Battle Lines Drawn: The Most Polarizing Movies of All Time

They make us laugh, they make us cry, they scare the living daylights out of us, and sometimes they even turn us against each other. It’s true! Sure, movies are subjective to an individual’s taste, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and yadda-yadda, but when have clichés and adages ever stopped people from yelling and screaming? Also, the other person’s opinion is bad and they should feel bad.

Today on Filthy Rich, we explore some of the most polarizing movies in the history of cinema. Movies that have divided the critics, derailed (or propelled) careers, and facilitated heated discussions.

Some of these movies made a lot of money, some of them made very little, some of them had staggering production budgets while others, not so much. Regardless, the following list of flicks have poked the proverbial bear time and time again, and we’re all the better for it. So, put your dukes up and choose your side, these are the most polarizing movies of all time.


Remember that thing that I said about movies having staggering production budgets? Yeah … I think it’s safe to categorize James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar as such a movie. Avatar made a ridiculous amount of money at the box office ($749,799,000) and boasts a respectable Rotten Tomatoes score (84%), but that hasn’t stopped people from loudly disagreeing.

Some critics showered the film with praise, comparing the film experience to other iconic films. While others call the film a blatant re-telling of Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves, and more. If Avatar has taught us anything though, it’s that disagreement is great for the bottom line.


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Napoleon Dynamite

Some people just don’t get it. And that goes double to the monotone, coming of age tale Napoleon Dynamite.

Quite simply, you either love the unique style and campiness of the movie or you despise it. Roger Ebert called the movie, “a kind of studied stupidity that sometimes passes as humour.” And I say it’s hilarious. Which one of us is right? Me, probably.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Another big-budget blockbuster that divided the world was Ben Affleck’s Batman debut, Batman v Superman.

Again, the movie made a ton of money ($330,249,062 in the USA), and many praised Affleck’s dark and brooding Batman, but the film was torched by critics almost immediately. They said that the film was too long, too dark, and too cluttered to stand tall alongside other Batman epics like The Dark Knight and Batman Returns. It was a “humiliating” experience for Bat-fleck, though it’s tough to complain about $330 million.

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