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MFF Special: What ‘How Did This Get Made?’ Movies Do Audiences Love the Most?

December 4, 2015

I love the podcast How Did This Get Made? It is a bonkers delight that breaks down all that is glorious about really bad movies (I wrote an oral history and recorded a podcast for the fictional film Squid Lake if you are interested). One of my favorite parts of the  podcast is its “Second opinion” segment.  Paul Scheer reads five star reviews culled from Amazon that praise the bad films and sometimes get very weird. Hearing these reviews (maybe real, maybe fake) got me thinking about what are the audiences favorite HDTGM films. We all know they were mostly critically panned (Face/Off has a 92% rating on RT. What!?!) but I wanted to know what the audience and consumers think about these mostly terrible (a few exceptions) movies.

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warzone

If you haven’t listened to their Punisher: Warzone podcast you need to do it now.

The reason I wanted to figure out the peoples’s champ is that I love some of the 120 films they’ve covered. For some reason or another the cheesiness works on me and I will never admit that they are literally bad. I remember being annoyed when Deep Blue Sea was being talked about on HDTGM because I think it the best worst movie ever made. I was working in a theater when it was released and people went insane during the shark attacks. Shakespeare it ain’t but my experiences watching it have made me ignore that it is a bonkers film. When it comes to bad movies everybody has a few they love for some reason. I wanted to know which of these “bad” movies are popular with audiences.

There is no world where a monologuing Sam Jackson getting eaten by a shark is a bad thing.

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In order to figure out the highest audience rated movies I compiled all the films (120), collected user data (Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Amazon), and averaged out the scores. The biggest problem were the inclusion of the Fast & Furious films. I get why they are being covered  but they are so popular and critically beloved they easily won the day. So, I expanded the lists to show you what takes second place after the Fast films.

If you are interested I also broke down the critical/audience data for the best 21st century horror films and we here at MFF have a podcast of our own! Check it out on Blog Talk Radio and listen to our randomness.

I’ve ranked the films in three categories. I wanted to know three things.

  1. Top audience rated films according to IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes and Amazon.
  2. What films have the highest average of five star ratings on Amazon? For Example, Burlesque has 1,532 customer reviews on Amazon. 78% of the reviews are five star reviews.
  3. The top films according to the average of user ratings and five star averages.

Here are the winners!

Top 15 Audience rated films according to Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb and Amazon.

15. Crank – 71

14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze – 71.3

13. Hackers -72

12. Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part 2 – 72

11. The Odd Life of Timothy Green – 72.6

10. Safe Haven – 73.3

9. Burlesque – 73.3

8. Demolition Man – 74.3

7. Roadhouse – 74.3

6. Con Air – 76.3

5. The Devil’s Advocate – 80.3

4. Face/Off – 81.3

3. Fast Five -82

2. Furious 7 -82

  1. Fast & Furious 6 – 82.6 – Any movie featuring the world’s longest runaway and tank destruction can’t be bad.

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Top 15 “Five Star” Averages

15. Over the Top -67%

14. No Holds Barred – 67%

13. Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part One – 68%

12. Ernest Goes to Jail – 68%

11. Rhinestone – 69%

10. Face/Off – 70%

9. Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part 2 – 72%

8. Cool as Ice – 73%

7. Furious 7 -74%

6. Fast Five – 74%

5. The Room – 74%

4. Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor -74%

3. Roadhouse – 75%

2. Furious 6 – 76%

 1. Burlesque – 78% – Amazon users love Burlesque!

My biggest problem with this list is Roadhouse should have like 139% five star averages.

Roadhouse

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The Top 20 Films according to the average of audience (RT, Amazon, IMDb) and five star reviews. 

20. Tango & Cash – 64.5

19. Ernest Goes to Jail – 64.5

18. Over the Top – 65

17. Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part One – 65.5

16. The Odd Life of Timothy Green – 67.5

15. Joyful Noise – 68.5

14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze – 69.25

13. Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor – 69.75

12. Safe Haven – 70

11. Hackers – 70.5

10. Demolition Man -71

9. Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part 2 – 72

8. Con Air – 73

7. Roadhouse – 74.5

6. Burlesque – 74.5

5. The Devil’s Advocate – 75.5

4. Face/Off – 78.5

3. Furious 7 – 80 

2. Fast Five – 80

  1. Fast & Furious 6 – 81

The Fast movies drove away with the win but it was interesting to see who else made the top 20. I was stoked to see bad Ernest make the list!

Ernest

Bad Ernest. He’s so hot right now.

The Worst of the Worst – These 10 films have the lowest audience/five star review average. 

10. Speed 2: Cruise Control – 36.25

9. Skyline – 35.75

8. I know Who Killed Me – 35.25

7. Tiptoes – 35.25

6. Jaws 4 – 34.5

 5. Liz and Dick – 30.5 

4. Batman and Robin – 30.25

3. The Wicker Man – 30

2. Gigli – 26.75

  1. Battlefield Earth – 26.25 – I agree with this.

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In case you were wondering here are the top 15 films according to the Rotten Tomatoes critics. 

15. Con Air – 54

14. Deep Blue Sea – 56 

13. Sharknado 2 – 59 

12. Crank – 61

11. Crank 2 – 63

10. Spiderman 3 –  63

9. Demolition Man – 64

8. The Devil’s Advocate – 66 

7. Life Force – 67

6. Fast and Furious 6 – 69

5. Fast Five – 78 

4. Furious 7 – 81

3. Sharknado – 82

2. Sleepaway Camp – 83

  1. Face/Off – 92

92! What?  Really? I love it. Also, if you haven’t read my post about John Travolta’s villainous smoking I suggest you do it now. You will love it.

travolta smoking

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