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Sometimes it takes a while for a movie to reach classic status. Here are 7 classic movies that were hated in their time.
- Fight Club. While Fight Club is seen as a modern classic (just look inside of any dorm room), back when it was released in 1999, film critics hated it. The Miami Herald called the film “a bit of a dud,” while the Boston Globe said it was a “chic indictment of empty materialist values fizzles.” Yikes!
- Psycho. Believe it or not, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was considered a “plainly a gimmick movie” when it was released in 1960. The New York Times said the effort was “not an abundance of subtlety” and was an “obviously low-budget job.” Today, Psycho is viewed as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films.
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In 1998, Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas received a lot of terrible reviews. The San Francisco Chronicle called it “Disappointing, pointless and repetitive,” while Roger Ebert said the film was a “one joke movie, if it had one joke.”
- Predator. Although the original Predator is one of the best action movies of the 1980s, it wasn’t the best reviewed when it was released in 1987. The New York Times said the movie was “alternately grisly and dull, with few surprises,” while the Christian Science Monitor said, “Arnold Schwarzenegger fights an outer-space monster in a third-world jungle. The monster never has a chance. Neither does the jungle. Neither does the audience.” Ouch!
- Godzilla. The original Godzilla was not nearly as celebrated in the United States was in the 1950s as it is today. Namely, because it was from Japan.
- The Third Man. Today, Carol Reed’s The Third Man is considered one of the best movies of all-time, but when the film was released in 1949, some movie critics weren’t too kind to it. The Guardians said of the film, “they got a bleak foreign drama, filmed by the victorious Allies in the ruins of their hometown. ‘A city fearful of its present, uncertain of its future,’ declared the breathless trailer, but it wasn’t quite so thrilling if you actually had to live there.”
- The Shining. Stanley Kubrick was actually nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Director for The Shining in 1980, Namely because Kubrick veered so far away from the source material. Stanley Kubrick the worst director? Hardly. Variety called out Kubrick for Shelley DuVall’s performance, saying Kubrick “transforms the warm sympathetic wife of the book into a simpering, semi-retarded hysteric.” Roger Ebert also gave the movie a bad review, but later backtracked.