10 Great Movies With "Rotten" Scores On Rotten Tomatoes

Sometimes the critics just don't know a good thing when they see it.

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Sony Pictures

On paper, RottenTomatoes is a great way to judge a film's merits. How better to see if something was worth seeing than by asking a collection of the world's best critics - with one handy score determining how much you should want to see it?

It sounds like a watertight way to provide a fair and balanced guide of a film's quality. And it works a lot of the time: Citizen Kane has 100%, whilst Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 has 0%.

All good so far.

However, perhaps because opinions are a soup of very varied ingredients, there are certain films that have Rotten scores that just may shock you. There are even some classics in there...

10. Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)

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20th Century Fox

The third instalment of the Die Hard franchise has a Rotten score of just 52%.

Everyone loves the first Die Hard. It’s tense, believable, and with a relatable hero in John McClane (Bruce Willis). Oh, and it's super festive.

So why does the third film - one which sees Willis team up with Samuel L. Jackson, no less - have so many poor reviews to its name?

Looking at Rotten Tomatoes you will see critics calling it “loud”, “implausible”, and claiming that by the third film the series had “run out of steam”. With chases involving cars, subway trains, and even helicopters, With a Vengeance may be loud and implausible, but it's all the better for it.

Maybe critics were just a bit sick of the Die Hard franchise by 1995? Still, Die Hard With a Vengeance holds up as a cracking action romp in its own right, with the addition of a typically fiery Jackson pretty much stealing the entire film.

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