Movies people love that I can't stand.

I'll never understand how some movies that, in my opinion, are very mediocre (or just plain awful) become so popular?! These are the ones that confuse me the most.
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1.
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Great 3D effects... horrible 2D characters. Predictable, transparent, formulaic, dumb. ” - ArchiBish
 
2.
Crash (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ Racism is bad... I get it. *yawn* I really wanted to like this movie. Perhaps my expectations were too high. ” - ArchiBish
 
3.
Armageddon (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet. (151 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ So Steve Buscemi get's space madness and starts to sabotage the operation... why? What a horrible set. That Asteroid set was absurd. It looked like something out of Alice in Wonderland. I just couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to take it all in. ” - ArchiBish
 
4.
Transformers (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager. (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Special effects porn gone awry. If things are moving so fast you can't focus on them... what's the point of animating them? When people aren't involved, I have a hard time giving a darn. There was nothing lovable about these robots and the whole thing was insulting to my intelligence. ” - ArchiBish
 
5.
The Hangover (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ Why are people so nuts for the movie? It has some funny points, sure, but I'd take any number of dumb comedies starring funny people over this one. ” - ArchiBish
 
6.
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Cool effects but ZERO substance. (but you know that) ” - ArchiBish
 
7.
The Rock (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ I wanted to leave the theater. Actually spent a portion of the movie talking to the theater staff in the lobby waiting for my friends to wrap it up. What a bunch of dumb! ” - ArchiBish
 
8.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Loud! Special Effects Porn! Action... action... action... action... (repeat)

If you have to spend 90% of the movie explaining the movie then you shouldn't make the movie.

Lots of two dimensional characters we're supposed to care about wrapped up in conflicts of their own making. Who cares? ” - ArchiBish
 
9.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. (143 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ *sigh* I so wanted to like these movies. ” - ArchiBish
 
10.
The Town (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ When all the characters are bad people... why watch? Felt like a waste of my time. ” - ArchiBish
 
11.
The Fifth Element (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Could have been great... could have been good... had some good moments but overall... meh! (Chris Tucker was SO annoying and unfunny) ” - ArchiBish
 
12.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to reclaim their old glory. (136 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ I know... too easy. When it first came out I remember being just about the only person I knew who hated it. Truly... deeply... HATED IT! ” - ArchiBish
 
13.
The English Patient (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. (162 mins.)
“ Count Laszlo de Almásy was so one sided... wretchedly miserable from beginning to end. ” - ArchiBish
 
14.
Clerks (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof. (92 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ ...so she had sex with a dead guy and didn't know it. Har-de-har-har ” - ArchiBish
 
15.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ I was doing okay... a little boring... but then the end was SO disappointing. ” - ArchiBish
 
16.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ I understand the importance of this movie and what it did for cinema... I can respect it but OMG what a bunch of whiny loud-mouth idiots. Shut up and get on with the movie! ” - ArchiBish
 
17.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ If it wasn't held in such high-regard I'd probably be okay with it... maybe it doesn't deserve to be here. Frankly, I could have lived without it. Why did everyone go so nuts-o for it? (I'm vexed)

Best Actor for Russell Crowe?! Say what?! ” - ArchiBish
 
18.
Sin City (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
“ Disgusting... why do people expose themselves to this crap? No redeeming characters. Ugh! ” - ArchiBish
 
19.
Blood Diamond (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ I really wanted to like it but a cheeky action flick seems like the wrong genre? No? ” - ArchiBish
 
20.
Road to Perdition (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ I'm a sucker for artsy-fartsy cinematography and Jude Law just about stole the show but all-in-all I was REALLY bored because I couldn't bring myself to care about Michael Sullivan like I was supposed to. I tried... I really tried! ” - ArchiBish
 
21.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. (118 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Again (and I'm noticing a theme here) when no one in the movie is likable... why make it? It was torture getting through this. I think you have to be a real masochist to enjoy this one. ” - ArchiBish
 
22.
Twilight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. (122 mins.)
“ Okay... too easy and I haven't seen it. But I know I wont see it and that if I did see it I would hate it. (I know this shouldn't even be in here but I couldn't resist) ” - ArchiBish
 
23.
Caddyshack (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ Love Chevy Chase, Love Bill Murray, love some very small elements of this movie but found the movie to be pretty laugh-less overall. (I've never understood the popularity of Rodney Dangerfield) ” - ArchiBish
 
24.
Bulworth (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture. (108 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
“ Another movie lacking likable characters. Wanted to like this one too! *yawn* ” - ArchiBish
 
25.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. (170 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Way too long to say way too little about way too much! ” - ArchiBish
 
26.
Gangs of New York (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ See: Bulworth, Natural Born Killers, The Town, Etc. ” - ArchiBish
 
27.
Out of Africa (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (161 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ "I had a farm in Africa, I had a farm in Africa, I had a farm in Africa..." *Zzzzz* ” - ArchiBish
 
28.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary. (119 mins.)
Director: David Dobkin
“ Unfunny... misogynistic... rude... boring. ” - ArchiBish
 
29.
Total Recall (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ I made the mistake of reading the novel adapted from the screenplay first... it was SO much better than the movie. They tried to do WAY too much with rubber masks and puppets. So dumb. ” - ArchiBish
 
30.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
“ Am I supposed to feel sympathetic? I tend to feel sympathy in stories like these but Crumb... notsomuch. ” - ArchiBish