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25 Movies That Divided Film Critics and Moviegoers

Christopher Nolan, Harmony Korine, and M. Night Shyamalan all have experience dividing film critics and moviegoers.

Most Divisive Movies

“Mother!,” “The Counselor,” “Prometheus,” “The Fountain”

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From blockbuster sequels to bold arthouse fare, plenty of recent films have provoked strong responses from their proponents and detractors. Sometimes a film boasts objectively great craftsmanship but divisive ideas, other times something is beloved by casual fans despite not being critics’ cup of tea. Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” is but one example of a movie drawing a line between critics and audiences, as the reviews remain wildly mixed but the $30-million-plus box office and A- CinemaScore suggests a life ahead at the movie theaters —  and a resurgence of interest in the King of Rock ‘n Roll.

Keep reading for 25 of the most divisive films in recent memory, and watch them all so you can form your own opinions.

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