Not perhaps quite as exciting as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Best in Show at the Crufts Dog Show or the Gurner of the Year. Nevertheless, we have a clear and very worthy winner of the most undislikeable film poll.
It was all a fairly preposterous notion. Consult the hive mind for their least dislikeable films (about 400 were suggested) and then allow vetos on films that were disliked (about 170 classic films bit the dust). One thing rapidly became clear. Cinematic consensus is conspicuous by its absence. One man’s Heat is another man’s Arsenic (and old lace).
First the thumbs down. Interestingly, all these films got thumbs up for some of you and thumbs down from others: Mulholland Drive, The Third man, Braindead, When Harry met Sally, Brazil and Mon Oncle.
These fine films also got the bum’s rush: Cal, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Airplane, Jules et Jim, Rogue One, Misery, Rocky Balboa, The Matrix, Mad Max 2, Days of Thunder, The Big Blue. Rocky IV, Life is Beautiful, Home Alone 3 all took a battering and had several thumbs down.
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