Otherwise, apart from its usual meaning, can also indicate "in other respects" (found it in the dictionary).

When constructing a sentence using aforementioned meaning of "otherwise" are these structures acceptable and natural?

An otherwise great movie ruined by his acting.

His acting ruined an otherwise great movie.

Are there any distinct rules to follow when creating sentences in similar fashion?

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    It is merely an adjective there. – Lambie Mar 18 '19 at 20:14
  • @Lambie: Adverb, surely? Given it's modifying an adjective... – SamBC Mar 18 '19 at 20:17
  • Yes, if conditions were otherwise, is an adjective. Here, it's an adverb, right. Sorry. Going too fast. – Lambie Mar 18 '19 at 20:39

Yes. It's just an adverb modifying the adjective great. Nothing special to see here; you have used it correctly in both cases. You are saying that the movie would have been great, but his acting ruined it.

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