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I would have to nominate "Hook"- that 1991 live adaptation of the classic Peter Pan story. It just did <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/Hook-1038013/" target="_blank">pretty bad</a> with critics, garnering a 25% rotten rating at rottentomatoes.com.
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I thought "What Dreams May Come" was really amazing.
A subdued Robin Williams and some of the most visually stunning scenes I've ever seen.
Just to clarify, you're thinking more mainstream, major-release stuff, right? A movie by some indie director shown on 15 screens doesn't qualify to me as underrated, no matter how brilliant it is.

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post #3 of 47
Highly rated, but underappreciated at the box office: L.A. Confidential

It made $60M or so domestically, which is pretty bad considering how everyone and his mom loved it.

And for underrated flicks...i'll go with Ten Things I Hate About You

It's barely rotten on rottentomatoes.com, but Ebert gave it a lowly 2.5 stars. As far as teen comedies go, it actually doesn't suck like the rest of the genre.
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"Frailty" directed by Bill Paxton starring Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey. Good characters, incredible story with a twist.
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[quote]Originally posted by trowa:
<strong>"Frailty" directed by Bill Paxton starring Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey. Good characters, incredible story with a twist.</strong><hr></blockquote>
oooh...i just saw this movie this weekend. good movie
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Most of the Cohen brothers' films are critically acclaimed but do rather poorly at the box office. They have a quirky sense of humour which doesn't appeal to all.

But I like everything including Fargo, Millers Crossing Brother Where Art Thou, Blood Simple to my favourite...the Big Lewboski.

the dude abides.
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Anything by Peter Jackson pre-Lord Of The Rings.
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<a href="http://us.imdb.com/Title?0110005" target="_blank">HEAVENLY CREATURES!</a> What a disturbing movie. I loved it. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />

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[quote]Originally posted by ShawnPatrickJoyce:
<strong><a href="http://us.imdb.com/Title?0110005" target="_blank">HEAVENLY CREATURES!</a> What a disturbing movie. I loved it.</strong><hr></blockquote>
It's a fantastic movie, and all the more amazing for the fact that Jackson and his friend George Port did all the CGI with one ageing SGI machine.
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Death to Smoochy only made 8 mil but was critically acclaimed. great movie
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Razor's Edge with Bill Murray
Excalibur
Final Countdown (Aircraft carrier goes back in time)
Legend with Tom Cruise
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[quote] Most of the Cohen brothers' films are critically acclaimed <hr></blockquote>

My favorite Cohen Brothers' movie is probably their least appreciated. I love The Hudsucker Proxy. I've probably watched it five times. For comparison I've only seen Fargo once.
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[quote]Originally posted by burningwheel:
<strong>Death to Smoochy only made 8 mil but was critically acclaimed. great movie</strong><hr></blockquote>

That was one of the best movies I have ever seen!
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Probably going to be baked for this but:

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
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Bladerunner
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The Boondock Saints, although to be fair, most people have never even heard of it, so it'd be hard to appreciate it.
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For some reason everyone I ask has never seen Pleasantvile.
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[quote]Originally posted by Scott:
<strong>For some reason everyone I ask has never seen Pleasantvile.</strong><hr></blockquote>

good movie
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American History X
Primal Fear
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Office Space.
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
<strong>Office Space.</strong><hr></blockquote>

"Ok, but that's the last straw."

I'll vote for Bring It On. I thought it delivered on all of its promises. I'll also second the vote for Ten Things I Hate About You.
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
<strong>Office Space.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Okay I'm putting that on my Netflix que.
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Office Space is underrated?

That flick is everyone's favorite movie at college and among most the people I know online! GREAT MOVIE... or should I say, "****ing A."

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I would have to say

The Big Lebowski.

Maybe the movie wasn't really underrated, but still, I must have seen it, what, 3-4 times now (which is quite a lot for any movie in my case) and it keeps getting better.

John Goodman is simply perfect. He is so...

Then Jeff Bridges. The Dude. He makes you laugh and cry. Not to forget Steve Buscemi. 'Shut the **** up, Donny.'

This movie... it transports me to somewhere.

I mean, the shot where the Dude is on his rug listening to bowling noises.

Or the dreams he has, these three guys with big scissors running behind him. That is some classy stuff.

Or them scattering Donnie's ashes.

This movie is definitely underrated. How many Oscars did it get? That's what I mean.
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[quote]Originally posted by der Kopf:
<strong>I would have to say

The Big Lebowski.

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great movie
post #26 of 47
A movie I'd definitely recommend putting on the rental list is The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys. Just saw it and really enjoyed.

Another underrated film is The Bad Lieutennant. Dark and disturbing it really takes at least three viewings just to get past how ****ed up it is. By the fourth or fifth viewing you'll be able to start delving into the depth of the story and you'll finally be able to deal with Harvey Keite'l's full frontal scene.
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Eraserhead
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post #29 of 47
Since we're in the holiday season, my vote is for "One Magic Christmas" with Mary Steenbergen (sp?). It's a Disney live-action movie from about 15 years ago, and really puts the holidays in perspective; but the message in it is good year-round. I recommend it for your family this season.
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post #30 of 47
I know this is about underrated movies, but in my opinion Jeff Bridges is one of the most underrated actors.

Anyway, and I know I'll probably take some flak for this, but I thought Popeye got a panning it didn't really deserve.
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post #31 of 47
Excalibur and Blade runner are not exactly what i will called underrated movies. They are classics.

Excalibur is the best of all movies speaking of the arthurians legends, it's a real masterpiece. I have seen it several times, and i still love it. The lyrical dimension of this movie is huge. It's one of my favorite film.

Blade runner is a fantastic moovie of SF. This is also a masterpiece and a brilliant vision of a possible future. Ridley Scott is a master of the 7th art.

The big Lebowski is a great moovie, the more you see it the more you will appreciate it. Perhaps he is underrated, however the critics in France where really good.
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[quote]Originally posted by satchmo:
<strong> my favourite...the Big Lewboski.

the dude abides.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Only just saw this: somebody named this before me. Well, my original reaction stays.

Goes to show that he wasn't kidding: the dude actually DOES abide.

[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
<strong> one of the most underrated actors </strong><hr></blockquote>

Speaking of which, I'd have to say I think Steve Buscemi deserves a little more credit. Satchmo already named Fargo. Truly wonderful movie. Steve sitting in the car with this iceman killer who doesn't talk, and then he saying he can be silent too, 'total ****ing silence' (that is one of the most underrated SCENES ever).

Of course, he plays his role in the Big Lebowski truly wonderfully.

Did anybody notice his appearance in 'Billy Madison'? That made the otherwise shitty movie a real work of art (IMO). That's another one of the most underrated scenes ever. You'll have to see it, I don't care to explain.
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[quote]Originally posted by der Kopf:
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Or them scattering Donnie's ashes.

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This scene had me pissing my pants in laughter!
And of course you can't forget Buschemi's great performance in Reservoir Dogs.
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[quote]Originally posted by Powerdoc:
<strong>Excalibur and Blade runner are not exactly what i will called underrated movies. They are classics.

Excalibur is the best of all movies speaking of the arthurians legends, it's a real masterpiece. I have seen it several times, and i still love it. The lyrical dimension of this movie is huge. It's one of my favorite film.

Blade runner is a fantastic moovie of SF. This is also a masterpiece and a brilliant vision of a possible future. Ridley Scott is a master of the 7th art.

The big Lebowski is a great moovie, the more you see it the more you will appreciate it. Perhaps he is underrated, however the critics in France where really good.</strong><hr></blockquote>

About Excalibur. I put that on my list because I've never seen any positives written about it. I believe it's one of the best. When my wife first saw it, she thought it was PERFECT. No one I know of really likes it too much. Which I find odd.
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post #35 of 47
I just don't get The Big Lebowski. Didn't do a thing for me at all.

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To Live and Die in LA. Definitely one of the best and most underated flicks out there. Go rent it. It stars a young William L Petersen of current CSI fame.
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post #37 of 47
Death to Smoochy was utter crap!!!!
absolute shiit
terrible moovie, it made me sick to waste two hours of my life

underated movie, that happens also to be a true masterpiece:
Terrence Mallick's The Thin Red Line

also I just saw the remake of Solaris
Soderbergh's version.... I hate to admit it cause I think he is overrated as a director but this was a good movie:

nearly everybody in the audience hated it . . .they expected some hollywood action SCi Fi . . . . but having seen the Tarkovsky version about ten times I knew what to expect . . . its a profound movie . . . I like Tarkovskies ending a little better though.

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post #38 of 47
Big labowski is awesome

Outside Providence
Fear and loathign in las vegas

oh yeah and the royal tenenbaums is very good come to think of it

...basically any movie in my movie collection could be put onto this list...non were big hits but all very good...though some did ok

MADE isn't that bad
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post #39 of 47
Mystery Men. I still need to buy it on DVD.
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Here's another underrated movie:

Joe versus the Volcano

Well, I liked it.
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