If film history has shown us one thing, it's that first impressions of movies are usually not what ultimately shapes their legacies: the original Godzilla, Fight Club, Citizen Kane, Shawshank Redemption, It's a Wonderful Life, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Night Of The Hunter are just some of the classics that had to fight for recognition from both critics and audiences before being appreciated for the major accomplishments they were. While movies come out all the time that for whatever reason don't connect very well with audiences, 2013 was an odd year insofar as many movies with so many good qualities ended up dividing viewers. The following five movies probably won't ever become as revered as the movies listed in the first paragraph, and to be honest, only one or two of these are likely "great" movies by traditional definitions but all eight deserved more attention and praise from both critics and audiences alike. For a multitude of reasons, these films just didn't quite hit home with many people because of either featuring too strange a concept, not spelling enough out for the audience, or for being mistakingly perceived as either too ugly or too shallow. These are some of the movies from 2013 that received bad reviews either from critics and/or audience, faired poorly at the box office, and that received little in the way of awards recognition. All of them will hopefully be reevaluated in coming years and they get some needed props here, where they are ranked in order of how under-appreciated they were.
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