Film Quizzes: Classics that left the critics cold

I’ve been extremely busy so haven’t been to the cinema much or reviewed many films recently, but I’m not letting that get in the way of another quiz. Especially on a topic I’ve always taken a big interest in: films lambasted on release that have since become classics. Do you have a favourite among the six below? Is there a film you love but was left the critics unimpressed? As always the answers are below and your scores and comments are always welcome.

Film Quizzes - Classic films that initially recieved lousy reviews Film 1 Film 1 – 1940s

Film Quizzes - Classic films that initially recieved lousy reviews Film 2 Film 2 – 1950s

Film Quizzes - Classic films that initially recieved lousy reviews Film 3 Film 3 – 1960s

Film Quizzes - Classic films that initially recieved lousy reviews Film 5 Film 4 – 1960s

Film Quizzes - Classic films that initially recieved lousy reviews Film 4 Film 5 – 1980s

Film Quizzes - Classic films that initially recieved lousy reviews Film 6 Film 6 – 1990s

Answers below

1. It’s a Wonderful Life  (1946)

2. Night of the Hunter  (1955)

3. Peeping Tom  (1960) – May

4. Psycho  (1960) – September

5. The Shining  (1980)

6. Fight Club  (1999)

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45 thoughts on “Film Quizzes: Classics that left the critics cold

  1. I’ll admit It’s a Wonderful Life is a bit corny, but c’mon! I faithfully watch this EVERY Christmas Eve, much to my husband’s dismay. And I had no idea that Psycho and The Shining received bad reviews. I thought Psycho was Hancock at his best. The Shining, however I have mixed feelings about. I loved Jack Nicholson of course, but Shelly Duvall annoyed the heck out of me. Plus, the ending left me cold (yes I went there). I like the original ending in the book much better and I can understand why King never spoke to Kubrick again.

  2. Before ‘The Woman in Black’ the only time a film has sent the hair up on the back of my neck (spoiler alert in Psycho) was the revelation of the mummified Mummy in ‘Psycho’

  3. Really interesting post Alex! I didn’t know some of those movies were slated upon release. I knew Night of the Hunter was because I’m fairly certain Charles Laughton never made a movie again purely based on the reviews he got at the time.

    I knew about Peeping Tom too, but not the others!

    And there’s load of movies I like, that got panned haha.

    • I know. It still makes me so mad to think about. Peeping Tom didn’t have much luck either for its director. Interestingly though, Peeping Tom did affect the impact of Psycho after Hitchcock saw how critics could ruin a film’s release.

  4. 3 out of 6 … not too bad, I suppose. Fight Club is my favourite…and not because Brad looks smoking HOT in it… Okay, Okay…partially that. The shining still scares me… that scene with the kid on the tricycle *shudder*

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