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    22 Movies You Loved As A Kid That Got Terrible Reviews

    According to reviews from the time.

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    From the Chicago Tribune: "Dreadful."

    From Roger Ebert: "Watching the movie is like attending a party you weren't invited to, and where you don't know anybody, and they're all in on a joke but won't explain it to you."

    From the New York Times: "Apparently too much eye of newt got into the formula for Hocus Pocus, transforming a potentially wicked Bette Midler vehicle into an unholy mess."


    From the Film Journal International: "Air Bud may be bland, but it's also offensive."


    From Roger Ebert: "Is this a children's movie? I confess I do not know. Millions of kids will go to see it. There used to be movies where it was bad for little kids to hurt grown-ups. Now Kevin bounces bricks off their skulls from the rooftops, and everybody laughs."

    From the Las Vegas Mercury: "So, so bad."


    From the Baltimore Sun: "You feel as if you're being smothered in cotton candy by a director obsessed with infantility and who cannot bear to face the reality of childhood."


    From Entertainment Weekly: "If I were a 9-year-old boy, there’s a possibility I’d find this little fantasy on the theme of rampant consumerism sort of cool."


    From the Washington Post: "The horror, the horror."


    From Variety: "Very young children may find the numskull, by-the-numbers gags here amusing, but teens will consider this kids' stuff and adults will be pained."


    From Common Sense Media: "Ahnold terminates the holiday spirit."


    From Rolling Stone: "No matter how much cash Hook earns, it will take more than pixie dust to fly this overstuffed package into our dreams."


    From the New York Times: "This film was made very quickly by animation standards, and the haste shows."

    From the Houston Chronicle: "In basketball terms, Space Jam is more akin to the 'garbage time' that concludes lopsided games, when reckless playing is no substitute for the real thing."


    From Journal & Courier: "A travesty; not worthy of the original shorts."

    From Mountain Xpress: "Somebody needs to pay for this."


    From the San Francisco Chronicle: "An incoherent mess that jumps from one unlikely, brainless, crash-bang situation to another."


    From the San Francisco Chronicle: "Do you really want to spend money watching what is essentially marginality, or would those dollars be better used to see a better film or even buy a good book?"

    From Rolling Stone: "Get out your pooper-scoopers."


    From Time Out: "An unruly orangutan plus an opulent hotel setting equals a natural disaster, or in this case a kids' movie."


    From Film Journal International: "A charmless and often mean-spirited 'kids' movie' that no kid under eight should be taken to see."


    From the Houston Chronicle: "The vast majority of me — which is not 11 — wanted several times to run screaming into the lobby and plunge my head into the nacho hot-cheese cauldron."

    From the New York Daily News: "If you like your burger well-done, you're in for a disappointment."


    From Mountain Xpress: "Everyone involved ought to be sent home alone — with no supper."



    From the Deseret News: "The Pagemaster's problems can be easily traced back to the screenplay, which simply lacks anything remotely resembling wit."


    From Roger Ebert: "A gloomy special-effects extravaganza filled with grotesque images, generating fear and despair."


    From Time Out: "Very lame ice-hockey flick."

    From the Washington Post: "Older escorts might want to bring a novel and a flashlight, or a Walkman or portable television with earphones."


    From Film Freak Central: "The film is for very young children and people in comas."



    From Juicy Cerebellum: "By the end, you'll be glad they went extinct."

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