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Films like the Clockwork Orange and Requiem for a Dream make me feel uncomfortable. I find them disturbing and it's not an accurate description to say that I 'enjoy' watching them. However, I do find films like the Clockwork Orange and Requiem for a Dream extremely interesting and powerful. To say that I 'like' or 'enjoy' these films doesn't adequately mirror my feelings.

Edit: I'm looking for a word or a phrase to better describe my appreciation?

Thank you!

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  • I think you hit the nail right on the head when you said "interesting and powerful". Something negative may also be impressive in a grim but respectable way. I tend to describe these feelings as intrigue or respect.
    – Symantra
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 9:28
  • As a side note, I believe that was the reason Facebook added more specified reactions to posts. It's a bit of a faux-pas to "like" someone's post about their relative or dog dying.
    – Symantra
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 9:30
  • You can say that the movie was "not bad".
    – Lucky
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 9:55
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    Interesting...
    – NVZ
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 10:04
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    I think it's fine to say you found a movie powerful, important, extremely well done, etc. In other words, the truth. There are a lot of movies that aren't enjoyable for normal people, A Clockwork Orange being one of them. Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 10:36

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You could say that it was "edifying" - something that is good for us but not necessarily enjoyable.

https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/edifying

You could also say that you found it very moving, which again implies that it may not have been enjoyable.

https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/moving - 2nd defn

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  • Saying a film is moving hits the nail on the head! Saying it is edifying is also an interesting concept. Thank you!
    – T.Lipperz
    Commented Jul 6, 2016 at 8:03
  • Glad it helped! Feel free to mark it as correct, or even just vote it up. Commented Jul 6, 2016 at 8:53
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You can simply say you appreciate the movies for the reasons you've just stated, as well as saying you didn't like watching them and they weren't "your cup of tea".

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  • This is not the feeling I'm trying to convey. Yes, I appreciate them. Saying that they weren't "my cup of tea" is not representative. I appreciate them in the way you appreciate art.
    – T.Lipperz
    Commented Jul 6, 2016 at 8:02

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