As of right this second, I believe I'm one of maybe only two or three people who actually liked Downloading Nancy. And it's strange because people look at you weird when you don't agree with them -- as if you're an idiot who has no idea how to form an opinion. I'm cool with that though; just this week Cinematical's Scott Weinberg was dealing with the same thing when it came to The Wackness; only he hated it whereas everyone else loved it. Same thing happened last year when I wrote an early review of 300 panning it, after several screenings full of fanboys loved it. Why has it become so wrong to move against the tide? And it's not just for the sake of being different; I posted my review of Nancy long before anyone else had something up.
One commenter called me an "easy lay" for liking a film no one else did. Why am I an "easy lay?" Should I arrive to every screening with a 10-foot pole up my ass, juggling dictionaries, while waiting to hear what ten other people thought of the film before writing a review so that, afterwards, I could stand in the critic circle-jerk with a smile and a nod and a few witty responses stuffed into my back pocket? Is that the appropriate thing to do? To be accepted? Look, when I leave a screening at a festival, I'm usually writing the review immediately afterward without much time to sit with a film and think about it. Thus, you're getting my gut reactions -- most of which are still pretty spot on after some time has passed. In the case of Downloading Nancy, I still feel the same way I did yesterday. It's a strong film that's hard to enjoy, but that's what makes it fun.
Which movies have you either liked or disliked when everyone else you know felt the exact opposite?