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Jake Gyllenhaal as Morf Vandewalt standing in the middle of an art gallery with several paintings in the background in this image from Netflix.
Against all odds and a puzzling plot, “Velvet Buzzsaw” is an entertaining watch, if only because Jake Gyllenhaal is in it. (Image: Broadway Video)

Call it being a contrarian, but some movies are so bad that they’re actually good — or at least not terrible to watch. Indeed, there’s something to be said in favor of an uncomplicated, mindless movie that can somehow hold our attention despite all odds. Below are some of our favorite Netflix movies that received mixed (leaning toward bad) reviews. From heart-stopping horror to laugh-out-loud comedies, these Netflix films are for your (and our) shame-free viewing.

‘Jaws: The Revenge’ (1987)

Lorraine Gary, Michael Caine, and Lance Guest swimming adrift in this image from Universal Pictures.
“Jaws: The Revenge” is one of the biggest disappointments in cinematic history, but we still love the overarching franchise. (Image: Universal Pictures)

Few franchises have derailed and unraveled the way “Jaws” did. The first installments are undeniably good, and few movies have had a similar cultural impact — it’s likely your fear of shark-infested waters can be traced back to this popular series. But “Jaws: The Revenge” is a sad disappointment that lives in cinematic infamy.

The plot of this movie is wildly illogical and nonsensical, even for Hollywood’s standards. We’re asked to believe that a great white shark is seeking revenge to the point of hunting down her victims from the coast of Long Island all the way to the Bahamas more than 1,000 miles away. And believe it or not, this isn’t the most outlandish narrative element in the movie. Even worse, “The Revenge” lacks all the tension and suspense from the earlier movies that captivated us in the first place. And yet … we can’t quite abandon it, if only because of what came before.

‘Baby Mama’ (2008)

Tiny Fey intently listening to someone out of shot talk while Amy Poehler kneels next to her holding a set of suction cups to her eyes in this image from Broadway Video.
“Baby Mama” might have been just a tad taboo for its time. (Image: Broadway Video)

Not quite a rom-com, “Baby Mama” tells the story of a successful executive (Tina Fey) whose career has always come first. When she finds herself at 37 years old wanting to have a child, she discovers a health condition that wrecks her long-delayed plans — cue a polar-opposite surrogate (Amy Poehler) who changes her life in multiple ways.

You would think that, despite featuring some of the best female comedians in the game and a witty storyline, “Baby Mama” would be a hit. And yet the movie received less than stellar reviews and has been largely forgotten, which is a big mistake in our eyes. This underrated comedy is a joyous ride from start to finish, and there’s a giant surprise at the end that you can’t foresee in the ultrasound.

‘Burnt’ (2015)

Bradley Cooper dressed in a chef uniform standing in an industrial kitchen putting the finishing touches on a dish in this image from 3 Arts Entertainment.
“Burnt” tells an all too familiar fall-from-grace story, but Bradley Cooper starring makes all the difference. (Image: 3 Arts Entertainment)

If you enjoyed “The Bear” on Hulu, “Burnt” will likely be up your alley as well. This comedy drama stars Bradley Cooper as a once-promising and talented chef who destroyed his career with the usual detriments of excessive partying. When he’s presented with a chance for redemption at a top-notch restaurant in London, he wrestles the ghosts of his past to reclaim the career he was once promised, to much suspense and thrill.

Despite the lousy reviews, this is Cooper at his best. He excels playing troubled guys on the mend, bringing a kind of clarity and determination to the roles in a way that is both compelling and unique. And who doesn’t love a movie where we get to cheer for the underdog?

‘The Babysitter: Killer Queen” (2020)

Emily Alyn Lind sitting pensively in what appears to be a farm with various tools behind her in this image from Boies Schiller Entertainment
“The Babysitter: Killer Queen” isn’t any better than the first movie in the series, but we love it all the same. (Image: Boies Schiller Entertainment)

This time, the calls aren’t coming from inside the house; they’re coming from Hell. A roller-coaster ride of gore and fun, Netflix original horror movie “The Babysitter: Killer Queen” (the sequel to “The Babysitter” from 2017) is a cheeky take on the babysitter horror genre.

Two years after defeating a satanic cult, Cole (Judah Lewis) finds himself in another hellscape: high school. While navigating the new environment, Cole realizes that he hasn’t gotten rid of his past demons, including his possessed babysitter, Bee.

Starring the brilliant Samara Weaving as Bee, “The Babysitter: Killer Queen” checks all the boxes for a black comedy horror movie, from over-the-top murder scenes to self-aware tropes. The dialogue is pretty cringe and stinks of adults trying and failing to imagine what teenagers sound like, which is half the fun.

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ (2019)

Jake Gyllenhaal as Morf Vandewalt wearing his signature thick glasses in this image from Netflix.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s eccentric character in “Velvet Buzzsaw” comes full circle to give us a captivating storyline. (Image: Netflix)

If a riveting plot is what you’re after, keep scrolling, but if a tongue-in-cheek horror movie about a haunted painting picking off L.A. art snobs sounds like fun, “Velvet Buzzsaw” won’t disappoint. Jake Gyllenhaal leads a star-studded cast as Morf Vandewalt, an insufferable art critic who discovers a series of paintings from a mysterious artist.

Gore and hilarity ensue when a dark force takes revenge on greed-driven art aficionados one by one. Either by accident or design, “Velvet Buzzsaw” is as splendid and hollow as the art scene it mocks — with a subpar plot that never quite makes the point. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying Gyllenhaal’s engaging portrayal of Vandewalt. After all, as Vandewalt says, “Critique is so limiting and emotionally draining.”

‘Murder Mystery’ (2019)

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in formal attire standing inside what appears to be a yacht in this image from Happy Madison Productions.
Just when you thought you were done with whodunits, here comes Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in “Murder Mystery.” (Image: Happy Madison Productions)

It’s a plot device that feels at least a bit familiar: a married couple finds themselves in the middle of a murder investigation while on board a millionaire yacht. Playing with the tropes of the whodunit genre, “Murder Mystery” is assisted by a great cast that includes Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Luke Evans. Still, the movie didn’t fare well — its highest claim to fame was a Teen Choice Award nomination that it lost to “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” an admittedly steep hill to climb.

This is the kind of movie that has all the right elements and yet still misses the mark. That being said, however, we think “Murder Mystery” is perfect for when you’re multitasking but want to keep the TV running in the background. That might not sound like a ringing endorsement, but not every movie can rise to the occasion.

‘The Curse of Bridge Hollow’ (2022)

Marlon Wayans and Priah Ferguson crouching while presumably looking at something scary in this image from Ugly Baby Productions.
“The Curse of Bridge Hollow” feels a bit duplicative, but we love any good daughter-father content. (Image: Ugly Baby Productions)

This store-brand version of “Hocus Pocus” follows a Halloween-hating dad (Marlon Wayans) as he teams up with his teenage daughter (Priah Ferguson) to fight off an evil spirit wreaking havoc in their town by making the halloween decorations come to life.

With a score of 46 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the ratings alone are enough to scare you away. But sometimes the store brand is better than the flashier alternatives, and “The Curse of Bridge Hollow” fits the bill. There’s something very charming about a dad-and-daughter movie, and with Halloween around the corner, you now have something new to watch.

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