10 Sci-Fi Movies That Ignored The Critics

6. F9

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Marvel Studios

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Metacritic Score: 58

We know what you may be thinking: F9 isn't science-fiction! It's about cars, family and street racers. But street racers can't fight off hordes of special forces mercenaries, the American government can't project holograms of street racers into the wreckage of their burning cars, and a Pontiac Fiero cannot drive street racers into space.

The latest instalment of the increasingly unhinged Fast franchise did all of this and more, and critics gave it a firm yet fair and well-deserved kicking in response. So, yes, it is trash, but it still made bank. Whether it is the work of multi-million-pound advertising campaigns or simply the sheer longevity of the series, something about Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his preposterous gang of famous faces keep audiences coming back for more.

While not as much of a money-maker as some of the previous entries in the franchise (the highest earning entry, Furious 7, took $1.5 billion globally), F9 was nonetheless essential in 'bringing cinema back' after the COVID-19 pandemic, and secured $720 million in worldwide ticket sales during a time when many screens, by law, were only running at half capacity or less.

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