Jeff Jensen
September 22, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

IT’S FUNNY!/IT’S NOT FUNNY!
Harold and Maude; The Burbs Shakes the Clown; Tommy Boy; The King of Comedy

DARING!/MORALLY OBJECTIONABLE!
Blue Velvet; Dirty Harry; The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover; A Clockwork Orange; Fight Club; Natural Born Killers; Straw Dogs

PROFOUND!/PRETENTIOUS!
Apocalypse Now; Eyes Wide Shut; Blade Runner

DOCUDRAMAS RULE/DOCUDRAMAS BITE
JFK; The Hurricane; The Insider

POETIC!/BORING!
The Thin Red Line; Last Year at Marienbad

AN EARNEST EXPLORATION OF FAITH/SACRILEGIOUS
Jesus Christ Superstar; The Last Temptation of Christ; Dogma; Hail Mary; The Exorcist

I LOVE MINDBENDERS/I HATE MINDBENDERS
Barton Fink; Blow Up; The Usual Suspects

EXCEPT FOR THAT ONE THING …
Thelma and Louise (ENDING)
The Birth of a Nation (RACIST)

HATED IT THEN, LOVE IT NOW
It’s A Wonderful Life; Fantasia

…not to be confused with…

FILMS CRITICS INITIALLY HATED, BUT QUICKLY REVERSED THEMSELVES ON
Bonnie and Clyde; 2001: A Space Odyssey

LOVED, THEN HATED
Forrest Gump; Titanic

REVOLUTIONARY!/REMEDIAL!
Breathless; Easy Rider; The Blair Witch Project

MOVING!/MANIPULATIVE!
Beaches; Love Story; Kramer vs. Kramer; Bang the Drum Slowly (possible subcategory for sports movies not directed by Ron Shelton); Old Yeller (and every other movie featuring cute animals that die)

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