While it is often the case that the critics and the audiences disagree on a film's merit, there are many examples of a critical panning being proven worthless by a booming box office. What a professional critic is looking for might not be what excites the public and people can have very different tastes and expectations.
However, it is rarer to have the sort of films that we will be looking at today. These films all have approval ratings of more than 75% on rotten tomatoes, showing that at least three out of every four reviews were positive... yet they failed to make money. While there is obviously more to success than just the plaudits or the bottom line financially, artistic merit and the chance for more work down the road have been seen to be tied to the money made or lost time and again.
Whether it was because of bad timing, competing with other franchises or just a runaway budget that meant ending up in the black was unlikely from the start, these are the films that the critics thought were excellent but never got the box office stubs to match.
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