Here are films that have been acclaimed by critics to be among the best of all time, but tend to fall flat with audiences. While some classics have lasting and broad appeal, like The Wizard of Oz or Gone With the Wind, some take a bit more effort from the viewer and are often criticized by audiences for going over their heads or being too boring. The following movies are must-sees for those interested in film, but maybe are not the best choices to show friends of the non-film buff variety.
1. Bonnie and Clyde
While on its surface Bonnie and Clyde is a sexy crime story about a couple who were bent on living fast and dying young together, the final product is slow moving and the characters are unsympathetic. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway make for a gorgeous couple as Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, except the movie hardly gives us any sex, since Barrow is impotent.
Dunaway opens the movie with a masterful nude scene that reveals the character’s boredom, frustration, and restlessness so that we understand why she takes up with Clyde without having to speak a single line. While the two characters are in love, they seem so disconnected from everything around them except each other that it’s difficult to read them. The final product is a beautiful piece of cinema, but it can leave viewers feeling confused about what they’re supposed to take from Bonnie and Clyde’s story.