and storyline would however place it above many DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible works. On Metacritic you can see [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/aarus-awakening the hatred]] in full-swing. While critics were polarized by it, it's considered divisive, with most of them citing that it has a good art-style, but that there are issues with the controls and gameplay, but Metacritic users still decided that it was worth spamming floods of negative reviews to.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'': Savaged by various reviewers who panned it for being unpolished and glitchy, scaring off the vast majority of first adopters, it has become a cult classic whose fans admit that it has flaws but enjoy the vast replayability it offers.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} version of ''VideoGame/PacMan'' and ''VideoGame/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' are frequently called "the worst games ever" by critics. Granted, ''Pac-Man'' suffered from being a PortingDisaster and ''E.T.'' has some [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames issues of its own]], but they're not as bad as critics might think, compared to other games released on that system at the time these two games were released. In particular, the urban myth that ''E.T.'' was the worst game ever even drove Digitalpress insane. To the point that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzdqaJIeE0Q they]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR50m78IIJs showcased]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwoUt-AGW3c 10]] DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible Atari 2600 games that, according to the people that viewed it, made ''E.T.'' look like ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
* ''VideoGame/BombermanActZero'' was intended as a DarkerAndEdgier ContinuityReboot for the "next generation," but its ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''-reject characters, uninspired dingy levels and [[FakeDifficulty pointlessly hard]] single player mode (99 sluggish, repetitive levels to play on one life with no continues or saves) won no awards. To further irritate fans of the series, few of the power-ups from previous installments were retained, and offline multiplayer, one of the series' biggest selling points, was not available. The game's only possible redeeming feature, its online multiplayer mode, was written off by most people for a long time; with copies of the game collecting dust in bargain bins, it was doubtful that people would actually be eager to actually play it. Then LetsPlay/ProtonJon's livestream featured it on a dare, and a lively series of 8-player matches ensued.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has generally always received a good response from critics, but when it was released it was ''loudly'' savaged by fans who were upset that it wasn't VideoGame/ChronoTrigger 2. It had brand new characters, a brand new world, brand new combat and magic systems (save for Trigger's trademark CombinationAttack techs), and the only real references to its predecessor were oblique, unnecessary fanservice, entirely missable, or the GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere final boss. Nothing that made Chrono Trigger a beloved classic was readily apparent in Cross' design, production, or play. In time, the fan stance softened and Cross is now regarded as one of the best [=RPGs=] of the UsefulNotes/PlayStation 1 era and an excellent game in its own right. Modern consensus tends to be that the "Chrono" name was more of a burden than a boon, and that Cross didn't need the pressure of living up to Trigger when it was never really making any strong attempt to connect itself to begin with (the developers have always been adamant that it was meant to be a loose sequel. Cross was its own game with small ties to its predecessor, and was never intended to be a continuation of Trigger's story, or require people to have played Trigger to understand the plot, or to feature a rehash of Trigger's best elements).
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' is actually a really good FPS and received average critical scores of about 8/10. To hear the fans talk about it though, it's the worst heresy ever spawned from the pits of FPS hell- or at least little better than ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}'' and it is even considered FanonDiscontinuity by some. This is more because it simply can't live up to the original, largely because it's accused -- with some justification -- of being [[LowestCommonDenominator 'dumbed down']] for the Xbox (but if ''Invisible War'' was dumbed down, you can't blame it on the Xbox -- the original ''Deus Ex'' did just as well on [=PS2=]).
* ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'' has been panned as the worst thing to ever happen to the franchise. Despite the numerous contentious changes, it's still a solid game with nice gameplay.
* Many reviewers chose to follow the crowd in bashing ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', calling it a [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks dumbed down action game]], when in fact it still features the tactical combat just like ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', only [[ActionizedSequel faster]]. The game did have its problems ([[RecurringLocation recycled dungeons]], unpredictable enemy spawns), simplified action commands, and removed isometric view for the PC version, but the writing and dialogue were very good. It probably doesn't help that Creator/BioWare was caught planting user reviews from its employees, was [[http://www.nowgamer.com/news/5141/bioware-we-want-call-of-dutys-audience quoted]] [[TwistingTheWords out of context]] in wanting ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''[='=]s audience, and that there was a ridiculous amount of pre-order DLC available. Despite a flood of [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/dragon-age-ii/user-reviews harsh negative user reviews]], many fans will agree that it's still a solid overall game.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'': Rescued from DevelopmentHell after a decade and a half, it was the most popular playable title at PAX 2010 -- yet it was almost universally treated as SnarkBait by critics once it was released. Some reviewers even ventured into FanHater territory, [[http://gotgame.com/2011/07/16/duke-nukem-forever-refuses-to-die/ slinging insults]] at anyone who actually enjoys ''DNF''. Despite all that, the game still sold well enough to be profitable -- a fact that [[http://www.joystiq.com/2011/07/14/june-npd-duke-nukem-forever-is-2/ actually annoyed]] its critics. Check out the [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/duke-nukem-forever Metacritic scores for the PC version]], and note the difference in distribution of ratings between critics and users.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has this happen with seemingly each new installment. Fans of the series tend to judge each new game against whichever game they were introduced to the series with, sort of their own personal version of FirstInstallmentWins. Given Creator/{{Bethesda}}'s tendency to build each installment from the ground up with wholesale changes from its predecessor, this leads to serious BrokenBase issues and claims of {{Contested Sequel}}s.
* See also ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. Like ''The Elder Scrolls'', the previous game, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', receives its 'fair' share, as well. Apparently [[SarcasmMode consoles ruined RPGs forever]], as has been said of this game, ''Oblivion'', and ''Morrowind''. (The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' fandom being described as "[[UnpleasableFanbase glittering gems of hatred]]" doesn't help.)
* Despite ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' being an easy target for criticism for its obtuse gameplay systems and even more obtuse plot, there's still a large fandom for the game, liking the more complicated character drama, the subtle nuances of the plot, and the card game.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'' is becoming an example of this trope as well as its fanbase is starting to become a bit more vocal over the years. More people are willing to be okay with how simplistic the game is and find it to be a fun little title nevertheless (though its fairly renowned soundtrack probably helped).
* The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series tends to get this a lot of this, especially from fans of ''VideoGame/HalfLife'', ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' and ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''. Especially on ''The Escapist'', thanks to ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' (who has openly said he didn't really enjoy ''Halo'', but said it was average), in which the series is frequently complained about ripping off stuff [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny it actually created or popularized or was already done by]] Creator/{{Bungie}}'s previous shooter ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', is criticized for its fanbase ([[HypocriticalFandom despite the fact that they themselves are not so different]]), has ''extremely'' subjective opinions thrown at it, and stuff that's flat out contradicted by the games.
* ''VideoGame/HerzogZwei'' had the unfortunate distinction of being among the first of its kind -- a RealTimeStrategy game -- coming from a developer renowned for classic overhead shooters, namely the ''VideoGame/ThunderForce'' franchise. Reviewers, therefore, treated ''Herzog'' as a classic shooter and were perplexed as a result, and their horrific scores followed that train of thought. Now that the RTS genre is firmly cemented in the gaming public's consciousness, fans are much kinder to the game.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58s3F57ZpCM This YouTube video]] actually shows the reviewer honestly saying he didn't find ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Zelda's Adventure]]'' and ''VideoGame/HotelMario'' to be as bad as everyone says they are -- he even goes so far as to say that he ''liked'' them, despite having his fair share of complaints towards the games. In fact, the CD-i in general had this used by the reviewer, who said that it actually wasn't ''that'' bad, usually saying it was SoOkayItsAverage. There is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU4EBLaxCQk top 10 worst CD-i games list]] made by Johan Oberg, which is also the only list of its kind. Though he hated all three of the ''Zelda'' CD-i games on the console, he also said that they weren't the worst games ever made. The games weren't even the worst games on that console, as reflected by the fact that he put it at #3. Later on he also made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDPOBBZmf8M top 10 best CD-i]] games, in which ''Hotel Mario'' was at #10.
* Despite all the [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks criticism]], many feel that ''VideoGame/MarioParty 9'' and ''10'' were good games in their own right, especially with all the innovation.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM''. Mainly due to the story, uneven character writing, and restricted use of the Wiimote, the game was met with ''severe'' criticism from most fans. However, gameplay-wise, some feel that it's a genuinely decent and enjoyable game, despite its linearity and non-innovative gameplay (especially compared to previous ''Metroid'' games).
* Any ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' game between ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 MK3]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'' falls into this, most notably ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 MK4]]''. Ironically, the game was panned for the exact reason ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' was acclaimed.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' is the lowest critically-rated game in the ''Paper Mario'' series and also gained a large hatedom for its gameplay, lacking original characters or memorable characterizations as seen in the previous titles, instead going into a "''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros''-esque" formula.[[note]]Not helped by how many were [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks already sick]] of elements from the ''New'' series by that point.[[/note]] Despite this, it still has a following (albeit a small one, or just very silent) for being a decent and quirky game by its own standards and not when compared to the past titles, although nowhere near the level of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' which has been VindicatedByHistory since its release.
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'' as well. It has a vocal hatedom because it uses the same gameplay mechanics as ''Sticker Star'', but many people who originally hated it on reveal were won over when it turned out to have fixed at least some of ''Sticker Star'''s flaws (namely the GuideDangIt gameplay, lack of meaning to battles and the generic locations). There are also some who think its flaws are getting overblown and the NostalgiaFilter for the [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 first]] [[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor two]] games is minimising ''their'' flaws (though that's not to say the reverse for either side doesn't happen). However, because it still retains [[NeverLiveItDown some of the problems of its predecessor]] (such as lack of character variety, Bowser still as the BigBad, quality of the battle system, no partners...), the quality of this game is still [[ContestedSequel rather contested]], as opposed to the former which is already hit with {{Sequelitis}}.
* ''VideoGame/SenranKagura''. Any article that mentions this game will be flooded with comments about how said game is "ruining" gaming as we know it. Kotaku tried turning it into ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' 2.0 by bashing the game during its localization announcement. And what do the people that actually played it say? It's a pretty damn good brawler with a surprisingly engaging story.
* Every ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' game made since 1995. ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' gets hit especially hard by IGN's and GameSpot's reviews, which made it all the more ridiculous when ''Sonic Unleashed'' got ''worse'' reviews from those sites than the much-maligned ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''.
** ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' itself. While it isn't generally a good game, it's no longer regarded as the absolute nadir of the franchise. In fact, some people say it's actually a solid speed game.
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII'' was an ObviousBeta at launch. However, its gameplay isn't as bad as the fans of previous installments make it seem, and, with the advent of the Black Edition, it was improved in just about every sense possible.
* When the PC version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' was released on Steam in 2013, many who played it (including those who played for the first time ever) didn't think it was as bad as the hatedom says that it is.
* ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' has been one of the most [[BrokenBase divisive games ever]], due in no small part to the GenreShift and [[NintendoHard difficulty]]. While there are a few issues, namely limited lives, instant deaths, and reset experience, the game still controls incredibly well for an early-to-mid NES game, and predated many Metroidvania games with RPG elements (in the US at least). Still, [[NeverLiveItDown the game gets hate]] for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks "not being Zelda enough"]], over two decades after the fact, even though there has never been another ''Zelda'' like it since.
* In a similar situation to ''Zelda II'', the western ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' is often derided for being a DolledUpInstallment of ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'', odd mechanics and not being as much memorable than its [[SophomoreSlump predecessor and successor]]. This installment was also released in Japan under the title ''Super Mario USA'' and made it on Famitsu's [[http://blog.hardcoregaming101.net/2012/02/top-100-famicom-games-as-voted-by.html Top 100 Famicom games]] at #45 all the while ''Doki Doki Panic'' was absent (What's more, Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto himself surprised many by revealing it to be among his favorites). It doesn't help that ''Doki Doki Panic'' itself [[MerchandiseDriven was meant as a commercial for Fuji Television]].
* Completing the NES trifecta is ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'', whose departure from the level-based structure of parts I and III is still complained about today, along with its rather obtuse puzzles and several flat-out misleading clues. Those who grew up with the title or tried it in spite of contemporary internet critics' snarking tend to be more charitable in their assessment, appreciating the game for its attempt at an open-world action/adventure style (which became the series bellwether once ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' ironed out the kinks) and pointing out that plenty of other well-regarded games from the era had their fair share of GuideDangIt moments.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' gets a lot of flak from the fanbase for, among other things, [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks being too similar to]] ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' (some even calling it a rip-off), despite WBM having Rocksteady's full approval. [[FanonDiscontinuity Some also consider it to be non-canon for its supposed horribleness]]. Yet, it got only slightly lower scores than the original two games, and some players feel like it has the best story in the series and had badass boss fights.
* On a smaller scale, ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''. It got good reviews, it is highly rated in the PS Store, yet a lot of gamers claim that it was simply terrible. People also like to exaggerate the amount of Batmobile in the game. Yes, it is required for some sections, but 80% of the game being spent controlling the Batmobile is just BlatantLies. However, [[PortingDisaster criticism of the PC version is justified.]][[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' is widely derided, yet maintains such a significant base of regular readers that the author is able to live off the comic. In the world of webcomics? This is ''very'' rare.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's LP of ''Bart's Nightmare'' isn't ''good'', but has some character moments in there and a lot of people think it isn't worth Doug constantly apologizing for it.


[[folder: General ]]

* Discussed in a ''Website/SFDebris'' review of ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', where Chuck Sonnenburg argues that the movie is one of the most hated films in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' history because it ''didn't'' have CriticalBacklash on its side. Though it definitely wasn't the most popular or critically acclaimed ''Star Trek'' movie, it also wasn't panned badly enough to make anyone eager to defend it. Thus, it probably has the least amount of people that openly admit to liking it, even though several movies in the series have gotten much worse critical receptions (''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' come to mind).
* The [[https://www.theincomparable.com/ump/ Unjustly Maligned]] Podcast is about this subject, with a guest every episode discussing and defending a work that they think isn't as bad as its reputation, including many examples from this page.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'' has received [[{{Understatement}} VERY negative]] reception from [[WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter certain YouTube critics]] and older Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} fans, many calling it the worst show to have ever existed. That said, professional critics gave it decent to average reviews, and it does have a small fan following who believe it's not ''that'' bad.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' originally had quite a bit of backlash after all the praise and love ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' got. With the advent of fansubs of Japanese produced G1 material and the later dubbing of ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada The]] [[Anime/TransformersEnergon Unicron]] [[Anime/TransformersCybertron Trilogy]]'' made many people realized their weaknesses made ''Beast Machines'' strengths stand out more (animation, story, characterizations, etc.).
** Any given ''Transformers'' series after ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is starting to receive this treatment as even ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' and the ''Anime/UnicronTrilogy'' were starting to have a bit more vocal fanbases over the years. While ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is still fairly popular with the fanbase by the time it came out the fanbase was starting to be a bit more forgiving to past Transformers shows. (One potential reason why is the popular notion of [[NostalgiaFilter "The Original series was the only good Transformers show!"]] is becoming more & more widely frowned upon in the Transformers fanbase even by those who still like the original series).
*** Even ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' itself was a victim of this when it debuted. Angry fans rejected the tiny cast of brand new characters, the handful of LegacyCharacter candidates such as Optimus and Megatron who were considered InNameOnly knockoffs of iconic G1 characters, and especially the shift from vehicle and technology based alternate modes to animal ones (with early Transformers discussion groups coining the meme [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Trukk_not_munky "Trukk not Munky"]] to mock the backlash). Early plots were also often disliked for their simplicity or "lesson of the day" type formats. It took until the end of the first season and into the second before reactions softened and fans began to embrace the series' positives, to the point of it becoming perhaps the most praised incarnation of the franchise in terms of its characterization and story.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' certainly aren't flawless, but they are far from being as crappy and hated as the [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} original series']] fans usually describe them. Considering how long they were able to air, as well as the quite notable BrokenBase caused by ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', it would seem those two shows still had quite a fandom of their own.
* Some ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' fans argue that the Daffy/Speedy series isn't as bad as it's made out to be. Many even argue that several of these cartoons are, by their own merits, actually pretty decent.
** Same with ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'', despite critics and some fans not particularly liking the premise, the show does have a considerable enough fanbase.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a subversion. While some critics were initially quick to dismiss it as "just another sugary sweet girl's show", its [[PeripheryDemographic unexpected popularity]] led many to rewatch the series and reconsider their opinions of it. It now stands as one of the most critically acclaimed kid shows on television.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013'' plays this straight. As soon as the movie's very ''existence'' was hinted at, involving a plot where the ponies become teenage humans in high school, a portion of fans pounced and rocked the very internet with drama. Even now people who haven't even seen it yet continue to hate it. However, most people who ''have'' seen it, while agreeing the story is a bit weak, admit that it is entertaining and definitely worth watching.
* The Mike Scully-era episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' are starting to get this. While almost nobody thinks they're as good as "Golden Age" ''Simpsons'', a good portion of them are still pretty funny and watchable in their own right. Some fans even believe they contain some of the best SugarWiki/FunnyMoments in the entire series.
* For how much hate the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' series got from TheMovie, many people have come to see it more along the lines of "Not too bad" instead of "It rivals ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' for badness". Part of the reason is that some people now watch the film less as a standalone work, and more of as a pilot for the animated series. The television show went on to be critically acclaimed and the initially hated Ahsoka has become a beloved character.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has been a frequent victim of this over the years. After an immensely successful first season with ''Island'', its immediate sequel ''Action'' has frequently been derided by fans as a significantly weaker followup to an otherwise well-received series, so much to the point that some fans refuse to acknowledge its existence. ''World Tour'' was better received, but easily led to the BrokenBase in the fandom due to the controversial love triangle arc that dominated the second half of the season, as well as its finale which was considered hit or miss, depending on who you ask. ''Revenge of the Island'' was relatively well-received, but the introduction of a completely new cast didn't sit well with all fans, and even the mutated island theme was a mixed bag or some. However, backlash mounted significantly with the release of ''All-Stars'', which quickly became reviled for what is widely recognized as weak writing amplified by inconsistent character development, a lack of integrity to the plot, a lack of focus on the crossover between the show's first two casts, numerous abandoned plot points for no apparent reason, a weak villain (depending on who you ask), unbalanced focus on characters considered over-exposed, and a major DownerEnding. Fan backlash proved so strong that ''All-Stars'' gradually assumed ''Action''[='=]s status as the most hated season in the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': The show has a massive hatedom who often decry it for its parodies and flanderizations of the characters from the original show, as well as being more mean-spirited than the original series. Despite this, some critics have given it decent reviews, and it even has a large regular fanbase. Even several casual viewers have watched it, and while hardly considering it a masterpiece, don't consider it to be the worst thing ever made.