8 Movies Only a Bitter, Cynical Person Could Hate

Enchanted 8 Movies Only a Bitter, Cynical Person Could Hate

Really serious movie people, like the kinds who write for newspapers and magazines and want to be taken really really seriously when it comes to opinions on movies (which they would of course refer to as “films”, or “cinema”), usually prefer movies that are serious so they can talk about them in a serious way and demonstrate how serious they are. If you take a look at the yearly top ten lists for most critics, they’ll be comprised of many serious dramas. I’m guilty of this.

It’s understandable why these movies can be divisive. Opinions naturally split on whether a dramatic movie works or not. The same is true of comedies, perhaps even more so, because comedy is often an even more particularly subjective experience. People differ on comedic takes rather strongly.

And yet there are some movies that seem to be impossible to dislike. They have a spirit of general enjoyment, a tone of happiness that is overwhelming, though not to the point of being suffocating. There are lots of movies that try too hard to be cheery, and that can be annoying, so it should not be discounted just how difficult it is to pull off a truly happy, universally-appealing movie. But there are a number to draw from, that frequently end up in people’s lists of all-time faves.

Here is a list of 8 happy movies that I have yet to hear complaints about, except from angry people who genuinely hate life and detest joy. Taste the happy, Michael!

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1) The Artist

The Artist2 8 Movies Only a Bitter, Cynical Person Could Hate

I get that people could find a movie like The Artist overrated when it wins Best Picture and everything. It’s understandable. I also completely understand why someone who hasn’t seen it would think that it’s probably the dumbest, most pretentious piece of artsy-fartsy Oscar bait since The King’s Speech. You’ve got Hollywood history being told in a low-budget film featuring French talent (sacre bleu!) in effing black and white. All signs point to annoying, right?

These are all things I thought before I saw it, but then Jean Dujardin smiled at me. And damnit if I didn’t lose all sense in that moment. It’s like that moment in Ratatouille when the food critic tastes his meal and all of a sudden he’s a little boy who had fallen off his bike. Reality melts away and you’re left with a dumb grin on your face and all you can think about is why can’t everything be this happy all the time.

Oh, also there’s a dog who does tricks. And Dujardin’s character treats him like he’s a person. The goofy pantomime, the exaggerated expressions and silly sight gags end up making this potentially pretentious picture an absolute delight. If a movie like this can win over a heartless bastard like me, surely it can bring a smile to the face of the most hardcore cynic.

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2) Argo

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For that matter, let’s get over our collective irritation with Argo. Let’s fast forward to a time when we’ve forgotten that it won an Oscar because people felt sorry for Ben Affleck, because darn it he’s just been through so dang much! Can you imagine what it would be like to not get good movie parts anymore? It’s desperate times like these where a community needs to band together and help a brother out. And so we got to see him cry on stage. It was genuinely sweet I guess and I’m sure Matt Damon was giving him the thumbs up from wherever he now exists.

As a movie, Argo is just really good, and really fun. It’s a mostly light romp (I say this because now I can only see it in comparison to the decidedly grimmer Zero Dark Thirty) about the CIA’s oddball solution to a dire situation involving Americans in Iran consisting of creative writing and the chance for failed actor Tony Mendez to finally apply his true craft to his new super spy job. I think I have that right. Really though, one reason it was deemed a good choice to vote for by the Academy was surely just how universal its appeal is (well, maybe not to Iranians so much, and maybe even not necessarily to Canadians, but you know…to everyone else). It’s got that rhythm and pacing that everyone loves so much and a sleek look and everything. It sounds like I’m denigrating it but I sincerely enjoy this movie. I think I’ll watch it again this weekend.

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3) Almost Famous

Almost Famous 8 Movies Only a Bitter, Cynical Person Could Hate

Movies that don’t only feature music but are actually about music, and art, and criticism, and identity, these are movies that are hard to mess up, but they’re also hard to make into real lasting and effective pieces of filmmaking. Almost Famous is a bit of a wonder. It takes you to the heights of magic that befit a kid who is catapulted into the middle of the waning days of the pinnacle of the 70s rock scene, which makes his disillusionment our disillusionment. It captures the allure of stardom and drugs and then shows their weighty downsides.

Cameron Crowe is clearly at his best when dealing with the topic of music, which he showed again (for the first time really since Almost Famous) in his recent documentary Pearl Jam Twenty. He seems most suited for understanding and reproducing the narcissism and eccentricity that comes with the madness seemingly necessary for real artistry. This movie creates a world that you want to be a part of, and our surrogate William Miller gets to enjoy it the way we would hope we would. And if that’s not enough there’s lots of great little poetic moments that are beautifully handled, and a cast that surely propelled a great many careers.

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4) Everyone Says I Love You

Everone Says I Love You 8 Movies Only a Bitter, Cynical Person Could Hate

I think this 1996 Woody Allen movie should appeal to everyone. If you don’t like musicals, it agrees with you that musicals are stupid. If you like musicals, it agrees with you that song on film expresses something that simple spoken dialogue can’t. If you like Woody Allen, his brand of humor and timing and human dynamics are all there. If you don’t like him, you have Edward Norton. Literally everyone loves Edward Norton.

Sometimes humor can be really clever and you appreciate its wit with a knowing laugh as if to say “yes, I understand what you are saying and I approve!” There’s some of that in this movie. But mostly, it’s just nonsense. Fun, unadulterated nonsense. Singing, dancing ghosts. Housekeepers playing hockey. Edward Norton being in love. Alan Alda singing about how much he wants Edward Norton to be his son-in-law. Goldie Hawn flying through the air and Woody Allen clumsily running after her. Basically it’s a movie that is good to watch when you want to hate the world a little less.

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5) High Fidelity

High Fidelity 8 Movies Only a Bitter, Cynical Person Could Hate

There are few actors who possess the inherent likeability of someone like John Cusack. High Fidelity operates on this assumption, and it succeeds on the merits of such, because the character in the movie is kind of a douche at times but our loyalty to him never really wavers. Maybe part of it is because he’s confiding in us and so we want to be a good friend, even if we’re captive listeners. Most of it is because he’s so damn charming and his observations can be insightful and humorous.

Possibly the greatest joy of the movie though is watching Jack Black before he was crazy bearded icon of buffoonery that is the Jack Black of today (although he still manages to do interesting work; see: Bernie). Here he’s not a cool party animal. He’s a manic record store employee that is obnoxious and annoying. It’s funny to see him be rude to customers, but you also realize he’s kind of an ass. His character Barry is beautifully counteracted by the meek and soft-spoken Dick. Their relationship is a riot, but the key relationship between the Cusack character Rob and his on-off girlfriend Laura is the heart of this thing, and provides us with both truthful insights into relationships and a satisfying conclusion.

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6) Garden State

Garden State 8 Movies Only a Bitter, Cynical Person Could Hate

There exists a sizeable contingent of people who don’t like Garden State. I don’t deny their existence. All I deny is their human capability to feel. This movie expresses something about feelings experienced by people in their 20s that eludes most movies depicting folks in that demographic. At least, it’s been a while since something came along that spoke to issues in this way. The last one I can think of before it was Reality Bites, which is charming today but feels a little dated.

Zach Braff uses music to really great effect here, but also some compelling visual tricks and true moments that depend on solid performances. It’s a hard movie to place because it tries to balance comedic elements with heartfelt drama, and it’s not always done completely effectively. Still, it’s a movie with a lot to say, and is completely earnest in the way it says it, which is a rare thing.

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7) Singin’ in the Rain

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Singin’ in the Rain is just nuts. It’s similar to The Artist in terms of issues pertaining to Hollywood transitions from silent movies to talkies and everything, and both feature a fair share of tapdancing. It’s also similar in that before seeing it you’re expecting it to be one thing and it’s kind of a weird little thing all unto itself.

I feel like one scene sort of sums up the whole movie. A diction coach is teaching the Gene Kelly character proper enunciation by repeating the phrase “Moses supposes his toeses are roses which Moses supposes erroneously.” Donald O’Connor arrives and they decide, as one does, to ridicule the teacher by turning the silly phrases into a rhythmic song, and then proceed to dance like crazy people. It’s glorious. That’s pretty much what the whole movie is like, and I can’t imagine a person responding to it with anything but, for lack of a better word, glee.

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8) Happy-Go-Lucky

Happy Go Lucky 8 Movies Only a Bitter, Cynical Person Could Hate

Here’s one movie that I can understand, maybe even expect people to hate for the first few scenes. We have a character, Poppy, who would probably be characterized by many as “bubbly,” having an almost suffocatingly positive disposition and seeming utterly carefree. As things progress though, we see her encounter less than positive individuals, some that are downright creepy, and we learn that she’s not just a peppy Poppy unaware of her surroundings and oblivious to how people might perceive her.

She’s instead an incredibly savvy, people-smart person who has made a conscious choice to try to maintain positivity and give people the benefit of the doubt. We expect her to be naive but she’s anything but. So she eventually wins us over with her good spirits and humor, but this little wrench thrown in by writer-director Mike Leigh actually makes her extremely admirable. This is one that requires a little more patience but the payoff is worthwhile.

Happy movies like Happy-Go-Lucky, which goes a bit dark but then returns to the light, are underrated. They’re also more than mere escapism, which today tends to rely more on awesomeness and overwhelming action instead of simple but strong enjoyment. It also takes more than a Disney sensibility where the cute supplants the smart and the fun suffers. It would be great to see more movies that are both happy and serious, because these are not antithetical concepts, get recognized for their quality and appeal as broad works that can still be just really good.

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  • http://twitter.com/MinimeJer05 Jeremy Lebens

    Definitely dislike the first two on the list.

  • Lauren

    I’m with you on most of these – especially Happy-Go-Lucky, which is one of Leigh’s best films. Not so with Garden State: that movie pissed me off. It’s so twee and saccharine.

  • Razvigor

    I get why people would hate Argo – it takes a bit too much historical liberties, especially concerning the fact that it all happened fairly recently. It gives a bit too much credit to the Americans, while talking away from the other embassie’s contribution…
    …not to mention the completely made up last act with on the airport, because – Hey, we ”need” to have an action climax! Ugh…

    • Raphael Deutsch

      I hate it because it is, as my friend said, a “safe” movie.

  • Solgazer

    Universal appeal may not extend to the British or New Zealanders either. They helped shelter the prisoners as well but in Argo, apparently just turned them away.

    • crittab

      That movie is pretty offensive to a lot of people who worked a whole helluva lot harder to save those people than the American’s or CIA did.

  • Darren Ruecker

    I should add that the first page features an image from Enchanted, a movie I found excruciating because I am dead inside.

    • http://profiles.google.com/richlehmann711 Rich Lehmann

      I would say “don’t quit your day job” but you are probably living off your parents. So instead I’ll say “go back to art-school you phoney douche-bag poser.”

      • Darren Ruecker

        I appreciate your restraint!

  • Kevin

    I’ll tell you the best movie to wake up to on Saturday morning: Buckaroo Bonzai across the 8th Diemnsion.

  • species-521

    i hate argo.

  • http://twitter.com/SailorAlphaC K. C.

    I have only seen Singing in the Rain, and while I like the movie, it does not evoke glee. I hate Edward Norton. I can’t even articulate it anymore, but I have
    never enjoyed him in a movie. Most of these films just seem so
    uninteresting to me. I’d rather watch real silent films over a fake one,
    I have no interest in movies about the CIA. The only two films that I’d ever wanted to see are High Fidelity and Almost Famous, and even then I doubt that I’d be made happy by watching them.

    I’m not bitter or cynical, but I might be the closest thing to a black hole of feelings that you’re going to get in the comments on this list.

  • Danny P

    I hated all of them. In your face.

  • Ghoul

    I guess I’m soulless because even though I’ve seen literally none of these movies, I never want to either. =/

  • detectivedee

    John Cusack plays quite an asshole in High Fidelity. I hate that movie.

    • Dearsleazy

      It might have worked had it been set in London like the actual book.. and not starring John Cussack, the man who can’t close his mouth.

    • Tim Hoskins

      In the words of Barry, “You can be, and are, wrong.” High Fidelity is one of the best movies of all time. It’s not just some comedy, it’s a highly perceptive look at the male soul. And the book is even better.

      • weezayt

        that’s right! i forgot it was a book, thanks for the inadvertent suggestion

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmelges Dave Melges

    Do you REALLY believe everyone loves Edward Norton? I was doing alright with this bizarre list until that line. Not only can I not STAND Edward Norton, I know LOTS of people that hate Edward Norton.

    He’s arrogant, full of himself, and they keep giving him leading man parts when he’s CLEARLY, at best, a character actor. He looks funny, sounds funny, and is practically laughable when he has to be tough. Which is all fine, unless the ACTOR thinks he’s Rock Hudson….which he apparently does.

    Edward Norton? Good grief.

    • Jay

      Shut up

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Sleider/1847907840 Brian Sleider

    Hated half the movies on your “Movies that are impossible hate list”.

  • http://twitter.com/henry_pollard Santiago B.

    Terrible list. I know plenty of people who hate half the movies on this list for valid reasons. You basically wrote about movies you like.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mdjpinto Mario Dinis


      • M40

        It is a bullseye… a dead-on revelation into the writer’s psyche.

        We’ve got flowery musicals, some emo-geek angst flicks, and a few movies that have ZERO merit (except the writer’s personal homosexual crushes).

        Darren – Please bring this list to your next therapy session… it’s a rather revealing glimpse into your ‘closet’.

        • Jonathan Evan Stern

          I could almost not agree more. I liked High Fidelity. As for the rest, I either haven’t seen (The Artist, Argo, Happy-Go-Lucky), completely forgot that I saw (everyone says I love you), have no real opinion of (Almost Famous, Singing in the Rain), or fucking HATED (Garden State).

          My list would have been more like,
          1) The Princess Bride.
          2) Office Space
          3) The Avengers (the Marvel one)

          4) Red Cliff (both parts 1 and 2)
          5) Ghostbusters
          6) Serenity
          7) Animal House
          8) When Harry Met Sally
          Maybe I’m showing my hand two since they are all either action, comedies, or action comedies.

        • TrulyMadlyDeeply

          M40, your “closet” comment was completely uncalled for. However, I did scroll up to see if the article was written by a teenaged girl.

    • Crosshairs

      That’s what people like this do. They make a list of movies/games/etc. that they like, and if you don’t like it then you’re wrong. Forget the fact that they really have no basis for their arguments, they just list what they like, and you can go to hell if you don’t like it. That’s why people who write columns like this should just go ahead and say, “I’m making a list of my favorite things. If anyone says they don’t like what is on the list then I’m going to go pout in the corner.”

      • http://www.youtube.com/claradarko2 Clara Darko

        So absolutely true.

    • Robby

      Wow, you said it in many less words than I did. Personally I dislike at least four of those moves, for what I perceive to be valid reasons.

    • M40

      A Better Top Ten… right off the top of my head!

      1) Star Wars – Groundbreaking, epic, forever changed the world of film making.
      2) Saving Private Ryan – Just… WOW. Everything you need to know about the ‘greatest generation’.
      3) Princess Bride – A film made for everyone age 4 to 104. Just plain fun.
      4) Silence of the Lambs – Even serial killers were creeped out by this movie.
      5) Godfather – This movie (and book) were so close to the truth… everyone waited for those responsible to get “hit”.
      6) Die Hard – Roller coaster fun ride… impossible to hate.
      7) Apocalypse Now – Journey into the depths of insanity. A masterpiece of cinematography.
      8) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Everyone loves Ferris… period… end of story.
      9) Sling Blade – If this doesn’t make you wince, laugh, cry, and walk away feeling emotionally drained, you’re a Vulcan!
      10) Elf – Move over “Wonderful Life”, THIS will be the Christmas staple for the next hundred years.

      Honorable Mentions (nearly made my list):

      – American History X – A stunning, powerhouse drama.
      – A Christmas Story – Would have made the list, but Elf knocked it off.
      – Lord of the Rings (series of three movies) – Would have made the list except that it’s a trilogy and no one movie tells a complete story.
      – Usual Suspects & Sixth Sense – The two most memorable 180 degree plot twists that will ever leave you reeling from the theater!

      There are plenty of great films I’m forgetting at the moment, but you get the idea… the ‘idea’ being that the crap films in this article shouldn’t make anyone’s top ten. Heck, there were only a couple in there that would make my top 50!

      • Christoph

        You sire, are a genius. I would only disagree with Elf. Mainly due to the fact that I’m more partial to The Santa Clause with Tim Allan.

      • Christoph

        You sire, are a genius. I would only disagree with Elf. Mainly due to the fact that I’m more partial to The Santa Clause with Tim Allan.

      • Stephen Scanlon

        It’s a BETTER list but I hate Ferris Bueller with every fiber of my being. I wanted that brat to get his face bashed in so much. And ELF was too cynical for me to like.

        • M40

          Everyone looked at certain people back in their school days that seemed to have everything. Thus, I think everyone ‘hated’ Ferris (Matthew Broderick) to some degree… and that was part of the point. I think people actually related FAR more to Cameron (Alan Ruck), who was his mopey, and somewhat jealous friend. Everyone can relate to Cameron’s unrequited crush on Sloane (Mia Sara). Heck… even Rooney the principal is a more ‘likable’ character than Ferris. We’ve all had really bad days, and actor Jeffry Jones absolutely NAILS that role!

          So… in MANY ways it’s the supporting cast, undertones and sub-stories that really make this film, NOT the flashy, hammy and unrealistic main character that ties them all together.

      • Dogstar986

        Great List Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Suck balls,But Your list mouth rapes This one;)

      • Mark Hipps

        Love half of your list and hate the other half. The one I hate the most is the one you said is impossible to hate. I know I am in the minority here but hated “Die Hard” Halfway through the movie I kept saying just die already. No one in real life would have survived half of that crap and so the movie was just kind of pointless and boring. Loved Star Wars, Princess Bride, Ferris Bueller and Elf. Never saw Godfather but know I would have loved because they say it was true to the book and I loved the book. Movies you have to love unless you are dead inside: Sound of Music, Muriel’s Wedding, When Harry Met Sally, Casablanca, Double Indemnity, Rocky ( the first one), Shakespeare in Love, Argo, Annie Hall ( I know you either Love Woody Allen or you hate him. If you don’t like that one then substitute Manhattan Murder Mystery or Manhattan) All About Eve, Rebecca, Fargo, Back to the Future

  • no

    Poser list

  • df dasdf

    You lie terrible movies.

  • http://profiles.google.com/madmaxandrade Tiago Andrade

    What – no Back to the Future? No Princess Bride? No Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?

    • markedward

      Eh, I’ll contend with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but the other two are universally loved despite any flaws.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brent.killian1 Brent Killian

      definitely I have never watched any of the movies mentioned. I would argue the Princess Bride is the greatest movie ever created.

      • http://twitter.com/pianobymoonlite Erika

        Except how it shows treating a woman Sharia-style is ok.

      • http://twitter.com/pianobymoonlite Erika

        Except how it shows treating a woman Sharia-style is ok.

      • http://twitter.com/pianobymoonlite Erika

        Except how it shows treating a woman Sharia-style is ok.

        • Chris

          Yes. The point of The Princess Bride was to provide sociopolitical guidelines for treatment of women, not telling a fantasy romance story or anything like that.

          • Erika Mattila

            It’s NOT romantic though. Not in real life. That’s my point. Nothing romantic, loving or anything else positive about it.

          • http://www.quanahblogs.com/ Quanah

            …in your opinion…

          • blahblahblahatangrygirls

            erica it’s a beautiful movie about love and sacrifice. if anything her flaws as a woman are far deeper than any of the male leads who are all willing do die for what they believe in whereas she is willing to marry evil rather than face any form of discomfort. you’ve clearly been abused, stop taking it out on universally beloved children’s movies.

          • M40

            Again… he was pretending to be the “Dread Pirate Roberts”, who… as far as she knew… was just as likely to kill her as look at her. He was trying to sound scary, and made a completely idle threat which he had no intent of carrying out.

            The fact that you are attempting to equate that with Sharia law and the brutal realities of a life of slavery that many millions of women live with every day… tells me that you have lived a VERY sheltered life indeed. Disgustingly naive comparison on your part.

        • http://www.facebook.com/williamglenn.early William Glenn Early

          Ummm, no: the hero was acting out of respect for the heroine, in the face of a sharia-like culture. Watch the movie again, and this time, try to pay attention. (His behavior in the guise of the Dread Pirate Roberts was to make sure she hadn’t turned away from true love. When she knocked him down the hill, his, “as you wiiiiish,” said everything that was real about him. Again, WATCH THE MOVIE, and try and take it all in.)

          • Erika Mattila

            It showed him about to hit her – saying, “Where I come from there are penalties when a woman lies.” That alone is horrible. But combined with the showing of fear by her and him aggressing – no, it’s not ok. I know, I was a little girl once and I know how we take it. Then to have that movie revered and that scene defended by the likes of you. No, not ok. No matter what excuse you make for it, it still shows what it shows and the damage is done. And don’t talk down to me douche – I was in high school and read it as a play just before it came out in the theater. I’ve seen it several times and have no problem taking in things as they’re presented. You sound like a 12 yr old JB fan.

          • Dread Pirate Bob

            You’re an imbecile. I would beat you just for being stupid.

          • Erika Mattila

            I’ve no doubt. That’s why I shan’t worry much about your thoughts on me.

          • Cary

            Why don’t you just go burn a bra or something, instead of completely misinterpreting the scenes of wholesome movies

          • Erika Mattila

            There’s nothing wholesome about being hit by someone who “loves” you. Grow up.

      • http://twitter.com/gwyndra Jen

        Agreed, I was really disappointed to not see that movie on this list. It should be #1.

      • Moneil Patel

        It is the greatest movie ever created…. if you are 5 years old.


      god damn i hated garden state.

      • david cole

        me too !

      • smokeysandra

        Why did you hate it? I’ve read great reviews, but also seen a lot of comments re it being a bad film. I loved it, but I must understand why it’s also widely hated?

        • Natalie

          Garden State is one of the dullest, most pretentious, poorly-acted, poorly-thought up, degrading, shallow, wannabe-artsy films I have ever seen.

          • vasu

            Lol very short and best review on garden state

      • http://www.youtube.com/claradarko2 Clara Darko

        I hated Garden State too.

      • Wallace Morrison

        I shat in the garden.

    • Robby

      Yes, yes, no. And I thought Garden State was something of a sophomoric effort. Braff just doesn’t have the brevity from having lived a genuinely hard life, to actually illustrate anything poignant enough… or at all really.

    • Carnifex

      we love ferris bueller!!!

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    • Carra’sBetterThanRio

      everyone likes back to the future yeah

  • yourdad

    man i think you are bonkers for liking most of these movies

  • N12

    Argo? Argo was a movie that shocked even Jimmy Carter, who was President at the time of the hostage crisis, in its proudly, stupidly jingoistic plot and the gross distortion of the truth and made him state that the whole rescue operation was done “90% by Canadians” (it was, at the time, called the Canadian Caper after all). The former ambassador to Canada who worked on said rescue mission has expressed his surprise and distaste at what Argo did. The original cut of the movie even had a postscript (you know, right after that schmaltzy, über-patriotic USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! ending scene with the star-spangled banner shown everywhere) that downright denigrated Canada and its involvement: “The involvement of the CIA complemented efforts of the Canadian embassy to free the six held in Tehran. To this day the story stands as an enduring model of international co-operation between governments.”

    Not only did the movie lie about New Zealand and the UK not wanting to grant them refuge (they did and the hostages stayed in the UK for a while before going to Canada because their accents would blend in better), it whitewashed the main role of the originally Latin-American rescuer Tony Mendez and it showed a quick “introduction” on the Islamic Revolution full of over-generalizations, distorted “facts” and wrong impressions (as if the population was uniform in its revolt because ISLAM HATES AMERICA, for one), leaving out some of the even more unsavory parts America played in all of it and treating the Revolution with all the nuance of a Good vs. Evil battle only Hollywood can accomplish. Threats of shutting down the Canadian embassy and leaving the refugees without a place to hide as well as the tense situation of Affleck just staying at some random motel instead of at the Canadian Embassy distorted history even more in favor of The United States of America, the only true nation of actual heroes with big enough balls to save its own countrymen abroad.

    Add in the fact that even this fictionalized, heavily revisionist serving doesn’t even make a great movie (merely an okay one, directorially and otherwise) AND included heaps of “funny” and light-hearted moments that were, by default, in bad taste considering the subject matter… It’s even more of an affront that this was ever deemed “Best Picture”-worthy by anyone, even when one knows that the Academy is actually 99% composed of middle age/older rich white men. Spitting in the face of any other country besides itself and masturbating to its own purported Exceptionalism is something the US always does well, though.

    • N12

      *Latino/Hispanic American Tony Mendez. Damn typos.

      • Lyla Rose

        Played by the whitest man on earth Ben Affleck.

      • korichneveygigant

        Mexican, Italian, Irish decent

        so Mexitalrish American

    • http://www.facebook.com/al.sona.3 Al Sona

      Try again.

    • crittab

      Basically what I came by to say. Argo is ‘just okay’ as a fictional movie. As a film that tried to pass itself off as based in truth, it’s a fucking disaster.

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  • MatthewMelange

    I must be a hateful, cynical person. I don’t care for 3 of the 8 movies.

  • Edward

    8/8 I hate them all. Guess I’m going to be a Terrible Person from now!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.wilson.14019 Pete Wilson

    What an odd list. I suspect Darren Ruecker must be very young. Sounds more like a list of Darren’s favorite movies. Darren, please don’t assume your favorite movies are the same as the rest of the world’s… especially those of us who have been watching movies decades before you were even born.

    • http://profiles.google.com/richlehmann711 Rich Lehmann

      EXACTLY! That article was like listening to a twenty-something that just got out of art school.

      • Eddie Cheung

        or dropped out of art school!

        • TrulyMadlyDeeply

          Both art school graduates and art school drop-outs the world over protest. Heavily.

    • Capo_Del_Bandito

      Stop bringing logic into this! You’ll make Darren sad when you show him what a shallow hipster he is…

      • TrulyMadlyDeeply

        Hipsters the world over protest. Heavily. And not at all ironically.

  • Danny

    I don’t hate any of these films, I may dislike some of them, hate is a powerful word.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614388596 Matt Wilson

    Every movie on this list sucks. You failed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=122504169 Sebastian Eklund

    Argo fuck yourself. What a terrible movie.

  • http://twitter.com/Cinesnatch Cinesnatch

    This list is a pretty fault-filled representation of films only a “bitter, cynical person could hate.” It includes many titles which are clunky and inept to the point it becomes hard to enjoy them. That being said, as I remember, Happy-go-lucky seemed to be one of those films that only a “bitter, cynical person could hate.” Sally Hawkins was adorable without being syrupy sweet, and the message was pretty solid along with a comic tone. (I haven’t seen Singing in the Rain, though, its inclusion amongst so many more current titles seems a bit of an anomaly and suggests the list overall was produced with little thought.)

  • elevi

    The only one I’ve seen is Singing in the Rain.

  • Jackowacko1055

    A few of these I disagreed with, but damn I was happy to see Almost Famous there. I’ve barely seen anyone talking about it online, and it being my favourite movie ever, I must say cheers to this list writer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pmarsh1 Peter Marsh

    Ugh I hated Garden State.

  • MB Archer

    Hello Mr. Hipster. This is a “these are my favorite movies and darn you if you aren’t cool enough to like them” list. I like maybe two of those flicks. You know, it’s ok to NOT like a movie. You crazy hipster.

    • Doug

      Ha,…my film hipster friends would laugh at this list. These are just average films.

  • Zach Braff

    Garden State is awful.

  • Anthony Tipton

    Pork you! Damn it all, I loved Garden State! Natalie Portman was irresistable!

  • http://twitter.com/barry_swift Barry Swift

    I fully expected to read the comments and find worthy films missing from the list. Guess everyone would rather whine about Garden State and Argo. SOOOO… That said – “Amelie”. I mean it. If you don’t like this movie then you are a horrible, horrible person who will never be loved.

    • Stephen Scanlon

      Amelie was definitely a better choice than ANY of the top ten on the list.

    • total-life-forever

      I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like Amelie… so It wouldn’t really fit in this list of movies people “hate”. Love that movie though.

  • tylerandjack

    Yeah, that’s a pretty awful list. I LOVE Singin’ In The Rain, but there are many who will watch it nowadays and just not go along with it. Argo upset a number of folks with its Hollywoodisation of the whole situation. Garden State is good, but overshadowed by the likes of Dazed & Confused or any number of superior indie movies about folks being young ‘uns.
    Die Hard and Tremors seem to be, in my experience, films that very few people dislike, let alone hate. Back To The Future is another. And maybe Gremlins. There, I fixed half of your list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Alpert/1221947969 Richard Alpert

    I think people are going to have to come to terms with the fact that Ben Affleck was actually not as miscast as Tony Mendez as people think. Latino’s in this country run the gamut in terms of their personal background and racial/ethnic makeup.. Yet for everyone who thinks Argo was guilty of whitewashing, they in turn are guilty of buying in to the easiest stereotypes of Latinos. Most of the alternate casting choices I have heard are unimaginative and conform to what one expects when casting a Latino male character. Though I will give these people credit as Cheech Marin somehow has managed to not be mentioned as a possible Tony Mendez. So far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.tkachuk.5 Christopher Tkachuk


  • http://www.facebook.com/rebekah.askren Rebekah L. Askren

    Garden State, High Fidelity, Almost Famous, even Reality Bites. I think Darren Ruecker must be around my age, early 30′s. I loved this list! I’d add Empire Records too.

  • anna

    Hey…creator of this list…umm I must tell you some guy has plagiarised your list. I think you should check it out. Here’s the link to it: http://www.listal.com/list/8-movies-only-bitter-cynical

  • EF Paisley

    Ha–ha you had me going for a minute. As I went through this list I noticed there wasn’t one movie on the list that I liked. There were even a couple I didn’t like enough to even see. I then checked to see if this was written on April fools day. I guess you were either being sarcastic or funny, if so…. well done.

    • Doug

      It must be an early April fools joke.

  • cheerio

    All these films suck dick bigtime.

  • Ollie

    The author of this article needs to rethink their life.

    • Eddie Cheung

      Nah. He should just get out of blogging.

  • Doug

    Nice, I am proud to say that I don’t HATE one of these films. It’s hard to hate a very, very predictable average film like these on the list. They might have been cool when you were coming of age, but you’re holding onto the nostalgia. What about “One flew over the cookoos nest”? Never met one person who hated that film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fabian-André-Pape/1309754310 Fabian André Pape

    Is it just me? I hate nearly every fuckign film in this list :D

  • coffeecreep2000

    It’s almost amazing how much I hate Garden State.

    • Moneil Patel

      Do you hate music too? The soundtrack alone qualifies it as decent.

      • Stephen Scanlon

        Oh God, Pleeeeease the soundtrack was one of the main reasons the movie was unbearable. When Natalie Portman says “You gotta hear this one song — it’ll change your life; I swear.” And the song turns out to be that that hipster garbage song “New Slang” by the Shins? BARF!

  • Voltron

    I was expecting some more universal type movies like “Big”, “Star Wars” or something, but this is a way specific list of movies with limited appeal and just because they have the headline of “if u don’t like this list than you’re a bad person”, it doesn’t hold water.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sara-E-James/170101031 Sara E. James

    Why do you have a picture from Enchanted on this article when you didn’t mention it?

    • Mark Hipps

      I was wondering the same thing. Loved that movie

  • http://www.facebook.com/gpharman George Harman

    What about Juno? Garden State gets in but Juno is left out?

    • Moneil Patel

      Juno was awful… now that’s a bad movie.

    • Stephen Scanlon

      Really? Juno is your substitute for Garden State?

      • O_R_I_O_L_E_S

        If we are talking movies everybody loves, I guess Juno would fit. Certainly more than Garden State. Princess Bride is up there as well. I would also say that for up to down arrow ratio of 13-1, most would agree as well. You appear to be in the minority on this one, but i have found that you will never get 10 people to like the same 10 movies. Everyone has an opinion, some prefer to troll theirs.

    • TrulyMadlyDeeply

      My issue with this list is the limited appeal of these movies. While I didn’t hate Juno, Garden State, High Fidelity…, I can think of so much of the populace that would. For broad appeal in movies of the same scale and genre, my vote goes to Little Miss Sunshine.

  • SJ

    I read this because of the picture of Enchanted which didn’t even make the list. My list would go 8. Enchanted 7. Big 6. Casablanca 5. Babe (with an exception for people who can’t stomach talking animals) 4. Back to the Future 3.Rudy 2. A Christmas Story 1. The Princess Bride

    • Adam Lynema

      I would say hearing about the real Rudy ruined the movie for me. The real Rudy is a pompous prick who most of his teammates hated because he was self-centered. So you replace that with Hoosiers, then I’ll like your list more than the actual list.

    • somerandomgirl

      I HATE a Christmas Story. I’ve watched every year on Christmas for as long as I can remember because my family loves it. AUGH

    • Mark Hipps

      good list

  • Ian Brett Cooper

    High Fidelity? Well, I hated that movie.

    • poppet

      Well I loved it so I guess the score is tied.

  • http://www.facebook.com/al.sona.3 Al Sona

    To everyone on here, it is an opinion. Stop acting like this is gospel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carrie.pfeiffer.9 Carrie Pfeiffer

    List was pretty good. Other universally great movies — even some cheesey ones: Love Actually, Princess Bride, 500 Days of Summer, Ferris Bueller, Sister Act, the Outsiders, the Sound of Music (even though it has Nazis, its still a great story and the music is timeless), Babe and Homeward Bound (for kids).

  • Joshua Paul Harding

    huh whats this…sounds like a challenge!

  • http://profiles.google.com/richlehmann711 Rich Lehmann

    I guess the writers point is “If you are not a pretentious hipster like me, you must be cynical and bitter.”

  • Phil Denson

    Terrible list, drag me in with a picture of “Enchanted”…agreeing right off the bat that only a cynical person would dislike this joyful, sappy gem. Then, not to my surprise, like so many wasted pages of internet air…it’s not even mentioned? Again, at the risk of sounding cynical…terrible list.

    • Dread Pirate Roberts

      I agree – having that picture without mentioning the movie is nonsense. I expected more of an uplifting list, along the lines of say:

      Princess Bride
      A Christmas Story

      (Dare I risk mentioning “It’s a Wonderful Life”? I know it has been shown so often people are sick of it, but I really find it to be a good movie.)

  • Duh

    Hawt, never seen any, nor plan to, besides argo i think. I’m not cynical btw, I just hate boring movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danielcloud11 Daniel Cloud Montgomery

    High Fidelity? Are you on crack?

  • Eugene Jacobson

    This list reigns true… all of these commenters indeed come off as bitter, cynical people, you know?

  • tooelecommuter_2011

    Garden State was a pretentious piece of crap.

    • Moneil Patel

      there are a lot of words to describe Garden State. Pretentious is not one of those words. You need to look up the definition of that word. There is nothing excessive or exaggerated in that film.

      • tooelecommuter_2011

        And you need to look up the definition of the word “opinion.” I’m entitled to one. And in my opinion, Garden State was RIDICULOUSLY pretentious. Zach Braff seemed to be under the impression that by simply having a mopey look on his face, the audience would relate to him and thus sympathize with him. Didn’t work. Also, I don’t know what point you’re trying to make, but just so we’re clear: a movie needn’t be “excessive” or “exaggerated” for it to be pretentious. Those two offenses have nothing to do with each other. Maybe YOU need to look up pretentious in the dictionary.

        • Stephen Scanlon

          Pretentious adj. Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.

          Yup describes Garden State to a “t”.

      • Moneil Patel

        both excessive and exaggerated are in the definition of pretentious. You are entitled to an opinion even if its wrong. Not every movie wants you to sympathize with the main character. I certainly didn’t, and wasn’t dumb enough to think the movie was about that or judge the movie on Braff’s ability to look “sad”

      • TrustMeI’mAScientist

        Sorry Moneil, but that’s flat out wrong.

        Pretentious does not necessarily mean “showy” (although Garden State certainly qualifies in that sense as well.) In fact, many dictionaries don’t even include that less common — and if you ask me, incorrect — usage of the word at all.

        To understand the true root of the word “pretentious”, just look at the word “pretend.” Here are some actual dictionary definitions of the word “pretentious”:

        “Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.”

        “Claiming that or behaving as if one is important or deserving of merit when such is not the case:”

        “Making usually unjustified or excessive claims (as of value or standing)”

        “Expressive of affected of unwarranted, or exaggerated importance, worth, or stature.”

        Garden State definitely, definitely, qualifies. In the opinion of many movie fans, it is pretty much the dictionary definition of the word “pretentious.”

      • Stephen Scanlon

        Pretentious is the the FIRST word to describe “Garden State”

  • TJ

    So now I’m a bitter, cynical person? I can live with that.

    Stupid article by the way.

  • Cat

    apparently the artist was awful…

  • Mike

    I’ve never heard of a single one of them, but they all seem like pretentious shit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jake.modica Jake Modica

    refuse to watch Argo because although they give Jack Kirby a token cameo, they didn’t want to use his actual art because it would require paying his family.

  • I hate everything

    Every bitter cynical post of “I hate…” in the comments section proves this article to be correct.

  • legacy1x

    So you pick 8 movies you like and say if you don’t agree your Bitter and cynical? Classy.

  • Eddie Cheung

    No one I know who saw The Artist agrees with me (which makes me SAD!), that there is an excellent reason to dislike the male protagonist, as no reason is ever given for his shabby treatment of his wife. Have we become so jaded that we expect our heroes to be bastards to their spouses?

  • http://twitter.com/MrTRONA Mijnheer TRONA

    Singin’ In The Rain is just depressing [& lists suck, please make them just stop & bring back real journalism]. :P

  • ValNika

    My husband is Iranian and he loved Argo. It was an extremely well written movie, and he says he was surprised at how well the movie focused more on the escape of the 6 that were trapped, rather than blaming Iranians to get Americans to hate and stereotype them more than they already do, haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.e.stern Jonathan Evan Stern

    1. Never saw it.
    2. Never saw it.
    3. I enjoyed it.
    4. It was okay, but I can think of five better Woody Allen movies off the top of my head (Antz, Take the Money and Run, Annie Hall, Sleeper, and Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Sex, but Were Too Afraid to Ask).
    5. This one I loved.
    6. Really? I hated this movie. I found it boring, depressing, and the moral or the story is outright dangerous.
    7. I think anyone who at least kind of likes musicals likes this, but if you don’t like musicals, you probably hate it.
    8. Never even heard of it.

  • Naomi naomi-cp@hotmail.com

    I really like The King’s Speech. There’s nothing Oscar baity about it. Argo, on the other hand…

  • http://twitter.com/T0NSTER333 ÇℜΔÇK_ℵΙℵℑΔΔ

    i stopped reading after “the artist”

  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.wildswalls Donna Wilds Walls

    What about Young Frankenstein? Blazing Saddles?

    • choosyloser

      The love for Young Frankenstein is a complete mystery to me. I love all the actors in Mel Brooks’s movies, but so much of his humor, especially in this, his most overrated film, is cliche piled on cliche. I’ve so wanted to enjoy it, but with each viewing at parties, I hate it all the more. Blazing Saddles is far better, but let’s face it: relying on such stuff as very extended fart jokes and the all-too-predictable comments on the black sheriff’s sexual prowess doesn’t help the movie break through anyone’s cynicism. There had to be something more universally appealing about a movie, not just advocacy of your own favorites.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmacleve Janet Lingel Aldrich

    I absolutely adore The Artist and SInging in the Rain. You’re so right about Jean Dujardin!

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.lecheminant Justin LeCheminant

    Jesus you suck at this, most people I know hate most of these movies and for good reason.

  • houstonfan4life

    Remember the Titans! That’s a movie that should be on the list!!

  • Audioclave

    Wholly disappointed that Ghostbusters didn’t make the list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danielle.whitakerowens Danielle Whitaker Owens

    I think I’ve only seen ONE of those movies.

  • Jennie

    Ive never even HEARD of these movies except Garden State.

    • choosyloser

      Why do you and so many other people here think that whether you’ve heard of movies in a list is any indication of its worthiness?

  • Jaden

    I hated all these movies… im not a bitter, cynical person. There just crappy movies.

  • http://twitter.com/FenrirMX Mathias Cronqvist

    Wow, Jesus, 0/8.
    You suck

  • http://twitter.com/DeadLeaFMoth MonteBeckett

    Most of these films are Pretentious with a capital ‘P’ & I can see more why people SHOULD hate them than be won over by their make-believe moxie. Almost Famous, High Fidelity & especially Garden State are the standout uglies here. Your mention of Argo left me semi-stupified as there wasn’t a more gladhanding love letter to Hollywood made last year that was even in the same ballpark as that drivel. The Artist & Singin’ in the Rain practically sit at a level of sainthood compared to your other choices. Excuse my cynicism but, after seeing your other choices I’m rather surprised to see that they even made your list. Even Amelie would have been a more respectable entry comparitively.

  • http://twitter.com/ScuddaWax Jude Eckenrode

    These comments are so whiny.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.english Nicholas James English

    fuck off with your having to reload the entire page to go through the list.

  • John Heed

    Actually, the rape scene from Clockwork Orange has traumatized some people so much that they can’t bring themselves to see this movie.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Medusa-Jordan/1016725217 Medusa Jordan

      Gene Kelly was at some ‘do’ that Malcolm McDowell was also at, and refused to acknowledge him he was so enraged by the use of that song in that context.

    • choosyloser

      People need to know you’re referring to Singin’ in the Rain.

  • MyGroceryListIsMoreInsightful

    This entire list was a ruse was to get people to IMDB the little-seen movie Happy-Go-Lucky.

    “Can’t wait to see #1!” you think. “I bet it’s Love Actually. Or Enchanted! Or… WTF is Happy-Go-Lucky? Is this a paid advertisement?”

    Pretty sad, Mr. Mike Leigh. Er, or should I say “Darren Ruecker”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1433681420 Valerie Head

    Shawshank Redemption, Out of Africa, A River Runs Through It, Old Yeller, Anne of Green Gables, The Color Purple, the list goes on and on. Can’t narrow it down to a short list

  • Nastienka

    I think this movie is overrated, there are many movies better than this.

  • Susceptible Emilio

    I hate that Braff guy so therefore I hate Garden State. Plays the same guy in every tv shows and movies. Douche in real-life too.

  • crackerblack

    One of the worst lists I’ve seen on the internet. I mean that. It is bad in an antagonizing and smug fashion with no redeeming value. Garden State? Really? Either you are Zach Braff or were a teenage girl in 2004.

  • J

    I don’t like Argo because it changed the history, and being Canadian, I want the history to be correct and represent my country in a good way. xP

  • Moe B

    “There exists a sizeable contingent of people who don’t like Garden State”
    So why the fuck is it on this list. List….FAIL

  • Bob Bubbers

    I hated 6 of them.

    Try again.

  • Gustavo

    i hate them all

  • Matt

    Phew! Sounds like you suck at, and should stop making, lists! No-one agrees with your choices

  • http://twitter.com/greencomb The Green Comb

    Hats off to you Mr Ruecker. Beautifully written and with such honest appreciation & humble respect. Not a lot of writers like that out there these days. Not bitter and heartless at all.

  • ALAN

    garden state = a failed attempt at being intelligently pretentious; instead it just turns out to be a self indulgent, AMERICANS only, pile of steaming horse dung! If you’re looking for a reason to hate the world! watch this movie!

  • Lord Twat Beard

    I either didn’t see, wouldn’t watch or hated every single one of these movies…

  • Marlas ambivalence

    Very poor list, would like to comment why I dislike so many but just reading about some of these movies is sending me to sleep.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vicky.sunderland.18 Vicky Sunderland

    Never seen any of these 5. Not sure if thats my fail or yours.

    • choosyloser

      It’s never particularly attractive or sensible to brag about one’s ignorance—unless it’s ignorance of how to murder someone or similar. I’m guessing you’re American, since we Americans are more often than not truly proud of being know-nothings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa-Hamari/100000076759308 Melissa Hamari

    Anyway. Didn’t see a lot of these, but I didn’t -like- Garden State, but I am jaded and cynical, so that’s probably why.

    But I do love Enchanted, The Princess Bride, and Tne Never Ending Story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/THOMAS.B.SAUER93 Thomas B. Sauer

    As someone who is always described as a “bitter, cynical person” by my friends and loved ones, I have taken it upon myself to write my opinions of each of the films listed (at least the ones I have seen). Mind you, this is just my opinion and my opinion alone. Right, let’s get started:

    1. The Artist

    I thought this movie was alright. “All signs point to annoying, right?” Well, when you put it like THAT. “Most pretentious piece of artsy-fartsy Oscar bait since The King’s Speech?” The word “pretentious” didn’t even cross my mind at all when I saw previews for this thing. I saw what looked like a throwback to when movies were done in this style. Different doesn’t mean pretentious. Having said that, The Artist undeniably had its charms but in no way did I feel all the amount of praise it got was justified. At times, the movie felt longer than it actually did, most of which has to do with it’s nearly two hours in length while the movies its paying homage to run over an hour. Also, the score from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (one of the greats, by the way) is ripped straight into this movie and is almost passed as its own, which doesn’t help the bitter and cynical person inside me.

    2. Argo

    Ok, yes, I admit, I really did have a lot of fun with this movie. I think Roger Ebert (rest in peace) summed up Argo perfectly. “It is, first and foremost, a movie.” It is really terrible at telling the truth, but in terms of delivering a movie that delivered thrills, laughter, intrigue, and memorable performances all in a very tight package, Argo definitely brought the goods. The bitter and cynical person inside of me is thinking this movie is only getting incredibly high praise because Ben Affleck went from being a terrible actor to a pretty good movie director, and because that is kinda shocking, he is getting recognized. Also, any movie where Hollywood saves the day is guaranteed to win awards (Check Hugo, The Artist)

    3. Almost Famous

    I agree with this one and I have nothing to say about this movie that hasn’t already been said. I recommend it.

    5. High Fidelity

    Ok, I wholeheartedly agree with this one as it’s one of my personal favorite movies of all time.

    7. Singin’ In The Rain

    From one film buff, to another…
    No shit, Sherlock.

    8. Happy-Go-Lucky

    Are you serious? I think the most bitter and cynical viewers would have a field day with this one.You have Poppy, who is very bubbly and graces the screen with joy and happiness, all of which are juxtaposed by depressing events with even more depressing people in them for the sake of “happiness vs. sadness” and studying how different people harbor sadness.

    Overall, this is a terrible list based on the title, which is far too broad hence why people are wondering why you included Happy-Go-Lucky (Seriously?) over Big, Back To The Future, Ferris Bueller, etc.

    You should’ve renamed the list “8 Movies You May Want To Check Out (Unless You’re A Bitter, Cynical Person)” because I bet you many people have not seen most of these films.

  • Movie Buff

    This article, like most on this site, is pretentious bullshit. Garden State? Lame and self-indulgent. High-fidelity? snore fest

  • Capo_Del_Bandito

    “Movies only someone who isn’t into artsy self indulgent bullshit” – there’s your better name you hack.

    Christ couldn’t you at least be OBJECTIVE without falling into emotional pratfall shit?

  • Dirt Dingo

    While some of the films listed here are good (High Fidelity, Almost Famous to name a few), the title of the article is pretty misleading. It should read more like : ” 8 Movies every 15 Year Old Hipster Should Watch”. Besides, lot of these movies are pretty cynical and bitter themselves. And Garden State? Seriously? That was the biggest piece of pretentious schlock I’ve ever sat through.

    Here is a list that makes more sense for your title:

    Planes, Trains, And Automobiles — The Princess Bride — 12 Angry Men — Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves — Any Of The First 3 Indiana Jones Movies — South Park Movie — The Royal Tenenbaums (for the hipsters) — The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

    The criteria for being a cynical and/or bitter person, to me, is one who doesn’t have a sense of humor, and who is highly self-conscious, as ALL of the films you selected are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/titanictom401 Thomas Humphrey

    How About Gone With The Wind,Raiders of the Lost Ark or Leon A.K.A. The ProFessional!!!!

    • choosyloser

      Gone with the Wind is a deeply offensive movie to anyone who knows the history of the Civil War and the oppression of black people in the US. Also I imagine that many people find it somewhat problematic that, in Leon, a girl asks to be trained as an assassin and her putative guardian obliges. Raiders has a much better chance for inclusion on the list.

  • TS

    I have to be cynical about this film, it was a terrible movie from start to finnish. The ingredients were good, but the outcome wasn’t. Two thumbs down for this film.

  • Sargonarhes

    Hate them? I am disinterested in them. Would not watch any of those movies as these seem boring as hell. Root canals are looking like a much better option.

  • David

    You have offended a lot of people lol
    but i understand why , it’s like you said that if we don’t like your favorite movies we are bad people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=886595407 James Vetzal

    big problem with argo, as many canadians wil tell you, is that while it’s a good film they cut out most of canadian involvement, it was a canadian operation and cia was junior member on it, while the movie implies the cia just let canadians take credit :/

  • Jared

    I hated Garden State, I hated the horrible soundtrack too.

  • Heather Cook

    Websites like this don’t care if you like the same movies as so and so likes. They deliberately bait us (yes, myself included), with articles that have headlines that will more than likely insult 99.999 percent of whomever reads it. The writer titles his piece 8 Movies Only Cynical and Bitter People Could Hate. That’s a challenge. We can’t resist reading his crappy article because we know he is insinuating we are cynical, bitter people because surely we won’t agree with his list in it’s entirety. So everyone clicks on whatever link they took to get here, reads this list, confirms for themselves that his list of movies does not match up to their own, and gets really pissed because he started the name calling before he even got to the article. This isn’t journalism, But you know what? This “journalist” will get a big old bonus on his paycheck because at the very top of this page, the page views are listed. There are currently 1,582,730 views of this very page, which makes the advertiser on this page, some new Mtn Dew product, very happy. He could have drawn these movies at random from a hat. It doesn’t matter. This article got 1.5 million hits for this website and got this website a very nice fat check from Mountain Dew. We are all suckers. Tell me I’m wrong, “writer” Darren Ruecker. Tell me I’m just being cynical and bitter.

    • Chaz

      Unless he got a check from Mountain Dew and didn’t tell the rest of us, I’m going to have to say you’re wrong. We’re entertainment writers, we by very nature write about things we love. Sure, we use extreme verbiage mostly because we know how silly this entire thing is. Now, I for one appreciate every single person that comes to our site for whatever reason, and I sincerely hope we can earn your readership. Some articles are going to be outright silly (For example, I’ve been working on the idea “proving” that some of the best video games ever made are horrible.) It’s not supposed to be taken as gospel, it’s entertainment. I really hope you stick around long enough to see what else we can come up with.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I sincerely mean that. We do try to read every comment, and while we want to keep writing our way, we do want to make sure we’re meeting your demands. You guys are the people we have to answer to, not our sponsors. Without you, none of this would be possible.

  • thomaspainelives

    The Artist sucked big time. Nothing of interest in it.

  • ama

    i actually hated all these movies ……

  • Steve Smith

    what does it say that i only heard of 1 of the movies on this list?

  • http://twitter.com/sage80_rocker Steve Golac

    Argo was overrated. Ok, but overrated.

  • http://twitter.com/sage80_rocker Steve Golac

    Pretty sure you don’t have to be a cynical hater not to watch zack braff emo barffest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brent.killian1 Brent Killian

    Never seen any of these movies. Princess Bride is missing and should be on this list because it was the greatest movie ever created.

  • unclefatheroscar

    “it… tastes kinda like sad”

  • bob

    Worst. List .Ever.

  • Scott

    To be honest I’ve never seen any of these films.

  • rowan

    ive seen all of these, garden state was the best one of them all, the rest sucked

  • http://www.facebook.com/gshauger Geoffrey Shauger

    garden state is pretentious nonsense

  • http://www.facebook.com/gshauger Geoffrey Shauger

    garden state is pretentious nonsense

  • http://twitter.com/OhDaavey David

    What a terrible list, surely an april fools joke?

  • Cactus

    While I guffawed quite heavily at this list, I am more than happy to not see It’s A Wonderful Life listed.

  • TheROUSes

    Argo was sooooo by-the-numbers. There was like no excitement really. It was just, Affleck – “We’ll do this for our plan.” Guy 1 – “I don’t wanna.” Guy 2 – It will work, so do it. Guy 1 – “OK.”. Then…..THE END.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tara.hockensmith Tara Hockensmith

    What about the Pixar movie “Up”? That’s comedy and drama, and I can’t imagine anyone hating it. But maybe that’s just me…

    • TrulyMadlyDeeply

      Every single Pixar film has broader appeal than anything on this list. I myself enjoy darker fare, but Everybody can get on board with Pixar.

  • jklj

    whoever wrote this is an idiot. The majority of these movies will be forgotten by most in a few years or have already been forgotten. The one classic in the bunch is Singin in the Rain which has transcended to the point that even people who have not seen it are familiar with it. What a bunch of garbage. Also I personally hated The Artist.

  • jklj

    whoever wrote this is an idiot. The majority of these movies will be forgotten by most in a few years or have already been forgotten. The one classic in the bunch is Singin in the Rain which has transcended to the point that even people who have not seen it are familiar with it. What a bunch of garbage. Also I personally hated The Artist.

  • mindodyssey

    you seriously just wrote that you know a good amount of people who don’t like this movie in a column about how unhateable these movies are? maybe you missed the point of your whole post.

  • AJ

    I love Singing in the Rain. I’ve seen High Fidelity, and it was ok-ish, but though I like Cusack, he was pretty much a jerk throughout and difficult to like in this one. Woody Allen gives me the creeps, so no thanks, and I’ve never seen any of these other films, and after reading about them in the comment, i dont really want to. especially Argo- enough of the world thinks we Americans are egocentric and arrogant. I don’t feel like adding to that sentiment by advocating a movie that takes credit for another country’s actions. I loved Enchanted, but that picture was a total bait-and-switch. Not really feeling this list :/

  • Sen

    I hate Argo and The Artist, and while I haven’t seen Garden State or Happy-Go-Lucky I know plenty of people who hate those films, too. I guess my friends and I are all bitter and cynical.

  • fuck

    Garden State? Really?

  • James

    ARGO is just stupid american-propaganda.
    They end up happily together with the cliche-music and everything and THEN we read it’s an EXAMPLE of cooperation between countries when it started showing us that everything started because of the intervention of the US and the UK in the first place??!!!

  • James

    ARGO is just stupid american-propaganda.
    They end up happily together with the cliche-music and everything and THEN we read it’s an EXAMPLE of cooperation between countries when it started showing us that everything started because of the intervention of the US and the UK in the first place??!!!

  • James

    ARGO is just stupid american-propaganda.
    They end up happily together with the cliche-music and everything and THEN we read it’s an EXAMPLE of cooperation between countries when it started showing us that everything started because of the intervention of the US and the UK in the first place??!!!

  • Dusty Haynes

    You put thought into this list, but I hate half of these movies so count me as cynical and bitter.

  • Kevin Snell

    It’s hard to hate movies that many people have never seen.

  • Kevin Snell

    It’s hard to hate movies that many people have never seen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vini.almada Vinicius Almada

    Ok… this is a Trap… Argo as nº2 must-not-hate? I guess I´m the bitter dude…

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.takemoto Timothy Takemoto
  • mgm721

    I loved Almost Famous.. one of my all time favorite movies

  • http://www.facebook.com/williamglenn.early William Glenn Early

    The Princess Bride did not make your list. Your list is invalid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/williamglenn.early William Glenn Early

    The Princess Bride did not make your list. Your list is invalid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kendiether.munar Ken Diether Binueza Munar

    Hot Fuzz? Shaun Of The Dead? Fast Five?

  • nikki

    Argo?I just love to hate this film.False depiction of the event with a ridiculous climax.Anyone who watch this will surely start hating Iran and Iranians.I think this was the main purpose of the film.Who would like such a film?I think a cynical and a bitter person like you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emile.vanniekerk.3 Emile van Niekerk

    Uh…hello. Where the hell is Amelie? It’s the first film I expected on this list and it’s not there. Nobody, but nobody, can possibly hate Amelie.

  • chiffmonkey

    The only film you even mentioned that I liked was the Kings Speech and evidently you hated it, bloody hipster. Want a happy, fun and satisfying film? Watch Flash Gordon.

  • David Fullam

    Not bitter or cynical, just someone with taste. Most of the films on this list are garbage.

  • enzofloc

    9: Groundhog Day,
    10:Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion

  • korichneveygigant

    Argo? seriously?

  • http://twitter.com/markorealmonte marko realmonte

    No Princess Bride? Inconceivable! Darren, you’re a tool. E.T.? Fantastic Mr. Fox? Juno? Edward Scissorhands? Field of Dreams? Young Frankenstein? Kiddo, you need to see more movies…Argo, sheesh.

  • MangosRgreat

    I’m so glad I went down and read the comments just so I know I’m not alone…I feel the exact same way…


    FUCK GARDEN STATE..Intellectually void garbage.

  • MitchMontoya

    I didn’t hate the movie Argo but I hated its xenophobia and the way it represented CIA as historical heroes and Iran as the bad guys. In the actual geo political context, I thought there was no need to make a movie like this one, emphasizing cultural gap between nations… and this got the oscar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-James-Halonen/1346851497 Michael James Halonen

    well I have only saw 3 of theses & would consider the other ones garbage I would not waste my time on so think writer should realize we all dont like crap movies

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-James-Halonen/1346851497 Michael James Halonen

    well I have only saw 3 of theses & would consider the other ones garbage I would not waste my time on so think writer should realize we all dont like crap movies

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-James-Halonen/1346851497 Michael James Halonen

    well I have only saw 3 of theses & would consider the other ones garbage I would not waste my time on so think writer should realize we all dont like crap movies

  • Ashmic

    shitty list

  • Rob White

    Dear god, what an awful list. You even included a movie that you admit people will hate (Argo did, and for good reason, piss off Canadians because the movie pulled a U-572, and rewrote history to make it look like Americans did something that they didn’t; I guess Americans are too insecure or insular to watch anything that isn’t about them).
    As for the rest of the list, well, the whole article is just a bad idea. The idea that there can be a piece of art that is impossible to hate is foolish. One could go so far to say that if its something no one could hate that it isn’t very good to begin with.

  • Emma

    God happy go lucky…are you serious? Sorry but this film bored me to tears!

  • RandomUser

    I wasn’t even interested enough in more than half of these titles to even watch them.

    1) The Artist- Didn’t see it.

    2) Argo- Didn’t see it

    3) Almost Famous- Didn’t see it.

    4) Everyone Says I Love You- Didn’t see it. As a rule I can’t stand Woddy Allen. Simply don’t find the man remotely funny and I don’t understand why anyone does. Don’t care for most musicals either.

    5) High Fidelity- I’ve not watched the entire movie but what I have seen of it completely turned me off. I hated all of the characters. As you said- pretty douchey

    6) Garden State- No… just, no.

    7) Singin’ in the Rain- Haven’t seen it, but then I avoid musicals whenever possible. The closest thing to a musical that I’d been habitually exposed to were Disney films because I have a kid.

    8) Happy-Go-Lucky- Again never saw it.

    • Dread Pirate Roberts

      Saw the Artist, but fell asleep.
      Saw Almost Famous, but don’t remember it well enough to put it on this list.
      Saw High Fidelity, liked it somewhat, but it has no place on this list.
      Singing in the Rain – I’ll give him this one, although the only scene I remember is the obvious one.

  • hi

    Awww I wish they made more of those movies

  • hi

    Awww I wish they made more of those movies

  • Dick Pickman

    I don’t know anyone who didn’t like “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”. I would say “Ghostbusters” is a contender. I fear to tread on the toes of “Princess Bride” fans, but I read the book first, and found the movie to be a bit of a let down. If you get the opportunity please read William Goldman’s novel. It changed my life.
    I must score pretty high on the cynical list, I have no interest in seeing most of these.

    • TrulyMadlyDeeply

      I love “Oh Brother…”, but I’ve had to defend it many times. (They were wrong.)

      • Dick Pickman

        My favorite feel-good movie, “The Blues Brothers”.

  • vincent

    just cant stand a minute of the artist, period.

  • ssalty

    I avoided the opportunity to watch all of these but one. I saw Singin’ In The Rain in a theater when I was a kid. I didn’t become a singer or dancer; nor did I fall in love with musicals. The rest? No thanks. Ferris Bueller too can stay gone. I enjoyed Princess Bride the first couple of times my daughter wanted to watch it. “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father…” That was one of the best lines I ever heard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000463783226 Devin Ellenwood

    Thank you for reconfirming the fact that I am a bitter, cynical person. Every one of those movies absolutely sucked donkey balls.

  • jpanim8r

    This list is horrible and person writing it, wrote it because no one ever agrees with them about movies

  • Kazz

    A better list, in MY opinion -
    1. Desk Set
    2. Princess Bride
    3.Auntie Mame
    4.What’s Up Doc
    5.A Walk In The Clouds
    6. Return To Me
    7. Secondhand Lions
    8. Ladyhawke
    9. Mary Poppins
    10. Moonstruck

  • Kazz

    A better list, in MY opinion -
    1. Desk Set
    2. Princess Bride
    3.Auntie Mame
    4.What’s Up Doc
    5.A Walk In The Clouds
    6. Return To Me
    7. Secondhand Lions
    8. Ladyhawke
    9. Mary Poppins
    10. Moonstruck

  • Ravenmack

    I think the title of the article should have been, “8 Movies That Pretentious People Love”.

    And High Fidelity sucked!!!!!!!

    • Dread Pirate Roberts

      I agree with your title but happened to enjoy High Fidelity.

    • TrulyMadlyDeeply

      Pretentious people beg to differ.

  • Lara

    If you’ve ever read the book to high fidelity you’d realize the movie is quite shit in comparison!

  • isaacvysions

    heyy…i love dis movie

  • brady

    I hated all these movies exept high fidelity.
    Terrible list of duce.

  • Eizzy IceBorne

    Seeing this list I realized that I am maybe the most cynical bastard on this Earth.

    Happy-Go-Lucky is one of the most boring films ever made and worth hating every second of it.

  • Eizzy IceBorne

    Seeing this list I realized that I am maybe the most cynical bastard on this Earth.

    Happy-Go-Lucky is one of the most boring films ever made and worth hating every second of it.

  • John Davidson

    “8 films that are impossible to hate”
    I know exactly how the comments section will look……….

  • Zelda

    I only saw Singing in the Rain from this list. The rest can burn, for all I care. Sound terrible.

  • mauriziojuvefc

    this movie is such a soft, watered down, tame and safe rock n roll story. Made me cringe sooooooooo much I absolutely hated it. Instead, a film should have been made about the book ‘Wonderland Avenue’ by Danny Sugerman. If YOU who wrote this article have not read this book then you suck.

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  • bukowskinerd

    Personally love Garden State – but I totally get what other people here say. Even if I made such a list I wouldn’t have put it on it anyways.
    You can’t just shove your opinions like that down our throats as “facts” – and FYI I hate many of the movies in your list.

  • jeff brady

    Garden State is simply atrocious. The only intense feeling I had was sympathy for Natalie Portman because her character in it was so shallow and peripheral (not to mention she had to make out with ZB). p.s. – I don’t think you defined what it is you think Garden State expressed for your generation but I think I’d go with something like “Fight Club” (for what I had to guess you were driving at above) instead. Chuck P. may not always pull off great endings but he was onto something talking about the state of the world today in terms of the difficulty involved with engaging substantially.

  • Mark Nash

    Nothing wrong with Argo.. didn’t cause any fuss in the UK, Canada or Iran. Didn’t alter the facts to make it a nice cozy film for Americans at the expense of the truth while also purporting to be a truthful, meaningful and oscar worthy… no.. good research that man.. bravo.

  • Wilf Tarquin

    Argo? It’s a scene-by-scene remake of “Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper”
    from 1981, the only difference are the added (false) chase-scenes and shootings. You betcha I can hate it.

  • Tax

    Jesus. Dont give up the day job mate. I got to number two and gave up. Pointless. God I fucking hate narcissistic, coffee shop, mac bloggers with small dicks and nothing new to say. Go eat an overpriced salad and then ‘blog’ about it you insignificant waste of energy

  • Barrack Hussein

    Garden State sucked. It tried so hard to be a mix of The Graduate and Reality Bites (Two far, far superior films) that it ended up being silly. Watching Zach Braff trying so hard to emulate Dustin Hoffman was just pathetic. Only pretentious film school losers liked that movie. There were so many superior, lovable movies. Umm did you ever hear of “The Sound of Music”…did you ever hear someone say they hated it? Not to often I would guess. How about Good Will Hunting? I agree with Almost Famous. Other than that you are a Donkey Ball sucking moron.

  • joseph

    what?? no action movies? seems like a pretty boring list

  • Your Mom

    Holy Hipster this list is bad.

    The title should be read: OK movies that hipsters love.

  • Moneil Patel

    10 movies that are tough to hate… I think ET might be on that list, but even if it isn’t… Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Shawshank Redemption, The Usual Suspects, are some of the ones I can think of. I guess people can “hate” Pulp Fiction… those that don’t watch movies or don’t like movies…

  • Paul Doig

    I agree bad list, try these 8 1) Wizard of Oz 2) 16 Candles 3) Forrest Gump 4) Color Miner’s Daughter 5) Toy Story 1 or 3 6) Silence of the Lambs 7) Batman The Darknight Rises 8) Home Alone or, Some Like It Hot, or Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, or The Blind Side, or, Jerry Mcquire, or, Crimes of the Heart, or Tootsie, or, Rocky, or True Grit, or, THe Help, or, The Graduate, or Dead Poet Society, or Educating Rita, or Ramblin Rose, or Mask, or Moonstruck etc, but anything by Woody Allen is just garbage and so yuck, him, it is unwatchable, and Garden State sucked. If the writer wanted to make a point of more obscure films he still did a weak job. I would rather of seen orginal Hairspray on the list that anything by Woody Allen, and Rocky Horror Picture Show if you want to make a point. He would have been better served looking at TNC or TNT or AMC schedules to make his lazy list.

  • Neofolis

    This reminds me of the local radio stations that play music for housewives. There’s obviously nothing wrong with being a housewife, but these stations try to choose music that they feel could not possibly offend anyone. This ideology works fine unless you actually do appreciate music, in which case you find what they play to be totally bland, uninspired and lacking any depth. When you then hear those same songs over and over they become increasingly offensive with each rendition. I can totally appreciate that some people like fluffy, feel good movies and songs, but not liking them does not make a person bitter or hateful in any way, they may just look for different things in their entertainment.

    Why not just accept that people are different, we like different things for different reasons and what else would you expect? we all have different genes and live different lives with different people, surroundings and experiences to shape us. There are no films, neither will there ever be that everyone likes/no-one dislikes and the same goes for anything else.

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  • mark w

    What? Noone wrote he/she hated the artist yet? C’mon people i want some hate for this movie. P.S. I liked it at the beginning but i started hating it because of how much OVERRATED this silent french remake of Sunset Boulevard was.

  • Lena

    I absolutely HATE that Happy-Go-Lucky movie, I wanted to punch her in the face the entire movie, she’s an insufferable character with the worst smile I have ever seen!

  • Caleb Karebu Chadouikku

    I think it’s understandable for anyone to “hate” Happy-go-Lucky. It’s one of those movies either you hate it or love it. I loved it personally, but I would say that “hate” is strong word to use for the rest of these…I can’t see people actually… “hating” these films. I dunno…

  • Garrett William

    Garden State is a filthy lie. It lures you in thinking ‘Okay, this might be pretty decent. No, it awful. Fucking awful.

  • fdsafdsa

    idk about this list but as always thanks for writing it, maybe i need to rewatch these movies.

    • TrulyMadlyDeeply

      You do not need to rewatch Garden State.

  • Joey

    I literally haven’t seen one movie on this list, and only Argo was familiar to me. Terrible list. Where’s Fight Club? Blow? Old School, for Christ’s sake.

  • Zach Braff

    Give me a pen and paper, Microsoft paint or even an Etch-a-Sketch and I can prove conclusively that ‘Garden State’ is inexcusable shite.

  • Matt

    Surely Little Ms Sunshine deserves a mention. It has everything that people should hate (Drugs, creepy grandfather, death used for comedy etc), but I haven’t found anyone that didn’t love it…

  • timbit_queen

    The only movie I could think of when I read the headline was Shawshank Redemption. I’m surprised it’s not included here.


    Pretentious prat

  • Kiida

    Everything on this list, with the exception of Singing In The Rain, strikes me as pretentious and the movie equivalent of sucking one’s one dick. Everyone has their own favorites, their own “top whatever” lists, but I think this one was a miss.

  • Buggs

    going to add one that i didnt hate but my girlfriend called me a cold hearted b*****d for not crying over…


  • Dani

    My list would be:
    8. Any Pixar film ever, especially UP, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and The Incredibles

    7. National Lampoon’s Vacation

    6. The Princess Bride

    5. Ghostbusters

    4. Animal House

    3. Back to the Future

    2. The Blues Brothers

    1. Groundhog Day.

    • TrulyMadlyDeeply

      Boom. I lean heavily toward Coens, Fincher, Tarantino, Kubrick, on my own time, but this list nails the headline. I’d throw in Shawshank as well if I thought kids would like it. Maybe they would.

  • McCracken

    I came here expecting any Bill Forsyth film on the list. I’m a bit disappointed, really. Local Hero is really sweet, and so is Gregory’s Girl; Comfort and Joy, whilst not as enjoyable as the other two, has its charms, too.

    • tallulah13

      Local Hero is a brilliant movie.

  • MetFan

    Maybe its because i have a penis and maybe its because the author of this doesn’t have one but i hated every one of these movies except for one

    • tallulah13

      Heck, I don’t have a penis and I find the bulk of the list to be beyond repulsive.

  • coalminds

    Garden State is hipster garbage. Terrible list, but in reality that’s why you made the list, so people would disagree and you’d get a bunch of page hits for something that could have been a one page.. damnit. Nevermind.

  • William Glenn Early

    Conspicuously absent: The Princess Bride. Anyone who has anything cynical to say about that movie is a soulless troll… And I HATE Rob Reiner… But that movie is so brilliant; a masterpiece of the modern ages. Humor, drama, romance, action, and all s perfectly executed. One of the best movies of the last 50 years, easily!

  • Jayson

    What a TERRIBLE list. You have horrible taste in movies and should never, ever write about them again.

    • Gurgiphoenix

      Yeah that sucked on a mega scale

  • jason

    mind numbingly dull

  • O_R_I_O_L_E_S

    my list of 10 movies that most people have never seen, but should.

    1. True Romance

    2. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

    3. Dr. Strangelove

    4. Felon

    5. The Full Monty

    6. Waking Ned Devine

    7. Rambow

    8. Killing Zoe

    9. Mask

    10. Snatch

  • BonafideJones

    This list is retarded and you should feel bad for writing it.

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  • mudywaters

    I absolutely hated Happy-Go-Lucky. It’s probably one of the only movies I couldn’t see all the way through. Absolutely terrible.

  • smokeysandra

    I thought Ben Affleck was concentrating on directing – he’s good at it – Gone Baby Gone being one example. Some Canadians were upset that enough credit was not given to the brave Canadians who hid and helped the U.S. hostages. Just a note at the end of the movie.

  • MonkiMoney

    Argo was insanely boring

  • Scott Johnson

    You hit the nail right on the head with The Artist. It is indeed the dumbest, most pretentious piece of artsy-fartsy Oscar bait since The King’s Speech. Just an awful, and mostly depressing movie. Were you smiling when the lead lost all his money, his wife, all his possessions, and attempted suicide? Why can’t everything be that happy all the time?

  • tanya bee

    Nobody hates (500) Days of Summer. It has two of the most likable actors working right now.

  • Peoplearetheworst

    Welcome to the vacuous culture. Where these pop-culture lists are churned out on these generic sites that seem to number in the billions. We have all become media reference machines, intelectually numb and happy to spend our time in the most idle, trivial ways possible. Escapists, fantasy-fiends, substance-phobics, nostalgia-junkies…

    Forget obesity, the real global epidemic isn’t physical laziness, its mental laziness. And this shit is the meatball Hot Pockets of information…

  • ShadowInc

    I didn’t hate ARGO, but found it to be flat, and certainly well overrated.

  • ShadowInc

    I’ll never see GARDEN STATE because it has Braff in it.

  • Lindsey

    I really do like High Fidelity and love John Cusack, but I have to say that I was disappointed in the ending. I just hated that he ended up Laura. I couldn’t stand her.

  • Isaac

    This should be movie that I like but everyone else hates. Away from Natalie Portman Garden State was horrible.

  • Carrie

    wow…I literally hate all these films. I expected to dislike a few, but these are seriously the worst films I’ve ever seen. All of them. Out of thousands of films, you have actually made a list of the ones I hate…remarkable.

  • Venkatesh Devadas

    No Titanic no dark knight no pretty woman no forest gump thx for writing a hillarious joke

  • idonotseekabanning

    Let’s retitle this article to “Movies Darren Ruecker Is Defensive about Liking.”

  • Bob

    Garden State sucked balls

  • filmguy450

    I have to disagree with ‘The Artist’. It has an unbelievably awful score, the ‘twist’ (as in why he’s afraid of talkies) is the dumbest possible thing, and thanks to awful use of dramatic irony, the story has zero tension. So yeah, someone can hate it.

  • Robibop

    School of Rock

    • Robibop

      and while it’s not among my favorite movies, I have to agree, The Princess Bride is a movie that is impossible not to like.

  • Lucy

    That last comment about Disney is unfair: said films (and by the way, I use the terms film and movei nterchangeably, but I’m not a critic) are often beautiful and pointed at their core, teaching us the important lessons within ourselves while delighting us at the same time: they don’t rely on cute: cute is integrated seamlessly into the thread of these movies in a way that often helps to tell the story, and even when mainly a comedy relief, these characters serve to endear more deeply with themselves and in turn the main proragonists, and either way, they’re never misplaced or overused.

  • Lucy

    Also, I’d put Yellow Submarine, Labyrinth and The Muppet Movie on this list.

  • littlemissdovahkiin

    Haven’t seen any of these. Time to start a list!

  • Atul Aditya

    No Enchanted? You had its picture on the front page!

  • Bartholomew Bakr

    What kind of an egotistical douche bag declares a movies impossible to hate (unless they’re bitter & cynical) based on the fact that THEY like it; except this Darren Ruecker pickle-head? Having said that I like most of these and in fact love High Fidelity, Singing in the Rain, and Happy Go Lucky. BUT I would rather wear a week-old pus-filled dead horse vagina on my face than watch that thoroughly terrible Garden State movie again.

  • Akula765

    I dislike all but one of these.

    Bah humbug.

  • David

    Singing in the Rain was the only film that I would care to see from this list.

  • João

    Actually…I hate Argo

  • 10secshero

    8 Movies GIRLS ALWAYS LOVE… Fixed

  • Klavs

    I would have included ET and Close encounter of third degree.

  • Mahmood

    I don’t like Argo at all!!! Of course I’m Iranian but when I saw the trailer and read the story I said to myself that I’m gonna love this!

    Movie wasn’t terrible but when It comes to academy awards best picture … :|
    This movie is trying to say that when CIA, Government and … can’t rescue the Americans that was Hollywood who saved them!

    Just when I remember the last scene (the airport scene) I just can be sad and mad to see THIS movie has won Oscar :|

    sorry for my grammar mistakes :)

  • Juan Jimenez

    Hard to hate movies I have never heard of except for Argo.

  • D.Gasque

    Kelly’s Heroes…war, action, comedy, great story line and a cast of hundreds of great actors…what is there not to like about this movie?

  • John Taylor

    Can’t hate movies that you don’t care about.

  • Tomas Babicki

    argo was too controvsial for some people. Garden state sucked balls. Quite a few people had a problem with The Artist being silent and black and white, not that I did. Happy go lucky is just another run of the mill trying too hard comedy thing. A few suggestions –
    Back to the future, like the other dude said.
    ET – even if you’re creeped out by it, it’s a good f***ing movie.
    I thought Leon was fun for everyone.
    Kick ass is just… well it’s kick ass.
    In bruges is hard to dislike.
    I think Untouchable or the Intouchables is a widely favoured film. Predictable but well told.
    You could’ve picked a better Woody Allen film, like Bananas or Manhattan.
    I wasn’t too fond of the others on the list either. Whoever wrote this did a terrible job.

    • Playhouse

      Tarantino is not that hard to dislike and even hate at times.

  • fanofTV

    Starlee Kine from “This American Life” HATES “Garden State.” Listen to her rail against it. Listen to the bitterness. http://proudlyresents.com/?powerpress_pinw=3921-podcast

  • fanofTV

    What about “Back to School” with Rodney Dangerfield?

  • Sam

    All 8 of these movies were awful. What a bunch of traSH

  • rockefeller

    Amelie, come on people…

    • mon_a

      My French teacher hated that movie with a passion. “It’s about a girl who entertains herself doing stupid things. Americans just like it because she’s French!” (you have to hear it spoken in an impassioned French accent. Her tirade on the film was quite amusing).

  • Ryan

    I haven’t seen a single one of these movies :(

  • girlyman0

    The problem with the last one is Netflix hates it.

  • GOParty

    HEY, Explain to me why you use a still from “Enchanted” on the front page, but leave it off the list!? And simply leaving it off the list, come on! A naive girl from a magical realm is trapped in modern-day New York and teaches a scarred/cynical divorcee to fall in love again? How can anyone find that short of heartwarming? For crying out loud, the first time I saw it, I myself, a card-carrying skeptic, fell in love(with Amy Adams, that is).
    And for the record, not a single Tom Hanks film on this list? I wasn’t expecting “Saving Private Ryan” or “Forrest Gump”, but at least you could have tossed in “Catch Me If You Can” or “That Thing You Do!”

  • Josh

    I may be the only person who agrees with you on Everyone Says I Love You.

  • Adam

    Seriously, did nobody here watch Forrest Gump?

  • Cheryl Spooner

    I will check out your 5 movies that a person must enjoy. Definitely, it would be nice if you are right as there are altogether too many bummer ones out there. Only you don’t know they are bummers until you’ve paid a lot to go see one of them flop.

    Might I suggest, though, that your reviews would be a lot more believable to me if the cussing was eliminated. You see, we cuss usually when we are unhappy with a situation or when we are trying to be accepted by a group of people who are unhappy themselves! Why fit in with those who don’t fit in to a more genteel mannerism? When you use cursing, you make me think that anything you review will probably have cursing in it. I was trapped in that bad habit years ago; I no longer want to put that trash into my mind. It’s a definite turnoff to me.

  • DoyleHolmesFan

    Tony Menedez was an artist (painter) and applied his craft by creating fake passports for defectors and the like, not a failed actor. He even developed the CIA’s disguise department, which still exists today. He smuggled a number of Soviet’s spying for the US during the Cold War out of some very “hot” spots including Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and, of course, Iran. He actually ran two operations out of Tehran, the first was a few months before the “Canadian Caper” where he smuggled out a top administrator of the Shah’s, and from what I’ve read, that was a more difficult mission than the rescue operation.

  • Lyle Beaugard

    What about The Shawshank Redemption? The best feel good movie apart from The Princess Bride.

  • mike

    All you savants that hated Argo because it wasn’t historically accurate need to get over yourself! It’s a fucking movie not History class! If you want fact hit up the library and read! So what if there are liberties taken with the movie! the anti -American sentiment is mind Boggling! If the Canadians care about the truth then they can make a movie! Why are you upset that Argo one an award! In 98 Shake Spear in love beat out Saving Private Ryan! Oh none of you tools had Last of the Mohicans, Alien, Or Aliens!

  • Ray Dziadzio

    I couldn’t say I hated any of them. All of them other then Singing in the Rain, a great movie I might add, I never heard of.

  • Jeff Rittenour

    this is the SHITTIEST f’n list EVER. Who wrote this crap. I actually didn’t care for most of these movies and would have to agree with the comments below on Back To The Future and Princess Bride etc… I didn’t like Ferris though – never have, never will I guess. And I’m a child of the 80′s…I feel like I’m the only person I’ve ever known/met who DIDN’T like that movie lol… High Fidelity was OK, Argo was boring (not BAD just dull), Everyone Says I love you has the most atrocious singing in a movie ever – probably only topped by the unreleased “I’ll Do Anything’ lol…terrible terrible list… Argo seriously? on a list of movie ‘NO ONE can hate’? HAHAHAHAHAHA…how bout Ghostbusters for christ’s sake?

  • mon_a

    My brother hates Garden State. Even though I’m a fan of the movie, he does make an interesting point: “It’s not so much that it’s trying to be cute, it’s that it knows it’s being cute.”

  • Raul Fender

    The Artist is cute, but wasn’t that special. Amelie is hard not to like.

  • TJ

    I couldn’t stand Argo

  • jenne

    i’m just confused why the first page has a photo from Enchanted but it’s not on the list?

  • Tom Hanks Fan

    where is forrest gump?

  • TrulyMadlyDeeply

    Really?!? No Pixar whatsoever??? What has broader appeal than Pixar?

  • stan

    One great film Singin in the Rain and two good movies Happy Go Lucky and Hi Fidelity the other Five only a plebian would like.

  • Aristo Kratte

    I predicted an Argo victory for Best Picture before the nominations were even out. It didn’t win because of Affleck, it won because it was the best. Remember, it won best picture awards that had to have votes collected way before the Oscar nominations were even out.

  • Robert Klaudt

    I havent heard of half of these fuckin movies. Garden State sucked major dicks though

  • HercStrongs

    garden state is awful and i am never not happy

  • Korrigan

    Back to the Future, Willow, The Shawshank Redemption… but no, we get crap like “the artist” or “Singing in the Rain” we are suppposed to love. Sorry kid, not everyone enjoys musicals, and that doesn’t make them “bitter”.

  • Dorina Marie Cortez

    Argo was a really good movie :)

  • jackdaniels63

    Hate argo

  • Hayder Majid

    i watched the 8 movie and i hate it all

  • rdspam

    Loved 7 of them. The Artist sucked.

  • Jonathan Gittinger

    Goonies, Princess Bride, Back to the Future. Those movies belong here, not the cr*p you have.

    Singin’ in the Rain is one of my favorite musicals… but that’s like my picking a favorite worm to thread a hook through and promptly forget. And I think we ALL know Garden State doesn’t belong on this list, definitely not Happy-Go-Lucky, and I’ve seen plenty of “meh” for Argo too.

    This is just an awful list… none of these films are good picks. Hell, Goonies and Princess Bride DEFINE this list. And they’re nowhere to be found.

  • anonymous

    wow every single one is in fact a shit film :) well done for the dumb ass post fucktard :)

    • Polarboy

      Keyboard warrioooorrrrrrrr.

  • Wallace Morrison

    The only one I even remotely gave half of a turd for was SITR. The rest i have now written on my toilet paper as I get ready for my day.

  • Mase

    I nominate Goonies to this list.

  • Seth Wilson

    8 movies I never had the desire to see. Only seen Argo and that was because when Ben Affleck was chosen to be Batman everyone talked about how good he was in it. The movie was okay (not because of Ben’s acting) but I never want to see it again.

  • Virdigoe

    No Schindler’s list!? This article instantly became invalid

  • Miyu H. Bennet

    Whenever I feel a bit down I watch “Singin’ in the Rain” (Cosmo Brown is EPIC) or/and “Everyone Says I Love You” (Yes, Edward Norton’s childish smiling face singing and trying to tap…). And I just can’t help feeling rainbows inside.

    Here is one of the best moments in the history of film: Moses Supposes, from “Singin’ in the Rain”


    About the The Artist tho: I’ve seen it quite a few times (trying to like it) but I still think that the whole thing (and Jean Dujardin’s face/smile/character) is ridiculously pretentious.



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  • scooter2407

    So the title of this article is saying “If You Disagree With my Opinion, You are a Bitter, Cynical Person”

  • Jay

    There are many reasons to hate a movie that have nothing to do with being a bitter cynical person. You could hate any of these movies because you dislike the genre, or a particular actor, or just because the movie generally was bad. I know people that hate movies from the 70′s and earlier because they look awful compared to what we have now. Next time that you write an article try using a title that doesn’t include silly absolutes like this one, maybe try “8 movies that are hard to dislike” or ” 20 movies that most people like”. By doing that you don’t alienate your readers by making them feel like they are cynical or making them think you are off in the head. My favorite movie is Lonesome Dove and it’s a great movie in my opinion but I am certain that many people can’t stand it, and by me saying that if someone disagrees then they have bad taste or they don’t know what a good movie is does not make it true, it just makes me seem like a tool.

  • CabezaQueso

    Garden State sucked harder then an alter boy at a Priest convention or 2 peso Tijuana hooker on a 2 for 1 night.

  • MrSatyre

    Haven’t seen a single one of these, and have zero interest in changing that. Not interested in the stories or many of actors or directors, most of whom are famous only by accident.

  • Carra’sBetterThanRio

    I disagree with this list, even though I love all the movie on here that i’ve seen. I can understand why some people don’t like Argo or Garden State

  • Keltari

    OK, I cant say I HATE any of those films, but there are some I definitely didnt like.

  • the robert

    Lot’s of pretentious crap on this list.

  • Oli

    Are you a homophobe stuck down a well?

  • TrulyMadlyDeeply

    Gay people the world over protest. Loudly and proudly.

  • TrulyMadlyDeeply