The word “bad” is often used in a negative way, often when referring to movies.
That’s because “bad,” in its literal sense, is a subjective term.
So, in order to better understand why some movies have so much negative reputation, I turned to a range of academic studies and research to see what we can learn from the films themselves.
I also consulted the movies themselves and some of their best critics to see if they had anything to say about their quality.
The films we looked at were released between 1993 and 2011, and they represent a broad range of genres.
I used the data to compare the films’ quality against other recent releases, so you can see what some of the films have in common.
The result is not a list of “best” movies, but rather a snapshot of what movies might be if they were made today.
This is not to say there are no “bad movies” (although there are), nor are there any films that are truly “movies” (which is to say, films that deserve a name, and should be shown in theaters).
However, I believe the results are clear enough that we should be taking seriously the criticism that a movie can’t be good.
This article is part of a series examining some of Hollywood’s most controversial and controversial films.
For more stories from the world of film, check out “The Hollywood Film Code.”