20 Movies That Audiences and Film Critics Wildly Disagree About

To avid fans, all the critics who loved Star Wars: The Last Jedi are on the Dark Side.
To avid fans, all the critics who loved Star Wars: The Last Jedi are on the Dark Side.
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It’s always disappointing to find out that critics consider one of your favorite movies to be an utter gaffe from beginning to end—and it’s just as strange to hear industry experts fawn over a flick that you thought was the snooze-fest of the century.

With the rise of online review aggregators that feature ratings from both professionals and the general public, it’s become only too easy to see just how giant those discrepancies can be. To discover which films are the most divisive, RAVE Reviews compiled Rotten Tomatoes's "Top 100" lists from 17 different genres into one massive collection of 967 films, and then ranked them in order of how large the difference was between the critic score and the audience score.

The top spot went to Knock Down the House, a 2019 Netflix documentary about four working-class women who ran for Congress, including New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. To critics, it was a flawless work of visual journalism worthy of a rare 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences disagreed with those critics by a full 82 percent, awarding it an abysmal 18 percent.

For 17 of the 20 films on the list, the story looks similar: Critics gave them a gold star, while audiences were unimpressed. The Rian Johnson-directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), for example, earned a glowing 91 percent rating from critics, but it apparently failed to live up to George Lucas’s legacy in the eyes of most moviegoers—its audience score is just 43 percent.

However, there are a few crowd-pleasers that critics didn’t embrace. Father-son duo Donald and Kiefer Sutherland teamed up for the 2016 Western Forsaken, which entertained audiences enough to receive an 87 percent rating. Professional reviewers found it unimaginative and forgettable, giving it a below-average grade of 42 percent.

If there’s an overall takeaway from this data, it’s that critical acclaim definitely doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to enjoy a film—and choosing a guilty pleasure over Citizen Kane (1941) is totally justified.

See the top 20 list below, and read more about the data here.

1. Knock Down the House (2019)

Audience score: 18 percent
Critic score: 100 percent

2. Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018)

Audience score: 22 percent
Critic score: 100 percent

3. Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)

Audience score: 37 percent
Critic score: 97 percent

4. American Outlaws (2001)

Audience score: 68 percent
Critic score: 14 percent

5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Audience score: 43 percent
Critic score: 91 percent

6. Gloria Bell (2019)

Audience score: 44 percent
Critic score: 91 percent

7. Spy Kids (2001)

Audience score: 46 percent
Critic score: 93 percent

8. We Are Still Here (2015)

Audience score: 48 percent
Critic score: 95 percent

9. Forsaken (2016)

Audience score: 87 percent
Critic score: 42 percent

10. I Am (2011)

Audience score: 80 percent
Critic score: 36 percent

11. Starfish (2019)

Audience score: 46 percent
Critic score: 90 percent

12. Strong Island (2017)

Audience score: 57 percent
Critic score: 100 percent

13. It Comes at Night (2017)

Audience score: 44 percent
Critic score: 87 percent

14. Antz (1998)

Audience score: 52 percent
Critic score: 93 percent

15. Room 237 (2013)

Audience score: 55 percent
Critic score: 94 percent

16. About a Boy (2002)

Audience score: 55 percent
Critic score: 93 percent

17. Backcountry (2015)

Audience score: 54 percent
Critic score: 92 percent

18. Cam (2018)

Audience score: 55 percent
Critic score: 93 percent

19. Love & Friendship (2016)

Audience score: 60 percent
Critic score: 97 percent

20. Harpoon (2019)

Audience score: 59 percent
Critic score: 96 percent

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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The Longest Movie Ever Made Would Take You More Than 35 Days to Watch Straight Through

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Nishant Kirar, Unsplash

A typical movie lasts between 90 minutes and two hours, and for some viewers, any film that exceeds that window is "long." But the longest film you've ever seen likely has nothing on Logistics—a record-breaking project released in Sweden in 2012. Clocking in at a total runtime of 35 days and 17 hours, Logistics is by far the longest movie ever made.

Logistics isn't your standard Hollywood epic. Conceived and directed by Swedish filmmakers Erika Magnusson and Daniel Andersson, it's an experimental film that lacks any conventional structure. The concept started with the question: Where do all the gadgets come from? Magnusson and Andersson attempted to answer that question by following the life cycle of a pedometer.

The story begins at a store in Stockholm, where the item is sold, then moves backwards to chronicle its journey to consumers. Logistics takes viewers on a truck, a freight train, a massive container ship, and finally to a factory in China's Bao'an district. The trip unfolds in real time, so audiences get an accurate sense of the time and distance required to deliver gadgets to the people who use them on the other side of the world.

Many people would have trouble sitting through some of the longest conventional films in history. Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) lasts 242 minutes, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra (1963) is a whopping 248 minutes long. But sitting down to watch all 857 hours of Logistics straight through is nearly physically impossible.

Fortunately, it's not the only way to enjoy this work of art. On the project's website, Logistics has been broken down into short, two-minute clips—one for each day of the journey. You can watch the abridged version of the epic experiment here.