10 “Rotten” Anime Movies With A High IMDb Rating

It seems like a lot of people consider animated movies to be made for the whole family to enjoy. That often means they don’t have to be considered good for moviegoers to flock to them. As long as they are easy to digest and everyone can enjoy, they will be popular.

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That being said, some animated films are considered among the best films of their generation and some are groundbreaking. However, there are some that critics didn’t like and were labeled as “rotten” on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, fans still love them very much and have given them solid ratings on IMDb.

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Space Jam (1996) – RT: 44% / IMDb: 6.5

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Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny chat in Space Jam

Technically, space jam isn’t a fully animated film but that matters since the majority of the film is a cartoon. This was released at the perfect time as the Looney Tunes were still quite popular and Michael Jordan was a cultural icon who had just retired from basketball.

space jam sees the legendary cartoon team with Jordan play a game of basketball with the highest stakes against evil aliens. Critics weren’t too kind to the film, but it was a box office success and ’90s kids still hold it in high esteem. The 2021 sequel was less well received by fans and critics.

A Christmas Carol (2009) – RT: 53% / IMDb: 6.8

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Scrooge hoists Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol (2009)

There have been so many adaptations of A Christmas Carol that can be difficult to follow. Robert Zemeckis directed an animated version of Charles Dickens’ 1843 tale in 2009 that used CGI and motion capture effects similar to The Polar Express.


This version starred Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and mostly followed the same story where the cantankerous old man is taken on an adventure by three ghosts to see how his actions impact his past, present and future. . Performance and visuals were praised but critics did not like the dark tone. Alas, the public appreciated it more.

Shark Tale (2004) – RT: 35% / IMDb: 6.0

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In 2003, The world of Nemo was both a critical and commercial success, considered one of Pixar‘s finest films. A year later, DreamWorks Animation embarked on a story set in the ocean with shark story and things didn’t go so well even though it turned out to be a box office hit.


With a voice cast including Will Smith and Angelina Jolie, shark story had the star power to draw in audiences, and it was also up for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars. However, critics found it derivative and although it performed better on IMDb, it is often a forgotten animated film.

The Star (2017) – RT: 43% / IMDb: 6.3

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A camel and a donkey in The Star

Until the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it looked like Sony Pictures Animation was a struggling studio. Their films often received mixed reviews and were not box office hits, including The starwhich came out a year before the studio found success.

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The star tells the story of a donkey and his animal friends who unexpectedly become heroes on the very first Christmas. Fans seemed to love the quirky look at the Nativity story and although reviews from critics weren’t strong, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Brother Bear (2003) – RT: 37% / IMDb: 6.8

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Kenai as bear with Koda

After Disney’s Renaissance era in the 90s, the early 2000s proved to be a tough time for the animation studio. Their films have been met with mixed reviews after several years of classics. Brother Bear was one to get lackluster reviews from critics.

The story centers on a hunter who needlessly kills a bear and then transforms into one, sending it on a journey of self-discovery if it wants to be human again. The animation style was considered unimpressive, and it was considered generic in some ways. Audiences seemed to like some of the stylistic choices like the change in aspect ratio.


Madagascar (2005) – TR: 55%/IMDb: 6.9

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Every once in a while an original animated image manages to become a huge hit and spawns a franchise, which is the case with Madagascar. The plot centers on a lion, giraffe, zebra, and hippo that escape from the Central Park Zoo and end up on the island of Madagascar.

Although more than half of the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes have been positive, it is still considered “rotten”. That wasn’t the case with fans, who loved the awesome visuals and adorable voice cast. The franchise includes several sequels, TV shows, video games, and short films.

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) – RT: 18% / IMDb: 5.7

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Scrat in the Ice Age Collision Course

the Ice Age The franchise is the tentpole of Blue Sky Studios. The films got so big that the third and fourth entries in the series each grossed over $800 million at the box office, so making a fifth installment was a no-brainer. Unfortunately, The Ice Age: Collision Course that’s when things started to calm down.

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It grossed less than half of the previous film, although people who saw it still found it to be at least an average film. Reviews were much harsher, giving it the worst reviews in the series and lambasting it for feeling like a cash grab and nothing more.

Robin Hood (1973) – RT: 55%/IMDb: 7.5

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Disney's Robin Hood

Many Disney Animation Studios classics were released between the 50s and 60s, including Cinderella and The jungle Book. The 70s weren’t as successful, with people like The Aristocats and Robin Hood not be held in the same high esteem.

However, these are actually hidden gems that have improved over the years. the citable Robin Hood received mixed reviews, but it has developed a cult following to the point where the rating on IMDb is actually higher than some of the perceived iconic Disney movies like Peter Pan or the above Cinderella.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) – RT: 49%/IMDb: 6.9

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Milo talks to Kida in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

Another Disney Animation Studios version to struggle with was Atlantis: The Lost Empire. After the Renaissance era, Disney experimented with new things in its next batch of films, including breaking the fourth wall of The Emperor’s New Routine or CGI effects in Dinosaur.

It is the studio’s first sci-fi film, telling the story of a group of explorers who set out to find the lost continent of Atlantis. Critics dissed the character development and said the plot was inconsistent, but casual moviegoers enjoyed the more adult-oriented storyline and were impressed with the visuals and voice acting.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) – RT: 18%/IMDb: 6.0

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It is often the forgotten entrance to the massif star wars film franchise. Released a few years after the end of the prequel trilogy, The Clone Wars was meant to fill in some gaps in the adventures of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi between Episodes II and III.

The film received negative reviews, with criticism over the animation style and storyline, while some felt the new character Ahsoka Tano was boring. Of course, this doubled as a backdoor driver for The Clone Wars TV show, which is considered one of the best Star Wars content of all time. Ahsoka is also now a hugely popular character, so fans are looking back at her with a new fondness.

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