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!

  • 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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    – 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.


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

  • 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

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".

  • 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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