For a long while now, we’ve been highlighting the most contentious films in our database, based on a special formula which is designed to find movies which a lot of people hated, a lot of people loved, and not too many felt ambivalent about.
Although the list can fluctuate, based on new ratings and new movies, here are the 25 films we’ve featured in the blog. The number in parenthesis is the FCQ: the Film Contentiousness Quotient. The higher the number, the more contentious the film. Consensus seems to have mostly settled around a few of the films we featured at the very beginning of this project’s life, such as Transformers (consensus = “crap”).
Stealing the show from Kubrick’s final film, RHPC wins the title as the most contentious film at Criticker. A masterpiece, or a hideously overrated waste of time? It might depend on what decade you were born in. The numbers almost couldn’t be closer: 658 ratings in the bottom tiers and 671 in the top. Now that’s contentiousness!
#2) Eyes Wide Shut (56.95)
#3) Stay (54.71)
#4) Across the Universe (52.69)
#5) 300 (51.63)
#6) Chicago (50.97)
#7) Team America: World Police (50.60)
#8) The Butterfly Effect (49.92)
#9) Bad Santa (49.69)
#10) Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (49.61)
#11) I Am Sam (49.51)
#12) The Life of David Gale (49.35)
#13) The Mist (48.61)
#14) I Heart Huckabees (48.53)
#15) Dumb and Dumber (47.27)
#16) Empire Records (47.04)
#17) Brotherhood of the Wolf (46.45)
#18) Contact (46.30)
#19) Saw (45.16)
#20) Igby Goes Down (44.00)
#21) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (43.73)
#22) Girl, Interrupted (43.08)
#23) King Kong (39.58)
#24) Marie Antoinette (36.15)
#25) Transformers (33.73)
Of course, contentious films are being made all the time! Which of these recent films do you think is most likely to one day join the hallowed ranks of the Heroes of Contentiousness?