Many highly-praised films that delight the film critics aren't quite as worthy as they are said to be (have you ever decided to watch a film that is coated in plaudits, only later to wonder why that was?)
The average film is actually a bit better than what movie critics will allow (after all, the role of the movie critic tends to straitjacket the mind to steer toward denunciation and not praise). Of course, there absolutely are bad movies, but even they can contain interesting aspects, depending upon how you approach them.
Some films simply appear at the wrong moment in time to be appreciated (Carpenter's 1982 The Thing seems to be a straight-forward example, brushed off by film critics as a dunderhead exercise in effects instead of the meditation on humanity which has garnered it a fairly large and appreciative fanclub today).
Our issue of enjoying film (and why are we watching movies at all) seems to dwell somewhere in the middle of the movie critic divide between issues of quality, fashion of the moment, and elements that seeped into the movie unbeknownst to the people actually making them (I watch Sternberg's Blue Angel and get a reaction to it that was never intended by the director or his girlfriend Marlene Dietrich. When I read about the movie I sometimes am struck that I someone watched a different movie, though one containing all the same cast and dialogue).
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- Barricade - 1950
- The Disembodied - 1957
- The Frisco Kid - 1935
- The Twonky - 1953
- Meet John Doe - 1941
- Day of Anger - 1967
- Central Park - 1932 - Joan Blondell has trouble on her hands when she gets suckered into helping a gangster to rob a charity event. Though this film stars Joan and Wallace Ford, it also features the American Great Depression which is the background for the hunger and desperation that flavors the film.