Before you think about heading to the movies or watching a film, chances are you’d want to know if it’s worth the watch. Usually, a good starting point for many would be to check popular review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Using the “Tomatometer,” Rotten Tomatoes takes all existing reviews and classifies them into two distinctive categories: either ‘Rotten’ or ‘Fresh.’ Read on to find out which popular movies were deemed the worst of the worst.
1. Dark Crimes (2018) – 0%
Jim Carrey might be iconic for his genius portrayals in comedy roles, but he sure knows how to put on a serious face as he did as an obsessed police detective in Dark Crimes. Unfortunately, Carrey’s convincing performance wasn’t enough to win over Rotten Tomatoes critics who labeled the film an ‘unpleasant thriller.’
Critics felt the film didn’t portray the true story of murderer Krystian Bala in a compelling enough way, and therefore the end product was rather dull and a failed attempt at noir. The light at the end of the tunnel is that Carrey fans still get to enjoy a stellar performance on his end.
2. Jaws: The Revenge (1987) – 0%
Released with the tagline ‘This Time, it’s personal,’ it looks like things did get pretty personal for Jaws: The Revenge. The film was handed a score of zero percent by Rotten Tomatoes critics who called it ‘illogical’ and ‘tension-free,’ which isn’t something you want in a horror thriller. It was also added to Entertainment Weekly’s list of the worst movie sequels ever. Yikes.
Even the legendary Michael Caine, who picked up a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor, made a legendary comment about the film, admitting to never seeing the movie and called it ‘terrible.’ A possible explanation to this may be the fact that it took less than a year to develop from concept to completion. Good things take time, don’t they say?
3. Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987) – 0%
In the fourth round of the popular franchise, the Police Academy graduates are tasked with training a group of fresh recruits. Being one of the lowest rated Police Academy movies, the film also featured the last appearance by Steve Guttenberg as the beloved Carey Mahoney. In the end, it seems like it could not live up to the glory of the previous films with a Rotten Tomatoes score of zero percent.
The film was even dubbed by Rotten Tomatoes critics as ‘utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny.’ It was also the only film in the Police Academy franchise to receive a Razzie nomination for Worst Original Song, ‘Let’s Go to Heaven in My Car’ by Steven Wilson. Not such a heavenly response, wouldn’t you agree?
4. Mac and Me (1988) – 0%
Featuring Christine Ebersole, Jonathan Ward and elaborate product placing for Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, Mac and Me tells the story of an alien named MAC, or Mysterious Alien Creature, who strikes up a friendship with a wheelchair-bound boy. But sadly, the otherworldly plot failed to please critics.
If the title doesn’t give off a clue, MAC the alien loves McDonald’s, and to top it off, a five-minute dance sequence is squeezed into the film with none other than Ronald MacDonald. This caused film critic Leonard Maltin to call the film out for being ‘more like a TV commercial than a movie.’ For his performance, Ronald McDonald himself ended up winning a Razzie for Worst New Star. Looks like fans weren’t exactly lovin’ it.
5. Staying Alive (1983) – 0%
Staying Alive stars Grease legend John Travolta, with Sylvester Stallone stepping in as co-writer and director. The film looked to be an instant classic, but sadly, that didn’t turn out to be the case. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of zero percent, other critics called it one of the worst sequels ever made.
On a slightly more ‘positive’ note, Staying Alive made it onto the list of the 100 most enjoyably bad movies ever made in John J.B. Wilson’s “The Official Razzie Movie Guide.” Despite the bad reviews, the film performed relatively well at the box office, earning $127 million off a $22 million budget. How’s that for staying alive?
6. Bolero (1984) – 0%
Bo Derek, who shot to stardom after her 1979 film 10, stars in Bolero, a film written and produced by then-husband John Derek. The romantic drama tells the story of a lady who sets out find the “right” man to have her first romantic encounter with. Sadly, the obvious chemistry between the film’s producer and leading actress just could not translate on screen.
The film got nominated for nine Razzie Awards and eventually picked up an impressive six. In 1990, it was once again in the running for yet another Razzie for ‘Worst Picture of the Decade’ but luckily avoided a seventh win – or loss – to 1981’s Mommie Dearest, who took home the much-dreaded prize.
7. Precious Cargo (2016) – 0%
After impressing fans and critics alike for quite some time, it’s safe to give at least one film starring Bruce Willis a thumbs down. While the plot of three thieves double-crossing each other and switching allegiances in the name of greed sounds full of action and fun, the final showdown wasn’t a big enough payoff for the ever-eager Tomatometer.
Most Rotten Tomatoes critics called it a lazy rip-off and rerun, but perhaps the harshest words came from Peter Sobczynski who berated the film with, “You will be hard-pressed to remember anything about it even only a few minutes after watching it, which should come as a relief to everyone involved with its production.”
8. The Slugger’s Wife (1985) – 0%
Starring Michael O’Keefe and Risky Business star Rebecca De Mornay, the 1985 rom-com The Slugger’s Wife follows the story of a baseball player who meets and falls in love with a singer, only to find out they have different life goals. Written by legendary screenwriter Neil Simon (think The Odd Couple) it seemed likely to become a huge success, but ultimately, moviegoers just weren’t feeling it.
In addition to scathing Rotten Tomato reviews, movie critics also weren’t feeling the love. TV Guide ultimately branded the film as ‘one of the most disappointing, least credible films about baseball in recent memory’. Who knows? Maybe the chemistry between the leads wasn’t quite right.
9. Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) – 0%
In this 1991 sequel to the 1980 hit that skyrocketed Brooke Shields’ career, moviegoers got to see teenage Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause try to survive both puberty and a desert island. Based on the novel “The Garden of God” by Henry De Vere Stacpoole, the movie follows the story of two young children trapped on a tropical island who must make it on their own. But how did it compare to the original?
Sadly, Return to the Blue Lagoon failed to recoup its $11 million budget. The film received a Rotten Tomato score of zero percent and was referred to by other critics as ‘a textbook example of a disaster.’ Maybe the kids should have stayed home instead?
10. Dream a Little Dream (1989) – 0%
Dream a Little Dream tells the story of an elderly couple who end up transporting themselves into the bodies of two high-schoolers. These are Bobby Keller (Corey Feldman) and his crush Lainie, played by Meredith Salenger. Corey Feldman’s other half, Corey Haim, plays the role of Dinger. The film made $2,500,000 during opening week, but alas, it was deemed Rotten.
Unfortunately, Dream a Little Dream failed to live up to its opening weekend success, and profits dropped significantly the following week. And as for the reviews? In his Washington Post review, critic Richard Harrington writes how the movie will leave people wondering ‘what the heck they just saw.’ And let’s not forget the disappointingly low rating of zero percent on the Tomatometer.
11. Homecoming (2009) – 0%
Homecoming redefines the meaning of ‘crazy ex-girlfriend’. Basically, the movie is about a guy named Mike who returns to his hometown along with his new girlfriend. Shelby, his ex-girlfriend is not too thrilled with the idea and decides to do whatever it takes to get her out of the picture.
Rotten Tomato critics felt the film was coldly efficient, but turned out not to be ‘thrilling enough or cheesy enough to make it worth the trip.’ Giving the movie a score of zero percent, other critics went further to say how ‘everything, including the ending, plays out exactly as you’d expect.’ Maybe the obsessed-ex plot has been a little overused?
12. Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) – 0%
Once again, Police Academy makes the list of the lowest rated movies with a Rotten Tomatoes score of zero percent. In sequel number six, the brave-yet-clumsy cadets set out to catch the infamous Wilson Heights Gang. However, by the looks of it, the film’s reviews also seemed to be under siege.
On top of its zero percent on the Tomatometer, other critics felt the film was a far cry from the bold upstart of the original Police Academy without the star of the series, Steve Guttenberg. Judging by critical reception, it could not get back to the spirit and life of the previous films.
13. Madhouse (1990) – 0%
Madhouse stars ’90s superstars Kirstie Alley and John Larroquette. The chaotic comedy follows the story of a newly married couple whose home is taken over by unwanted house guests, who end up turning their house, and their lives, upside down. The couple then try to get rid of their uninvited usurpers.
You could say the reviews also turned out to be a bit of a Madhouse. On top of its zero percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, LA Times critic Michael Wilmington called the film a ‘satire that misses the mark’ and ‘grabs you by the lapels and tries to shake the laughs out of you.’ Ouch.
14. Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) – 0%
Despite the original Highlander film not being much of a commercial or critical success, along came the sequel that, according to some, forgot almost everything that was great about the original film. Even with stars Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, many people were of the impression that the sequel turned out to be disappointing.
As Rotten Tomato critics put it, Highlander II is ‘hilariously incomprehensible’ and ‘almost awesome in its badness.’ It is also frequently listed as one of the worst films ever made. Haters aside, the movie actually ended up grossing more at the box office than its predecessor, so things weren’t all that bad in the end!
15. Pinocchio (2002) – 0%
Roberto Benigni scored big with the hugely successful film Life is Beautiful in 1997, which won over critics and award committees alike. It won Best Actor, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Score at the Oscars. Benigni’s boundless enthusiasm after winning Best Foreign Language Film is still one of the most memorable Oscars moments.
Sadly, Benigni’s Cinderella story came to a halt five years later with the release of his live-action version of the beloved fairy-tale Pinocchio. The movie scored zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes and came off to other critics as rather pathetic and grating. Benigni, however, earned himself another award. Sadly, this time it was a Razzie.
16. The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978) – 0%
In some cases, a sequel can turn out to be even better than the original — but not in all cases. For the third installment of the Bad News Bears trilogy, the little league team The Bears face new competition in – you guessed it – Japan.
It appears this movie, pretty much like its title, received ‘bad news’ by critics. Apart from a zero percent score on the Tomatometer, the film was panned by Rotten Tomatoes’ critics, who called it ‘horrendous.’ Even actor Jackie Earle Haley himself, who plays troublemaker Kelly Leak in all three films, went so far as to call it the ‘Worst Movie Ever Made.’
17. Megaforce (1982) – 0%
Megaforce tells the story of the Sardun Army, led by spandex-clad commander Ace Hunter played by Barry Bostwick. The Sardun Army comes equipped with high-tech weaponry, laser guns and an array of space-y things. They are called into action whenever freedom is threatened and must protect the peace.
Even though the movie is packed with cool special effects and exciting action sequences, nothing seemed to help it overcome a disastrous zero percent on the Tomatometer. To top it off, New York Times critic Janet Maslin said the film consisted of ‘silly dialogue, poor matching shots and oafish staging’. In the end, it seems like Megaforce wasn’t a force to be reckoned with.
18. Look Who’s Talking Now (1993) – 0%
Before John Travlota’s epic performance in Pulp Fiction had everyone talking, Amy Heckerling’s 1989 film Look Who’s Talking was a surprise smash hit, showcasing the actor’s comedic talent and grossing an impressive $297 million. Four years later, Travolta and Kirstie Alley return for the third and final film of the franchise, Look Who’s Talking Now.
This time, we fast forward a couple of years so the children can finally speak, but guess what, we can now hear the family dogs’ internal monologue! Even though the movie had some major star power with Danny DeVito and Diane Keaton voicing dogs Rocks and Daphne, it was handed zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes and was seen by many critics an embarrassing end to the popular franchise.
19. Deadfall (1993) – 0%
Starring Nicolas Cage and directed by his brother, Christopher Coppola, Deadfall boasts an impressive cast and an even more impressive plot revolving around a con artist who accidentally kills his own father. Alongside Cage, the film’s cast includes Michael Biehn, James Coburn, Peter Fonda, Talia Shire and even Charlie Sheen. However, all the star power in the world couldn’t save this movie from getting zero percent on the Tomatometer.
Funnily enough, other critics felt that a rather flat performance by Biehn allowed Cage to barrel through the movie with a logic-annihilating performance that turned out being quite impressive. Meanwhile, the 2012 remake starring Eric Bana managed to score a not-as-awful score of 35%.
20. The Silence of the Hams (1994) – 0%
Yep, you guessed it. Here we have a questionable satirical comedy rendition of Silence of the Lambs. Inspiration from movies like Psycho and Basic Instinct also feature in the film. Silence of the Hams stars comedian Ezio Greggio, who also happened to write, produce, narrate and direct everything himself.
To give you an little idea of the type of humor this film provides, the films protagonist is named Jo Dee Fostar, get it? Featuring random cameos from Mel Brooks, Joe Dante and a bunch of others, Rotten Tomato critics gave it a score of zero percent, calling the movie ‘just painful beyond words.’ At least it didn’t take itself too seriously.
21. One Missed Call (2008) – 0%
The revival of the horror movie genre has arguably resulted in some questionable choices in Hollywood and One Missed Call may have been one of them. Based on a remake of a 2004 Japanese horror film with the same name, the U.S. version of the supernatural horror film stars Ed Burns and Shannyn Sossamon.
The premise of the movie is centered around victims receiving phone calls from the future predicting the exact date and time of their deaths. Among the lowest rated movies, with a score of zero percent on the Tomatometer, the 2008 film also had its share of reviews that were apparently, truly terrifying.
22. National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers (2003) – 0%
National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers, originally titled Lady Killers, tells the tale of two young 20-something failed robbers who marry to elderly sisters in order to acquire their wealth and lavish Beverly Hills mansion. Surprisingly, the unlucky pair ends up discovering that the good life is a lot harder to achieve than they initially thought.
Starring Will Friedle and Chris Owen, the film made only $400,000 in its opening weekend at the box office. Based on a whopping 44 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a low rating of zero percent, being called ‘stupefying hideous.’ Sadly it looks like Gold Diggers didn’t end up taking home the gold.
23. Dark Tide (2012) – 0%
Halle Berry stars in Dark Tide, which tells the story of a marine biologist and shark expert struggling to keep her business afloat after losing a crew member in a shark attack. Scarred, she avoids getting back into the water. When she finds herself in financial difficulty, she agrees to take a millionaire for a shark dive.
The film scored zero percent on the Tomatometer, with Rotten Tomato critics saying how ‘no amount of breathtaking cinematography can save Dark Tide from its poor plot and dire dialogue.’ The movie was also described as ‘oddly tiresome’ by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw. Dark times indeed for Dark Tide.
24. American Anthem (1986) – 0%
A movie about gymnastics which stars a real-life champion gymnast sounds like a winning formula, don’t you think? American Anthem stars Olympic gold medalist Mitchell Gaylord, who plays Steve Tevere, an ex-football hero who gives up gymnastics to work as a motorcycle mechanic. After being inspired by Julie, the new girl at his old gym, Steve resumes training.
Unfortunately, American Anthem didn’t take home the gold medal, scoring zero percent on the Tomatometer and other critics calling the film ‘dim-witted.’ Gaylord also took home a Razzie Award for his performance. On the upside, Gaylord went on to be named seventh best US gymnast of all time in 2007. Not too shabby, Mitch.
25. Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) – 0%
After the 1999 movie Baby Geniuses scored a low rating of two percent on the Tomatometer and grossed a mere $27,000, the last thing you would expect would be a sequel. But Hollywood can be full of surprises. And in 2004, we got a sequel in the form of Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, starring none other than Happy Days star Scott Baio.
The sequel, in a similar fashion to its predecessor, turned out to be a complete bomb at the box office, only managing to make half its $20 million budget back. Some critics seemed to think that maybe the movie wasn’t as ‘super’ as the title seems to suggest.
26. Gotti (2018) – 0%
Hailed the “worst mob movie of all time,” the 2018 biographical crime drama Gotti starring John Travolta will certainly not go down as one of Hollywood’s classics. Many Rotten Tomato critics have deemed the film boring and very hard to follow owing to the very badly edited scenes slapped together.
The only thing this film will be remembered for is its big round zero rating on the Tomatometer. Nothing about the movie has a redeeming factor, and some critics have even gone as far as to say that Travolta should have turned down the role. Perhaps the jury is still out on that one until you watch it for yourself!
27. Surfer, Dude (2008) – 0%
While it’s easy to identity with a protagonist in the throes of an existential crisis trying to make his way in the world on a soul-searching journey, this tale did nothing but disappoint. Matthew McConaughey might play a convincing role of a surfer riding the waves of life, both literally and figuratively, but it still wasn’t enough to win over critics.
Surfer, Dude scored the lowest on the rating scale for being a “hapless, laughless movie” with cliché overkill for days. However, the worst part for one Rotten Tomato viewer is that the movie felt “25-30 years out of date,” better suited for the days of VHS or DVDs. Ouch, that hurts!
28. A Thousand Words (2012) – 0%
How do Rotten Tomato critics know when a movie is really, really bad? We mean so bad that even the Tomatometer goes off-kilter. Well, the answer might be a movie that takes four years to film before its release, but by no means saves it from a devastating failure.
This is the sad case of A Thousand Words starring Eddie Murphy about a literary agent with the gift of the gab. There’s no need to continue with the plot, as that might bore you to tears more than the movie, which put Rotten Tomato critics to sleep. Owen Glieberman had many harsh words to offer and prayed that Murphy would do “anything but star in another movie like this one.” Okay, advice taken on his behalf!
29. The Layover (2017) – 0%
Any movie with Kate Upton should be enough to mesmerize viewers, right? How about a double trouble with Alexandra Daddario playing Upton’s best friend? Well, unfortunately this tactic didn’t work for the critical eyes and ears of the Tomatometer, and The Layover scored nothing more than a whopping zero!
In fact, many critics got upset accusing this film of tainting the very meaning of romantic comedies. But perhaps the harshest review was that of Kimber Myers of the Los Angeles Times who lamented, “Watching a lonely suitcase circle a baggage claim conveyer belt is more diverting.” Kate Upon fans, you still have the chance to decide for yourselves!
30. Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) – 0%
Manos: The Hands of Fate is probably one of the weirdest films of all time. What’s more, the movie was a very bad idea from the start as it started out as a bet between director Hal Warren and Oscar-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. Warren bet that it was super easy to make a film, which is probably the reason the final product was such a flop.
Warren managed to raise $19,000 from friends and family to film the movie, but he picked the rather complex horror movie plot of Manos. Instead of going for the typical family who gets lost on vacation and gets chased by a creepy villain, he opted for the more expensive and complicated route. All this efforts, however, did nothing to impress the Rotten Tomato critics, and they awarded the film nothing but a big, fat zero.
31. Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star (2011) – 0%
When you think of a list movies that should have never been released in the first place, Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star comes in at the top of the list. The film stars Nick Swardson as a simple and unsuccessful grocery bagger who moves to Los Angeles to follow in his parents’ stag film footsteps.
Unfortunately, the movie received one of the worst set of reviews Hollywood has ever seen in decades with many critics trash talking the film and labeling it as childish and outright ridiculous. Perhaps the worst review was by critic Matt Singer who wrote, “This movie is dire, soul-crushing stuff.” We suppose a star wasn’t born this time round.
32. The Thing With Two Heads (1972) – 0%
Movies like The Things With Two Heads no longer exist today, and that’s probably a good thing. Viewers don’t even have to look any further than the title, as it says it all about this sci-fi horror film. If Frankenstein comes to mind, don’t even go there, as critics had nothing to give this film other than a failure rating.
Critic Matt Brunson said the movie is so bad that it falls into the “so-bad-it’s-good-to-watch” category. The plot and dialogue are so bizarre that it might actually make people feel better about race relations today, which come to think of it, isn’t such a bad idea. If you’re purely up for bizarre entertainment, than look no further. You won’t be surprised at the zero rating score.
33. The Leisure Class (2015) – 0%
It’s the worst kind of entertainment when a comedy makes you cry instead of laugh. What’s even worse about The Leisure Class is that nothing humorous happens, the characters flip too quickly, and the plot has a lot of holes in it. How funny can the premise of a man scheming to marry into a wealthy family and then threatened by the sudden arrival of his unhinged brother really be?
At face value the plot sounds like the makings of a really good movie, but the tone changes very drastically between the scenes causing nothing but confusion. Rotten Tomato critics have therefore found it very challenging to find something redeeming about the film and had no choice but to fail it on the Tomatometer’s rating scale.
34. The Ridiculous 6 (2015) – 0%
Adam Sandler fanatics might not want to hear this, but Rotten Tomato critics have called this nothing but a “lazy and offensive” attempt at a film. The very bizarre idea of six different strangers uniting in the Wild West after they discover they share the same wayward father, gets even stranger when they embark on a journey together to find him.
While most of Sandler’s early movies make viewers feel like they are part of the lame but funny jokes, The Ridiculous 6 suggests that the viewers are the joke for watching a very offensive and silly mockery of western and western spoofs. As Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times best put it, “Thanks for nothing, Netflix.”
35. Stratton (2017) – 0%
When Rotten Tomatoes gives movies a miserable zero percent, it doesn’t mean they are always unwatchable. Sometimes the films are just plain average, and Stratton falls into that category. All that means is that the movie isn’t very inspiring and moving, but the person watching it probably won’t die of complete boredom.
Stratton ticks all the boxes of a typical action movie but falls short in the development of its characters. It centers on a MI6 agent’s quest to stop a rogue operative from destroying London in a chemical weapons attack. Sounds a bit like James Bond gone wrong. The movie commits the worst sin of combining all the typical and clichéd elements of an action movie, and therefore scored a big zero on the Tomatometer.
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