Movies audiences hated but critics love: ‘Hereditary,’ ‘Ocean’s 8,’ ‘Blockers’


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“Ocean’s 8” isn’t getting glowing reviews, but critics liked it more than audiences.

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There’s a huge disconnect between critics and audiences in the entertainment world.

Many times, audiences love something that critics hate. But every now and then, critics love a movie a lot more than the audiences do. This includes A24’s most recent release “Hereditary,” a horror film so terrifying that it scared some prominent directors including Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) and Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”).

Critics are gushing over “Hereditary” for its unsettling horror and Toni Collette’s career-best performance. It has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But audiences aren’t as into it given its 53% audience score on the site.

Although the difference is not quite as stark, critics also liked another release from this past weekend more than audiences did: “Ocean’s 8.”

We collected 10 movies from 2018 that have a much higher Rotten Tomatoes score from critics than audiences. While some of the audience scores are quite positive, there’s a difference from the critics score of over 15 percent, which is substantial. We ranked them from the biggest score difference to the smallest.

Here are 10 movies from 2018 that critics loved a lot more than audiences did, from “Hereditary” to “Blockers”: