10 Superhero Movies Critics Hated But Audiences Loved (According To Rotten Tomatoes)

With Jurassic World Dominion defeat Light year At the box office, it’s clear that reviews from critics have little influence on how the general public watches the biggest blockbusters. This will is reflected in DominationRotten Tomatoes’ polar reception, holding 30% from critics and an impressive 78% from audiences.

What professional critics want in a movie is often very different from what casual moviegoers want, and most viewers are only looking for a few hours of enjoyment. This disparity between scores is more apparent in superhero movies, a prime example being the recent Morbiuswhich has a worldwide difference (more than 50%) between its audience and its critics.


Wonder Woman 1984 (2020): Reviews – 58% / Viewership – 73% (15% difference)

image of Gal Gadtor as Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman 1984 wearing the gold armor

The first one wonder woman The movie was not only loved by fans, but with a 93% rating from critics, it is among the highest rated superhero movies ever made. But director/writer Patty Jenkins failed to capture the same magic for the sequel, which sits at a certified “Rotten” score of 58%.

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Critics were clearly not happy with what the film had to offer, and part of the problem was the many confusing plot points in Wonder Woman 1984. The ratings are also relatively low, but most were more than happy to see Gal Gadot return to the role and kick some ass, joined by charming villain Pedro Pascal.

Man Of Steel (2013): Critics – 56% / Audience – 75% (19% difference)

Henry Cavill's Superman ready to take on Zod's minions

When Steel man was first released, audiences found a lot to criticize about it, mainly how different the tone was from what people expected from a Superman film. Superman killing the villain wasn’t something that suited many either.

Although the film is still certified “Rotten” on Rotten Tomatoes, in recent years fans have come to appreciate the film and Cavill’s Superman – one of the best characters Zack Snyder introduced to the DCEU.

Blade (1998): Reviews – 57% / Audience – 78% (21% difference)

still from the 1998 film Blade starring Wesley Snipes as the vampire hunter Blade with a gun in his hand

Spider Man and x-men are often credited with starting the boom in superhero popularity in the early 21st century, but before them came the 1998s Blade. Starring Wesley Snipes in the lead, it tells the story of half-vampire, half-human Blade who hunts vampires.

An R-rated movie released at a time when superhero movies didn’t have the kind of popularity they have now, BladeThe success of was groundbreaking and set the stage for the future of comic book adaptations. Critics didn’t appreciate or anticipate how far ahead of its time Blade was, but fans agree that the vampire movie is a classic.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021): Critics – 59% / Audience – 84% (25% difference)

image from the 2021 Venom film Let There Be Carnage featuring the Carnage symbiote smiling menacingly with tendrils on its back

The success of 2018 Venom showed that a solo movie about a supervillain can work even without his superhero counterpart, and for the sequel, Sony brought in another popular Spider-Man villain from the comics.

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The action between Woody Harrelson’s Carnage and Venom is enough to satisfy audiences, and the film deepens the strange chemistry between Tom Hardy’s character Eddie Brock and his symbiote partner. Surprisingly, the critics’ rating for the sequel is almost double that of the original, even though it didn’t make as much money (via box office mojo).

Constantine (2005): Critics – 46% / Audience – 72% (26% difference)

image of Keanu Reeves as Constantine in the 2005 film Constantine with a cigarette in his hand

After gaining popularity through DC Comics hellblazer comedy series, supernatural detective John Constantine made his big screen debut in 2005 Constantineplayed by none other than Keanu Reeves.

The film used its R rating to delve deeper into horror themes involving demons and hell, which didn’t impress critics more concerned with its weak storytelling, but pleased fans very well. A TV show also premiered in 2014 but was quickly canceled after one season, though it certainly deserves a second chance.

Eternals (2021): Critics – 47% / Audience – 78% (31% difference)

Poster for Marvel's Eternals featuring the cast including Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden

Eternals is the most controversial MCU film of recent years, if not of all time. By Rotten Tomatoes score alone, it’s the worst MCU movie by far and also the only one with a rotten score, an achievement hardly worth bragging about.

Between trying to justify its long run and introducing a whole new cast of ambitious characters and their backgrounds, the movie left a lot to be desired for many. As always, the audience rating is less severe, and in many ways, Eternals is the most underrated MCU film.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016): Reviews – 29% / Viewership – 63% (34% difference)

image of Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in character

With BvS: Dawn of Justice, the DCEU has decided to pit the two of its most iconic characters against each other despite only being the second film in the series. Despite a low score of 29%, fans fondly remember the film for the hype it created, the incredible action sequences, as well as the introduction of Wonder Woman and the villain Doomsday who managed to kill Superman. .

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But the film’s bad plot is also frequently brought up, especially the “Martha” moment that has turned into a big joke over the years.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019): Reviews – 22% / Audience – 64% (42% difference)

X-Men movie poster Dark Phoenix with actors including Sophie Turner, James McAvoy

After two successful entries, First class and days of future pastFox’s long run x-men deductible started to decline again. 2016 apocalypse was heavily criticized but still managed to gross a decent amount at the box office. Unfortunately, dark phoenix flopped hard both financially (via box office mojo) and criticism.

The film had just enough flashy action scenes and superhero antics not to be hated by audiences. After being acquired by Disney, the next x-men the movie is set to take place in the MCU, and there are already plenty of theories about how mutants will be introduced.

Venom (2018): Reviews – 30% / Audiences – 81% (51% difference)

image from the 2018 Venom film featuring the Venom symbiote smiling menacingly with bared teeth

Discrepancies between reviews and ratings are commonly seen on Rotten Tomatoes, but a disparity of more than 50% is a completely different discussion. Fans obviously got what they wanted, which is an entertaining portrayal of the popular Spider-Man villain known as Venom, while critics were looking for something completely different.

Venom there’s no shortage of things worth critiquing, but Tom Hardy’s performance saves the whole movie from being bad and is one of the main reasons the movie made over $850 million in the world (via box office mojo).

Morbius (2022): Critics – 16% / Audience – 71% (55% difference)

still from the 2022 film Morbius starring Jared Leto as Michael Morbius with his powers manifesting

Given the box office success of VenomSony may have had the wrong idea that any movie based on a Spider-Man villain without the very presence of Spider-Man himself would work. The result was Morbiusa film that bombed hard at the box office, earned abysmal critical ratings across all platforms, and was universally mocked with hilarious tweets and memes online.

Sony has even more such projects on the way, based on equally obscure characters like El Muerto and Madame Web.

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