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Phil’s Top 5… Films that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated! 

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Films that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated!


Close but no cigar: Empire Records, Vertigo, War of the Worlds, Rise Of The Footsoldier, A FistFul Of Dollars


5 -The Greatest Showman
Critical favourite Mark Kermode said of this film: “Not One memorable song”.  Well it now has a multi-selling album, hude box office takings and legs to run and run.


4 – Man On Fire
Critics didn’t take to this intense Denzel revenge film.  But Tony Scott delivered a film loved by fans and that still holds up well today.


3 – Night of the Living Dead 
Written off on it’s original run, Night changed teh face of horror forever and was one of the most influential films of it’s era.


2 – Fight Club
Yup Fight Club was murdered by critics but it’s legacy still endures all these years later.  One of Fincher’s best. 


1 – The Shawshank Redemption
Critics didn’t get Darabont’s epic prison film but the audience did and soon the critics reevaluated the film that many consider to be one of the greatest ever made.






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About Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden
Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years and now writes and edits for his own site Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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