30 'Beloved' Movie Classics That Don't Hold Up, According to Lifehacker Readers

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Earlier this week, I asked you what movies you emotion that don’t clasp up erstwhile nostalgia is removed from the equation. To exemplify this, I utilized the illustration of the 1991 Steven Spielberg movie Hook, successful which Robin Williams bounces astir successful a Peter Pan costume connected a acceptable that looks much similar a thrust astatine Disney World than a taxable park. As I knew would happen, a ample fig of the comments featured radical yelling astatine maine for slamming this undisputed, critic-proof classical of their youths.

Because that’s the thing—it isn’t ever evident wherever your ain nostalgia unsighted spots are, adjacent if they’re casual to spot successful the tastes of others. And boy, did a clump of you person plentifulness to accidental astir the movies you’ve ever recovered bafflingly beloved. Still, immoderate others were capable to instrumentality a much captious look back, admitting the films they utilized to find unimpeachable and infinitely re-watchable are kinda bad, actually—even if they inactive similar to ticker them.

And inactive different radical wanted to statement whether immoderate movie tin truly beryllium “good” oregon “bad” due to the fact that creation is wholly a substance of taste, and who americium I to suggest radical are incorrect for saying a movie is ungood. And to those radical I say: Welcome to the internet.

Anyway, present are 30 movies that don’t rather basal the trial of time, according to our readers. I mostly agree—except for Citizen Kane. I mean, really.

The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies is the 1 ‘80s classical I ne'er managed to spot arsenic a kid. By the clip I watched it successful college, it was excessively late: It’s ugly, shrill, and, particularly these days, profoundly problematic. No request to effort to instill a emotion of it successful your ain kids, fto the past die, etc.

“I was [in my 20s] the archetypal clip I saw The Goonies, and I did not bask it. I’m beauteous definite you request to person seen it arsenic a kid successful bid to admit it.” —Duke of Kent

“Everyone I cognize who grew up connected Goonies thinks of it arsenic an astonishing fixture of 80s film. Everyone I cognize who archetypal saw it arsenic an big thinks it is simply a schmaltzy, obvious, nonsensical, racist blistery mess.” —Jhamin

This 1 is long, but I’m conscionable including the full thing, because ouch:

“How astir we halt arguing implicit whether movies are “good” oregon “bad”, which are wholly subjective and idiosyncratic adjacent successful the beingness of a communal acceptable of criteria which are seldom established, and alternatively speech astir wherefore we similar oregon dislike a film? For example, alternatively of saying, ‘Despite being a cult classic, The Goonies is fucking terrible,’ I tin say, ‘Due to nostalgia, astir radical springiness The Goonies a walk connected its racism, sexism, misogyny, ableism, and homophobia that it truly doesn’t earn, and adjacent by the standards of the ‘80s, it’s horrifyingly insulting to Italian-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinx individuals, radical with antithetic assemblage types, women, radical with carnal and intelligence disabilities, and it’s a uncommon movie wherever I’m really grateful that determination isn’t a azygous Black idiosyncratic due to the fact that if they treated Latina women arsenic superstitious maids, deity unsocial knows what they would person done to a Black kid.” —johnseavey

Where to stream: HBO Max

Star Wars (1977/1997)

For years I’ve responded to those defending the Star Wars prequels with claims that the archetypal movies also had atrocious acting and cheesy dialog with assertions that, no, they don’t. But possibly they do? I cognize my kids won’t ticker them, due to the fact that they deliberation they’re boring. And Lifehacker Editor-in-Chief Jordan Calhoun, who didn’t turn up with the movies and thought the Ewoks were “little dog-like muppets,” called Return of the Jedi “objectively bad.” Hmmm.

“I deliberation determination is simply a dense bias connected the archetypal Star Wars movies. I don’t deliberation they are bully movies, and I americium immense sci-fi movie fan. I recognize the nostalgia of seeing those movies backmost successful the day. But if you instrumentality retired each the instrumentality fest and each that, they are precise adust movies with a not truthful large premise.” —Kyle

“It’s conscionable unspeakable filmmaking, glorified by nerds similar maine for immoderate affectional reasons implicit the past fewer decades.” —ExtraDas

Where to stream: Disney+

Citizen Kane (1941)

Wait, what? No. C’mon. What? This remark had 14 stars and respective different radical mentioned it, truthful I americium including it...grudgingly.

“Citizen Kane (I get it was influential, but what a BOREFEST.)“ —SenorValasco

Where to stream: HBO Max

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Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

I truly similar this movie, but I volition freely admit that it mightiness not beryllium comic unless you bash your homework first—which means watching the aged fearfulness movies it parodies. If you person to person nostalgia for the movies that a nostalgic favourite is nostalgically spoofing, possibly nostalgia truly is the lone happening it has going for it. (“Roll, roll, rotation successful zee hay!” inactive seems comic though.)

“I’ve heard from truthful galore aged farts however hilarious this movie is. I re-watched it precocious and don’t deliberation I laughed astatine each - I had to crook it disconnected aft an hr due to the fact that it was truthful dull. I’m guessing possibly it was comic by 1970's drama standards, but it does not clasp up.” —HumptyDance

Where to stream: Prime Video

Hackers (1995)

“Hackers. Absolute trash movie that I volition ticker each clip it’s on.” —von Funnyname

“Agreed. I person this successful aggregate carnal formats. I emotion it. It is not a bully movie, but it’s a bully time.” —MisterDaku

I was going to hold with some of the above, but possibly that means Hackers is conscionable good, actually?

“I person seen Hackers, easily, 100 times. I fucking adore that movie, 100% unironically, and I warrant that damn adjacent everyone is successful connected it. Maybe Johnny Lee Miller and Jolie aren’t, but everyone else perfectly is, they’re excessively amusive not to be.” —Gene Jacket

Where to stream: Prime Video, Tubi, Pluto TV

Top Gun (1986)

When I was 5, my parents went connected abrogation and near america with the neighbors. They each wanted to spell retired and spot Top Gun, truthful they called my folks to inquire if we could spell with. My dada said nary due to the fact that helium had heard determination were boobs successful it. I was precise mad—not astir the boobs, but due to the fact that I wanted to spot the planes. For years I ne'er understood what my friends were talking astir erstwhile they talked astir Maverick and Iceman (who I people assumed could sprout crystal from his hands). I didn’t extremity up watching the movie until past year, during the pandemic. It runs retired my dada did maine a favor: Top Gun is simply a plotless commercialized for the military, and I hated it. Plus, nary boobs.

Top Gun is bad.” —endlessben

“A masterpiece commercialized for the US Airforce, yes. But inactive a atrocious movie. But it would person been my introduction for this. I loved Top Gun erstwhile I was 7.” —justdan

Where to stream: Starz, DirecTV

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Any fig of John Hughes movies could person been nominated for this slideshow, but I enactment this choice. This is the close answer. This, oregon possibly Sixteen Candles.

“Some of the John Hughes movies don’t clasp up precise good (in peculiar The Breakfast Club, but besides Sixteen Candles, Pretty successful Pink). Others bash good (Planes, Trains, & Automobiles is inactive beauteous damn good). Ducky [from Pretty successful Pink] is beauteous damn toxic. But everything astir Breakfast Club is worse.” —tedboone

“Breakfast Club. Yeah, I said it.” —@flearhcp97 (on Twitter)

Where to stream: Peacock, AMC+

Space Jam (1996)

I was 15 erstwhile Space Jam came out, and a fewer years past my Looney Tunes t-shirt phase, truthful I skipped it. Also, I could conscionable archer it was bad.

“Space Jam for me, I’ll ne'er ticker it again due to the fact that I cognize without a uncertainty I’ll hatred it.” —MrSimm

“Fucking Space Jam. It’s shit.” —Greg Hyatt

“Space Jam. I inactive emotion it, but I cannot ticker it.” —BlueRidgeTrekkin

Where to stream: HBO Max

Ghostbusters (1984)

When everyone was truthful huffy astir the 2016 Ghostbusters committing sacrilege by recasting the roles with women, each I could deliberation was “...her?” I mean, whatever. It’s fine.

“Listen, 1 of my favourite movies is Ghostbusters. I adore it. I besides wholly get wherefore a younger idiosyncratic watching it thinks it’s dilatory and unfunny.” —EmIsMe

“Ghostbusters. The full Venkman-Dana arc is ace problematic and creepy, with Venkman stalking her, barging into her apartment, and mostly not taking nary for an answer. When they buss astatine the end, you person to wonder... wherever was the romance that this is expected to beryllium the payoff for?” —OnceInAMillenia

(Someone pointed america to the comments conception of The A.V. Club’s retrospective reappraisal of Ghostbusters, wherever you tin “enjoy” many arguments, some for and against it.)

Where to stream: DirecTV, Freeform

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All of the James Bond movies (1963—2021)

All of the James Bond movies (1963—2021)

This proposition came from Mike Winters, our concern writer, and since contiguous is his past time with our squad astatine Lifehacker, I consciousness harmless capable calling him retired by name. Not that I disagree: I americium into James Bond capable to the constituent that I listened to each occurrence of a podcast that went done each movie one-by-one twice, but I inactive deliberation the immense bulk of them are astir unwatchable arsenic thing but clip capsules.

“Casino Royale and Skyfall are the lone Bond movies I ever privation to watch. I wonderment however they’ll clasp up successful ~20 years.” —Leoz Maxwell Jilliumz

Where to stream: Look, determination are 26 of these things, you fig it out

A Christmas Story (1983)

I’ve seen this movie mode excessively galore times to beryllium nonsubjective astir it; truthful galore of my memories of it are tied up successful Christmas traditions, and Christmas traditions are the worst for nostalgia. It does person a spot of a Garrison Keillor consciousness though, doesn’t it?

“It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story. Both of those movies are unspeakable and I can’t judge radical ticker them each year.” —JimFive

“I don’t cognize if I similar immoderate movies wherever I tin place that it’s conscionable based connected nostalgia, perceiver bias I guess. There are plentifulness of movies other radical similar that I don’t get and that whitethorn beryllium based connected nostalgia. Looking astatine you, Goonies and A Christmas Story.” —Adamixoye

Where to stream: HBO Max

Forrest Gump (1994)

I cried astatine that anserine feather on with everyone else, but considering what a improvement it was astatine the time, it’s beauteous chaotic that Forrest Gump is the slightest fondly remembered of that year’s large Oscar films. (It’s besides a large portion of the crushed my woman shows beardown absorption to watching any Tom Hanks film, which sucks due to the fact that he’s usually a beauteous harmless bet.)

“Might get immoderate hatred for this, but I gotta accidental Forrest Gump. Not lone is it a atrocious and boring movie with nary communicative and nary absorbing characters, it relies connected treble nostalgia—nostalgia for the clip periods depicted successful the movie (whether oregon not you really experienced them archetypal hand, it’s wide that the constituent of showing a “normal guy” being contiguous passim truthful galore parts of 20th period past is to link to radical who person feelings for those things) arsenic good arsenic the regular nostalgia for erstwhile you saw it the archetypal time.” —Platypus Man

“Forrest Gump was ALWAYS trash. Good connected you for seeing done each the BS!” —YourOpinionIsHorrible

Where to stream: Fubo, DirecTV

Caddyshack (1980)

I’ll spell 1 measurement further and accidental the aboriginal “classic” seasons of Saturday Night Live don’t enactment successful 2021, truthful it lone tracks that each the aboriginal ‘80s comedies featuring that legendary formed don’t clasp up either.

“Caddyshack is decidedly 1 of those movies for maine too. My dada loves it, I didn’t spot it until I was a teenager, immoderate 25 years aft it came out. I don’t hatred it, but I didn’t truly get it.” —Yes I thrust a 240... Sort of

“I didn’t spot it until I was successful my 30s, successful the 2000s, ever heard however comic it was. I don’t deliberation I laughed once. It’s... not a bully movie.” —cdeck

“I wasn’t there, but I honestly deliberation drama was antithetic successful the 70s/80s. Watch immoderate SNL-character based movie from the epoch and it falls level for anyone calved post-1990. There was immoderate precise debased effort drama then.” —modularfordfan

“A classical lawsuit of a movie wherever you person to beryllium connected the aforesaid drugs arsenic the formed to bask watching it arsenic overmuch arsenic they enjoyed making it.” —IpZilla

Where to stream: HBO Max

Clue (1985)

A fewer radical mentioned Clue and those comments got immoderate stars, truthful it makes the list. I personally emotion it—love a cozy mystery, emotion highly dull committee games—but it was surely panned erstwhile it was primitively released, truthful possibly nostalgia is the main origin down its new cult canon status. That said, this comment:

“Clue. It is large successful my memory, and it could inactive beryllium large but it is tremendously problamatic successful each the ways. It’s 1 of those movies that truly could usage a re-boot with the close cast.” —Jasnah Kholin

Leaving speech whether Clue is a bully movie, it decidedly has a great cast (RIP Madeline Kahn).

Where to stream: Paramount+, Pluto

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The Boondock Saints (1999)

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Lots of guys successful the aboriginal aughts had posters for The Boondock Saints on their dorm walls. I person 1 for The Iron Giant. Make of that what you will. Certainly this movie has a...let’s accidental problematic legacy.

“Boondock Saints, hands down. Several of my younger cousins love this movie, and person for years; erstwhile I yet saw it a fewer years ago, I was genuinely taken aback by conscionable however absolutely, irredeemably shitty it was.” —2 Fast 2 Spurious

“It’s a amended ‘I’m a assemblage freshman, I should person this poster connected my wall’ movie than really being a movie. It’s terrible.” —Batista Thumbs Up

Where to stream: Prime Video, Tubi, Vudu, The Roku Channel, IMDb TV

Every Peanuts special

I person an unthinkable magnitude of nostalgia for Peanuts and I deliberation the comic portion is simply a enactment of genius. I genuinely emotion Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown. But adjacent though we ticker them each year, I benignant of hatred each the vacation specials. (The euphony slaps though.)

“Every Peanuts special.” —SenorValasco

“Ugh, right? If I spot those small shits bitch astir the large pumpkin, oregon Christmas, 1 much time...” —zeel

Where to stream: Apple TV+ for immoderate reason

Tron (1982)

I was precise excited for Tron: Legacy to travel retired successful 2010, but astir apt lone due to the fact that I hasn’t rewatched Tron in a agelong time.

“Everyone thinks they similar Tron, but cipher truly likes Tron.” —Good Ol’ Uncle Meat

Where to stream: Disney+

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The NeverEnding Story (1984)

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

I can’t reason excessively hard with this one, due to the fact that erstwhile I showed it to my kid, she told maine it was 1 of the worst movies I ever made her watch. She didn’t adjacent get bittersweet astir the horse!

“The Neverending Story...is little fantastic and much boring than you remember, and the equine dies earlier than you think.” —Good Ol’ Uncle Meat

“Yeah, the past clip I saw Neverending Story, I was amazed by however aboriginal the equine died. Like, he’d hardly gone anyplace yet!” —Silverwing548

(I noted this arsenic well. Stupid horse.)

Where to stream: Hoopla, integer rental

Hocus Pocus (1993)

This is 1 of the movies that inspired maine to inquire this question successful the archetypal place.

“Easily Hocus Pocus. Watched it again this Halloween with my son. He was bored retired of his mind. And I conscionable noticed each it’s flaws. But I inactive emotion it to this day.” —sanmansan

“Hocus Pocus benignant of lone truly works if you’re acquainted with ‘90s civilization and however it relates to ‘80s culture. There was the full Wicca/witchcraft revival happening astir that time, radical had go alert of the “final girl” trope and were flipping it connected it’s caput (the full woody with Max successful that movie), children’s fearfulness was successful — the movie plays heavy to that present dormant sub-genre, and the information that Disney of each companies made it was a daze astatine the time.” —Vee

“I’m acquainted with each of that but I’m inactive not a instrumentality of Hocus Pocus.” —Yes I thrust a 240... Sort of

Where to stream: Disney+

Drop Dead Fred (1991)

My sister loves this movie. I don’t, due to the fact that I person taste. (She astir apt isn’t speechmaking this.)

“Drop Dead Fred. Enough said.” —emptyaccount (How to you radical springiness yourself these blank Kinja names?)

Where to stream: Digital rental

Xanadu (1980)

There is simply a crushed different than nostalgia that radical emotion Xanadu, and it is irony.

“I person friends that LOVE this movie. I had not seen since I was a kid and rewatched recently. OUCH.” —QJ201

“The 80s turned retired the mode it did due to the fact that of the insanity that was Xanadu.” —L&T

Where to stream: Tubi

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1981)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1981)

Four of you starred this. Now you’re conscionable trolling.

“ET. I watched it respective times arsenic a kid, and I conscionable ne'er enjoyed it.” —panthercougar

Where to stream: Peacock, Freeform

Toys (1992)

After Aladdin, Robin Williams was the biggest sanction successful household entertainment, and excavation went to spot this connected opening night. I haven’t seen it since, but I’m inactive aggravated astatine it. I was floored erstwhile I learned however galore radical connected the net deliberation it was unjustly maligned; that maligning was conscionable AF.

“My person loves the movie Toys and to this time I don’t get it. I’ve ne'er been much bored successful a movie theatre and erstwhile I precocious gave it different accidental arsenic an adult, I inactive don’t get it.” —GinsuVictim

Where to stream: MaxGo, DirecTV, History Channel Vault (what? Hahaha.)

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Léon: The Professional (1994)

Léon: The Professional (1994)

The Professional was French manager Luc Besson’s English-language debut, and contempt mediocre trial screening scores that resulted successful it being chopped by 25 minutes anterior to its release, it was rapidly embraced by enactment movie fans who adored Jean Reno’s crook arsenic a bittersweet sack slayer and Gary Oldman’s perfectly maniacal show arsenic a soiled cop. But each these years later—and successful the aftermath of revelations astir just however shitty a feline Besson is—the beingness of Natalie Portman arsenic Reno’s ward/love involvement is adjacent much uncomfortable. The creation isn’t ever the artist, but sometimes it tin beryllium a small excessively adjacent for comfort.

“The Professional. It’s conscionable a weird movie to statesman with but with however prevalent schoolhouse shootings are today, I don’t deliberation we’ll ever spot different movie astir a kid learning however to assassinate people.” —Yes I thrust a 240... Sort of

Where to stream: Netflix

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Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Considering they spelled the rubric wrong, I’m beauteous definite this idiosyncratic really is trolling. Though it is decidedly very of its epoch successful similar each way.

“dr stranglove not arsenic comic since acold warfare over” —4jim

Where to stream: HBO Max

Grease (1978)

“My woman got maine to ticker Grease for the archetypal clip a fewer years agone arsenic she remembered it being ‘so good!’ Afterwards we some agreed that it was terrible.” —jomonta2

This applies to Saturday Night Fever arsenic well.

Where to stream: AMC+, Fubo, Pluto TV

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Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Basically everything I said astir the SNL cast movies from the aboriginal ‘80s applies to the SNL cast movies from the ‘90s. (No plans to rewatch Tommy Boy, is what I’m saying.)

“Beverly Hills Ninja (with Chris Farley) for me. I LOVED that movie erstwhile I was a kid astir apt astir 12 oregon 13.. My champion person and I watched it astir apt a twelve times, and I retrieve conscionable rollin’ connected the level laughing. We would enactment up each nighttime and ticker it a mates times, playing video games, eating junk food. Rolling astir n shit. Man, bully times. Watched it again precocious arsenic a 33 twelvemonth aged antheral with my Fiance... Yeaaaaaaa. Let’s conscionable she was not impressed.” —Umfozzles

Where to stream: Netflix

The Addams Family (1991)

I got each offended astatine this one, but past I remembered that no, it’s Addams Family Values I really like.

The Addams Family is boring and afloat of hacky jokes, and present I person to ticker radical spell afloat ‘It’s good, actually’ conscionable due to the fact that Addams Family Values slaps. No, the archetypal movie stank, and I’d reason that it stank truthful atrocious that it turned radical disconnected from the sequel.” —Ninja Robot Pirate

Where to stream: Peacock, Pluto TV

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Star Treks II, II, IV (1982–1986)

Star Treks II, II, IV (1982–1986)

“Sacrilege!” I shout, on with the remainder of the internet. “Actually,” says my wife, who prefers The Next Generation. “Star Trek is each boring,” says my daughter.

“I adored these movies and argued endlessly with my chap nerd friends astir however the USS Enterprise could mop the level with the full Imperial fleet, but having rewatched them backmost during the depths of the pandemic I realized conscionable however poorly acted (obvious objection being Khan himself chewing the scenery) poorly written and conscionable wide silly they were. Yet successful the time they were superior subject fabrication cinema to me.” —OnTwoWheelsAllTheTime

Where to stream: Paramount+, Hulu, AMC+

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

Jim Carrey was the biggest prima successful the satellite successful 1994, the year Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, and The Mask each came out. One of those 3 inactive holds up.

“Loved it erstwhile I was a kid (I was 10 erstwhile it came out), and to beryllium honorable the archetypal ~75% is inactive funny, but the overt transphobia of the last enactment really does not clasp up, and knowing it’s coming makes it damn adjacent intolerable to bask the archetypal 2 acts.” —Brock Samson

Where to stream: DirecTV, integer rental

The Monster Squad (1987)

Since we started with The Goonies, we whitethorn arsenic good extremity with this one, which is beauteous overmuch The Goonies positive classical monsters. I besides didn’t spot this 1 until I was successful my 20s, and lone past due to the fact that the net convinced maine it was a gem of the ‘80s. I conjecture I should person known amended erstwhile the lone grounds they could connection was that gag astir the wolfman having “nards.” Of people helium has nards, kid. Did you deliberation his dick fell disconnected erstwhile helium transformed?

“The Monster Squad is different of these movies radical person said for years was the bee’s knees, if I perceive 1 much idiosyncratic speech astir the wolfman’s testes, I americium going to footwear them successful theirs. Even though I was the people property astatine the clip it came out, I missed it until a fewer years agone and it’s conscionable not good, it feels incredibly derivative and one-note. The champion I tin accidental is it wasn’t perfectly terrible, but that’s it.” —Burners Baby Burners: Discussion Inferno

Where to stream: Paramount+, Pluto TV