I was wondering if there was a word or a definition to describe, for example, amateur movies or other products when they're badly done, but the effort and passion put into it compensate that flaw, almost making it great because of that dedication. If there wasn't one then I'd like to hear a neologism for it as this is something i talk about a lot but never find a way to mention it without going over the full description. "so bad it's good" exists and has a similar meaning but it's a bit long and might also refer to comically bad products, which isn't what i mean when referring to these creations

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    Look at the definition(s) of "camp". – Scott Oct 24 '18 at 3:28
  • @Scott I don't think "camp" is the best term here, because camp is usually self-aware; in this case it sounds like we're talking about creators who put their heart and soul into a project without necessarily recognizing how bad it is. "Well-meaning" gets close with the implication of poor results from good intentions, but it doesn't apply well to this context. – Alan T. Oct 24 '18 at 17:09
  • 'A labour of love' is the best I can come up with, but I won't write an answer because it misses the explicit quality of not being done well; a labour of love might be done badly or well -- the phrase is neutral as far as that's concerned. – S Conroy Oct 25 '18 at 20:03
  • A for effort. – jxh Oct 26 '18 at 17:43