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Underrated Movies

I think the movie rating system is rigged. Rotten Tomatoes, newspapers, and the cable providers are all pay-and play. Advertise with them or pay fee and get a good review. I watched a couple real dogs recently that Rotten Tomatoes gave high praise (of course some subjectivity is in play).

Name a movie that you really like that didn't get a good review or rating. I'll start:

"2 Days in the Valley" (1996)

James Spader
Jeff Daniels
Danny Aiello
Charlize Theron
Teri Hatcher
Eric Stoltz


A black comedy. It came and went from the theaters quickly and faded away. Rotten tomatoes gives it 59%. I just watched it and loved it. Some good stars very early in their careers. A very young Charlize Theron (Atomic Blond) nude and Teri Hatcher in panties should be worth at least 85%
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Battle Los Angeles.

35% rotten tomatoes. I loved that dumb film.
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Another 1996 gem "Box Of Moonlight". John Turturro, Catherine Keener, Sam Rockwell. Rotten Tomatoes gave this a 58%.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115738/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_80
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Hudsucker Proxy
Inherent Vice
Barry Lyndon
A History of Violence

(These are all judged on the reaction and box office when they dropped, not current rotten tomatoes scores)
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I'm not sure that I can think of any movies to add to your list, although I'm sure there are several, but I do agree that the "critics" are full of crap. I find that other than the odd movie at the top or bottom of the list, that I almost feel the opposite of the critics.

For instance, when watching an action flick or a comic book/super hero movie, I'm not looking for really deep substance. I'm looking for entertainment with lots of flashy lights and loud noises

When watching a comedy, I'm not looking for the underlying social commentary. I'm looking to laugh whether it's a funny joke or a smart joke or a fart joke or whatever.
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When it comes to movies I've watched, my mind doesn't tell me much.

Not a major thing for me I guess.

Then I don't know what it is "rated" to know it is "under rated".

I like Buster Keaton's style, and maybe some of his 1930's films didn't get much positive for the day.

I suppose the only two under rated movies I know were under rated in their day, yet lasted long; are the Wizard of Oz and the Princess Bride.

If I do watch a movie, it is likely on MS3TK, and broken up in segments.
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Two of my faves are Repo Man and Fargo.
Not sure if they were poo-poo'd by the critics, but definitely not main stream. Both were dark and frickin hilarious.
I remember Emilio Esteves eating out of 'no-name' can simply labeled "Food" while his parents gave all their money to a Televangelist. And that the mechanic turned out to be an ET (sorry about the spoiler)
And Fargo? Well, just watch it. Every actor nailed their role.
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Remember, critics were the ones who said E.T. was a sci-fi flop that would be laughed out of the theaters and that Jaws was "Ashore it is a bore, awkwardly staged and lumpily written."

Over $1 billion in box office from those two would say most critics either don't know what they are talking about, or are just trying to sell more newspapers by being "edgy"
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Boondock Saints. Awesome flick that most haven’t heard of.

A Bronx Tale. Very underrated mob movie.
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Boondock Saints. Awesome flick that most havenít heard of.

A Bronx Tale. Very underrated mob movie.
A Bronx Tale is one of my favorite movies. Super underrated. A History of Violence too.
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The Drop - Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini's last film. Although RT rates it pretty high it pretty high, it didn't get much air time.
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As a kid of the 80's...

Better off Dead (I based my whole teenage years on that show, even down to the 67 Camaro. I really enjoy most of John Cusack's stuff..ie Hot Tub Time Machine, Grosse Pointe Blank. I think its a 80's thing.

But I really enjoyed..Mr Right. Which got bad ratings but I still watch it now and then. Fun hitman in love deal.

For action I'm full nerd. Ninja Assassin (best ninja show to date), The Punisher War Zone (With Stevenson is the closest you are gonna get to the comic, the one with Travolta is lame)

Really...me in a nutshell, I pay to be amused, doesn't matter if its at the circus or watching a tv show or going to the movies. Don't care what the critics say, if I'm amused I'm good. -WW
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Oh crap. I forgot. Mary and Max. Such a wonderful, funny, sweet movie. A top 10 for certain. Watch it!
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