For your reconsideration – "Cleopatra" (1963): Sometimes it's stratospheric budgets. Sometimes it's gossipy sniping. Sometimes it's politics. Sometimes it's, well, because the film is actually bad. But there's always room for revision, right? Here are some films that have been reconsidered -- or perhaps they should be.
Take "Cleopatra." The 1963 movie became legendary for its cost overruns, its cast changes and -- above all -- the affair between stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Widely known as the bomb that almost killed 20th Century Fox, the film was nominated for nine Oscars and -- after a 1966 TV sale -- ended up in the black.
For your reconsideration – "The Rules of the Game" (1939): The audience rioted at the 1939 Paris premiere of this Jean Renoir film, which dared to poke fun at the upper classes. The film was banned on the eve of World War II, and Renoir soon left the country. The film was revived, and recognized as a classic, by the French New Wave. Nora Gregor played one of the French aristocrats.
For your reconsideration – "Heaven's Gate" (1980): The Michael Cimino film pretty much killed United Artists, underwent brutal edits and was hated by critics. But more recent screenings and a Criterion DVD release have received favor from critics such as Slate's Dana Stevens, who hailed the movie for its cinematic beauty.Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert starred.
For your reconsideration – "Ishtar" (1987): The title of this Elaine May film, starring Warren Beatty, left, and Dustin Hoffman as a singing team, has become shorthand for "turkey." But Hitfix's Drew McWeeny stands up for the Hope/Crosby-style comedy: Despite some shagginess, it has hilarious songs and "really plays," he says. Isabelle Adjani co-starred with Beatty and Hoffman.
For your reconsideration – "At Long Last Love" (1975): Peter Bogdanovich's musical was intended as a throwback to 1930s Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers comedies, complete with Art Deco set design, formally attired swells and the rich refrains of Cole Porter. But a huge budget, gossip about Bogdanovich and leading lady Cybill Shepherd and Bogdanovich's admittedly poor edit doomed the film. It's just been released on Blu-ray and earned praise. The film starred Duilio Del Prete, from left, Burt Reynolds, Shepherd and Madeline Kahn.
For your reconsideration – "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" (1974): Sam Peckinpah's action flick was singled out in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time." As opinion of Peckinpah, known for such films as "The Wild Bunch," has risen, so have critics' views of this film. "Some kind of bizarre masterpiece," wrote Roger Ebert. Isela Vega and Kris Kristofferson, right, were among the stars.
For your reconsideration – "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967): The turnaround on this Arthur Penn film, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the bank robbers, was abrupt and history-changing. Newsweek panned it, reconsidered and then ran a rave. The film was initially dumped in drive-ins, then released in first-run theaters. Its success -- financial and critical -- helped usher in the New Hollywood that dominated the 1970s.
For your reconsideration – "Blood Feast" (1963): Herschell Gordon Lewis' horror film is credited with inventing the "splatter" genre, and his follow-ups -- including "Two Thousand Maniacs!" and "The Wizard of Gore" -- paved the way for "Saw" and "Hostel." Though not to everyone's tastes, Lewis' films and their influence can't be ignored.
For your reconsideration – "Waterworld" (1995): Kevin Costner got a lot of flak for this film, in its day the most costly of all time. Nicknamed "Kevin's Gate," the film got more attention for its budget than its action -- which, finally, wasn't bad. It even did decently at the box office. But try telling that to people now. Jeanne Tripplehorn, center, and Tina Majorino co-starred with Costner.
For your reconsideration – "Freddy Got Fingered" (2001): Tom Green's comedy was called "a vomitorium" by Roger Ebert -- and that was among his nicer criticisms. But the film has earned a cult following over the years, with strong DVD sales, and even Ebert later admitted he admired its ambition.
For your reconsideration – "Gigli" (2003): Oh, for the days of "Bennifer" -- that is, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, who were a couple during the making of this film. The gossip, a big budget and a disorganized plot (not to mention an unpronounceable title) crashed this comedy, but several critics pointed out it had its moments.
For your reconsideration – The films of Uwe Boll: The German-born director's oeuvre includes "Alone in the Dark" with Christian Slater, "BloodRayne" and "BloodRayne 2: Deliverance," all of which have been slammed by critics and mostly ignored by audiences. Yet "the Ed Wood of the 21st century" must be doing something right, given the publicity he's attracted. Right? Somebody watch his films and let us know.