50. “Soul Plane” (2004)
Plot summary: After a humiliating and horrific experience on a commercial flight, Nashawn Wade (Kevin Hart) sues and is awarded a $100 million settlement. Determined to make good with his newfound wealth he decides to create the airline of his dreams.
What critics said: “An hour and a half of real airplane turbulence is better than sitting through the bad, offensive material that makes up Soul Plane.” — The Washington Post
49. “Self/less” (2015)
Plot summary: An extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.
What critics said: “Self/less is a celluloid smoothie blended from dozens of familiar elements, but it’s neither tasty nor nutritious.” — New York Post
48. “American Outlaws” (2001)
Plot summary: When a Midwest town learns that a corrupt railroad baron has captured the deeds to their homesteads without their knowledge, a group of young ranchers join forces to take back what is rightfully theirs.
What critics said: “There’s no escaping the hackneyed plot or Mayfield’s conventional hand. So don’t go.” — The Washington Post
47. “Sex Ed” (2014)
Plot summary: Ed (Haley Joel Osment) lands his first teaching gig at an inner city middle school and finds his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no form of sexual education. Eddie isn’t really equipped to teach them. He’s not exactly experienced romantically.
What critics said: “While Isaac Feder’s raunchy comedy gives the “Sixth Sense” star the opportunity to roll a condom over a banana and talk really dirty, it offers precious little to even the most undemanding audiences.” — The Hollywood Reporter
46. “The Man” (2005)
Plot summary: A comedy about an affable dental salesman (Eugene Levy) and a hard-edged federal agent (Samuel L. Jackson) who are forced to work together and who eventually grow to tolerate each other.
What critics said: “It’s just awful. Pointless, lazy, derivative and paralyzingly dull.” — The Miami Herald
45. “Surviving Christmas” (2004)
Plot summary: Facing another Christmas alone, Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) decides to go back to his idyllic childhood home to recall the family holidays of his youth. There is, however, one problem: the people living there now are not Drew’s family.
What critics said: “This ghastly comedy emits the subliminal whine of a sucking chest wound.” — The Village Voice
44. “Sweet November” (2001)
Plot summary: Nelson (Keanu Reeves) and Sara (Charlize Theron) have nothing in common except an hour spent in DMV hell. Intrigued by each other, but not quite ready to commit, they settle on a rather unconventional courtship: a one-month trial, after which they’ll go their separate ways.
What critics said: “Passes off pathological behavior as romantic bliss. It’s about two sick and twisted people playing mind games and calling it love.” — Chicago Sun-Times
43. “Down to Earth” (2001)
Plot summary: When amateur comedian Lance (Chris Rock) finds himself at heaven’s door, he is convinced that there has been a mistake. Miraculously, he is right. He is given another chance — but in another body.
What critics said: “For a comedy, there are precious few real laughs. Three to be exact.” — The Washington Post
42. “Just Before I Go” (2015)
Plot summary: Ted Morgan (Seann William Scott) has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for creating the shell of a person he has become.
What critics said: “The film falters when it ham-fistedly attempts to detour into sensitive drama.” — The Hollywood Reporter
41. “Pali Road” (2016)
Plot summary: A young doctor (Michelle Chen) wakes up from a car accident and discovers she is married to another man and living a life she can’t remember. Her search for the truth to her past life will lead her to question everyone around her and her entire existence.
What critics said: “Pali Road disappoints with ghost-romance squishiness and deadly dull pacing.” — Los Angeles Times
40. “Someone Like You…” (2001)
Plot summary: The story of a young woman’s (Ashley Judd) attempt to explain her heartbreak by using the model of animal behavior.
39. “Black Knight” (2001)
Plot summary: Jamal Walker (Martin Lawrence) toils, unhappily, at Medieval World, a theme park that looks like it has not been renovated, or had customers, since the Dark Ages. After falling into the park’s fetid moat, Jamal crawls out into fourteenth century England. The Middle Ages will never be the same.
What critics said: “There’s precious little to like about the witless and decidedly tedious Black Knight other than the fact that it’s unlikely to generate a sequel.” — Austin Chronicle
38. “The Punisher” (2004)
Plot summary: Marvel’s unstoppable vigilante hits the big screen. After losing his family in to mob violence, undercover FBI agent and former Marine Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) decides to dedicate himself fully to the eradication of crime from America.
What critics said: “Fires blanks. Thoroughly routine, pic plays like a paint-by-numbers pilot for bygone basic-cable teleseries.” — Variety
37. “The New Guy” (2002)
Plot summary: A hilarious story about wiping the slate clean and reinventing yourself.
What critics said: “Lame, derivative comedy.” — TV Guide
36. “They” (2002)
Plot summary: After witnessing a horrible incident, a graduate student struggles to find the link between her childhood fear of the dark and the night terrors she now suffers.
What critics said: “The film stinks from start to finish, like a wet burlap sack of gloom.” — LA Weekly
35. “Antitrust” (2001)
Plot summary: A relentless suspense thriller that enters the hidden world where the rich and the brilliant collide, where a handful of bright, driven young men and women have the means to make or break the technology that will dominate the global economy.
34. “Sonny” (2002)
Plot summary: The story of a young man, Sonny (James Franco), living in New Orleans and trained to follow the family tradition as a paid male prostitute for wealthy women.
33. “Half Past Dead” (2002)
Plot summary: An undercover agent (Steven Seagal) must try to stop a criminal mastermind (Morris Chestnut) who plans to infiltrate a high-tech super-prison to persuade a man on death row to tell him where he hid $200 million in gold.
What critics said: “Stupid. Illogical. Simplistic. Pandering. And those are its good points.” — Baltimore Sun
32. “Here on Earth” (2000)
Plot summary: The lives of three young people – a rich student, a girl from the “wrong side of the tracks” and her boyfriend – unexpectedly intersect during one fateful summer.
What critics said: “An almost terminally sappy youth romance.” — Chicago Tribune
31. “Hell Ride” (2008)
Plot summary: Hell Ride is raucous throwback to the days of the Sergio Leone spaghetti western, with a heaping helping of testosterone-fueled chopper action thrown into the mix.
What critics said: “It’s a self-amused, self-conscious, seriously limp throwback to motorcycle westerns of the 1970s.” — Boston Globe
30. “Cursed” (2005)
Plot summary: From the team that brought you the Scream trilogy, this teen horror film focuses on three people who are brought together to battle a werewolf.
What critics said: “The scariest thing in the movie is a cameo by Scott Baio.” — The Village Voice
29. “Deception” (2008)
Plot summary: A simple enough question, but how Jonathan McQuarry answers it will change his life forever. A corporate auditor adrift in a sea of New York’s power elite, Jonathan’s work is his entire life. But a chance meeting with Wyatt Bose, a charismatic corporate lawyer, introduces Jonathan to a decadent playground for Manhattan’s executive upper crust.
28. “Pulse” (2006)
Plot summary: Jim Sonzero directs this remake of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s apocalyptic horror classic.
What critics said: “Hideously ugly to look at and not even worth following.” — New York Daily News
27. “Corky Romano” (2001)
Plot summary: Good-natured veterinarian Corky Romano (Chris Kattan) is stunned when he receives a call from his long-lost father “Pops” (Peter Falk), an underworld crime lord who has been indicted by a grand jury and needs his black sheep son to infiltrate the FBI undetected and abscond with the evidence against him.
What critics said: “Worth your time and money? Fuhgeddaboutit.” — Chicago Tribune
26. “Hector and the Search for Happiness” (2014)
Plot summary: A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.
What critics said: “The film aims for twee, but lands on torturous. It’s narcissism blown up to a global scale, in the guise of a quirky voyage of self-discovery.” — The Dissolve
25. “London” (2006)
Plot summary: A twisted and obsessive love story about a group of hip, wealthy twentysomethings who share a love of cocaine and partying.
What critics said: “A misfired attempt at provocation and the exploration of philosophical thought, London is little more than an immature display of male bonding on speed.” — The New York Times
24. “Domestic Disturbance” (2001)
Plot summary: When a divorced father (John Travolta) discovers that his ex-wife’s new husband (Vince Vaughn) is not what he claims to be, he realizes that his son’s life may be in danger and is determined to save him.
What critics said: “The most surprising thing about the movie is that somebody bothered to make it in the first place.” — The Washington Post
23. “She Hate Me” (2004)
Plot summary: When biotech executive Jack Armstrong (Anthony Mackie) gets fired and branded a whistle-blower, his desperation to make a living and the suggestion of a former girlfriend lead him into the baby-making business. Between the attempts by his former employers to frame him for securities fraud and his dubious fathering activities, Jack finds life, all at once, becoming very complicated
What critics said: “She Hate Me manages to be at once racist, homophobic, utterly fake, and unbearably tedious. This time, it’s Spike Lee who’s doing the bamboozling.” — Entertainment Weekly
22. “Grind” (2003)
Plot summary: While the rest of his high school graduating class is heading to the same old grind of college, skateboarder Eric Rivers and his best friends, Dustin (Adam Brody), a goal-oriented workaholic, and misfit slacker Matt have one last summer roadtrip together to follow their dream of getting noticed by the professional skateboarding world – and getting paid to skate.
What critics said: “Sitting through the teen skateboard comedy Grind is, well, a grind.” — USA Today
21. “The Quiet” (2006)
Plot summary: Popular cheerleader Nina Deer’s (Cuthbert) world is turned upside down when her parents (Falco and Donovan) adopt a recently orphaned deaf girl, Dot (Belle). But in this suburban home, things are not what they seem. Dot’s arrival puts a crack in Nina’s idyllic social life and the dark secrets her family harbors soon become exposed.
What critics said: “Neither ambitious enough to take seriously nor sleazy enough to enjoy, The Quiet flirts with the trappings of exploitation cinema without going all the way.” — The New York Times
20. “The Replacements” (2000)
Plot summary: It’s late in the season; the playoffs are fast approaching; and the Washington Sentinels have just gone on strike. Scrambling for a solution, the owner Edward O’Neil hatches a plan to bring in legendary coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) to recruit a team of replacement players in exactly one week.
What critics said: “The worst movie of the new millennium.” — Salon
19. “BloodRayne” (2006)
Plot summary: BloodRayne takes you to another place and time to experience a world where good and evil battle it out — with mankind as the very prize.
What critics said: “Just when you thought camp was dead, along comes this bizarre cross between a Tarantino knockoff and a Hammer horror film.” — Chicago Reader
18. “Without a Paddle” (2004)
Plot summary: This comic adventure begins when three childhood buddies decide to pursue their boyhood dream of finding legendary bank robber DB Cooper’s stash in the Oregon wilderness.
What critics said: “In a summer filled with dumb comedies, this might prove to be the dumbest. Think “Road Trip” meets “City Slickers.” Then dial the humor down a few notches, and you’re left Without a Paddle.” — USA Today
17. “Branded” (2012)
Plot summary: Branded is a dark and mind-bending journey into a surreal, dystopian society where corporate brands have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population disillusioned, dependent and passive.
What critics said: “To borrow a hamburger chain’s refrain, not lovin’ it.” — Los Angeles Times
16. “I Melt With You” (2011)
Plot summary: Richard, Ron, Jonathan and Tim are old college friends that gather annually for a week in Big Sur to celebrate their friendship and catch-up on each other’s lives. They seem like typical men in their forties – all with careers, families, and enormous responsibilities – but like most people there is a lot more beneath the surface.
What critics said: “A movie about self-absorbed douchebags that wallows in their douchebaggery.” — The A.V. Club
15. “Dracula 2000″ (2000)
Plot summary: Dracula, freed at last from a century in confinement, finds himself in a 21st century of chaos and temptation.
What critics said: “Overall, though, the slapdash pic appears to be the work of folks who made things up as they went along; you might say they were, well, vamping.” — Variety
14. “Sorority Row” (2009)
Plot summary: When five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters in a prank gone wrong, they agree to keep the matter to themselves and never speak of it again, so they can get on with their lives.
What critics said: “Even the gratuitous nudity can’t quite save a Heathers-goes-to-college horror that’s undermined by a silly plot and clunky dialogue.” — Empire
13. “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” (2008)
Plot summary: An unspeakably evil army rampages across what was an idyllic, peaceful world, destroying everything in its path, looking to conquer the mighty Castle Ebb and vanquish the King himself!
What critics said: “As numbing and depressing to watch as suits hammering out a film-packaging deal one venal clause at a time.” — L.A. Weekly
12. “Ready to Rumble” (2000)
Plot summary: An unscrupulous promoter removes a wrestler from his line-up, and two of the biggest wrestling fans are devasted by the ousting of their favorite character.
What critics said: “A movie made for wrestling fans that makes fun of wrestling fans? That cuts a little too close to the vicarious masochism at the heart of pro wrestling’s core constituency. Also, it’s not funny.” — Los Angeles Times
11. “Out Cold” (2001)
Plot summary: An ensemble comedy about snowboarders working in an Alaskan resort.
10. “Double Take” (2001)
Plot summary: This high-octane action/comedy finds successful New York investment banker Daryl Chase (Orlando Jones) suddenly on the run and having to switch identities with low-life petty thief Freddy Tiffany (Eddie Griffin).
9. “Whatever It Takes” (2000)
Plot summary: Based upon the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale. A socially inept boy (Shane West) teams up with an athletic type (James Franco) to get their respective dream dates.
What critics said: “If you can summon up the resolve to search, there is not a single honest moment in all of Whatever It Takes.” — Miami Herald
8. “Marci X” (2003)
Plot summary: The pampered daughter (Lisa Kudrow) of a record label executive must step in to deal with an out-of-control rapper (Damon Wayans).
What critics said: “Plays like an overextended variety-show sketch.” — Variety
7. “Valentine” (2001)
Plot summary: Five best friends are each looking for a relationship — a valentine to die for. And this year they might just get their wish.
6. “Deuces Wild” (2001)
Plot summary: Set in Brooklyn in the summer of 1958, the year the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, this is the story of a gang war in turbulent times.
What critics said: “A film that desperately wants to be a music video circa 1983.” — The New York Times
5. “Extreme Days” (2001)
Plot summary: Four life-long friends with a love for extreme sports set off on one last “road trip” adventure before settling down into adulthood.
What critics said: “One quarter ‘True love waits,’ three quarters ‘Cowabunga!,’ all pretty clumsy.” — Entertainment Weekly
4. “Darkness” (2004)
Plot summary: When a family moves into a seemingly quaint country house they discover that their new home has a horrifying past that may threaten them.
What critics said: “Darkness was clearly tossed together like salad in the editing room, since it’s little more than the sum of its unshocking shock cuts.” — Entertainment Weekly
3. “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist” (2002)
What critics said: “Does this even count as a movie?” — The A.V. Club
2. “Screwed” (2000)
Plot summary: Working for a wealthy boss, a chauffeur kidnaps her dog and holds it for ransom. Accidentally the boss gets the dog back and thinks the chauffer has been kidnapped.
What critics said: “Latenight cable TV filler disguised as a feature film.” — Variety
1. “Transylmania” (2009)
Plot summary: Spoof horror in which a group of college kids do a semester abroad in Romania and realize that if the partying doesn’t kill them, the vampires just might!
What critics said: “The lame gags, ineptly staged, don’t produce anything in the way of genuine laughs.” — The Hollywood Reporter
It’s well-established by now that the opinions of professional film critics don’t necessarily reflect what the people actually want.
Many movies that critics have deemed inferior turn out to be fan favorites in spite of — or perhaps because of — the fact that they aren’t artfully made. Goofy comedies like “The Replacements,” “Without a Paddle,” and “Soul Plane,” as well as many B-level horror and action films are as adored by fans as they are abhorred by critics.
Metacritic exclusively provided Business Insider with data about which movies since the year 2000 have most divided critics and regular viewers, looking at titles with high user scores but very low critic averages.
“Metacritic averages the review scores form the top critics to generate our Metascores, and we’re also very interested in what our users have to say about the movies they see,” Metacritic cofounder Marc Doyle told Business Insider. “At times, the professional critics and the regular moviegoers will disagree — and we’re in a great position to highlight those differences.”
Check out Metacritic’s 50 movies that people love but critics hate, ranked from least divergent critic and user scores to most divergent: