Critics and audiences had very different opinions on these films (Picture: AP)
Rotten Tomatoes is the go-to website for many looking for recommendations of the next hit film to watch, or what to avoid.
The fresh and rotten ratings can prove controversial, with critics and audiences wildly disagreeing on the score films should receive.
Some classics have criminally low critic ratings, while audiences laud them as comfort watches and family favourites they hold dear.
Meanwhile, some critically acclaimed flicks didn’t get a standing ovation from audiences despite being certified fresh.
Here, we round up 10 films that maybe don’t deserve their high ratings after audiences made their thoughts clear.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 91%
Marking the second instalment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) solitude end when he is sought out by Rey (Daisy Ridley) who wants to learn the ways of the Jedi forces.
This instalment in the Star Wars franchise proved wildly divisive (Picture: D James/Lucasfilm/Disney/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)
Following its release in 2017, it garnered an impressive critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 91%, with the consensus being that it ‘honours the saga’s rich legacy while adding some surprising twists — and delivering all the emotion-rich action fans could hope for.’
However, audiences disagree by almost 50%, rating it rotten at 42%.
Available to stream on Disney Plus.
Leave the World Behind – 75%
Sam Esmail’s Leave the World Behind was one of Netflix’s top watches at the time of its release, and critics adored it giving it a 75% rating.
The star-studded cast of Leave The World Behind did little to win over audiences (Picture: JoJo Whilden/Netflix)
Audiences were less drawn to the apocalyptic thriller, giving it just 35% and saying ‘After a pretty strong start, Leave the World Behind loses its way, fumbling an interesting premise with unlikable characters, unbelievable dialogue, and a disappointing ending.’
It follows Amanda (Julia Roberts) and Clay (Ethan Hawke) as they embark on a family getaway with their teenage children Archie (Charlie Evans) and Rose (Farrah Mackenzie). However soon after they leave New York for Long Island, things take a strange turn when a cyberattack prompts a blackout.
Available to stream on Netflix.
It Comes At Night – 88%
Horror often proves divisive when it comes to critics and audiences, and an example of this is A24’s It Comes At Night, directed by Trey Edward Shults.
It Comes At Night proved a snoozefest for some viewers (Picture: Eric McNatt Photo)
Critics loved the apocalyptic thriller, which sees Paul (Joel Edgerton), Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), and their teenage son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) locked away in their remote home as a disease overruns the planet.
With a rating of 44% though, audiences were less enthralled by the ‘effective use of bare-bones trappings’ which won over reviewers at 88%.
Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Sky.
Ad Astra – 83%
Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and Ruth Negga appeared in 2019 sci-fi hit Ad Astra which follows the story of astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) as he undertakes a dangerous mission across the solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and a series of strange power surges.
Critics described Ad Astra as a ‘visually thrilling journey’ – audiences disagree (Picture: 20th Century Fox)
Audiences rated the James Gray film at just 40%, whereas the critics rating sits at 83%.
Their consensus is: ‘Ad Astra takes a visually thrilling journey through the vast reaches of space while charting an ambitious course for the heart of the bond between parent and child.’
Available to stream on Netflix and Disney Plus.
No One Will Save You – 81%
No One Will Save You proved a hit with Disney Plus users, with many branding it the best sci-fi film of 2023.
This hit horror film didn’t give everyone nightmares (Picture: Hulu)
Rotten Tomatoes audience members weren’t so convinced, with the film receiving a 56% rating as opposed to the critics’ 81%
The otherworldly horror focuses on Brynn (Kaitlyn Dever), a recluse who appears ostracised from her community as she struggles with the loss of her mother, Sarah, and best friend, Maude. Her simple life is soon thrown into chaos when her home is invaded by extraterrestrial beings as she fights for survival in a place she should feel safest of all.
Available to stream on Disney Plus.
Ghostbusters (2016) – 74%
Ghostbusters fans ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but they sure don’t like this remake (Picture: Columbia/Feigco/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)
Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the Paul Feig film follows a group of paranormal enthusiasts who set out to hunt ghosts when they realise someone is using the undead to bring the end of the world.
And while critics rated the film at 74%, audiences believe it deserved just 49%.
Not yet available to stream or rent.
Sausage Party – 82%
Kristen Wiig appears on this list once again as she stars alongside Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Michael Cera in the 2016 comedy Sausage Party.
This comedy wasn’t a barrel of laughs for some (Picture: AP)
The animated flick follows a sentient group of fast food as they discover a horrifying secret about life outside the supermarket and quickly devise a plan to escape.
Audiences only gave ‘offensive’ the film a 50% rating, while critics loved the flick and certified it fresh with a score of 82%.
Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Now TV.
The Green Knight – 89%
This adventure thrilled critics (Picture: A24)
The 2021 film, directed by David Lowery, tells the story of Sir Gawain (Patel), King Arthur’s nephew, as he sets out to defeat the Green Knight, a giant, after accepting his challenge.
Critics may have given the fantasy flick an 89% score, but audiences settled on 50%, saying: ‘For better and for worse, the beautifully filmed Green Knight is a different take on a classic story that takes its time in the telling and leaves a lot open to interpretation.’
Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
The Lost Daughter – 94%
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature directorial debut The Lost Daughter ripped out the hearts of many, giving it a critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes of 94%.
Starring Olivia Colman in the lead role, this tearjerker had some dry eyes in the house (Picture: AP)
Audiences, however, branded it ‘dull’ and ‘difficult to follow’ as it garnered a rating of just 55%.
Starring Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, and Paul Mescal, the 2021 film follows college professor Leda (Colman) who is forced to confront her unsettling past after meeting Nina (Johnson) and her young daughter Elena while on vacation in Italy.
Available to stream on Netflix.
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