20 Movies That Exceeded People’s Expectations

Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams knocked ‘Arrival’ out of the park
20 Movies That Exceeded People’s Expectations

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but you can’t judge a movie by, well, anything. There’s just too many variables involved: disastrous marketing campaignsunderrated actors, head injuries that suddenly turn schlock jocks into good screenwriters. Even the biggest apparent piece of shit can turn out to be a masterpiece, in your eyes, if not Roger Ebert’s.

You just have to get lucky enough to trip and step in it via “a forced movie night with friends, an ‘eye rolling’ selection on a streaming site or a rainy day trip to the cinema,” Redditor knicksmetsrag recently suggested. From there, they asked r/Movies, “What film have you gone into absolutely expecting to hate but that ended up pleasantly surprising you the most?” and Reddit fondly recalled surprised laughter, shocking action and some extremely begrudging tears.

Edge of Tomorrow

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

In Bruges

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

12 Angry Men


Shaun of the Dead

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Mean Girls

Galaxy Quest

Dark City

Baby Driver

About Time

Apollo 13

Legally Blonde

The Last of the Mohicans

The Lego Movie

Hot Tub Time Machine

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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