Were All The Movies You Loved As A Kid Actually… Awful?

Either we all had really awful taste when we were kids, or critics were being old, cranky idiots.

1. Billy Madison

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 45%
Choice Review Excerpt: “Those unfamiliar with Sandler’s antics may also begin to find him annoying sometime between the appearance of the Universal logo and the end of the opening credits.” - Variety.

2. Big Daddy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 40%
Choice Review Excerpt: “There’s no doubt Sandler is talented, but if he persists in believing that, like Elvis, his presence alone covers a multitude of omissions and inconsistencies, he will squander his gift and make a series of forgettable films in the process.” - LA Times

3. Newsies

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 40%
Choice Review Excerpt: “Newsies is a live-action musical, but it’s only barely alive. Call it Snoozies.” - Baltimore Sun

4. Tommy Boy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 45%
Choice Review Excerpt: “The movie is an assembly of clichés and obligatory scenes from dozens of other movies, all are better. It has only one original idea, and that’s a bad one: The inspiration of making the hero’s sidekick into, simultaneously, his buddy, his critic and his rival… It’s like the part was written by three writers locked in separate rooms. - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

5. Home Alone

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 54%
Choice Review Excerpt: “Home Alone is the apex, the pinnacle, the culmination of every bad bit Hughes has ever written or directed.” - Austin Chronicle

6. I Know What You Did Last Summer

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 36%
Choice Review Excerpt: “After the screening was over and the lights went up, I observed a couple of my colleagues in deep and earnest conversation, trying to resolve twists in the plot. They were applying more thought to the movie than the makers did. A critic’s mind is a terrible thing to waste.” - Roger Ebert

7. Mallrats

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 54%
Choice Review Excerpt: “If the Sundance Institute or the AFI ever offers a course advising directors of successful first films what to avoid the second time around, Mallrats could be at the heart of the curriculum.” - LA Times

8. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 45%
Choice Review Excerpt: “Only a child could love Mr. Carrey’s character, but that may be the point. The movie has the metabolism, logic and attention span of a peevish 6-year-old.” - New York Times

9. Hook

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 31%
Choice Review Excerpt: “Hookis overwhelmed by a screenplay heavy with complicated exposition, by what are, in effect, big busy nonsinging, nondancing production numbers and some contemporary cant about rearing children and the high price paid for success. The acute difficulty of having it all may be of greater urgency to Mr. Spielberg than to most of the people who will see the movie.” - New York Times

10. Jumanji

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50%
Choice Review Excerpt: “As a movie, it’s far from compelling. As a thrill ride, though, it’s a rampaging special-effects and animatronics extravaganza that will make small children cringe behind their seats.” - San Francisco Chronicle

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