10 A24 Movies Critics Loved but Audiences Didn’t, According to Rotten Tomatoes

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A24 is one of the most popular entertainment companies working today. Having provided viewers with dozens of incredible movies, the independent film producer and distributor has caught many’s attention over time, including critics’. Just this year, at the 95th Academy Awards ceremony, their groundbreaking Best Picture production Everything Everywhere All at Once officially became the most-awarded film of all time.


Still, while worldwide cinephiles agree that the company is consistently introducing new, exciting projects to its audience, there are a couple of overlooked A24 feature films — from High Life to The Humans that, interestingly enough, do not appeal as much to the general audiences as they do to critics on Rotten Tomatoes, featuring a sparse difference in score. These are the most divisive A24 films, according to their Tomatometer ratings.


10 ‘High Life’ (2018)

Critics: 82% Audience: 42%

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Starring Robert Pattinson, this intriguing sci-fi adventure by Claire Denis takes place in the future and beyond the solar system, centering around a group of criminals who are subjects of a human reproduction experiment. When Pattinson’s character is fathered against his will, he attempts (but struggles) to survive with his daughter in deep space isolation.

While many viewers find High Life‘s slow pace unbearable and its storyline dull (with tons of explicit, graphic content surrounding violence, blood, and other fluids), critics, on the other hand, consider Denis’ film to be a very challenging and arresting human study. With taboos and parenthood at its center, the 2018 feature surely isn’t to everyone’s liking, and such a thing is evident through High Life‘s divisive Tomatometer score.

High Life

Release Date
September 26, 2018

Director
Claire Denis

Runtime
110

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9 ‘Under the Skin’ (2013)

Critics: 84% Audience: 55%

Scarlett Johansson looks into the sunlight in 'Under the Skin'
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Another film that divides audiences is Jonathan Glazer‘s Under the Skin, an enthralling sci-fi thriller revolving around a mysterious alien in human form (Scarlett Johansson) who drives around the roadside during the evening hours of Scotland and lures prey (men) into a transcendent dimension.

On top of beautiful cinematography and Under the Skin‘s mind-bending narrative, A24’s somewhat disturbing sci-fi flick also serves as a social commentary on xenophobia and toxic masculinity, with one of Johansson’s most intriguing on-screen counterparts at its center. Despite being far from a box-office success (it had a production budget of $13.3 million and grossed a worldwide total of $7,491,534), Under the Skin is quite beloved by critics, who find it a haunting and mesmerizing feature.

Under the Skin

Release Date
March 14, 2014

Director
Jonathan Glazer

Cast
Jeremy McWilliams , Lynsey Taylor Mackay , Dougie McConnell , Kevin McAlinden , D. Meade , Andrew Gorman , Scarlett Johansson

Runtime
108

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8 ‘The Green Knight’ (2021)

Critics: 89% Audience: 50%

Dev Patel looking down in 'The Green Knight'
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With Dev Patel in the lead role, David Lowey‘s take on the beloved classic tale “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” follows King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew as he embarks on a challenging journey to confront a gigantic green-skinned beast that puts men to test.

Although regarded as a very disappointing feature to general audiences, mostly given its slow-paced, metaphorical narrative and unconventional ending (which isn’t as traditional as some other movies’), the compelling A24 fantasy drama based on King Arthur The Green Knight is considered one of the best Lowery and A24 movies by critics. It makes for a beautifully shot, spellbinding, and compelling film that seamlessly brings an Arthurian legend to life while shining a light on ambition, fame, and reputation.

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7 ‘It Comes At Night’ (2017)

Critics: 88% Audience: 44%

Joel Edgerton, his family, and the strangers at the dinner table in 'It Comes At Night'
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Trey Edward Shults‘ gripping horror movie stars Joel Edgerton as the main protagonist and centers around two families who, amid a mysterious apocalypse that threatens the world, are forced to share an isolated cabin in the woods to keep disastrous events from unfolding.

Sending out messages about masculinity, violence, and how paranoia leads to false, if not detrimental, dangerous assumptions, the divisive It Comes at Night is undoubtedly an unconventional horror film that offers viewers a thought-provoking premise filled with palpable tension, in addition to a well-crafted score. Unfortunately, it was a major letdown for general audiences who expected something else from the film. However, the critics regarded Shults’ film as a successful thriller.

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6 ‘The Souvenir’ (2019)

Critics: 89% Audience: 36%

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Set in the early 1980s, this divisive, slow-paced 2019 coming-of-age drama by Joanna Hogg stars Honor Swinton Byrne. It depicts the complicated love affair between a young, privileged film student who lives in London and a questionable older man (Tom Burke) who works for the government.

The Souvenir is, guaranteed, not everybody’s cup of tea. And what other place than Rotten Tomatoes to best prove it? Apparently, while many members of the audience find the beautifully shot Hogg movie dull and pretentious, critics describe the film as an impactful watch with great performances, carefully reflecting on the past memories kept alive in the present that make one who they are. Be that as it may, it is impossible to deny how visually striking The Souvenir is — after all, when talking about women-directed movies that should’ve won Oscars, Hogg’s film is at the top of the list for some.

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5 ‘In Fabric’ (2018)

Critics: 91% Audience: 52%

Marianne Jean-Baptiste stands in front a mirror and inspects her new dress in In Fabric
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With a department store’s hectic winter sales season as a backdrop, the main star in this distinctive 2018 horror comedy is a haunted dress that is passed from person to person, tormenting each one of its owners with devastating outcomes.

Peter Strickland‘s In Fabric is very different from your average ghost story, and part of what makes it good is its undeniably sharp social criticism of consumerism in the modern world. While the film is far from being scary, it provides viewers with an unsettling time in front of the screen. Still, although it features an almost fresh audience score, some viewers could argue that the inventive In Fabric is not as good as critics would say.

In Fabric

Release Date
December 6, 2018

Director
Peter Strickland

Runtime
118

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4 ‘Mississippi Grind’ (2015)

Critics: 91% Audience: 55%

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn playing a game at the casino in Mississipi Grind
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When hapless, struggling gambler and estate agent Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) finds himself trapped in his financial hardship, he teams up with a younger poker player (Ryan Reynolds) in an effort to improve his fortune and win back what has been lost. The two head on a road trip to a legendary high-stakes poker game.

Though it is also quite liked by a few cinephiles, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden‘s enjoyable A24 comedy-drama, Mississippi Grind, is one of the most divisive flicks from the studio, which probably has to do with the clichés it features. Nonetheless, on top of featuring a nice friendship between the two leads, Mississipi Grind also depicts intriguing character studies and sends out valuable messages on addiction.

Mississippi Grind

Release Date
July 4, 2015

Director
Anna Boden , Ryan Fleck

Runtime
108

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3 ‘Uncut Gems’ (2019)

Critics: 91% Audience: 52%

Adam Sandler holding a gold necklace in 'Uncut Gems'
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Possibly one of the most adrenaline-inducing movies to date, Uncut Gems offers moviegoers a memorable Adam Sandler performance. The incredible Safdie Brothers movie tells the story of Howard Ratner, a Jewish-American jeweler and gambling addict in New York City who attempts to reconstruct his life after his personal and professional life is left in shambles.

While this 2019 urban thriller features a good number of admirers from the critical department, a few members of the audience do not understand Uncut Gems’ appeal. Nevertheless, it goes without saying that it makes for quite an adrenaline-packed watch that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. What’s more, the exhilarating R-rated movie tackles themes of self-destructiveness and, obviously, greed in a very inventive, captivating manner.

Uncut Gems

Release Date
August 30, 2019

Director
Ben Safdie , Joshua Safdie

Runtime
130

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2 ‘Gloria Bell’ (2018)

Critics: 91% Audience: 47%

Julianne Moore laying with other women, laughing in Gloria Bell
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In Gloria Bell, Julianne Moore plays a free-spirited and determined middle-aged divorcée and mother of two who has been living alone for ten years. In order to overcome loneliness, Gloria attempts to embark on a self-discovery journey and finds love in the wrong places (meaning L.A. dance clubs).

Although not a remarkable movie, the divisive Sebastián Lelio A24 feature undoubtedly makes for a profound character study, shedding light on loneliness and all the struggles that come with it, especially as an aging, mature, 50-year-old woman who is still struggling to make the most out of life. Furthermore, Gloria Bell counts on great performances from those involved and the film is a positive portrayal of middle-age romance, but that is seemingly not enough for the majority of the audience members on Rotten Tomatoes.

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1 ‘The Humans’ (2021)

Critics: 92% Audience: 45%

Erin Blake standing at the head of the table while his family looks at him in The Humans.
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Focusing on a family gathering during Thanksgiving in a flat newly rented by the daughter (Beanie Feldstein) and her new partner (Beef star Steven Yeun), The Humans is a solid dysfunctional family drama film that pushes its interesting premise to its limits, depicting the family’s tension as it reaches a boiling point.

When it comes to sparse Rotten Tomatoes scores, Stephen Karam’s movie is obviously a very polarizing one. Much like what happened with other features on this list, the audience’s consensus seems to be that the 2021 drama is a bit monotonous and slow. On the other hand, critics can’t help gushing over how funny and atmospheric Karam’s Tony-winning source material debut feature is.

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