11 Movies That Got So Much Backlash Before They Even Came Out, Both For Good And Bad Reasons

11 Movies That Got So Much Backlash Before They Even Came Out, Both For Good And Bad Reasons
Skip To ContentHomepageQuizzesTV & MoviesShoppingVideosNewsTastySign InSearch BuzzFeedSearch BuzzFeedlol Badge Feedwin Badge Feedtrending Badge Feed

Pop Culture

TV & MoviesCelebrityBest of the InternetAnimalsMusicRewindBooksLGBTQ


LatestTrendingFoodLoveTriviaQuiz Party


LatestHomeFashionTechBeauty & Personal CareKidsPetsSex ToysSports & FitnessStoresSubscriptionsBuzzFeed Merch


LatestCocoa ButterNEW!Mom In ProgressWorth ItUnsolved True CrimeUnsolved SupernaturalMultiplayerPero LikeCocoa Butter


As/Is: StyleBringMe: TravelGoodful: WellnessNifty: DIYParentsFoodWeddingsSex And LoveNEW!


What is Community?Join Community!Featured PostsLeaderboard

From Our Partners

Pride TimeYour Summer ObsessionsLove, PrideLaughing Out LoudCelebrate Black MusicHydrow The CurrentSan Diego, Happiness is CallingScience Will WinHoliday Cookie ShowdownIt's Your JourneyLive The Legend


About UsAdvertiseInvestor RelationsJobsNewslettersEditionUSUKAustraliaBrasilCanadaDeutschlandIndiaJapanLatamCalifornia residents can opt out of "sales" of personal data.Do Not Sell My Personal Information © 2022 BuzzFeed, Inc PressRSSPrivacyConsent PreferencesUser TermsAccessibility StatementAd ChoicesHelpContactSitemapBuzzFeed NewsReporting on what you care about. We hold major institutions accountable and expose wrongdoing.BuzzFeed TastySearch, watch, and cook every single Tasty recipe and video ever - all in one place!BuzzFeed GoodfulSelf care and ideas to help you live a healthier, happier life.BuzzFeed Bring MeObsessed with travel? Discover unique things to do, places to eat, and sights to see in the best destinations around the world with Bring Me!BuzzFeed As IsSomething for everyone interested in hair, makeup, style, and body positivity.TV and Movies·Posted 6 minutes ago

11 Movies That Got So Much Backlash Before They Even Came Out, Both For Good And Bad Reasons

Songbird was the last thing 2020 needed.

abtWTmFMd_large.png?crop=499%2525253A500%2525253B0%2525252C17&downsize=60:*&output-format=jpg&output-quality=autoby Kelly Martinez

BuzzFeed Staff


1. The trailer for the upcoming film, Persuasion (2022), was recently met with a lot of backlash on social media for its comedic tone and unfaithfulness to the source material.

View this video on YouTube

Netflix / Via youtu.be

The film, which is based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name, stars Dakota Johnson as Anne, who "must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances."

The main criticism of the trailer seemed to be its modernness. "Looks like they’ve removed the most interesting part of Jane Austin stories: the social settings of the time, and the women forced to navigate in them. This appears to be a modern teen drama with 18th century garb. No thanks," one Twitter user wrote.



2. Songbird (2020), a dystopian thriller based on the COVID-19 pandemic, was pretty much met with universal criticism as soon as the project was announced.


STX Entertainment / Everett Collection

The film, which stars KJ Apa and Sofia Carson, takes place in 2024, in a world where COVID-19 has mutated into an even deadlier COVID-23, resulting in forced quarantine camps. "Reading the room should be offered as a high school elective," one Twitter user wrote in response to the trailer.

View this video on YouTube

STX Films / Via youtu.be

Writer and director Adam Mason addressed the controversy in an interview with BuzzFeed News: "I completely understand if you want to be like, 'f*ck that movie,' but the fundamental message with the movie is hopeful for me. That was what I was really trying to get across. I was not in any way trying to make a negative movie that capitalizes on what is by anyone's standards a terrible, terrible time."


STX Entertainment /Courtesy Everett Collection

Songbird has a 9% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

3. The trailer for Dear Evan Hansen (2021) sparked immediate backlash for the casting of Ben Platt, then 27 years old, as a high school student.


Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

Although Platt played the character in the original Broadway show, which won numerous Tony Awards, many felt he had outgrown the role. Others criticized the film's use of de-aging makeup, which some believed had the opposite effect on Platt.

m3ffKCJN_normal.jpg giada