Great Movies that Got Rotten Reviews

Who says film critics always get it right? We rounded up the best bad reviews of classic movies, trashed by everyone from Roger Ebert to Pauline Kael.

View as Slideshow

Casablanca (1942)

<i>Casablanca</i> (1942)
"The love story that takes us from time to time into the past is horribly wooden, and clichés everywhere lower the tension."—New Statesman

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

<i>The Wizard of Oz</i> (1939)
"It has dwarfs, music, Technicolor, freak characters and Judy Garland. It can't be expected to have a sense of humor as well, and as for the light touch of fantasy, it weighs like a pound of fruitcake soaking wet."—The New Republic

The Godfather, Part II (1974)

<i>The Godfather, Part II</i> (1974)
"It's a Frankenstein monster stitched together from leftover parts. It talks. It moves in fits and starts but it has no mind of its own... Looking very expensive but spiritually desperate, Part II has the air of a very long, very elaborate revue sketch."—Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Titanic (1997)

<i>Titanic</i> (1997)
"What does $200 million buy? The 3-hour-and-14-minute 'Titanic' unhesitatingly answers: not enough."—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Content continues below ad

Star Wars (1977)

<i>Star Wars</i> (1977)
"It’s an assemblage of spare parts—it has no emotional grip... an epic without a dream."—Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

Forrest Gump (1994)

<i>Forrest Gump</i> (1994)
"It is... glib, shallow, and monotonous, a movie that spends so much time sanctifying its hero that, despite his 'innocence,' he ends up seeming about as vulnerable as Superman."—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Vertigo (1958)

<i>Vertigo</i> (1958)
"The old master has turned out another Hitchcock-and-bull story in which the mystery is not so much who done it as who cares."—Time

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

<i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> (1968)
"The slab is never explained, leaving 2001, for all its lively visual and mechanical spectacle, a kind of space-Spartacus and, more pretentious still, a shaggy God story."—John Simon, The New Leader

Content continues below ad

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

<i>Lawrence of Arabia</i> (1962)
"The fault is also in the lengthy but surprisingly lusterless dialogue of Robert Bolt's over-written screenplay. Seldom has so little been said in so many words."—Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

<i>Bonnie and Clyde</i> (1967)
"Conceptually, the film leaves much to be desired, because killings and the backdrop of the Depression are scarcely material for a bundle of laughs."—Dave Kaufman, Variety

A Star is Born (1976)

<i>A Star is Born</i> (1976)
"A bore is starred."—Village Voice

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

<i>The Bride of Frankenstein</i> (1935)
"This is a pompous, badly acted film, full of absurd anachronisms and inconsistencies."—Graham Greene, The Spectator

Content continues below ad

Gladiator (2000)

<i>Gladiator</i> (2000)
"By the end of this long film, I would have traded any given gladiatorial victory for just one shot of blue skies."—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Keep the laughs coming every week!

Get our hilarious Funny Reads newsletter

how we use your e-mail

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.