Great Movies with Low Ratingsby mister_cheech | created - 15 Mar 2012 | updated - 16 Mar 2012 | Public
These films just don't get enough respect.
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1. Seconds Apart (2011)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
Seth and Jonah are twins with a dangerous ability: telepathy. Things start to spiral out of their control as their classmates end up dying in twisted and bizarre ways. The police suspect ... See full summary »
I've seen so many horror movies that nothing really scares me anymore, except this film, which I saw about three months ago and it really made my skin crawl.
2. Jonah Hex (2010)
PG-13 | 81 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.
Votes: 49,596 | Gross: $10.54M
It's not a great movie by any means but I don't see how it's any worse than all these other cliched superhero flicks.
3. The Last Exorcism (2010)
PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.
Votes: 44,311 | Gross: $41.03M
The best found footage movie, totally engaging from beginning to end.
4. My Soul to Take (2010)
R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest.
Votes: 17,715 | Gross: $14.64M
Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Last House on the Left) is one of my favorite filmmakers. Though My Soul to Take, the first film he's both written and directed since 1994's New Nightmare, was universally panned, it's in fact wildly experimental and explosively audacious: the work of a true master who doesn't give a hoot what anyone else thinks.
5. The Box (I) (2009)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.
Votes: 82,124 | Gross: $15.05M
Those looking for narrative coherence won't find it here, but as it stands, there are some really powerful images in this movie that have stuck with me ever since I first saw it in theaters.
6. Halloween II (2009)
R | 105 min | Horror
Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.
Votes: 40,640 | Gross: $33.39M
This is another movie that a lot of people won't get. I don't think people who dislike it are wrong, necessarily, I just think they're looking at it from the wrong angle. As someone who have seen more horror movies than you could possibly imagine, a movie as unique and uniquely upsetting as Halloween II is a breath of fresh air.
7. Jennifer's Body (2009)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror
A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?
Votes: 100,721 | Gross: $16.20M
Diablo Cody's superior follow-up to Juno has sadly been forgotten.
8. Legion (2010)
R | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope.
Votes: 87,824 | Gross: $40.17M
There is this strange idea that people have where if they laugh at a bad movie, then it's still a bad movie. What is wrong with reacting to a movie in a way that you're not supposed to? I saw Legion in the theaters and it made me laugh and laugh and I talked to my friends about it and we laughed and laughed. How can I call a movie that brought me so much joy bad?
9. Messages Deleted (2010)
Not Rated | 92 min | Mystery, Thriller
A screenwriting teacher is forced to live out the plot of a screenplay idea he stole from a student, who now seeks revenge.
The eternally underrated Larry Cohen (God Told Me To, The Stuff) wrote this outstanding thriller from a couple of years ago that boasts an unexpectedly great performance from the guy who played Shaggy in the Scooby Doo movies.
10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.
Votes: 350,494 | Gross: $402.11M
Michael Bay is hated by a lot of people and it just doesn't make any sense at all. He's one of the few auteurs working in the Hollywood system, easily comprable to Tony Scott, Christopher Nolan and Steven Spileberg. His movies are very loud and busy and I can see why that would be offputting, but you can't call his movies typical Hollywood nonsense because if you really think about, beyond the superficial similarities to other action blockbusters (action scenes, explosions), the way he shoots and edits his movies is completely unique to him. A lot of people may not like him, but he's an auteur nonetheless, and we should congratulate people with unique and distinct voices over hack directors who do whatever idiot producers tell them to do.
11. Deception (I) (2008)
R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An accountant is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend. But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.
Votes: 35,102 | Gross: $4.60M
I saw this when I was investigating the back catalogue of the very beautiful and very talented Michelle Williams. She's great in it, as always, and the movie as a whole is moody and visually stunning and very exciting. It's not the most original movie you'll ever see, but it does the very specific thing it does very well.
12. Donkey Punch (2008)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Things go drastically wrong for a group of British holidaymakers in Spain.
Votes: 9,903 | Gross: $0.02M
As poignant a study of disaffected youth as Bret Easton Ellis's brilliant first two novels, Less Than Zero and The Rules of Attraction.
13. Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (2008 Video)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
The monsters have made it into a small neighboring town in the middle of nowhere and the locals have to band with the survivors of the bar' slaughter to figure out how to survive.
The first and third movies in the Feast trilogy didn't wholly work for me, but the second one absolutely did. It's insane, ridiculous, hilarious, violent, stupid, egregious and brilliant.
14. The Happening (2008)
R | 91 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.
Votes: 177,746 | Gross: $64.51M
I'm not sure I totally agree with the criticism that M Night Shyamalan gets. His scripts are not very good but he has a great visual sense and there is some real atmosphere to his films. Also, Zooey Deschanel is sooooooo pretty,
15. I Come with the Rain (2009)
Not Rated | 114 min | Thriller
Ex-Los Angeles cop turned private eye travels to Hong Kong in search of the missing son of a billionaire.
A very powerful film from Vietnamese auteur Anh Hung Tran that boasts a haunting performance from Elias Koteas and a deeply affecting soundtrack from Radiohead and various post-rock bands. Some people find this movie to be slow but nearly every scene is devastating in its own way.
16. Boarding Gate (2007)
R | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
An Italian woman who lives in London has a passionate affair with a former financial big gun. She also had a second lover, a contract killer who has to kill the big gun. Her second lover's ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,036 | Gross: $0.05M
The divisive Olivier Assayas continues in the tradition of Antonioni's haunting anti-thrillers L'Avventura and Blow-Up and while Boarding Gate is not as good as either of those widely praised films, I think it's easily on the level of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, another movie that looked like it could have been a mindless thriller but turned out to be slow-paced, unconventional and haunting.
17. The Deaths of Ian Stone (2007)
R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller
Deaths tells the story of an all-American guy who is murdered each day by horrifying pursuers, only to wake up in slightly different lives to experience the terror of being murdered again.
What if, when you died, you woke up as another person, living a whole new life, with a whole new set of memories, without prior knowledge of all the other people you've been? And what if, one day, your memories starting to stick with you, and you started to remember your old lives, and all the times you died? That is the premise of this brilliant horror movie about how true love can throw your life into chaos.
18. Nancy Drew (2007)
PG | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
Teen detective Nancy Drew accompanies her father on a business trip to Los Angeles, where she happens upon clues to a murder mystery involving a movie star.
Votes: 17,328 | Gross: $25.61M
Like Josie and the Pussycats before it, Nancy Drew is superficially a kid's movie but has a lot more depth and substance that you could possibly imagine. This totally won me over, not unlike Toy Story 3, which I was also moved by in spite of myself.
19. Smiley Face (2007)
R | 85 min | Comedy
After a young actress unknowingly eats her roommate's marijuana cupcakes, her day becomes a series of misadventures.
Votes: 14,921 | Gross: $0.01M
I'm not the biggest fan of Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, Another Day in Paradise) but I find Anna Faris so utterly charming and hilarious that I loved this movie to death. A much, much better stoner comedy than Pineapple Express or The Big Lebowski because it doesn't romanticise people who do drugs, it shows them for who they really are.
20. The Ten (2007)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Romance
Ten stories, each inspired by one of the ten commandments.
Votes: 15,731 | Gross: $0.77M
The best movie by David Wain (Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer) by a long shot. So funny.
21. Black Christmas (2006)
R | 84 min | Horror
An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.
Votes: 21,915 | Gross: $16.24M
Glen Morgan's underrated companion piece to Haneke's Funny Games refuses to glorify violence and winds up far more icky and disturbing and unpleasant than anyone could ever want it to be. It doesn't totally work as a movie because the studio cut it shreds but it's quite an experience nonetheless.
22. Southland Tales (2006)
R | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
During a three day heat wave just before a huge 4th of July celebration, an action star stricken with amnesia meets up with a porn star who is developing her own reality TV project, and a policeman who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.
Votes: 34,154 | Gross: $0.28M
Another Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), and the movie that got me interested in politics. I'd never invested any real thought into the government before seeing this movie but it really opened my eyes. It's kind of an absurdist musical crash course in political philosophy.
23. Mary (I) (2005)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller
The Virgin Mary delivers a message to an 11-year-old girl.
The first, and absolutely not the last, movie in this list by Abel Ferrara, one of the most audacious and uncompromising voices in American cinema. Forest Whitaker turns in a performance here that brought me to tears. An absolute must see. I think that even if you don't like it, you will learn ten times more from this film alone than you would from watching a hundred pleasantly mediocre blockbusters.
24. Club Dread (2004)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
When a serial killer interrupts the fun at the swanky Coconut Pete's Coconut Beach Resort--a hedonistic island paradise for swingers--it's up to the club's staff to stop the violence...or at least hide it.
Votes: 25,615 | Gross: $4.99M
The best film from wild comedy troupe Broken Lizard. What I like most about it is that it's hilarious until someone dies, at which point it becomes really icky. I don't like it when people try to make death into some funny thing. I guess there shouldn't be any limits on what comedian should make fun of, but there is something to be said for people who are humanistic enough to treat the end of someone's life with the reverence and respect it deserves, and don't try to undercut it with some stupid laugh.
25. Bookies (2003)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Centers on four college friends who become small-time bookies, only to find their world spinning dangerously out of control when their greed attracts the attention of organized crime.
A kinetic and exciting thriller about amateur bookies who get in over their head. It's very well made and has a cast that includes the very funny Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) and the stunningly beautiful Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That).
26. Dahmer (2002)
R | 101 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present.
Votes: 8,195 | Gross: $0.14M
This is probably my favorite movie. It gets very deep into the mind of a very twisted man. It's not necessarily a pleasant experience, but it's one you'll never forget.
27. Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
R | 87 min | Comedy
An unemployed cartoonist moves back in with his parents and younger brother Freddy. When his parents demand he leave, he begins to spread rumors that his father is sexually abusing Freddy.
Votes: 42,220 | Gross: $14.25M
One of the most divisive movies ever made, Tom Green's unhinged comedy if strictly for people who like their humor to be offbeat and unconventional. It's not funny in the same way that The Simpsons or Arrested Development is funny. It's more like Tim and Eric. Probably the boldest movie ever made by a major studio this side of Heaven's Gate.
28. Ghosts of Mars (2001)
R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house.
Votes: 46,274 | Gross: $8.43M
Carpenter's later films don't often get a lot of respect, outside of his masters of horror episode Cigarette Burns. I think this is easily as good as his earlier moody action film Assault on Precinct 13.
29. Pootie Tang (2001)
PG-13 | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Pootie Tang, the musician/actor/folk hero of the ghetto, is chronicled from his early childhood to his battles against the evil Corporate America, who try to steal his magic belt and make ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,295 | Gross: $3.29M
Louis CK, the star and creator of the acclaimed TV show Louie, wrote and directed this ADHD comedy with more creative ideas than all the recent Judd Apatow films put together. Quotable, hip, funny, fresh.
30. 'R Xmas (2001)
R | 85 min | Crime, Drama
A New York drug dealer is kidnapped, and his wife must try to come up with the money and drugs to free him from his abductors before Christmas.
Votes: 1,141 | Gross: $0.00M
Ferrara again, this time at his most moody and elliptical. It's reputedly based on a true story but ultimately there's not much of a story at all. It's atmosphere from beginning to end. Ferrara's films are alive and spontaneous in a way that is sure to upset people accustomed to mannered blockbusters, but I guarantee you, if you go through his oeuvre and watch all of his movies, you will come out the other side a lot more open to experimental ideas and techniques.
31. Hollow Man (2000)
R | 112 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
When the leader of a team of scientists volunteers to be the test subject for their experiment in human invisibility, he slowly unravels and turns against them, with horrific consequences.
Votes: 110,115 | Gross: $73.21M
This might not have the satirical edge of Robocop, or the Philip K Dick existentialism of Total Recall, but it's the work of a real master. Ultimately, I guess it's not very exciting visually, and it's kind of forgettable, but while you're watching it, it's great fun.
32. New Rose Hotel (1998)
R | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Maas and Hosaka are two large Corporations in the future world. They are fighting to get control over the best minds of the world. The best is Hiroshi and at the moment he is working for ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,760 | Gross: $0.02M
Ferrara's second best, after the profoundly affecting Bad Lieutenant, New Rose Hotel is the most unique science fiction film you've ever seen, starring Asia Argento (whose directorial debut Scarlet Diva nearly made this list), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) and Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can).
33. Vampires (1998)
R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.
Votes: 46,472 | Gross: $20.24M
An expertly made vampire flick with James Woods as the asskicking protagonist. More awesome Carpenter of the Escape from New York ilk than the haunting Carpenter of The Thing.
34. The End of Violence (1997)
R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller
Mike Max is a Hollywood producer who became powerful and rich thanks to brutal and bloody action films. His ignored wife Paige is close to leaving him. Suddenly Mike is kidnapped by two ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,361 | Gross: $0.28M
I saw this moody satire by Wim Wenders (Paris Texas) when I was in the midst of my obsession with Bill Pullman and it doesn't disappoint on that front. There's not a lot of depth here but Wenders has a real gift for crafting movies that are both cold and inviting. There's a lot of opportunity for reflection and yet it's also a movie you lose yourself in.
35. Mimic (1997)
R | 105 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.
Votes: 40,662 | Gross: $25.48M
Jeremy Northam from Cypher and Mira Sorvino who here looks a lot like Jenna Fischer are the heroes of this creepy movie about a bug who has rapidly evolved to mimic humans. The design of the creature is really spectacular. Curiously, in sillhouette it looks like like a man wearing a trench coat, but when you get up close, you see what it really is.
36. Escape from L.A. (1996)
R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.
Votes: 60,464 | Gross: $25.48M
The bafflingly maligned sequel to Escape from New York is even more insane and outlandish than its predecessor and is all the better for it. Kurt Russel is so indefatigably awesome that this movie feels like a sci-fi update of the classic John Waynes from the 30s, 40s and 50s.
37. Jade (1995)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves.
Votes: 10,081 | Gross: $9.80M
A formally striking and quietly poignant anti-thriller from one of my favorite filmmakers William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection). Linda Fiorentino's smoldering sexuality anchors a movie rich with disparate ideas and unforgettable moments. This should be a silly movie but for some reason it has really stuck with me. That's not to say I didn't find it amazing when I watched it.
38. Body Snatchers (1993)
R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A teenage girl and her father discover alien clones are replacing humans on a remote U.S. military base in Alabama.
Votes: 14,686 | Gross: $0.43M
Arguably better than Philip Kaufman's 1978 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers because a host of outstanding performances, particularly from Terry Kinney (Oz) whose soft spoken intensity is utilized to maximum effect here and Forest Whitaker, who manages a career best in his final, heartbreaking, riveting scene.
39. Sliver (1993)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A woman moves into an exclusive New York City apartment building, which she soon discovers houses tenants with all manner of shocking secrets.
Votes: 25,090 | Gross: $36.30M
A satirical movie about our obsession with entertainment, in which William Baldwin decks out his apartment with television screens that show him what is happening in every other room in the building via hidden camera, giving him an endless, hyper-realistic soap opera that entertains him around the clock. It prophetically predicts the reality television craze.
40. The Lawnmower Man (1992)
R | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.
Votes: 30,347 | Gross: $32.10M
Like The Shining, proof that the best Steven King adaptations are the ones that deviate wildly from the source material. King's books are not engaging because of their stories per se. They are interesting because of the paranthetical, interior character stuff that doesn't translate to cinema because it's inherently wordy. The Lawnmower Man doesn't feel like King at all. Instead, it's completely its own thing, a very imaginative tale with visceral, if dated, CGI visuals.
41. The Art of Dying (1991)
R | 90 min | Crime, Thriller
A cinematographer and his assistant are attracting aspiring young actors and actresses by getting them to try out for their movie. Once filming, the evil cameraman actually kills them. The ... See full summary »
This sadly forgotten thriller benefits from an electric performance by Wings Hauser and a film buff serial killer. What a strange world we live in when Michael Mann's similarly moody and visually astute Manhunter and Thief are still eagerly discussed by students of film today while this neon actioner has fallen by the wayside.
42. Shocker (1989)
R | 109 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.
Votes: 12,642 | Gross: $16.55M
Wes Craven at his most alive and most kinetic. Shocker remains one of the most unpredictable and electric (pun intended) horror movies I've ever seen.
43. Vampire's Kiss (1988)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Horror
After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he's turning into a vampire.
Votes: 10,893 | Gross: $0.73M
Nicolas Cage's oft mocked performance is a triumph of character immersion. There is total, unironic role commitment here that just doesn't exist outside of condescending oscar-bait dramas.
44. China Girl (1987)
R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs.
Votes: 1,274 | Gross: $1.26M
Ferrara's melancholic retelling of Romeo and Juliet speaks directly to the human experience as loudly and clearly as Antonioni's L'Avventura. If taken on its terms, China Girl is as close to perfection as any movie has ever come, even if it's at the expense of the rugged spontaneity that would come to the fore in Ferrara's later work.
45. The Stuff (1985)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.
An indictment of blind consumerism that thankfully falls short of socialism.
46. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.
Votes: 33,203 | Gross: $14.40M
This underrated sequel has gone underappreciated because it has nothing in common with the previous two films in the series, but if we can somehow bring it upon ourselves to overlook that, we can see that this is the work of true auteur with a rare talent for the form.
47. Vice Squad (1982)
R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A Los Angeles businesswoman, known only by her street name of Princess, turns to prostitution to support herself and her young daughter when she's forced by Detective Tom Walsh and his vice... See full summary »
Votes: 1,446 | Gross: $13.25M
Another Wings Hauser film that is more polished than The Art of Dying if perhaps a little more dated and archaic. Still totally worth seeing.
48. 1941 (1979)
PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War
Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.
Votes: 27,773 | Gross: $31.76M
A rousing Robert Altman homage by the greatest living filmmaker Steven Spielberg, 1941 is a poignant study of American jingoism and neurosis in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Spielberg here had not yet found his voice as a filmmaker, but it shares with Close Encounters and Jaws a youthful spontaneity.
49. The Driller Killer (1979)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.
For all intents and purposes Ferrara's debut, this riff on Taxi Driver trumps that overrated film's obnoxiousness and nihilism.