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->"''I've made hundreds of legendary records that people talk about that didn't sell.''"
-->--'''Jerry Wexler'''

Critical Dissonance is polar opposition of public to critical opinion. For instance there's a music album the critics love, but the general public doesn't share their high praise for it, or vice versa where the critics hate it but the general public loves it.

Critics may look down on a [[ItsPopularNowItSucks popular work]] on principle, denouncing it as LowestCommonDenominator garbage that's all flash and no substance. Conversely, the public may see a work beloved by the critics as boring, [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]] and [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible pretentious]] drivel engineered solely to [[OscarBait win awards]] from [[StrawCritic equally boring, angsty and pretentious Academy members]].

Sometimes later opinions can match, and then we have VindicatedByHistory, but not always.

Some media are less affected by this than others. Since comedy relies on what an individual finds funny, this is the genre of movie most likely to spur on Critical Dissonance. One critic may find a movie hilarious while another finds it tacky. Switch out comedy for the horror genre and you get the same polarizing results. Art - all kinds, not just abstract - is notoriously subject to this. And architects get hit with it all the time.

In general, this trope has historically been uncommon with video games, partly due to the [[ReviewsAreTheGospel far greater reliance on reviews]] among gamers, and partly because the technical side (gameplay, graphics, etc.) tends to carry more weight with games than with books or TV. Additionally, good gameplay (at least in terms of, say, lacking glitches) is much more black-and-white than a good story, writing, or acting. When Critical Dissonance does occur with games, it is more often than not because gamers thought that the critics had been overly kind (like the FourPointScale), or had even been [[MoneyDearBoy paid upfront by the publishers as part of an advertising and/or first look article special]].

Niche media may particularly suffer this because some or all of the critics assigned to review it aren't members of its target demographic, or [[SmallReferencePools don't even have a basic knowledge of the genre]]. To look at it another way, if the business model involves an audience who will actively seek it out, those people will be predisposed to enjoy it, whereas critics who see it out of professional necessity will not have that selection bias.

Some more 'official' ways to measure Critical Dissonance are either comparing a media's revenue to its reviews, or that somehow get nominated for both 'best' and 'worst' awards.

The fact that the main difference between the average audience viewer and the average critic consists of a better vocabulary, an idealized view of the importance of their own opinion, and employment in the area of journalism, is what makes the large contrast between viewpoints either fascinating or predictable, depending on your degree of cynicism.

See also CriticalBacklash, CriticProof, BiasSteamroller, ItsPopularNowItSucks, OpinionMyopia, EightPointEight and OscarBait. Could overlap with PopCultureIsolation and AcclaimedFlop. Contrast with CultClassic where a work tends to have neither critical acclaim nor general popularity, but is enjoyed by die hards. Possibly the cause of MainstreamObscurity.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}.'' Among casual anime fans and the general public, it's a merchandising juggernaut with a massive and rabid fanbase. On the critical side of things, it's generally treated as a fairly average {{Shounen}} at best, and in more serious circles, saying "I like Naruto" is synonymous with "I am a twelve-year-old boy who has never watched anything else in his life."
* All incarnations of ''YuGiOh'' have been huge financial successes and run for years, but [[PeripheryHatedom lots of people outside the demographic]] consider them to be little more than SnarkBait.
* ''BlackBird'' is one of the bestselling shoujo manga in recent years yet most mainstream anime/manga reviewers have given it lukewarm to negative reviews (with some even being openly disgusted by it)
** Same with ''HotGimmick''.
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[[folder:Art]]
* Abstract art by established artists in general. Might be a work of genius to critics, worth millions of dollars to collectors, but the general public goes, "What the hell is so special about [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible a blank canvas/a black square on white ground/paint splattered at random]]?"
* On the rare occasions public input is sought on architecture, it tends to favor classicism, stateliness, and pre-Bauhaus ornament. For generations, though, architecture criticism (and practice) has been a largely [[NoExportForYou closed shop]] dedicated to either [[TheJetsons spare modernism]] or deconstructive, [[PostModernism pomo]] building-block structures.
* Scottish painter Jack Vettriano's work is criticized as softcore porn. Vettriano makes more money of prints of his paintings than selling the works himself. They are popular in coffee shops and Italian restaurants. Scottish sculptor David Mach has called this attitude to Vettriano's paintings "artworld snobbery".
* The works of Thomas Kinkade, "Painter of Light," are so enormously successful that his distributor claims that his works can be found in one American home in twenty. Art critics lambast his SugarBowl themes and subjects while dishing out backhanded praise for his marketing savvy.
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[[folder:Directors and Actors]]
* Creator/AdamSandler's entire career is built on this trope, and it goes both ways. Only two of the movies that he was in that cracked 50% on Rotten Tomatoes made back its budget (''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' and ''Film/HappyGilmore''), while every single one of his movies that came in under 50% was successful with audiences. 1998's ''Film/TheWaterboy'', for instance, was panned by most critics but was one of the highest-grossing movies that year, while 2002's ''Film/PunchDrunkLove'' ended up being his most critically acclaimed movie, but also his least financially successful one. There was a period of time in the early 2010s when everyone seemed to come into agreement about Sandler -- both ''Film/JackAndJill'' and ''Film/ThatsMyBoy'' were slammed by critics and, significantly, failed to make back their budgets (at least in America). But then he headlined a hit animated film with ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'', and his return to live action with ''Grown Ups 2'' became another big success for him, to critics' horror, restoring the status quo.
* All of the films of the duo of [[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg]] were panned by professional critics and Internet reviewers alike, and typically rank on lists of the worst comedies ever made, but (apart from ''Disaster Movie'') they all made enough money to be profitable given their low budgets.
* Creator/JohnnyDepp's faced this of late with the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' sequels (the original was critically acclaimed) and ''Film/AliceInWonderland''. The films were pilloried by critics, despairing that he's squandering his gifts by sticking with such LargeHam, {{Spectacle}}-driven fare instead of the smaller, "serious" films he built his artistic reputation on. Nevertheless, audiences flocked to them; the second and fourth ''Pirates'' films and ''Alice'' pulled down grosses of over a billion dollars ''each'' worldwide. When ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', which was patterned after the ''Pirates'' films, became a BoxOfficeBomb, critics were effectively given free reign to beat up on Depp and his recent career choices -- never mind that, beyond these "wacky" roles paying him well, he ''likes'' to play them. Given that Depp wasn't an A-lister until the first ''Pirates'' caused his popularity to skyrocket, there's an undercurrent of ItsPopularNowItSucks to all this.
* The entire career of Creator/MichaelBay is built upon this. The only film of his to get any respect from critics is ''Film/TheRock''.
** ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''. The movie was one of the biggest box office successes of the decade, but was violently trashed by both critics and fans of [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original cartoon]].
** Happening again with the third film, ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. So far it's received terrible reviews from critics but audience consensus seems to be more mixed.
* Similarly, the films of Creator/RolandEmmerich.
* As shown by the page image, the works of Creator/TylerPerry get consistently negative reviews from critics, but fan response (more specifically the ''actual'' target demographic) is positive.
** The underperformance of ''A Madea Christmas'' and ''The Single Moms Club'' may indicate that this is no longer the case.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Audiences were mixed about ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', but critics liked it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} 2'' was not well-received by critics (38% on Rotten Tomatoes) but audiences flocked to see it like they did with the first (although not to the same extent as previous Creator/{{Pixar}} movies).
** Considering Pixar's track record to that point, people found it hard to believe that they had stumbled.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods''. Most critics found it to be SoOkayItsAverage, but it more than held its own at the box office.
* The DisneyAnimatedCanon has a few examples, especially during its two "Dark Ages" (c. 1970 - 1988 and c. 2000 - 2008):
** ''Disney/RobinHood'' was critically ''reviled'' upon its release, and still doesn't warrant very positive reviews upon re-releases. Audiences, however, have always loved it and considered it a classic.
** ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' is somewhat of a bona fide CultClassic, despite its very lukewarm critical reception.
** ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'': critics hated the animation, the characters, and cited the plot as a ClicheStorm. However the movie itself was a pretty big hit, grossing about $75 million on its initial release (which was almost as much as the total gross of Disney's [[Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound previous]] [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron three]] [[Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective films]] ''combined'').
** ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' was reviewed as "pretentious" and hated for being historically inaccurate. Despite this, it's still in league with Disney's most popular films of all time, the main character is still a DisneyPrincess and people still have great love for it.
** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' is the biggest CultClassic in the Disney canon, despite being thrashed violently by critics.
** ''Disney/BrotherBear'' is well-liked in the Disney fandom, yet it received only 38% positive reviews on Website/RottenTomatoes.
** ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' received generally negative reviews from critics, and many Disney fans, in retrospect, consider it one of the weakest films in the DisneyAnimatedCanon. Despite this, the film made $135 million at the domestic box office (their biggest domestic hit since Disney/LiloAndStitch) and $314 million worldwide (their biggest worldwide hit since Disney/{{Dinosaur}}).
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' received generally mixed critical reception; it currently holds a Critics Score of 45% ("Rotten") on Website/RottenTomatoes. Audiences, however, view it quite differently; the audience score on the aforementioned Rotten Tomatoes is currently at 72% ("Fresh"), it set a box-office record for the largest September film opening ever (previously held by ''Film/SweetHomeAlabama''), was the highest-grossing film for Sony Pictures Animation up to that point (previously a record held by ''Film/TheSmurfs'') and was an overall box-office success, taking in $358,375,603 in the worldwide box office against a modest budget of $85 million. A sequel is also due out in September 2015.
* Critics hated ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'', basically equating it to a shameless ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (despite being a ''spin-off'', which means it's canonly part of the ''Cars'' franchise) meant to sell more toys. This didn't stop the film from making back its budget.
* ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' did poorly with critics, but ended up being the highest grossing anime film released in the United States. While most audiences certainly didn't love it because of its inaccessibility to those unfamiliar with the series, it did fairly well with fans. Same goes for the other ''Film/{{Pokemon}}'' movies.
* The Mexican animated movie ''[[Franchise/ElSantos El Santos vs La Tetona Mendoza]]''. While the movie itself got more or less good reviews by critics, on the other hand the Mexican audience didn't share the same opinion. And for a very good reason: The whole movie is a giant [[TakeThatAudience middle-finger against the Mexican culture]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' was trashed by critics for being [[MerchandiseDriven a 90-minute film about toys]], and was not a big hit due to the [[KillEmAll mass slaughter]] [[AnyoneCanDie of beloved characters]] in favor of [[ReplacementScrappy new ones]]. Yet, it's a fan favorite; even among fans who came into the franchise from newer adaptations.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendsOfOzDorothysReturn'' was utterly reviled by critics, while audiences who did see it enjoyed it.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
Movie critics in general tend to be biased against [[SciFiGhetto genre films]] (horror, fantasy, sci-fi). Of particular note in horror are the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' and the ''Film/{{Saw}}'' series: the first movies of each franchise received only mediocre reviews while the sequels have been dismissed nearly on principle, but both have gathered a devoted following among horror fans. There are exceptions to this, but the genres have to be toned down. For instance, critics are a little bit more accepting of LowFantasy to HighFantasy, Psychological/Supernatural Thrillers to pure Horror, and [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness Hard Sci-fi to Pulp Sci-Fi]]. To be fair, this also goes for the viewing public as well. Exemplified by ''Film/TheLastExorcism'' below.

Summer blockbusters likewise tend to fare much better with the audience than the critics; one of the modern {{Trope Codifier}}s was ''Film/IndependenceDay'' (which got mostly good reviews from critics but enthusiastic reponses from viewers). The dissonance here arises from professional critics approaching the movies on a much different level, and with entirely different expectations, than the intended audience.

* [[http://whatculture.com/film/10-movies-critics-loved-that-fanboys-hated.php Here]] are ten examples of "Critics love, fanboys hate" (though mostly on BrokenBase or HypeBacklash as all earned money in the box office). Unsurprisingly, 7 are sequels\prequels\reboots, while one is GenreAdultery (Creator/RobertRodriguez going out from banditos and horror to ''SpyKids''), one is [[ItsPopularNowItSucks popularity-induced hatred]] (''Film/{{Titanic}}'') and one for fans of [[InternalAffairs the original work]] (''Film/TheDeparted'').
** And here is [[http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/10-classic-movies-that-critics-hated-dbell.php?all=1 "10 Classic Movies That Critics Hated"]].
* ''ActOfValor'' was poorly received by the critics (29% on Rotten Tomatoes) but the audience as a whole (particularly support-our-troops Republicans) tend to love it (84% on the same website).
* The live-action ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movies (''The Squeakquel'' in particular) have received nothing but hate from most critics. That hasn't stopped the three films from being financially successful. The fact that ''The Squeakquel'' outsold ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' made Disney fans join the critics, and it got worse in 2011 when the third film (''Chipwrecked''), while not as high a grosser as the previous two entries, outperformed ''Film/TheMuppets'', ''Film/{{Hugo}}'', ''ArthurChristmas'', ''Film/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' and ''Film/WeBoughtAZoo'' -- ''all'' of which received significantly better reviews. That being said, most adult audiences hate this franchise as well.
* The action film ''Billy Jack'' and its sequel, ''The Trial of Billy Jack'', were viewed as jokes by critics in TheSeventies, but they were so popular with audiences that Tom Laughlin, the star, director, and co-writer of the films, organized an essay contest in which fans wrote rebuttals to the terrible reviews that ''Trial'' received.
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' was trashed by critics as a "[[ThePoorMansSubstitute poor man's]] [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino]]", holding a 20% rating on Website/RottenTomatoes from professional critics... and a 92% from fans on the same site (as well as a 7.9 on Website/IMDb), who have turned the film into a CultClassic and a St. Patrick's Day tradition.
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' got a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes but a 7.7/10.0 on IMDB. It was also a box office success.
* Creator/OrsonWelles' most famous movie, ''Film/CitizenKane'', was received with critical acclaim and box office indifference (mostly caused by being backlashed by no one else but William Randolph Hearst himself).
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' received polarizing but mostly positive reviews (RogerEbert gave it four out of four stars and called it one of the most ambitious films ever made) and was nominated for a number of awards. Audiences, however, roundly ignored the film, and it ended up becoming a BoxOfficeBomb.
* ''DieHard with a Vengeance'' was somewhat divisive to critics (though its reputation has improved since then), but was still the highest-grossing film of 1995 and well-received by fans.
** Years later, ''A Good Day to DieHard'' got terrible reviews and good box office - even if fans of the series hated it with a passion.
* The film adaptation of ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' received mixed reviews from critics, but was generally well-received by audiences and fans of the book. That same weekend, ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'' was released, which was very well-liked by critics, but with the hype surrounding ''Divergent'' mixed in with strong competition from ''Mr. Peabody & Sherman'' and ''The Lego Movie,'' the young-adult adaptation had a massive $55 million opening, while the Jim Henson franchise drew in a disappointing $17 million.
* ''[[Film/DeathWish Death Wish 3]]'' has a negative critical reception, but has a positive fan reception.
* ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' recieved negative reviews at the time of its release, but audiences didn't care and it became one of the most popular movies of the 1960s. Ditto for director Creator/David Lean's next film, ''Film/RyansDaughter'', which got even worse reviews and middling box office returns, but was a smash hit in London.
* ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' has gotten highly favorable reviews, but more or less bombed.
** In [[AmericansHateTingle Britain]], the film opened at #1 in the Box Office Chart and did a lot better overall.
** [[VindicatedByHistory Though now it's a hit on DVD]] and Netflix is re-opening the option for a sequel.
* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' has a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but has a score of 7.6 out of 10 on IMDB.
* Both 2000s ''Film/FantasticFour'' movies were disliked by the critics in general, but both were box office hits. However, unlike more acclaimed superhero movies such as ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and ''Film/TheAvengers'', audiences weren't particularly fond of it, either.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' got bad reviews, several Razzie nominations and hate from audiences and $300 million worldwide. ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' got even worse reviews and performed even better with $370 million (though with less domestically) and with fans finding it a better Franchise/GIJoe adaptation.
* The original ''[[Film/{{Gojira}} Godzilla]]'', when it first premiered in Japan just nine years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was utterly hated by critics, who felt that it was exploiting the tragedy in the name of {{spectacle}}. [[TooSoon It didn't help]] that, in March of the year it came out, a Japanese fishing boat was exposed to radiation from the nuclear test at Bikini Atoll, producing history's first victim of the hydrogen bomb.
* ''Film/{{Gothika}}'' made back more than triple its $40m budget despite being critically reviled.
* ''Film/TheGreatGatsby'' got mixed reviews for its overblown style, but it did very well at the box office and is well-liked by many.
* ''Film/TheHangoverPartII''. Critics bashed it (for among other things, [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks recycling the plot]] [[VulgarHumor while adding gross-out factor]]), [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-hangover-ii-is-a-193388 audiences loved it]].
* ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'' made back its $50 million budget at the box office worldwide despite less than stellar reviews from critics and negative reception from audiences.
* ''Film/{{Haywire}}'' was well-received by critics (80% on Rotten Tomatoes), who are usually familiar with Creator/StevenSoderbergh's films, but hated by audiences (a D- on Cinemascore) who expected more of a Hollywood-style action film (the film was even promoted as being like the director's ''OceansEleven''). The same thing happened with the director's ''Film/{{Contagion}}'', which had an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes but a C- on Cinemascore (but least was profitable with over $135 million worldwide, unlike ''Haywire'', which barely recouped its budget).
* The first part of Creator/PeterJackson's adaptation of ''Film/TheHobbit'' has received mostly positive but mixed reviews, even without considering the debate over the High Frame Rate version (it helps that it's often considered to be overlong and was a ToughActToFollow to a [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings really acclaimed trilogy]]). Nonetheless by the end of only its third weekend in release has already earned greater than half a ''billion'' dollars globally (and finished its BO run with over a billion, the second Tolkien movie to do so). While barely registering as "fresh" at 65% on Rotten Tomatoes among critics, audiences give it a much higher 80% Fresh.
** Averted with ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', which got great reception from critics and audiences alike.
* The first ''Film/HomeAlone'' film got mixed reviews and the second was utterly panned, but both were box office successes, have become beloved Christmas fixtures and Kevin's [[TheScream scream face]] has become almost as much of a pop culture icon as the Munch painting that inspired it.
* ''Film/TheHurtLocker'' was widely acclaimed by critics, who applauded what they saw as a realistic war movie, but not so much by viewers. In fact, some former and current military personnel that have seen it, especially Iraq vets, felt that it was unrealistic to the point where it was almost insulting. It became the lowest grossing Best Picture AcademyAward winner of all time -- and some moviegoers have argued that [[AwardSnub the award should have gone to]] ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' or ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
** [[Creator/KathrynBigelow The director]]'s next film, ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'', on the other hand, experienced this in the opposite direction. It too received critical praise, yet it was criticized not by soldiers, but by ''anti''-war activists due to what they saw as [[UnfortunateImplications a positive depiction]] of the {{CIA}}'s EnhancedInterrogationTechniques.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' was acclaimed by most critics and has a [[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/indiana_jones_and_the_kingdom_of_the_crystal_skull/ 78% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes]]. Yet its score on IMDB is 6.4, and hardcore fans felt it was disappointing, especially due to its reviled TwistEnding.
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' also gets panned frequently, but holds an 85% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an IMDB score of 7.6.
* ''Film/IdentityThief'' was despised by critics, but that didn't stop it from becoming a box office juggernaut.
* Oh boy, ''Film/{{Juno}}''. Highly acclaimed by critics, and made lots of money at the box office, but is one of the most despised movies on the internet. Just go to its [=IMDb=] page, you'll see that ''the entire first page'' of reviews considered the most helpful are all negative.
* ''Film/KickAss2'' was poorly received by critics and most filmgoers (as the dip in both review aggregators and the box office numbers shows). However, many of the fans of both the film and the comic loved it - 41 on Metacritic, 28% on Rotten Tomatoes... and a User Score of 78 and 69% .
* ''Film/KillingThemSoftly'' re-teamed ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord''[='=]s star Creator/BradPitt with its director Andrew Dominik. It opened to critical acclaim, hailed by many critics as one of the best crime dramas in years... and also received an "F" Cinemascore from moviegoers, one of only two movies that year (the other being ''Film/TheDevilInside'', which saw far more agreement between critics and moviegoers) to be [[MedalOfDishonor dishonored]] in such a manner. Needless to say, it bombed in theaters and became Pitt's lowest-grossing wide release film in nearly two decades.
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' was a critically AcclaimedFlop at the box office, but most people who ''did'' see it really enjoyed it. The film was later named Most Overlooked Movie Of The Year.
* ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'' was received poorly by critics, but is a CultClassic for its lowbrow comedy and SoBadItsGood nature.
* Critics gave ''Film/TheLastCastle'' 52% on Website/RottenTomatoes. Audiences were a lot more forgiving, giving it 75%.
* ''Film/LawAbidingCitizen'' earned $126 million worldwide and has a good IMDB score of 7.4 out of 10. Reviews were mostly scathing due to plot holes and [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy excessive violence]].
* ''LetMeIn'' got rave reviews from film critics, but did so-so at the box office. Some people believe that the low turnout was due to people who refused to go see it out of sheer bitter spite (or on simple principle) because it's an American remake of a foreign film.
** What really killed ''Let Me In'' was distributor RelativityMedia (who acquired the film from Starz due to buying the Overture distribution outlet from them) giving the film the InvisibleAdvertising treatment. There were few trailers or TV spots released and the film wasn't even listed on Relativity's website. Not helping the film was that the company chose to open it the same day as ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' (a film Relativity co-financed with Sony).
* ''Film/MagicMike'', despite being BestKnownForTheFanservice (the movie is about male strippers), is actually liked more by critics than by the general public. Its Website/RottenTomatoes critics score is 80%, meanwhile its audience score is 62% and on Website/IMDb is 6.1/10 stars. This may be because a lot of the general public found the {{fanservice}} off-putting (especially since it's FemaleGaze) and couldn't pay attention to the plot.
* Among the movies in Phase One of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, Rotten Tomatoes lists ''Film/IronMan2'' as the second least well-received (75%), yet it also became the third highest-grossing of those movies (behind ''Film/IronMan1'' and ''Film/TheAvengers''). Inversely, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has the third-highest RT rating (behind those two as well), but also, the second-lowest box office gross (above only ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''), and the lowest IMDB score.
* The indie western ''Meek's Cutoff'' is infamous for this: critics love it for its unorthodox, realist take on its genre, whereas average movie goers are [[HypeBacklash left disappointed]] by its [[LeaveTheCameraRunning slow pacing]] and [[spoiler:[[NoEnding inconclusive ending]]]].
* ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' is widely thought of as one of the worst ''Film/JamesBond'' movies, if not ''the'' worst, but it was the highest grossing film in the franchise until ''Film/GoldenEye'' was released.
** Only if not adjusting for inflation, then the title still belonged to ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', being in the top 10 highest grossing films of ''all time'' internationally. It took nearly 50 years for [[Film/{{Skyfall}} another Bond film]] to surpass it.
* ''Mom's Night Out'' currently has 17% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the audience rating is 91%.
* ''TheNightOfTheHunter''
* The original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' if you believe that. Initial reaction by the critics was mixed to negative, while horror fans thought it was groundbreaking (but even some of them were shocked by it). A decade later it was VindicatedByHistory. Creator/RogerEbert tried to explain the critical dissonance, saying "I don't think the audience really knew what hit them." His review mentions that he saw the movie at what was a typical location for horror movies of the time (read: monster movies with awful special effects) - a kiddie theater.
* ''Film/TheNotebook'' has considerable praise by the general public, but major reaction from critics was mixed. A good example of this is the IMDB rating (7.9 out of 10) compared to the Website/RottenTomatoes rating (52%).
* ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'' was rated "Rotten" at 50% on Rotten Tomatoes but the "regular" folks at Cinema Score rate it an A-.
* ''Film/OctoberBaby'' received horrible reviews, making number three on the A.V. Club's worst movies of 2012 and earning a mere 22% on Rotten Tomatoes. Nevertheless, conservative Christian audiences ate it up, and the film looks set to become a CultClassic.
* ''Film/OneForTheMoney''. A whopping 2% on Website/RottenTomatoes and bombed at the box office, but fans of the book series the film was based on really enjoyed it and the film did considerably better once it reached DVD and Blu-ray.
* ''[[Film/TheOtherWoman2014 The Other Woman]]'' received generally negative reviews from critics (23% on Website/RottenTomatoes) but still did pretty good at the box office (making over $150 million worldwide against a $40 million budget) and was pretty well-received by audiences (67% on Website/RottenTomatoes).
* ''Film/OutCold'' was panned by reviewers giving it an 8% on Website/RottenTomatoes. But the film immediately gained a small cult following, as it has an 85% user rating on that site.
* ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' has received mixed reviews, but is proving to be a box-office success.
* ''Film/PatchAdams'' was panned by critics and a lot of people hate it (including the man it's based on), but it was successful at the box office.
* The ''PoliceAcademy'' series was always critically panned. Some will try to tell you that only the first film was good, but even that received a critical drubbing (RogerEbert rated the original ''no stars'', something he almost never did). The series' reputation is so bad that any time it's referred to in other fiction, it's ''always'' intended as a TakeThat, ''never'' as an affectionate ShoutOut. And yet the original spawned six sequels, which doesn't happen to a series if absolutely nobody likes it.
* All five live-action ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies got negative reviews, but they were successful at the box office. For the most part, it seems people who enjoyed the games ''hated'' the movies for being [[InNameOnly Name Only Sequels]], while people who were unfamiliar with the games could enjoy the film for what it is: an over-the-top cheesy action zombie thriller.
* ''Film/SafeHaven'' was ravaged by critics but it made back its budget at the box offices three times over.
* ''Film/ScaryMovie 5'' on ''Website/RottenTomatoes'' has a critical rating of 5% and an audience rating of (brace yourselves) ''79%''. And still managed to open at #2 and finish with more than triple of its budget.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' was a critically lauded movie that [[AcclaimedFlop nobody initially cared about]] outside its [[CultClassic cult following]]. But it sold big time on home video due to positive word-of-mouth and the slight success of the [[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim comic series it was based on]].
* ''Film/{{Scrooged}}''. Critics absolutely hated it when it came out -- it holds an abysmal 33 rating on Metacritic -- yet audiences loved it, and today it's regarded as a Christmas classic and one of Creator/BillMurray's best movies.
* Audiences reacted much more positively to ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty'' than critics did.
* ''Film/SevenPounds'' was slammed by critics for its implausible plot as well as being grim and morose. It did well at the box office however, and currently holds an average score of 7.6 out of 10 on IMDB.
* Creator/StanleyKubrick's adaptation of ''Film/TheShining'' was so poorly received that it was nominated for two [[GoldenRaspberryAward Razzies]] (one for Shelley Duvall for Worst Actress, the other for ''Kubrick for Worst Director''). In a talk with Kubrick, Creator/StevenSpielberg even admitted to Kubrick that he didn't like it (though the conversation and rewatches eventually led him to improve his opinion). While [[VindicatedByHistory its stature has greatly improved since then]], coming to be regarded as one of the great horror films of the era, Creator/StephenKing still regards it as [[DisownedAdaptation one of the worst adaptations of his work]], mainly due to the liberties that Kubrick took with his story.
* The [[Film/{{Solaris2002}} 2002 remake of Solaris]] received generally positive reviews from critics (66% on Website/RottenTomatoes), but audiences hated it. It received an "F" grade from audiences polled by Cinemascore, the first film to ever get this "[[MedalOfDishonor honor]]."
* Audiences and critics alike had incredibly mixed feelings towards ''Film/SpaceJam'', but it was a financial success, and both Siskel and Ebert, who happen to be critics themselves, liked it.
* The 2009 Canadian sci-fi/horror film ''Film/{{Splice}}'' was a critical hit due to being different than most horror films. Audiences, meanwhile, got turned off by it for the same reason.
* ''Film/SpringBreakers'' was well received by critics, with some calling it an instant CultClassic. Audience opinions were more mixed.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' was a box office success and got great reviews... while also being hated by hardcore Trekkers, who went as far as [[http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/aug/14/star-trek-into-darkness-voted-worst choosing it as the worst]] Franchise/StarTrek movie. ItsPopularNowItSucks and TheyCopiedItSoItSucks are also at hand for impopularity.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy received far more respect from the critics than the mainstream opinion might have you believe: ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' scored 67% on Rotten Tomatoes and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' 80% on their original releases. (''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' was Fresh too, but with the 3-D re-release, was pulled down to a Rotten 57%.)
* ''[[Film/StreetFighter Street Fighter: The Movie]]'' was very negatively received by critics, but that didn't stop it from earning ''lots'' of money during the holiday season of 1994.
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' started to become a cult classic after barely making back its budget and being criticized by many reviewers.
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' received very strong reviews upon release, but not only it divided fans, but has seen increasing backlash from both viewers and critics since its release in 2006 -- which continues to grow even more severe with the release of ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' fared worse with critics, and managed to be [[BaseBreaker hugely polarizing]] among hardcore Superman fans due to the [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks liberties taken with the source material]] ([[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack not just the costume either]]). Despite this, the movie had very positive audience reactions and word of mouth, and managed to pull in the biggest June opening weekend ''of all time''.
* ''Film/{{Taken}}'': the public loved it, but critics were mostly mixed about it. The sequel even more as reviewers hated it, but did financially well as its predecessor despite being much less respected.
* ''Film/TheThing1982'' retroactively is this. It counts due to the fact that people like it now, but most mainstream critics haven't changed their negative opinions about it, unlike say ''Film/BladeRunner''.
** ''Film/TheThing1982'' was slammed by critics after its release, mainly due to the gore and a plot that was perceived as needlessly depressing. After it hit the VHS market though, the movie gained a significant cult following and is [[VindicatedByHistory nowadays considered one of the greatest sci-fi horror films of all time]]. One popular theory for the dissonance says it was due to being released so close to the decidedly more family friendly ''Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial'' and the unfriendly aliens put a lot of critics off.
* Creator/ChrisFarley and Creator/DavidSpade's movies together, ''Film/TommyBoy'' and ''Film/BlackSheep'', were both poorly received by critics (the former made Creator/RogerEbert's [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList "Most Hated Films" list]], and Gene Siskel proudly said the latter was one of only two movies he'd ever walked out on in 26 years of reviewing), but they were well received by audiences.
* Terrence Malick's ''Film/TheTreeOfLife''. Althought at the time of its premiere critics were divided (receiving both boos and standing ovations at Cannes), it went on to achieve a 85% at Website/RottenTomatoes. Moviegoers hated it, and it has been known that certain cinemas have received complains of people asking for their money back. It's no help that the film may be either the most beautiful examination of life or the biggest example of how TrueArtIsIncomprehensible.
* The ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' movies all got mediocre-to-negative reviews from critics, but each one was a box office hit and audience reviews were much more favorable.
* Critics have been mixed towards ''Film/WereTheMillers'', with some outright hating the film, but the film has proven to be a financial success and scored better with audiences.
* ''WildHogs'' has a whopping 14% average based on over 100 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite that, the audience score is 72%, and it returned over 4 times its budget in the box office.
* It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when Creator/SergioLeone's {{spaghetti western}}s, every Creator/StanleyKubrick film and ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' weren't taken seriously by a good chunk of professional critics, despite being popular from the start. They have thankfully all been VindicatedByHistory.
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There have been at least two points in history where critical dissonance got to such a point that it led to a paradigm shift within film criticism in general.
* The first was in the late '60s and early '70s, when a new generation of young, snarky writers like Creator/RogerEbert and Pauline Kael became the most popular new voices in film criticism. Kael in particular is worth noting because ''[[AmericanNewspapers The New York Times]]'' went out and hired her as their lead critic due to her glowing review of ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'', which their former lead critic Bosley Crowther had panned, in the pages of ''The New Yorker''. ''Bonnie and Clyde'', of course, went on to become a pop culture phenomenon and is now regarded as one of the foundational films of NewHollywood.
* The second was in the late '90s and early '00s, when the internet emerged as a media tool and the likes of Harry Knowles et al. overturned the film critics that came of age during the NewHollywood era. One major online movie site, [=JoBlo's=] Movie Emporium, got its start specifically because of a group of guys who loved ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' and thought that the critics were wrong about it.
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* DanBrown's books tend to get this, but none as much as ''TheDaVinciCode''. Absolutely despised by critics, but some of the most successful books out there. That being said, a study found that, in the UK, ''TheDaVinciCode'' is the book most frequently donated to charity shops. The public certainly ''bought'' many copies of it; that's not to say they ''enjoyed'' it.
* ''FiftyShadesOfGrey'' is in the same boat, which is fitting considering it began life as a Twilight fanfic. It's sold remarkably well, but generally anyone who majored in literature or English will despise it.
* The ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series of Christian apocalyptic fiction fits into this, as the critical response to the books tended to accuse them of starring dull, unlikable characters and having an IdiotPlot only made possible by an ostensibly LikeRealityUnlessNoted Earth populated with {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s.[[note]]Of course, as the series plot is based on a literal interpretation of [[Literature/TheBible the book of Revelation]], such accusations are arguably a case of ComicallyMissingThePoint, and AllThereInTheManual. [[/note]] However, it sold amazingly well, constantly enjoying "''New York Times'' bestseller" status, and is regarded as one of the best pieces of explicitly "Christian" fiction.
* The Literature/MikeHammer books by Mickey Spillane were hated by critics back in the day, and to a great extent they still are. On the other hand, in 1980 Spillane was responsible for seven of the top 15 bestselling books in America, and his books have been adapted into successful movies, TV shows and {{radio drama}}s. Spillane himself mocked this trope, stating that he didn't care what critics thought so much as what his fans thought.
-->"Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar... If the public likes you, you're good."
* A fan of the cult-classic book (and movie) ''Literature/MommieDearest'' would probably be shocked to find how much critics ''hated'' it. Faye Dunaway said she wished she didn't act in that movie after it hurt her career.
* The ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' Saga gets a mention here too. Extremely successful (in its target market, at least), but there's a much larger number of people who will avoid it like the plague.
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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' was hugely acclaimed, but due to the show being remarkably different from anything else on television at the time, almost no one watched it during its original three-season run. It has since become a cult classic and has been revived by {{Netflix}} for a fourth season. A feature film and fifth season are also apparently forthcoming. On the other hand, a lot of critics panned the fourth season.
* ''{{Community}}'' received unanimously positive reviews from critics during its first three seasons and was widely regarded as one of, if not the best comedy on television. In return, it received extremely low ratings (it has been on the verge of cancellation since its first season) and has never won a major Emmy or Golden Globe award.
* ''{{Chuck}}'' was a critical darling that earned rave reviews from critics, and was a perennial contender in many viewers' choice awards categories. Unfortunately, it received only a cult following and ratings dwindled throughout its five-season run in what many fans viewed as a bizarre combination of SavedByTheNetwork and ScrewedByTheNetwork.
* ''Dads'' received almost universally negative reviews from critics (15 on Metacritic), though audiences responded more positively (5.4 rating on IMDB).
* Likewise, JossWhedon's ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was critically lauded, but thanks to heavy doses of ExecutiveMeddling and ScrewedByTheNetwork, wasn't able to find an audience until [[BetterOnDVD after its cancellation]].
** Then there's ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', with a strong 82% Fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and near-universal acclaim from fans of the series (89% Fresh among audiences). Unfortunately, that failed to translate into box office success and the film failed to break even.
* ''FullHouse'' and many other "T.G.I.F." family sitcoms had a large amount of this. Critics despised ''Full House'', yet it was a ratings smash, and started off the Olsen Twins' career (which also had Critical Dissonance -- RogerEbert once stated that they had no talents any normal person could have).
* The {{HBO}} series ''{{Girls}}'' is praised by critics, but is [[LoveItOrHateIt polarizing]] among most viewers.
** The show receives extensive coverage with lengthy reviews and feature articles on many TV review websites, such as AV Club, to the point where it is often referenced in reviews for other shows. Despite this, the highest rated episode got just upwards of 1 million viewers, which is less than even the lowest rated NBC show. It doesn't help that it comes on a channel that many Americans don't get.
* Critics adore ''Series/{{Happy Endings}}'', although that hasn't translated into a ratings success. ABC started their ''own'' [[http://screenrant.com/save-happy-endings-abc-canceled/ "Save the Show" campaign]]; that may or not be a good thing.
* The fifth season episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', "The Rough Patch", exemplifies this on a single-episode scale. It was the culmination of the writers' attempts to break up Robin and Barney throughout the entire season after the entire fourth season had been spent getting them together. The episode was highly rated by critics for the exaggeration by Future!Ted's narration in the form of Barney's fat suit and Robin's haggard appearance. This had the effect of undoing over a season's worth of CharacterDevelopment for Barney and broke up what is the FanPreferredCouple for a large portion of the fanbase because the writers wanted to prove that the relationship wouldn't work, despite the chemistry the two actors displayed.
* ''I'll Fly Away'' was a MASSIVE critical darling but had terrible ratings. Most seem to blame it on the setting. [[AudienceAlienatingPremise It was set during the late 1950s and early 1960s... ''in the south'']], so yeah. I'll Fly Away did however win two 1992 Emmy Awards (Eric Laneuville for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series for the episode All God's Children, and for series creators Joshua Brand and John Falsey for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Miniseries or a Special), and 23 nominations in total. It won three Humanitas Prizes, two Golden Globe Awards, two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, and a Peabody Award. However, the series was never a ratings blockbuster, and it was canceled by NBC in 1993, despite widespread protests by critics and viewer organizations.
** After the program's cancellation, a two hour movie, ''I'll Fly Away: Then and Now'', was produced, in order to resolve dangling storylines from Season 2, and provide the series with a true finale. The movie aired on October 11, 1993 on PBS.
* The comedy ''Series/MrsBrownsBoys'' has been slated by critics, who hate its bawdy humour, yet is very popular with the viewing public.
* The final episode of ''{{Lost}}'' received mixed, but mostly positive reviews from critics, and various polls on fandom sites suggest most hardcore fans were at least satisfied with the conclusion. However, mainstream/casual audiences loathed the episode, and three years later, ''Lost'''s "confusing" ending has become a pop-cultural punchline. Mere mention of the show or its co-creators, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, in an internet article attracts hordes of hateful ex-fans in the comments section.
* On a similar note, ''SavedByTheBell'' was mostly trashed by critics during its heyday yet went on to become one of the most popular kid shows of the early-90's. Now the show's success was largely because, until then, Saturday Morning television was dominated mostly by [[AnimationAgeGhetto cartoons]] and other shows aimed at young children. And a good number of families didn't yet have Cable. Nonetheless, the series is fondly remembered by those who watched it in the early-90's, albeit mostly for its NarmCharm.
* ''Single Ladies'' on VH1 is generally critically reviled, but is generally well received by female audiences. It also has [[TestosteroneBrigade some appeal to male viewers]] thanks to the cast of Lisa Raye, Denise Vasi, Charity Shea, and formerly Stacy Dash.
* Many popular sitcoms in the modern era apply. ''TwoAndAHalfMen'' is so hated even Chuck Lorre admits it, yet it's one of the highest-rated shows in its era. ''AccordingToJim'' always got solid ratings despite its negative reviews from critics.
* ''Series/TheWire'' was hugely acclaimed and is now regarded as one of the greatest TV series of all time, but hardly anybody watched it when it aired, and it suffered from frequent {{award snub}}s. Some blamed this on the fact the cast was mostly black, and thus didn't have a [[MinorityShowGhetto broad enough appeal for white audiences]].
** ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' suffered similar problems but, unlike its SpiritualSuccessor, it managed to win a few notable awards and last a good seven seasons on the Network's faith alone.
*** ''Series/BreakingBad'', which is usually mentioned in the same breath as ''Series/TheWire'' for best show of all time, also suffered from this... at first. [[VindicatedByReruns Then it came on Netflix and word of mouth spread like wildfire.]] It eventually ended with one of the most watched finales in cable television.
* Any TV series created by Creator/BryanFuller or Creator/JuddApatow. These shows have a tendency to be popular with critics, but get cancelled quickly due to low viewership, with some exceptions.
* Early (pre-1965) television in general was often dismissed by critics as the entertainment equivalent of junk food, to the point where, in 1961, none other than the chairman of the FCC described it as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasteland_Speech "vast wasteland"]].
* {{Game Show}}s as a whole. Often regarded as [[NarmCharm tacky and frivolous]] at best, [[PointAndLaughShow demeaning and intelligence-insulting]] at worst, the genre has nonetheless existed since television's infancy. Three of the most popular game shows — ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' (which usually gets a free pass for its usually more "intelligent" skewing base), and ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' — have been on for [[LongRunners roughly 40 years apiece]], so they in particular have resonated with viewing audiences in a way that few other TV shows have in ''any'' other genre.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a very LongRunner and for a very long time (due to home video not being invented) there was simply no way to find out the quality of stories you had missed (due to ''not having been born when they aired'') save for: 1) buying one of the [[PragmaticAdaptation heavily altered]] and [[TheyJustDidntCare variable]] in [[DoingItForTheArt quality]] Target novelisations, or 2) buying a book written by someone who had seen the episode in question summarising what it was about and, more importantly, saying whether or not it was good. Both these methods led to serious distortions of truth in the fandom. A particular 1980s review tome - "Doctor Who: A Celebration" - contained reviews of all of the stories, in some case based on guesswork themselves (looking at the general quality of actors playing guest stars) which were taken as gospel by people who had never actually seen the stories, leading to "The Gunfighters"'s reputation as an absolute disaster and "The Celestial Toymaker"'s reputation as a classic - there is an anecdote about a woman who stood up at a ''Who''-con to announce that the two aliens she definitely didn't want to see return were [[SpecialEffectsFailure the Zarbi]] and [[CriticalResearchFailure the Gunfighters]]. Now that all the surviving footage is widely available thanks to the internet and [=DVDs=], fans nowadays (such as ExpandedUniverse and new series writer Paul Cornell) tend to find that "The Gunfighters" is a self-referential and funny comedy episode and "The Celestial Toymaker" is slow-paced, badly-plotted, [[YellowPeril racist]] garbage - but "The Celestial Toymaker" had the benefit of a quality actor playing the villain and a quirky premise, while "The Gunfighters" had no-names and a very straightforward "the Doctor in the Wild West" premise. The book also panned comedy episodes simply because they were comedy and the author felt they had no place in a serious science fiction show, causing comedy episodes to fall out of fashion amongst the fanbase for a while, even though comedy episodes are extremely popular with the modern fandom and the highly popular revival series incorporates strong elements of sitcom.
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* Many Canadian acts, largely due to record companies [[ExecutiveMeddling mishandling or poorly marketing]] critically-acclaimed groups or artists:
** If you were to judge The Rheostatics (a now-defunct Canadian rock group) solely by the opinions you find of them online, you would think they're one of the most important Canadian bands of the past century, and more critically acclaimed than even most current Canadian artists (to the point that two of their albums, ''Melville'' and ''Whale Music'', are consistently ranked as one of the top ten Canadian albums of all time). In actuality, they only one minor hit ("Claire" in 1994) and never sold that many records commercially, even at their peak in the 90s.
** Poor, poor Fefe Dobson. All of her albums have been critically acclaimed, but each one has tanked. One critic from NOW magazine blamed this on the fact that the industry didn't know how to market a black rocker chick from [[CanadaEh Scarborough, Ontario]].
** Esthero was an indie queen who received tons of critical accolades for her three studio albums, as well as her collaborations with various artists (including [[Music/BlackEyedPeas Will.i.am]] on the "Yes We Can" track from 2008 and co-writing songs for Music/KanyeWest's ''808's and Heartbreak'' and Timbaland's ''Shock Value II''), but all her solo work has failed to generate sales, and she's still mostly unknown in Canada and the States.
* There are a number of Classic Rock-era albums that earned high marks from critics, and often appear on "greatest ever" lists, but have gone mostly unnoticed by the public, including Love's ''Forever Changes'', the Zombies' ''Odessey & Oracle'', and the Pretty Things' ''Parachute'' (which was Rolling Stone's album of the year for 1970).
* Country music is a weird example of this, with the dissonance being within the general public. Outside of the American Midwest and the South, country music isn't very popular. In fact, New York City has no country music radio stations at all. In the Northeast, liking country music (other than alternative groups, crossover pop artists, or legends) is seen as akin to liking NASCAR, and will get you called a hillbilly or redneck (or racist). It doesn't help that the majority of people who listen to country music ''only'' listen to country music, thus limiting interaction with fans of other genres (other than maybe classic rock). However, simply based on numbers country music could be considered the most popular genre of music in America. And within the genre itself...
* The crops of country hitmakers in the new tens are usually rock-influenced acts like Music/LukeBryan, Music/JasonAldean, Music/BrantleyGilbert, and Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine, who are all criticized for their heavy rock influence, over reliance on party jams, and Bryan's preference of sex appeal over musical integrity. Despite heavy criticism, their albums are among the best selling in the genre.
** Other acts are criticized for singing way too many songs about being a country boy. Doesn't stop them from constantly hitting the Top 10.
* Music critic J. Eric Smith decided to see [[http://web.archive.org/web/20090609160649/http://jericsmith.com/sacredcows.htm which albums get more praise from critics than copies sold.]]
* In the late 1970s and early 1980s, most music critics dismissed the entire Music/HeavyMetal genre as being loud, stupid, and offensive. Mainstream publications like ''Rolling Stone'' pretty much ignored metal entirely. But within a few years Heavy Metal would become one of the biggest music genres on the planet, with metal bands selling millions of albums and filling arenas.
* Almost every VH1 ''You Oughta Know'' and MTV ''BUZZ'' artist counts. Critics gush over these artists (usually for good reasons), [[HypeAversion but the general public seems to be indifferent]].
** Bumblebeez: Critics said they were gonna be huge and be the Australian version of the Neptunes.
** Leela James, and almost every other Neo-Soul artist. D'Angelo, Music/AliciaKeys, and Maxwell are the only ones that ever had huge success, and only Alicia has been able to maintain it (Although to be fair Alicia tweaked her sound on her last two [=CDs=], less soul and more generic power pop ballads). It also probably had something to do with the evolution of the term "neo-soul" itself. In the 90s, it was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a new wave of artists who approached their music with the same philosophy as classic soul musicians. But as these artists found mainstream success around the turn of the millennium, "neo-soul" came to be applied to any black singer who appealed to people over 25. Because of this, many fans who took the term to heart [[CompletelyMissingThePoint failed to see what the big deal was]] and gave up on the genre altogether.
*** This is a problem with [[MusicIsPolitics labeling and the industry in general]]. There's the top 40 pop music targeting teens and young adults. And then there's...[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg ''Everything/Everyone else'']].
** Hip-Hop act Little Brother, possibly derailed by ThePowersThatBe, depending on who you ask.
*** It didn't really help either that the group went on hiatus around the time they were getting hyped.
** Ditto for rap group Dead Prez had huge buzz leading up to their debut album. When the album dropped critics ate it up, but the public mostly ignored it.
** Critics claimed that the unassuming neo-psychedelic act The Mooney Suzuki were supposed to be the band that changed AlternativeRock in the 2000s. Then Music/TheStrokes and Music/TheWhiteStripes happened.
*** Critics later turned their backs on the group, as their last two albums were received poorly, despite the fact that the title track from their third album ("Alive & Amplified") finally became the minor hit that had long eluded them.
** Indie rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre are loved by critics but seem to intentionally sabotage themselves every time another wave of hype and potential commercial breakthrough comes their way.
** Many music critics were expecting big things from indie band The Lemonheads, who were supposed to be the next Music/{{Nirvana}}, or at least the New Important Alternative Band of the 90s. The band never found a breakthrough single and just sort of disintegrated.
** Most of MTV's "Buzz" artists didn't pan out. With a few notable exceptions (Music/{{Garbage}}, Music/FooFighters, Music/{{Beck}}), the bands featured became [[CultClassic cult favorites]] at best and OneHitWonder flame-outs at worst (anyone remember Jimmie's Chicken Shack?).
*** A lot of BET's ''Next'' artists didn't pan out either. So much so they don't even attempt to break buzz worthy artists anymore. In fact they ignore them and stick to the more accessible artists.
** Enigmatic R&B singer Res is a solid example of this trope, Critically acclaimed but her career just fizzled out
** And before Res there was Davina (remember her!?).
** Nikka Costa: critics were saying she was gonna be huge...well.
** Some are already cynically predicting this for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.
** Before Res but after Davina there was also Amel Larrieux. A critical darling who got rave reviews but was shunned by both the public and music networks.
* 70s progressive rock as a genre has never really gotten much respect from mainstream rock critics, who consider it insufferably pretentious, yet bands like Music/{{Yes}}, Music/JethroTull and Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer were hugely popular and still have devoted followings.

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* Anastacia, a singer who has [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff world wide acclaim from the music buying public]]... [[AmericansHateTingle except in America]] where she's from. On the other hand American critics love her though.
** One explanation is that her style of music doesn't fit the very format driven American radio stations. Essentially too soulful for A/C stations, and not [[ButNotTooBlack urban enough for urban radio stations]], and not poppish enough for top 40, and not rockish enough for rock stations..Basically PopCultureIsolation due to GenreRoulette. Essentially she's in a self made musical purgatory.
* The alternative rap group Arrested Development's second album was dismissed by critics but a lot of fans felt it's an overlooked masterpiece due to HypeBacklash. Fans (especially overseas fans) felt that America let a outstanding group fall through the cracks.
* TheBeeGees, both within and apart from their [[DeaderThanDisco disco period]], were one of the most successful acts of TheSeventies, but were constantly slammed by critics, especially after they fell out of style. They gained more respect towards the end of their career, even getting into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
* Behemoth's album ''The Satanist'' may be their most critically acclaimed album to date, but the fans consider it one of their worst albums.
* Music/BillyJoel may be the TropeCodifier. Throughout his career he has received mostly unfavorable or mediocre reviews from several critics. Try telling that to the fans who bought all of his multiple Gold and Platinum records.
* Music/{{Queen}} was also a victim of negative press in the 1970's, even though they were hugely successful (especially in the UK) and are now considered to be one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Indeed, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e63sQ8Jz57s upon being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2001]], their drummer, Roger Taylor, cheekily said of the honour, "It means actually more than all the Grammys we never got."
* "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus was one of the most hated songs of all time in ''any'' genre, but the album was one of the best-selling of all time (not to mention one of the ''very'' few country-pop crossovers between the end of the ''Film/UrbanCowboy'' era and Music/ShaniaTwain's breakthrough in 1995). Adding insult to injury was the fact that the song was a CoverVersion, and a BlackSheepHit that didn't well represent Cyrus' style or body of work. And much of his success was in the country charts; ABH was his only true pop crossover hit.
* Music/TheB52s have an adoring and devoted fanbase who rarely have much to criticise about them. Critics on the other hand frequently give their albums middling reviews and overuse words like 'kitsch' and 'campy' that indicate they don't really like the band. Rolling Stone's praising of their debut album in their top 500 did help turn things around somewhat.
* Music/BlackEyedPeas are frequently panned by critics and a frequent target of parody and satire (especially their song "My Humps"). That doesn't seem to affect either the buying public (they spent an unprecedented 26 straight weeks holding the number 1 and 2 top charting singles in mid-2009) or Grammy voters (6 wins out of 16 nominations).
** Weirdly, before ''Elephunk'', their situation was actually ''reversed''. For their first two albums, they were known as a critically acclaimed AlternativeHipHop trio that sold very few albums. Then came Fergie... Which brought UnfortunateImplications.
** Nonetheless, the HypeBacklash from their terrible Super Bowl performance effectively destroyed their popularity and ended their career; in a period of six months, they went from being one of the biggest bands in America to having to fight off rumors that they are breaking up.
* Music/BlakeShelton. Some country music fans feel that the quality of his music went downhill since at least his 2010 album ''Hillbilly Bone''. His first three albums had traditional-leaning country that won him critical acclaim but produced hit-and-miss results on the charts; ''Pure BS'' and ''Startin' Fires'' were an awkwardly mediocre transitory period; and ''Hillbilly Bone'' onward has found him taking on a more "modern" sound that has rendered him a golden boy on the airplay charts (including a white-hot streak of ''eleven'' straight #1 hits), but at the cost of critical derision for his more generic style.
* Music/BradPaisley. His albums still get high praise from critics, even those who starkly avoid the FourPointScale (such as ''Slant Magazine'' and Allmusic). However, a glance at any country music forum will find that many think he has been extremely complacent and lacking the creativity of his earlier albums — main criticisms include severe [[VocalEvolution Vocal Decay]], failed attempts at humor, cliché ballads and unremarkable guitar work. This may be finally catching up to him, as his late-2011 single "Camouflage" was widely panned and is his first chart entry in 12 years to miss the top 10. He listened to the criticism, as his 2013 album ''Wheelhouse'' found him ditching longtime producer Frank Rogers in favor of self-production, leading to a highly varied sound that critics are split between calling great and adventrous, or overstuffed and pretentious. But those on either side agree that the LLCoolJ duet "Accidental Racist" was a huge misstep.
* BringMeTheHorizon has gotten considerable praise from critics and metal musicians alike. Even ''[[JudasPriest Rob Halford]]'' has praised them. However, the mere mention of their name is enough to be considered SnarkBait to metal fans.
* Music/CherLloyd's debut single, ''Swagger Jagger''. Nobody's quite sure what it means, the song was critically panned, but shot straight to number one upon release.
* Weirdly, Music/ChildishGambino has gone through both types of his trope. At the beginning of his career, critics generally liked him while the musical community considered him a joke rapper for people who didn't really take hip-hop seriously. He was even considered by some to be [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy "hip hop for white people"]] (despite he himself being black). Now it's the reverse- ''because the internet'' was the subject of huge excitement following its release, but was received with a shrug by critics.
* Downplayed: {{Deadmau5}}'s "Album Title Goes Here" got even 2 stars by some reviews. It is one of his best-selling albums.
* Alternative rap group Digable Planets Sophomore album Blowout Comb, received massive praise and was considered far beyond their debut. But the album more or less bombed when released. Some music critics believe that the Afrocentric militant tone of the second album made it less accessible and off putting to white listeners, which was believed to be their primary listeners of their first album.
* Dionne Farris: ''Wild Seed Wild Flower'' album. Rave reviews but only produced one hit called "''I Know''".
* A lot of Music/{{Eazy-E}}'s solo work (sans EP ''It's On 187um Killa'', and debut album ''Eazy-Duz-It'') is hated by critics and is usually criticized for being cartoonishly violent, especially the 51/50 album. But the fans feel that 51/50 was a genuinely good album.
* Indie rock band Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians' first two albums were extensively praised by critics. Nonetheless, they never became more than a one-hit wonder with their 1988 single "What I Am".
** A couple years after they faded into obscurity, frontwoman Brickell married Paul Simon.
* Within Music/FleetwoodMac, Lindsey Buckingham has always ([[JustifiedTrope justifiably]], because of his skill and innovativeness) been something of a critics' darling but never has had any really big-selling solo albums, whereas Stevie Nicks, particularly in the 1980s, regularly took a pasting from rock critics while amassing a huge fan following as a solo artist. (Over the past decade or so, though, critics have taken a more positive view of Nicks; this may partly be due to the number of new-generation artists who cite her as a favorite or an influence.)
* Music/GrandFunkRailroad could effectively be described as the Nickelback of TheSeventies. The gulf between critics and listeners was so vast that it's even mentioned in the opening paragraph of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Funk_Railroad their Wikipedia page]]. As explained in [[http://starling.rinet.ru/music/gfr.htm this article]], much of both the critics' unbridled hate for Grand Funk and the public's love of them had to do with how they were playing [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple, energetic, populist roots-rock with straightforward lyrics]] in an era where rock bands with elaborate instrumentation and multi-layered lyrical themes (i.e. the sort of music that [[GoodOlBoy "down home" rock fans]] tend to ''loathe'') were critical darlings.
* HURT is a modern rock band that critics generally love, and their Vol. II album is considered one of the very best albums of rock period by critics and fans. They have a devoted fanbase and sell well enough to keep making music, but they are widely obscure to the general public, so much so that they aren't known well even amongst the Internet.
* While adored by fans, Music/ImagineDragons' debut album ''Night Visions'' was critically lukewarm.
* Music/JanetJackson's ''Damita Jo'' album: Fans think it could have done well, while critics bashed it post-Super Bowl controversy.
* Music/JanelleMonae gets rave reviews from critics but the general public pretty much knows nothing about her. Her albums have all mostly been {{Hitless Hit Album}}s.
* Music/{{Jewel}}, even during her heyday in the mid/late-90's, generally garnered lukewarm reviews from professional critics, with many deeming her music naive and overly simple. Yet that didn't stop her debut album ''Pieces Of You'' from reaching Diamond certification in the U.S. (the album was also later listed by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as one of the "Definitive 200"). Her 1998 album ''Spirit'' also went on to achieve triple platinum status, despite an equally unenthusiastic critical reaction, and is seen as a defining pop album of the late-90's.
* Although Creator/JohannSebastianBach was esteemed as a performer, his music was considered, in its day, to be old-fashioned and not of much interest, with Bach's sons Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Christian Bach being much more highly regarded as composers. Today, J. S. Bach is considered one of the greatest (if not ''the'' greatest) composer of all time, and while his sons' music is still played it's definitely not considered to be in the same category.
* Unsurprisingly, TheJonasBrothers. Boyband first, 'legitimate musicians' second to critics, while their fanbase (even the ones that aren't teenyboppers) love them. (Notable exception being their NewSoundAlbum ''Lines, Vines and Trying Times'', but even the critics hated that one.)
* JustinBieber has had some favorable reviews by critics and has a large fanbase, but to say he's unpopular on the internet in general is a ''massive understatement.''
* King's X are regularly named as one of the best rock groups of the 90s and have a very strong fanbase of seemingly just a few hundred people.
* For both Music/LedZeppelin and Music/BlackSabbath, their first few albums were critically panned originally (though in both cases most critics retroactively praised their early stuff).
** May be true of many of the acts made popular in the 1970s. The albums and concerts of Music/{{Queen}}, Music/{{Journey}}, Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/{{Wings}}, Music/EltonJohn (at least after he wore outrageous costumes), and a lot of the arena rock and ProgressiveRock supergroups had poor (or grudgingly favorable) reviews, but sold millions. May have connections to [[ItsPopularNowItSucks professional jealousy]], [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks changes in style]], [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks burnout]], [[FollowTheLeader hang-ups with keeping up with the next big thing]] (punk, bar bands, synth-pop, new wave, indie rock) or perhaps it needed to be VindicatedByHistory. Granted, some records may have simply been [[{{Filler}} substandard]], but often the bad reviews came [[CausticCritic regardless of the quality of their work]].
* The Levellers album ''Hello Pig'' was regarded by many critics to be the band's breakthrough that was going to catapult them mainstream. deviating from their formula. Of course, the fans hated it.
* Limp Bizkit were absolutely hated by critics for a long time, but they're albums all sold like gangbusters, even their most negatively reviewed album "Results May Vary" managed to go platinum. Though once the band released their comeback album "Golden Cobra" both fans and critics alike seemed to enjoy it.
* LinkinPark's ''Minutes to Midnight'', [[NewSoundAlbum with a new sound]] resembling generic alternative and arena rock rather than nu-metal, got generally positive reviews (including a rare four stars from ''Rolling Stone'') but was ''trashed'' by the band's fanbase.
* Little Dragon is basically critical darlings, but their record sales is pretty much stagnant.
* Music/LizPhair's [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled]] and [[ItsPopularNowItSucks unapologetically commercial]] fourth album turned her into a piñata for critics, who felt that she had [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks sold out her indie roots]] by going in a radio-friendly pop-rock direction. Pitchfork Media went as far as to give the album a ''0.0 out of 10'', one of the few times that it has "awarded" such a score. Yet the album was decently received by fans and (more importantly) also gave Liz her first and only Top 40 single with "Why Can't I?". Clearly, "selling out" worked.
* Music/MarvinGaye's ''Here, My Dear'' album. It later became VindicatedByHistory
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s 1997 album ''Cryptic Writings'' was praised by critics, with some even calling it the band's best album since ''Rust in Peace''. Many fans thought that the band had taken in too many poppy influences, but this is typical of metal fans not being able to appreciate other genres. The 2004 Remaster restores a lot of metal elements and the album has been reappraised by many since.
* The Music/{{Metallica}} album ''St. Anger'' actually got pretty decent reviews from critics upon release. However, you wouldn't know it from the insane amount of criticism it got from fans. Enough that [[CreatorBacklash the band themselves have removed the album almost entirely from their live setlist]] (despite this, they considered the album necessary, because working around the CreatorBreakdown kept them together). Granted, the initial backlash was directed mostly [[XPacHeat at the band itself]] (who had mined its reputation with an overhaul [[ItsPopularNowItSucks that popularized them]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks but irritated the original fans]] and [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil a lawsuit on Napster]]) and it seems to have subsided a bit, but not nearly enough for it to be VindicatedByHistory.
** St. Anger's slim chance of ever becoming VindicatedByHistory has been pretty well confirmed. Quite a few publications (both metal-focused and mainstream) ran ten year retrospectives of the album to see if it may have been a misunderstood masterpiece. Sure enough, the overall consensus was that, in spite of the well-documented CreatorBreakdown that led to it turning out the way it did, the album did not improve with age.
* In probably the most extreme case, Music/MichaelBolton managed to sell 50 million records worldwide despite being ''savaged'' by critics. Strangely, he still sells despite even [[DeaderThanDisco the public's backlash against him.]]
* Music/MichaelJackson's first album after ''Thriller'', ''Bad'', was acclaimed by critics and sold extremely well, but by the time ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's Readers' Poll for 1988 was taken, there was enough of an audience backlash against Jackson that he swept the Worst categories. Its reputation with ''both'' camps has improved with time. By comparison ''Dangerous'' was well-liked by critics and general audiences (as opposed to die-hard fans), and from ''[=HIStory=]'' onward both camps largely abandoned him (the best he usually got from the former were SoOkayItsAverage notices), at least in the U.S.
* Like Anastacia and King's X, Mother's Finest was a heavily critically acclaimed funk rock band of the mid to late 70s. But because their music was either not rock enough or not funk/soul/R&B enough they never really broke out.
* Music/{{Nickelback}} are the kings of this trope in modern rock music, and a strange example of it going both ways. On one hand, admitting that you are a Nickelback fan on the internet will get you told that [[{{Hatedom}} you have no taste in music]] and are a part of what's killing rock and roll -- [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/readers-poll-the-ten-worst-bands-of-the-nineties-20130509/2-nickelback-0196964 a poll]] by ''Rolling Stone'' named them the second worst band of the '90s, behind only Music/{{Creed}}. On the other, every single album they made between ''Silver Side Up'' in 2001 and ''Dark Horse'' in 2008 went multi-platinum, so ''somebody'' out there is buying their music. You'd expect this LoveItOrHateIt reaction to extend to the critics... but they generally say that Nickelback is SoOkayItsAverage, formulaic but inoffensive.
* Music/NineInchNails's album ''The Fragile'' was rated very high by critics (it was ''Rolling Stone''[='=]s album of the year when it came out), but didn't sell all that well -- it went to #1 in October 1999, but then proceeded to have the largest decline in the Billboard chart's history. Considering the band's later success, VindicatedByHistory comes into play.
** The decline from #1 should have been expected, since the rabid fans had waited five years for a new album and were going to buy anything Trent put out on Day One, but the album failed to produce a hit single for the casual fans to grab onto ("Starfuckers, Inc." came closest). And while it wasn't a bad album, most of those songs were pretty rare to hear live after the Fragility tour, with only "The Wretched" and its instrumental lead-in, "The Frail," becoming live staples.
* {{Opeth}}'s 2011 album ''Heritage'' got very positive reviews from critics, averaging a 72/100 on Metacritic. However, at the very least half the fanbase doesn't like it at all, mainly because they are afraid the band won't make another album in their SignatureStyle, as frontman Mikael Akerfeldt said he was "bored with metal".
* Believe it or not The Pharcyde's debut and sophomore album got lukewarm to mixed reviews from critics. But high critical acclaim from hip-hop fans. They would later become VindicatedByHistory.
* Music/QueenLatifah's ''Black Reign'' album. Mixed reviews from critics but most hip-hoppers and hip hop publications see it as a classic Hip-Hop album that produced one of the most iconic rap songs "U.N.I.T.Y." some even say the song "Just Another Day".
* Raphael Saadiq solo albums has had consistent critical acclaim but was never able to fully cross over for some reason. Interestingly enough his old band Tony! Toni! Toné! was pretty huge in [[TheNineties the early to mid 90's]].
* The output of Music/RascalFlatts after switching to producer Dann Huff (namely the albums ''Me and My Gang'', ''Still Feels Good'' and ''Unstoppable'') was generally considered mediocre to dreadful by most music critics. Main points of criticism included bombastic production, overwrought vocals, and bland lyrics. However, their streaks of Top 5 country hits and multi-platinum sales were unharmed. The group generally won back critical acclaim by returning to a less bombastic, more substantial sound after they moved to Big Machine Records following the closure of their previous label, Lyric Street.
* During the same time frame of the aforementioned Amel, and Res there was Rhian Benson. Another critical darling that was ignored by the public and mainstream radio.
* "[=MacArthur=] Park" by Richard Harris has often been called the worst song ever by critics, but was a commercial success in 1968 and has been hailed by the public as a classic. It's not hard to see why; the music and Harris' beautiful singing voice more than makes up for any silly lyrics it may have.
* Music/{{Rush}} have rarely or never gotten good reviews, particularly in TheSeventies, but their album sales have almost always been strong, and the have a hardcore, devoted following (and plenty of respect from musicians' publications for their virtuoso playing).
** And now they've been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! After years of being ignored (something [[AwardSnub fans didn't take lightly]]...).
* {{Sepultura}}'s sixth album ''Roots'' received almost unanimously positive reviews, and was proved to be one of the most influential albums in the early 2000s NuMetal scene. Fans of the band, however, consider it to be their JumpingTheShark moment and don't like it as much.
* DeathMetal band Music/SixFeetUnder has been well-liked by critics since their formation, even earning critical acclaim for their album ''Undead'', released in 2012. However, many death metal fans absolutely despise them. Most of the criticism comes from their simplistic music and Chris Barnes' weakened vocals, but the [[CattleDecapitation Travis Ryan]] incident has led many people to believe the rumors that Barnes is an asshole. However, some haters tend to enjoy their two latest albums, the aforementioned ''Undead'' and this year's ''Unborn''.
* Music/StoneTemplePilots, throughout TheNineties, was pummeled by music critics, with the main criticism being that they were little more than a third rate knock-off of Music/PearlJam and Music/AliceInChains. Yet, negative press didn't stop them from becoming one of the most popular and influential rock bands of the 90's.
** A perfect example of how dissonant fan and critical reaction to the band was: they were simultaneously voted "Best New Band" by ''Rolling Stone'' readers and "Worst New Band" by the same magazine's critics in January 1994.
* Most of Terence Trent D'arby's later music.
* [[Music/ThreeEleven 311's]] 1997 album ''Transistor'' wasn't received very well by critics, but it's generally beloved by fans.
* Music/ToriAmos's 1996 album ''Boys For Pele'' was bashed by critics when it was released. Nevertheless, it's a fan favorite that is considered to be among her best work.
** The album has found itself VindicatedByHistory, as by the late 2000s many music critics and experts have also come to acknowledge it as being one of the best from its genre and time period. It has been theorized that the album's poor response at the time was due to its sound being such a dramatic departure from Amos' first two albums.
** Music/KateBush's 1982 album ''The Dreaming'' suffered this too.
* Some of Music/TupacShakur's posthumous releases are this. Critics dismiss them as cheap cash ins. But some of the earlier ones are seen as genuinely good albums. Specifically ''R U Still Down? (Remember Me)'', and ''Still I Rise''.
* 65daysofstatic's ''[[NewSoundAlbum We Were Exploding Anyway]]'' was perhaps their most critically well-reviewed album. Yet on user-driven sites such as [[http://www.rateyourmusic.com Rate Your Music]], it is one of their lowest-rated albums.
* Music/WasNotWas: To the critics, an imaginative experimental funk outfit bolstered by tight playing and high quality production. To the mainstream public, a bunch of goofballs who did an annoying song about dinosaurs.
* Of course we can't forget the treatment the album Pinkerton by Music/{{Weezer}} originally got. Critics reacted so negatively to an album widely considered Weezer's most personal that lead singer/songwriter Rivers Cuomo had a legitimate CreatorBreakdown, calling himself a "shitty songwriter" and saying it was a "hideous record [...] a hugely painful mistake that [...] just won't go away". Needless to say, the fans considered it (and still do) Weezer's best album to date, and a masterpiece on the part of Cuomo. Luckily, all these years later, Cuomo as well as the critics have changed their tune and tend to agree.
* Music/KanyeWest has gotten generally positive to universal critical acclaim for all of his albums, and most of the time that was reflected with the public. Although his fourth album, 808s & Heartbreak, was a BaseBreaker for its electropop sound and heavily autotuned vocals, it still debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and produced two hit singles. His next album was better received by the public as a whole, but his sixth album, Yeezus, is a prime example. Kanye's second NewSoundAlbum is very experimental, with a variety of influences like IndustrialMetal, Electro, and Noise music. It was released to widespread critical acclaim and topped many critics year-end lists, but, despite debuting at number 1, it had the lowest debut sales for any of Kanye's albums and is the only one to not reach at least 1 million records sold (the album having very little promotion also didn't help). Many older fans were indifferent or put off by the album's nontraditional sound, and the public majority seemed tired of Kanye's antics. Only one song, Bound 2, received decent airplay, helped by the fact that it sounds like his earlier work.
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* One review of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'''s [[OlderThanSteam premiere]] described it as "a mawkish melodrama which, [[ItWillNeverCatchOn God willing, will see no second performance]]."
* This is fairly common in musical theatre. ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', which has been running nonstop for 25+ years in London and played to over 60 million people worldwide, was derided when it first opened, being accused of being glum and mawkish. The 2012 movie adaptation received a similar reception but was a box-office smash to the point that ''USA Today'' did a feature story about the dissonance. See also:
** Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' was seen as little more than a glorified theme park show when it opened on Broadway in 1994 (''Entertainment Weekly'': "It belongs OnIce, not on Broadway"), but managed a decade-plus run and tons of professional and amateur productions. Since then ''many'' other grandiose family-friendly musicals have come down the pike -- all adapted from well-known stories, and many outright {{Screen To Stage Adaptation}}s as ''Beauty'' was. Most see only a few raves among seas of notices that are SoOkayItsAverage at best and ''Beauty''-level pans at worst (only ''Theatre/TheLionKing'' and ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' are truly embraced by critics) but some soldier on to win the hearts of audiences anyway: ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', ''Film/AChristmasStory'', and ''Film/MaryPoppins'' are all success stories. Part of this dissonance owes to the fact that while critics and many "serious" musical theatre fans prefer more sophisticated fare like Creator/StephenSondheim shows, ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' or ''Theatre/NextToNormal'', those shows aren't exactly suitable for ''families''.
** ''Theatre/MammaMia'' -- this fluffy JukeboxMusical is a symbol of the LowestCommonDenominator to hardcore musical theatre lovers, and its 2008 movie adaptation didn't wow film critics, but it's sort of the LighterAndSofter ''Les Miserables'' when one looks at its global popularity.
** ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' received a lot of pans in its initial stagings in London, New York, and Toronto, but to say it rode those reviews out is an understatement -- it's been running nonstop for more than two decades in the first two cities alone.
** ''Theatre/WeWillRockYou'' was panned when it opened in London, but word of mouth kept it alive, turning it into a sellout show that ran for over a decade and launched several sister productions elsewhere.
** ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' fared poorly in reviews from critics when it initially opened. The show became wildly popular and beloved among theatregoers. Subsequent productions elsewhere have received similar lukewarm critical responses, but the New York production is currently the 11th longest-running show in Broadway history (having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013) and the foreign and touring productions have seen comparable success.
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* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' was absolutely savaged by reviewers who claimed it to have a broken combat and stealth system as well as a seemingly endless supply of {{Game Breaking Bug}}s...but players ''loved'' it, quickly elevating it to CultClassic levels.
* The ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'' series is one of the few video games to achieve commercial success while still getting poor/mixed reviews.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' seems to be having quite a bit of this. It's had relatively mixed reviews, but the game is adored by the many regular non reviewers who have played it, especially fans of {{Anime}}. [[http://www.gametrailers.com/game/asuras-wrath/13829 Here's an example from GameTrailers.]]
* {{VideoGame/Battlezone 1998}} was loved by critics when it was released, gaining scores above 80% in gaming magazines and winning several innovation awards. It flopped in the market though, supposedly becauase consumers didn't know what to make of the Realtime Stragegy/Tank Simulation/First-Person Shooter genre mix.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil''. If you compare its sales figures to its reviews, you'd be justified in the belief that its sales are entirely due to critics buying copies for everyone they know, and that's it.
* According to some of the analysts from Game Trailers, they believe the ''Franchise/{{Bioshock}}'' franchise is heading this way. Calling it a critical darling with middling sales.
* The "god game" ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'' might just be the king of this trope video game-wise. It was released to unanimous critical acclaim in 2001, earning 9's and 10's across the board and being immediately declared one of the greatest games of all time by many publications. The general public, on the other hand, was less enthusiastic about the final game, with many complaining about its slow pace, unforgiving gameplay, and [[ObviousBeta numerous game breaking bugs]] (plus, good luck getting the game to run on anything more recent than Windows ME). The backlash was, in fact, so great that many critics later reconsidered their initial assessments of the game. It was #1 on Gamespy's [[http://web.archive.org/web/20040818131306/http://archive.gamespy.com/articles/september03/25overrated/index26.shtml "25 Most Overrated Games Of All Time" list]] and now [[DeaderThanDisco seen as little more than a footnote in video game history.]] Part of the reaction was also HypeBacklash to Creator/PeterMolyneux, who had (as he often does) promised a lot more for the game than it actually ended up being.
* ''VideoGame/CelDamage'' received 5's and 6's from critics, and its Metacritic ratings are 67 (GCN) and 65 (Xbox). None of this has stopped it from becoming a huge CultClassic, or from getting an upcoming HD re-release for all current Sony systems.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has a fairly minor but notable version of this. Audience: very popular (was a Greatest Hits game) but [[ContestedSequel incredibly divisive]] among ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' fans. Critics: Unanimous praise (is one of a handful of games to get a perfect 10 from Gamespot, for instance).
* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'' was given good reviews by the gaming press, but a quick look at the Amazon, Metacritic and [=GameSpot=] reviews shows that this trope is in full effect here.
* ''VideoGame/CodeOfPrincess'' recieved mixed to positive reviews from critics , but sold [[http://www.polygon.com/2013/6/21/4453412/code-of-princess-performs-surprisingly-well-in-us-sparks-talk-of surprisingly well]] in the US. Ironically the game performed so-so in its native home Japan. The producer, Yasuo Nakajima, said he would like to do a sequel on PS4 or XboxOne because of the game's success in the states.
* The ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' games has gotten luke warm to completely negative reviews. But a lot of game players think it's completely awesome. Strangely enough a lot of video reviewers would give the game praise while still giving average to terrible scores. Basically saying they understand why people like it, but also saying it's still not a good game (particularly [=Rev3Games=]).
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' played with this trope. While fans gave it good reviews (the Metacritic User Score is 8.3 at the time of writing), critics were all over the place, with the lowest score being a 2 and the highest being a 10. The game ended up winning awards for being so critically polarizing.
* In a similar situation, ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' has been, for the most part, well recieved by critics. In terms of fan reception, however, the reaction has been very mixed. While some like it for being a well done action game, others felt that it lacked the horror the other two games had.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' was given decent ratings by reviewers. Fans however, weren't so kind.
** ''Invisible War'' is interesting because most fans of the original will be the first ones to say that it's a decent game in its own right, [[ToughActToFollow it just doesn't hold up to the original]].
* ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'' was a textbook case of this trope both before and after the game was even released. Critics praised it, giving the game scores mostly around 8s and 9s. The user response, though, especially from fans of the original ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' games, was more negative overall, bashing on how the writing is immature, the characters are unlikeable, etc. As of this writing, the averages for critic scores and user scores on Metacritic are 86 and 44 respectively. Also, it was a top game in January sale charts, but only because there were no other major releases at that time, selling only roughly 600,000 out of expected 2 million (now 1.2 million after revising the sales projections) as of this writing, with global sales dropping sharply after the first week.
** Vergil DLC: Critics bash it for going back to the stone age of earlier DMC games, while the gamers admit that even if it is not good as the previous games, it is a step in the right direction.
* ''VideoGame/{{Driver}} 2'' was disliked and considered inferior to the original by most critics, but the majority of the Driver fandom loved it and many consider it to be the best Driver game released.
* ''Creator/WayForward'' has invoked this trope a few times:
** The PS2 [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-2/spy-vs-spy adaptation]] of Spy Vs. Spy has a critic score of 38% on Metacritic. Ironically, this time around it were the critics who got disappointed with the fact that a lot of the stuff that made the original comic book series so great was not kept into the PS2 adaptation (keep in mind that the critics that reviewed it were indeed fans of the comic book). This did however not stop it from having a user score of 71% and people regarding it as one of the hidden gems on the PS2. It seems that the game is suddenly very playable once you get over the fact that it's unfaithful to its source material.
** '' VideoGame/DuckTales Remastered'': While quite a few reviewers have found the game's archaic mechanics (minimal save points, [[NintendoHard NES difficulty gameplay]], and overall lack of innovation) grating, this hasn't stopped fans from gushing over it. Video reviews are extremely positive about the game and viewer ratings tend to be much (much) higher than critic ratings.
** ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon Neon'': Most gamers seem to love this game and have a ton of fun playing it, especially co-op, but a few critics, notably IGN, hate this game, citing clunky gameplay (which isn't really clunky, just slower), and sometimes not enjoying the 80's style GenreThrowback elements. Most can agree the soundtrack is great though.
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'': Criticism from test audiences and the [[SarcasmMode brilliant]] marketing slogan of "This Game Stinks" made it quite a hated game by critics. After a brief bit of VindicatedByHistory, it is now regarded as one of the best comedy games of all time, as well as an above-average RPG. For a while it seemed that it would never see a re-release, but thanks to its cult status, it was released for the Wii U's Virtual Console.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'': One of the only English reviews of the game was positive due to the story. Everyone else [[ScrappyMechanic hates the gameplay with a passion.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'': Fans mainly call it mediocre for having a much lighter tone than ''IV'' and ''VI'', critics like the [[BreatherEpisode non-serious tone]] and [[JobSystem class system]]. Doesn't help that it was localized ages after ''II'' and ''III'', so it had no nostalgia factor to protect it from comparison with the [=PS1=] games.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Arguably the VideoGames TropeCodifier for HypeBacklash. Critics love this game, fans are a BrokenBase ranging from either "one of the best of the series/all time" to "not all that great".
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'': Critics liked this one, generally, but fans are more polarized.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Also a receiver of major HypeBacklash.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': While reviews were mostly positive, it received major backlash from the fanbase because of its linearity. Despite that, it had enough of a fanbase to get a direct sequel.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'': Western critics gave it throwaway "average" scores to "punish" Creator/SquareEnix for ''XIII'' being what it was and also for the debacle surrounding ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''; certain fans found it to be a significant improvement.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon]]'' actually got hit with this so badly that [[http://www.serenesforest.net/fe12/faq.html some fans were convinced it received bad reviews, sold poorly and was the reason the next game didn't get localized.]] All completely untrue, it actually got a respectable Metacritic average of 81 and sold reasonably well (a more likely reason for ''New Mystery of the Emblem''[='s=] non-localization is that it had the misfortune to be released when the DS was all but dead in the West, and any serious localization would be seen as a gamble Nintendo wasn't willing to take). Fans weren't nearly as kind, mostly due to suffering a major case of SeinfeldIsUnfunny, and the [[ScrappyMechanic controversial sidequest requirements.]]
* ''VideoGame/GoneHome''. [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/gone-home According to Metacritic]], right now, it has an average review score of 90 out of 100. And an average user score of 4.9 out of 10.
* ''VideoGame/GotchaForce'': Critics were mixed about this game, but mostly had lower reviews for it. On the other hand, its score is a solid 2.1 points higher among users on [[http://www.gamespot.com/gamecube/action/gotchaforce/review.html GameSpot]]. It's still got something of a cult following, due to the insane level of ReplayValue, [[SoBadItsGood comically bad dialogue]], and lots of [[GottaCatchEmAll borgs]] to choose from.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'' got a fairly middling reception from critics, due to a combination of ItsShortSoItSucks and not breaking out of the bounds of the "military FPS" formula. Hasn't stopped it from selling over a million units.
* ''VideoGame/HogsOfWar'' was not looked kindly upon by critics, but it remains a CultClassic amongst gamers for its great humour, excellent voice acting, awesome music and overall being a great party game. As such, its fanbase is small, but fiercely devoted.
* ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'': This game caters heavily towards otaku who love other Nippon Ichi games. Almost everyone outside of that group (including reviewers) hated it. There's a whopping 34 point difference between its [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-3/hyperdimension-neptunia professional and user reviews on Metacritic]]. All but two reviewers didn't give it a positive review. All but one user didn't give it a negative review, outside of the way [[ScrappyMechanic healing worked]].
** Though the reviews on [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps3/995177-hyperdimension-neptunia/reviews gamefaqs]] show its mixed reception.
** This applies to [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2 the second game in the series]] as well.
* Another such game is ''VideoGame/JawsUnleashed'', which sold over 250,000 copies on the Xbox alone despite having a Game Rankings score of 54%. [=GameSpot=] later gave the game the "Worst Game Everyone Played of 2006" award accompanied by a video where Alex Navarro expresses his outrage at this game having outsold ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}} five times''.
* ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'', despite having gotten excellent reviews for its original release, got very mediocre reviews for the HD re-release, citing its "dated" gameplay and graphics, and horrible camera angles (however, the HD version lets you adjust the camera with the mouse or right analog stick, which adds to much better camera control than in the original version). Sega fans, on the other hand, loved it and thanked Sega for bringing back one of their favorite games from them.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Kirby Air Ride]]'' has a similar situation as ''Gotcha Force'', with a lot of critics panning it for the one-button mechanics and the lack of depth while it received much higher user scores due to the major multiplayer focus and City Trial.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' is praised by critics for adding new elements to the game and having maps better than the ones from the original game. Fan opinion is very mixed because it has a zombie outbreak taking place in the daylight, melee weapons, and characters that aren't as memorable as the original survivors.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon The Legend of Dragoon]]'' received mediocre scores across the board. Players, on the other hand loved the game.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' trilogy. Critics tended to give them mediocre to outright bad reviews, with a few exceptions (like the PolishedPort of the second game available on the GameBoyAdvance). However, they managed to get fans (though not necessarily classic ''Spyro'' fans), and even spawned their own unique fanbase.
** Speaking of which, the next ''Spyro'' reboot, ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}''. Positive reviews from critics, and as evidenced by impressive sales, a huge hit with the kids; but the reboot is out-and-out loathed by fans of the previous entries of the franchise.
* ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' received middling reviews from Western critics for being a ClicheStorm of the JRPG genre. Its fans thought it was more {{Troperrific}}.
* ''VideoGame/LostPlanet 2'' got mixed reviews from critics but the public seems to think more highly of it.
* ''[[VideoGame/MaddenNFL Madden 13]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/NHLHockey NHL 13]]'' have been praised by many critics for their new features and heavily revamped gameplay. The response to both games among fans, however, has been far more polarizing (as the Amazon.com review pages for both games demonstrates).
* The ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' series is usually met with scorn from critics who constantly cite how the series' graphics are dated and that [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks the series never seems to add anything new]]. Fans on the other hand like the collection of mini-games to play and the gimmicks used on every board. ''Mario Party 9'' had both camps do a complete turnaround where the critics gave the game some praise for actually trying something different while the fans blasted the game for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks trying something different.]]
* Really common within the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise. In Metacritic and other sites ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' ranks as the best ''Metal Gear'' game but several fans dislike it for Raiden, its convoluted story, Raiden, overuse of cutscenes, and Raiden. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' stands as the most popular game in the franchise by fans and creator Hideo Kojima himself but sites rank it lower due to a lack of a 3D camera (for its original release anyway). ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' took a bigger spot but fans tend to dislike it due to its excessively long cutscenes and [[spoiler:everything explained by nanomachines]]. Another case happens with the spinoff ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' which is reflected in Metacritic and Gamerankings whose user review score is considerably higher than the ones from the critics.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 4'' was one of the very few titles in the whole franchise to reach more than a million sales, possibly because it was the first [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo dual version release]]. However, it is generally acknowledged by the fandom as the worst game in the BN series.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'': Seemed to get mixed, but generally favorable reviews from critics. Fans, on the other hand, were much more divisive.
** In contrast, ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' received very good reviews from critics (and is considered one of the best games on the GBA). However, many fans rank it much lower due to its linearity and contrast with the series theme exploration.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3''. Critics find it to be one of the highest points of the MK series, while fans feel that it was the game that caused the series to go downhill for over a decade until ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' came out.
* ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' for the NintendoDS received a 96% from The Official Creator/{{Nintendo}} Magazine, but its relatively easy gameplay has made it unpopular with many fans of the Mario games, with many people agreeing that ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' is the superior game.
* ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'': Panned by critics for subpar graphics and too many fetch quests, loved by users for the deep, engaging story and killer soundtrack.
* ''VideoGame/OperationDarkness'' has a Metacritic critic score of 46 and a user score of 7.1. Professional critics cited problems such as poor camera control, dull graphics, and a lack of in-game tutorial while fans enjoy it for its unique gameplay elements and positively absurd storyline.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pathologic}}'' is a bit of a special example, due to it being a [[GenreBusting really bizarre game]]. Some reviews (even positive ones) don't even call it a game. Many critics disliked Pathologic and warned against playing it, saying that it wasn't fun in the slightest and was far too bleak. Most fans of the game ''completely agree'' with this, but love the game's plot and atmosphere nonetheless.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' is a weird example as it not only split the fans but the critics as well. At best you could possibly make the argument that the fans had mixed opinions but still ''leaned'' positive, but the critical reception was all over the place. It seems that the people who enjoyed it the most were those who preferred the more actionized RE games (''4'' and ''5'') over the earlier survival horror ones.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' got excellent reviews but suffered from poor sales.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill4: The Room'' holds an average score of 76 on Metacritic. Most fans of the series are far less kind, citing multiple frustrating gameplay elements and having to go through each area of the game twice.
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'' ([[RecycledTitle 2013 release]]), much like ''[[VideoGame/DMCDevilMayCry DMC]]'' and ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'', is also suffering the same exact thing, as evidenced by its poor user reviews On Metacritic. Much of this can be attributed to the critics reviewing it in a controlled environment where the network connectivity served to give some minor enhancements to gameplay. However, when released there was a connectivity fiasco (similar to ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'') which almost completely broke the game. In EA's rush to fix the issue, many features had to be disabled or dialed down, resulting in the players getting a much worse game experience after they buy it than the reviewers had before it came out.
* There is an increasing disconnect between fans of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise and professional reviewers, from both directions. It has gotten to the point that many fans of the series outright dismiss reviews from certain outfits due to this dissonance, considering the reviewer/site untrustworthy due to the critic's past mistakes. For instance:
** ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'' received relatively decent reviews but was not well-liked by fans.
** Both episodes of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4'' received this treatmemt, though fans were much kinder to Part 2.
** This can even happen when fans and critics ''agree'' on a game's merits (or lack thereof). ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' was universally reviled, but fans were angry because they felt the official critic scores (averaging around 6.5) weren't low ''enough''.
** ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' had the dissonance happen from the opposite direction. The game received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics (IGN rated it ''worse'' than ''Sonic '06''), but fans - while admitting it was nowhere near perfect - thought it was a huge step in the right direction for the series. Though no one was particularly fond of the [[ScrappyMechanic Werehog]].
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' got multiple praise for its impressive storytelling but didn't sell very well, no doubt thanks to its AudienceAlienatingPremise.
* Similarity, the 2010 ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' remake was mostly panned by critics whose complaints ranged from [[CameraScrew a wonky camera]] and an overreliance on gore. Player feedback, however, was generally much more positive.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken''. It received 8s and 9s from mainstream review sites, but faced serious backlash from the fighting game community for a number of reasons (mostly due to [[ScrappyMechanic the gem system, the Pandora mechanic]], the immense watering-down of the Tekken characters, and the various [[http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-03-07-street-fighter-x-tekken-on-xbox-360-does-not-support-local-co-op-when-online shady]] [[http://www.destructoid.com/full-dlc-characters-found-on-street-fighter-x-tekken-disc-223138.phtml business]] [[http://www.complex.com/video-games/2012/07/sony-exclusive-street-fighter-x-tekken-characters-pac-man-and-mega-man-not-coming-to-xbox-360 practices]] involved in its development). It doesn't help that the game was put out at a time when [[[http://www.superphillipcentral.com/2012/08/five-reasons-why-capcom-leaves-bad.html Capcom's reputation was being tarnished game after game]], with ''SFxTK'' being the breaking point for many. It was also pulled from most official competitions not long after release and is generally considered the weakest entry in the [[CapcomVsWhatever Capcom crossover series]].
* ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' has received critical acclaim from the critics. However, on Metacritic and Steam, the game hasn't been received very well, citing the dated graphics ([[NeverTrustATrailer which look nothing like what was shown on the trailers]]), screwy physics, horrible driving mechanics, bland narrative, and the "innovative" hacking mechanic being nothing more than "walk up to a terminal and press X to hack". The fact that the PC port requires [=UPlay=] regardless of where it's purchased on, and will not run on setups that don't have NVidia hardware, also doesn't help.
* ''VideoGame/ZombiU'' got positive reviews from critics and the public, but wasn't a huge seller and as consequence the game is far away from making any profit for its developer Creator/{{Ubisoft}}. Metacritic has a score of 75 from users, so the low sales might be due to the system's small user base.
* A lot of acclaimed and best-selling sequels might earn this, going mostly by the Metacritic review\audience comparison. Being [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks too different]] ([[MissionPackSequel or too similar]]) and having technical problems - particuarly regarding online play - can lead to a flood of negative comments.
** ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3]]''. [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-3 It holds an 89 on Metacritic while the User Score is at 3.3]], with over two thousand negative reviews (mostly complaining that it's "''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' with a paint job" or that it's not as technically impressive as the previous games).
*** ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', post-''Modern Warfare'', is this trope in ''general''--each entry has been critically acclaimed and favorably reviewed but the series seems to have a memetic status among large parts of the gamer community as a symbol of everything wrong with video gaming.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': 82% critical acclaim, while the average player review is 42%. Most critics liked it very much for its good graphics, interesting characters, and GreyAndGreyMorality, but a lot of fans hated it for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks diverging from the gameplay structure found in the original game,]] as well as the more subtle but still significantly reduced emphasis of the effect your choices have on the world. It had a [[DarkerAndEdgier gritty feel]] similar to that of the first game, only instead of being able to [[EarnYourHappyEnding improve the country of Ferelden]] in one or two very meaningful ways (that the player chooses), [[PlayerPunch everything]] you do in [[WretchedHive Kirkwall]] makes things worse, and players complained about the [[ShaggyDogStory ending]].
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has an average critic review of 87%, while the playbase ranks it as 35%. Through this is due to requirement of being online at all times, the subsequent server problems from overloading (the "Error 37" message even earned MemeticMutation status), the controversial Auction Houses, severe lag spikes as well as many GameBreaking and server-crashing bugs that came with launch. Luckily most of these bugs were fixed in the first few days, but it was too little, too late in the eyes of many gamers.
** This seems to have changed with the release of patch 2.0 and the first expansion, Reaper of Souls. While critic scores seem about the same, general consensus among fans seems to be that it is a welcome improvement.
* Everything from Platinum Games:
** ''VideoGame/{{Madworld}}'' was critically acclaimed by critics and general gamers alike for being a BlackComedy game '''for the Wii''' where you can kill enemies in a huge variety of ways, and was also praised for its artstyle and soundtrack. Unfortunately, sales were very low, due to the majority of the game's demographic not owning a Wii, or caring to buy one.
** ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'' was loved by critics, and considered one of the best [=RPGs=] for the DS. Unfortunately, mainly due to the game being released in the summer it was released with a short print run. Although it had the highest sales of all games released during that summer, it still sold poorly and is therefore considered to be a rarity.
** ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', great reception but lagging sales. Oddly enough, the [=PS3=] version was the best-selling version, despite the [=X360=] version being widely considered the superior version.
** ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}'' got excellent reviews, but lackluster sales. You can blame Sega and their InvisibleAdvertising for that.
** ''Madworld'''s spin-off, ''Max Anarchy'' (A.K.A. ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'') was considered average by critics. General gamers, on the other hand, while not enjoying it as much as ''Madworld'', enjoyed it a lot more than the critics did.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' was loved by critics, but general gamers, while not considering it a ''bad'' game by any means, usually consider it to be Platinum's weakest effort, as well as one of the weaker efforts in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series.
** ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'' has been received ''far'' better by general gamers than critics. Critics liked it, but found it way too hard and overwhelming, whereas general gamers love it ''because'' it's hard, and doesn't hold your hand like most modern games do. Most gamers have even went so far as to saying that it's currently the best game on the WiiU (even better than ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker HD'', ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin 3}}'', and ''VideoGame/RaymanLegends'', and that's saying ''a lot''), some even consider it game of the year. However, despite all of this praise, it has not been selling very well retail-wise, due to the fact that Nintendo released it ''the same week'' as ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', and due to the fact that they gave it lots of internet advertising but ''no'' television advertising whatsoever (outside of Japan, anyway), and all of its internet advertising has been pushing people to buy it on the Nintendo eShop rather than at retail.
* While Sony's [[PlayStation3 PlayStation Move]] has been more critically acclaimed, it hasn't captured the public imagination as much as the {{Wii}}mote and the {{Kinect}} has. [[http://tompreston.deviantart.com/art/Hypocrisy-157038537?q=1&qo=1 Some have even argued that the Move's praise]] is mere HypocriticalFandom.
** The real problem isn't HypocriticalFandom (as the Move was agreed by critics to be better while the Kinect had a disastrous demo that launched the "I'm Han Solo" meme), but marketing. Sony barely marketed the Move while Microsoft poured millions into marketing the Kinect. Even today, Sony still treats the Move as an afterthrought (which makes the fact that it's sold 9 million units ''very'' surprising) while Microsoft has even developed alternate uses for the Kinect (such as use in science classes and medical colleges).
* Roguelikes in general tend to get the shaft from professional reviewers. ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'', ''VideoGame/ShirenTheWanderer'' and ''Izuna'' all received incredibly vitriolic reviews from critics, but to the userbase, they're some of the best games on the DS.
* The majority of the games made by [=SUDA51=]:
** ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' got very mixed reviews and suffered from poor sales, but the very few gamers that played it quite enjoyed it, and agreed that it was one of the best action games on the Gamecube.
** ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'' was critically acclaimed, getting 8s and 9s across the board. Suda fans usually consider this to be his worst game, due to it missing the trademark bizarreness and craziness of his other works, for being too slow-paced, and for being a third-person shooter rather than a hack-and-slash.
** ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' got a mixed to average reaction from Western critics. Gamers and Japanese critics, on the other hand, found the game to be very good, and a much-needed return-to-form after the disappointing ''Shadows of the Damned'', but found it to be too short. It became [=SUDA51=]'s best-selling game of all time, selling 700,000 copies a mere ''two months'' after release. In addition, view counts for most [=YouTube=] videos of it usually range from 300,000 views to 4 million, and there are far more cosplayers of the ''Lollipop Chainsaw'' characters than there are cosplayers of characters from other Suda games.
** ''VideoGame/KillerIsDead'' got mixed reviews from critics. Half of them trashed game's combat for not being like ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' or ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', and criticized the story for being all over the place. Not only that, but the game's Gigolo Mode has caused controversy among professional critics as well. A lot of them calling it 'perverted' and some saying the game would kill Suda's career. Fan reaction was a lot more positive towards the gameplay, and some feeling it's a good spiritual successor to ''Killer 7'' themes, and ''No More Heroes'' play style. As for gigolo mode, most fans did not find it offensive (in fact, many found the controversy overblown), but they didn't think it was all that special either, feeling the mode was boring and the least interesting part of the game. The only thing gamers, fans, and critics can agree on is that the game is short. Also a case of ValuesDissonance, as the game has received higher ratings in Japan compared to the US, some of which is because of the controversy.
* The works of Creator/TimSchafer suffer from this. The most obvious example is ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', which has received rave reviews and is one of the worst selling games of its gaming generation, likely due to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork/VideoGames the publisher giving it terrible advertising]] (although it is well-liked by those who actually bought it). Schafer's most successful game, ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', underperformed too, but sold much more than ''Psychonauts''.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' received unanimously positive reviews from critics, but reaction from fans and the e-sports community was more mixed. Criticisms focused on whether the game was superior to the original, perceived balance issues, and accusations that the storyline was cliched and predictable.
* The Nintendo {{Wii}}, as well as many of its games. The dissonance goes both ways. This can likely be explained (in a few cases) by the critic falling outside the target demographic.
* Numerous games in the ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater'' series (specifically ''Underground 2'') are loved by fans yet the critics scores imply they are average. The only ones people can agree on are Shred and Ride, which of course [[GameBreakingBug hardly anyone could get to work]].
* ''VideoGame/GunsOfIcarusOnline'' got a Metacritic score of 64, but a user score of 8.8. Part of this dissonance is because the reviewers played a pre-release version of the game that was still somewhat buggy and rated it down for said bugs. Despite being told that it was a pre-release version and, thus, not fully finished. Some reviewers also blamed bad experiences on the gameplay, when the real cause was their crewmates.
* Cory in the House for the DS may as well be the very definition of this trope. Its [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/ds/cory-in-the-house reviews]] on metacritic show a critic score of 35% (based on 2 critic reviews) and a score of 96% (based on 170 user reviews). No critic gave it a positive review, only one user gave it a negative review. This is likely due to the fact that no one else except the diehard fans of the show bought it. Combine that with lots of PanderingToTheBase (the titular Cory is a president in this game) and someone might understand why its user scores on metacritic are so high. This is helped by the fact that the original show was already badly regarded from the few critics that played it, which gave it in turn low critic scores.
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* A good percent of the stuff reviewed on [[TheWikiRule The Bad Webcomics Wiki]] is this.
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob was made as a response to this trope. Brad Jones created his snob-persona to {{MST}} {{Exploitation Film}}s because he felt it was weird that film critics panned those films for lacking qualities they weren't supposed to have.
* Film School Rejects' list of [[http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/10-classic-movies-that-critics-hated-dbell.php?all=1 "10 Classic Movies That Critics Hated"]].
* Creator/BobChipman addressed this trope in [[FilmsDiscussedByMoviebob his reviews]] of ''Film/TheEagle'' and ''Film/KnightAndDay''. He feels that the reason for the disconnect between critics and the "average" moviegoer is because critics watch and pick apart hundreds of movies per year as part of their job and have learned how to spot every trope and plot twist from a mile away, making them much more receptive to original, offbeat movies that go against their expectations. Meanwhile, people who don't see more than one movie a week (i.e. most non-critics) can better appreciate films that are {{cliche|Storm}}d but well-made on the technical side, and find arthouse films that [[GenreBusting challenge "traditional" genre boundaries]] to be off-putting.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals''. The series ''really'' hasn't gone over well with fans (ratings from TV.com and Website/IMDb have hovered in the 2.0 to 3.0 range), but the few mainstream reviewers who did pay any attention to the show found it decent. It was also nominated for a Gemini Award, sold lots of merchandise, and been green-lit for a third season — things that do not usually happen to shows ranking ''that'' low with viewers.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', despite being popular with its target audience and was greenlit for a second season, was almost universally panned by Website/YouTube critcs and older Nickelodeon fans alike.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' is almost in the exact same vein.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain'' is typically seen as an unneeded {{retool}} of a series that was already doing fine, not to mention the entire concept was simply lit by ExecutiveMeddling, to the point that it went unmentioned when the original ''Pinky and the Brain'' series was released on DVD. Critics loved it though, and it won several Emmy awards during its really short run.
* The animated pilot ''TheGroovenians'' was panned by audiences and reviewers yet was nominated for an Annie Award.
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* Nearly all design enthusiasts loathe the fonts Comic Sans and Papyrus, yet lots of ordinary people love them. They even turn up on signs for local businesses.
* While the pinball tables themed around ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' were excellent sellers and popular with all sorts of arcade-goers, Bally-Williams endured sales flop after flop (caused not only by the decline of arcades in the west but also by waning interest from arcade owners) and ultimately retired from pinball manufacturing in 1999. However, the top 10 list of modern pinball tables at the [[http://www.ipdb.org Internet Pinball Database]], as voted by visitors, is dominated almost entirely of Bally-Williams creations from 1993 (when "The Addams Family" was released) and onwards, precisely during that sales slump the company ultimately did not recover from, the only exceptions being "The Addams Family" and "The Twilight Zone" themselves. By contrast, Stern, the only major manufacturer of pinball tables in the 21st century, enjoys decent sales and found a niche with private buyers, is largely loathed by these pinball enthusiasts. Even their most popular and most-liked tables such as "WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Pinball Party" and "Literature/TheLordOfTheRings," gathers a LoveItOrHateIt reaction from them.
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