10 Movies Everyone Wanted To Love (But Nobody Did)

We all wanted The Matrix Resurrections to be awesome, but it just wasn't.

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Absolutely detesting a movie you were looking forward to for months, even years, is one thing, but what about those movies you had more mixed feelings about?

We all have those films - whether sequels or original projects - that we just wanted to love with every fiber of our being, but the end result just didn't quite get there.

Perhaps it was good-but-flawed, or maybe it left you feeling conflicted down the middle. To be clear, none of these movies are unconscionably awful, but they all fell short of pre-release expectations, that they'd be fantastic follow-ups and perhaps even signal the start of a new franchise.

Instead, these 10 movies all invited frustratingly mixed feelings - you probably neither love them nor hate them, but rather found yourself weighing the good and the bad, and falling somewhere in-between.

It's a tricky spot for any movie to land - it can lead to cult fave status years down the line, or simply ensure it's quickly forgotten altogether. And for some of these movies, we'll have to wait and see how time ends up treating them...

10. Dumb & Dumber To

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Given that Dumber and Dumber is widely regarded as one of the funniest and most iconic studio comedies of the 1990s, everybody desperately wanted the 20-years-later sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, to live up to it.

And while Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were clearly game for another go-around, the script - written by a total of six people - sorely lacks the smart-stupid charm of the original, reducing their characters to broad caricatures.

Drowning in lazy callbacks to the first film and lacking even a single truly memorable one-liner or sight gag, Dumb and Dumber To is proof that some classic comedies are just better off left alone.

While the sequel hardly retroactively ruins the original and isn't without some fleetingly amusing moments, it's little surprise that barely anybody talks about it almost a decade after its release.

Why would anyone bother watching this again when you can just... watch the vastly superior original instead?


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