You should always value your time, which is why it is important to check out if a movie is worth watching before you go see it. Most people use Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator site, for this very reason. The “Tomatometer” lets you know if it has received positive or negative reception by categorizing movies between ‘rotten’ or ‘fresh’. Keep reading what movies are considered to be the worst of the worst. We just hope your favorite movie is not on this list.
Dark Crimes (2018)
Jim Carrey is iconic for doing comedy, but he can also do serious projects. In Dark Crimes, he delivered a great performance as an obsessed cop, although it was unable to save it. Critics called it ‘unpleasant thriller’ and thought that it failed to portray the real story of Krystian Bala. They found the movie dull and a noir fail. The good thing is that you can still enjoy it because Carrey is one heck of an actor!
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
The movie had this tagline: ‘This Time, it’s personal.’ Unfortunately, it also got a zero percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics said it was ‘tension-free’ and ‘illogical.’ Aside from that, Entertainment Weekly called it one of the worst sequels ever. Michael Caine won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor and said that it was ‘terrible.’ It took the crew less than a year to work on this, which explains things.
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
The fourth installment of the franchise saw the Police Academy graduates training new recruits. The lowest-rated movie in the series, it also had the last appearance of Steve Guttenberg as Carey Mahoney. It bombed and failed to live up to the previous Police Academy titles. Critics said it was ‘utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny.’ The Razzies nominated ‘Let’s Go to Heaven in My Car’ by Steven Wilson for Worst Original Song as well. It’s a good thing the other movies are better!
Mac and Me (1988)
The movie narrates the story of MAC the alien and its friendship with a wheelchair-bound boy. However, this plot did not do much for its ratings. The elaborate product placement for McDonald’s and Coca-Cola was simply too much for critics. Leonard Maltin said it was ‘more like a TV commercial than a movie.’ Ronald McDonald, who had a five-minute dance sequence in the film, won a Razzie for Worst New Star!
Staying Alive (1983)
Staying Alive features Hollywood hunk John Travolta and was directed and co-written by Sylvester Stallone. Even if it looked like an instant classic, it was the opposite of that. It has also been called one of the worst sequels in movie history. It did make it to the 100 most enjoyable bad movies, according to “The Official Razzie Movie Guide” by John J.B. Wilson. It still did well at the box office, so there’s that.
Bo Derek became famous after starring in 10. Did Bolero, a film written and produced by her husband at the time, fare as well as it did? This romantic drama failed to show its viewers any chemistry at all. In fact, it was even nominated for 9 Razzie Awards and won a total of 6 of those. In 1990, it reappeared in the Razzies when it was nominated for ‘Worst Picture of the Decade.’ It’s a good thing it did not win!
Precious Cargo (2016)
Bruce Willis had already impressed lots of critics and fans over the course of his career, so a bad movie is not the worst thing ever. The plot features 3 thieves double-crossing one another in the name of action and fun. However, the final showdown did not live up to the hype. Critics said it was only a lazy rip-off. Peter Sobczynski put it this way: “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.”
The Slugger’s Wife (1985)
Starring Rebecca De Mornay and Michael O’Keefe, this 1985 romcom follows a baseball player who falls in love with a singer. Neil Simon of The Odd Couple wrote it, but viewers just did not feel it. Critics gave it terrible reviews. TV Guide even branded it ‘one of the most disappointing, least credible films about baseball in recent memory’. That’s got to hurt! Maybe the leads just did not have chemistry whatsoever.
Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
In this sequel, moviegoers watched teenage Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause in their attempts to survive a desert island and puberty. Based on “The Garden of God” by Henry De Vere Stacpoole, it simply did not live up to the original. It was unable to recoup the $11 million that went into its creation. Critics said it was ‘a textbook example of a disaster.’ That’s pretty harsh, but if the shoe fits!
Dream A Little Dream (1989)
This movie tells the story of an older couple who wound up in the bodies of a pair of high school kids. It made an incredible $2,500,000 in its opening week. Sadly, it was simply Rotten and failed to live up to its opening weekend success, and its profits then went down significantly afterward. Richard Harrington of the Washington Post said that people will leave the theaters thinking ‘what the heck they just saw.’
This movie redefines ‘crazy ex-girlfriend.’ Essentially, it is about a guy who goes back to his hometown with his new girlfriend. His ex was not happy about it, of course. Critics thought it was very efficient but ultimately not ‘thrilling enough or cheesy enough to make it worth the trip.’ They also said that they were disappointed that ‘everything, including the ending, plays out exactly as you’d expect.’ Oops.
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)
It is very rare for two movies in one franchise to get 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. And yet here we are. The sixth sequel shows the brave cadets out to catch the Wilson Heights Gang. Critics said that it was a far cry from the original Police Academy, partly because Steve Guttenberg is no longer around to help it.
Madhouse stars Kirstie Alley and John Larroquette in a comedy that follows a new married couple whose home is overtaken by unwanted guests. The reviews were quite the madhouse too. Aside from the 0% core, Michael Wilmington of LA Times called it ‘satire that misses the mark’ and ‘grabs you by the lapels and tries to shake the laughs out of you.’ Well, that cannot be good…
Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
Even though the original film was not much of a critical or financial success, this was a huge flop as well. Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert failed to save this disappointing sequel. Rotten Tomatoes said it was ‘hilariously incomprehensible’ and ‘almost awesome in its badness.’ It is often seen in the worst films list. On the bright side, it did not make more money at the box office than the original movie did.
Roberto Benigni made it big with Life is Beautiful. However, this Cinderella story came out five years later and disappointed a great deal of people. The live-action version of Pinnochio did not get good reviews whatsoever. Critics found it grating and pathetic. This one won a Razzie and no Oscars. Oh well.
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)
Fair enough, there are times when the sequel is better than the original. However, this was not the case for this franchise. The movie is clearly ‘bad news’ all around. Aside from the 0% score, critics said it was ‘horrendous.’ Actor Jackie Earle Haley, who plays Kelly Leak, said it was ‘Worst Movie Ever Made.’
Megaforce narrates the story of the Sardun Army with its high-tech weapons, laser guns, and more. It came with neat special effects and action sequences, but it still earned a 0% on the Tomatometer. Janet Maslin of the New York Times said it had ‘silly dialogue, poor matching shots and oafish staging’. Yikes.
Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
Before Pulp Fiction, John Travolta got to show off his acting skills in the Look Who’s Talking. Four years later, its sequel came out. The movie had major star power thanks to Diane Keaton and Danny DeVito, but it still earned negative reviews. It was thought to be an embarrassing way to end the franchise.
The movie was directed by Christopher Coppola and starred Nicolas Cage. The plot follows a con artist who killed his own father by accident. Even though it was full of star power, the all-star cast failed to help it get higher than 0% on the Tomatometer. Critics thought that Michael Biehn delivered a flat performance, which let Cage barrel through it with an impressive but illogical performance.
The Silence of the Hams (1994)
You guessed that right. This is a satirical parody of Silence of the Lambs. Starring Ezio Greggio, the film followed Jo Dee Fostar… Get it? It came with random cameos from Joe Dante, Mel Brooks, and more. It got 0% on Rotten Tomato and was called ‘just painful beyond words.’ Is it worth the watch? You decide.
One Missed Call (2008)
This was one of the worse things to have come out of the horror movie revival. Based on a Japanese horror film, it failed to live up to the supernatural horror of the original film. The plot follows victims who got phone calls from the future that predicted the date and time of their deaths. We daresay that the reviews for this movie were even more terrifying than the actual film.
National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers (2003)
This movie talked about two young people in their twenties who wanted to marry elderly sisters to inherit their wealth. The film starred Chris Owen and Will Friedle and only made $400,000 during the opening weekend. It has a 0% rating and has been called ‘stupefying hideous.’ We can’t have it all!
Dark Tide (2012)
Halle Berry stars in this movie about a marine biologist and shark expert trying to keep her job in order after a crew member died in a shark attack. The movie did not do well in terms of critical reception. In fact, critics on Rotten Tomato said, ‘No amount of breathtaking cinematography can save Dark Tide from its poor plot and dire dialogue.’ Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said it was ‘oddly tiresome’
American Anthem (1986)
You would think that a movie about gymnastics with an actual gymnast would be good, but it was not the case. The film has Mitchell Gaylord as Steve Tevere, who gave up gymnastics to be a motorcycle mechanic and resumes training after meeting a new girl. Sadly, critics found it ‘dim-witted.’ Gaylord also won a Razzie for his acting! At the very least, he did go on to be the 7th best American gymnast by 2007.
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
The 1999 Movie Baby Geniuses got 2% on the Tomatometer and grossed $27k. It still managed to get a sequel in 2004. However, the film did even worse than its predecessor when it comes to critical acclaim. While it did not flop as hard at the box office, it still failed to recoup its original budget. How sad is this?
Called the “worst mob movie of all time,” this 2018 biographical drama starred John Travolta. The film bored critics, who thought it was hard to follow because of the editing. There is nothing memorable about this film save for the fact that it received a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes. C’est la vie!
Surfer, Dude (2008)
If you thought that it would be easy to relate to a protagonist with an existential crisis, think again. Matthew McConaughey played a surfer figuratively and literally riding the waves. However, it did not win critics over. It was called a “hapless, laughless movie” that was “25-30 years out of date.” Ouch.
A Thousand Words (2012)
There is no doubt that a movie is bad when it gets 0% on Rotten Tomato. Starring Eddie Murphy in the role of a literary agent, the movie bored a lot of people to tears. Owen Glieberman had no good things to say about it. He only hoped that the actor would “anything but star in another movie like this one.”
The Layover (2017)
If you thought that any movie with Kate Upton and Alexandra Daddario would be a hit, you were wrong. It did not help raise its Tomatometer score at all. Critics thought that it tainted romcoms. Kimber Myers of the LA Times said, “Watching a lonely suitcase circle a baggage claim conveyer belt is more diverting.”
Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
This movie might just be the weirdest thing in cinema. The movie began as a between Hal Warren and Stirling Silliphant. The former said it would be easy to make a movie, which might be why it ended up becoming a flop. Warren raised $19k to make it but chose a complex horror plot. It impressed no one.
Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star (2011)
Maybe someone made an error and released this one by mistake. Starring Nick Swardson, it is about a simple grocery bagger who relocated to LA to follow in his parents’ footsteps by making stag films. Critics found it childish and ridiculous. Matt Singer said, “This movie is dire, soul-crushing stuff.”
The Thing With Two Heads (1972)
Movies like this one no longer exist now, and this is a good thing. The sci-fi horror film did not get anything other than a bad rating. Matt Brunson said that it was so bad that it belongs in the “so-bad-it’s-good-to-watch” category. It had a bizarre plot and dialogue, which explains its zero rating.
The Leisure Class (2015)
This movie was meant to be a comedy, but it made more people cry. Nothing funny happens, the characters get worked up too fast, and there were many plot holes. It was about a man scheming to marry rich but got threatened by the unhinged brother. Critics found no redeeming qualities about it.
The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
This Adam Sandler film has been called “lazy and offensive.” Yikes. The plot was six strangers uniting in the Wild West after learning that they have the same father. It was unfortunate to hear that this movie was nothing more than a mockery of western films. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times even said, “Thanks for nothing, Netflix.”
There are times when even 0% movies are watchable. This was the case for this film, which was just very average. The movie is not all that moving and inspiring, but you would not die of boredom. It ticks off all the boxes of a normal active film but failed to develop the characters. It focuses on an MI6 agent on a quest to put a stop to the destruction of London. Critics thought it was simply too cliched for an action movie.
The Disappointments Room (2016)
This movie is about a family that moves into a southern mansion. Soon enough, they start to notice creepy things happening and discover some secrets about the mansion. It’s clear that the lead actress, Kate Beckinsale, gave it her all and tried to make this movie worth watching. However, critics and fans alike were disappointed by the movie. One Los Angeles Times film critic, Katie Walsh, went as far as saying the film “would be better off locked up in the attic and forgotten for good.” Ouch.
This movie is a sad attempt at recreating The Fast and Furious. It centers on a group of drivers getting together for an illegal race. Unsurprisingly, critics tore this movie to shreds mercilessly and made sure to comment on its overt sexism. Viewers were most definitely not impressed by this movie, and even went on to describe it as a “lemon” rather than being intense.
Cabin Fever (2016)
A remake of the 2002 movie, this movie did not get the same attention the original did. This new version had none of the charm and laughs the original brought in. Naturally, the reviews were brutal. Some critics said the film sets the standard for the term “pointless remake.”
Shadow Conspiracy (1997)
While this movie had a great cast, at times that just isn’t enough to do the trick. The plot follows an assassin trying to shoot members of the president’s cabinet. It seems that all the critics on rotten tomatoes agreed when they gave this movie a very harsh grade.
3 Strikes (2000)
This movie is one of the lowest-rated comedies ever. It failed to make the critics smile, let alone laugh. The famous “Freaky Friday” director, D.J. Pooh, created this plot. Centering around a former criminal, the movie shows him trying to avoid a third strike on his criminal record. While the premise was good, the movie raked in bad reviews. One LA critic, Eric Harrison, describes this movie as “sophomoric and unfunny.”
Wagons East (1994)
Wagons East was the last movie to star Jon Candy, and unfortunately so seeing how terrible it was. It was said to be a ripoff of “Blazing Saddles”, and when it was released back in 1994, it was famous for being the worst movie of that year.
Problem Child (1990)
Problem Child has plenty of talented actors in its cast, like John Ritter, Jack Warden, and Michael Richards, yet it hasn’t gotten even one positive review. This comedy was said to be doomed from the start. It centers around a couple who adopts a child that turns out to be completely awful. Rotten tomatoes call it mean-spirited and unpleasant.
The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
While The Nutcracker also has an incredible cast, it too fails to make the movie worth watching. The reviews are ruthless, not to mention they are more entertaining than the movie itself. David Edelstein of New York Magazine states that the movie “has so many terrible ideas that the terrible execution is almost irrelevant.”
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
This 2002 movie has a 0% grade, with critics saying it was unoriginal and boring. In addition, critics also say it was poorly executed all the way through. To top it off, New York Daily News’ Jamie Bernard wrote that there is minimal room for character development.
Hot Pursuit (2015)
This movie presented the perfect opportunity to showcase Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara’s great chemistry. The plot focuses on an uptight and strict cop who needs to protect this sexy widow. It sounds great, but sadly, the movie ended up being flat out unfunny.
Daddy Day Camp (2007)
Daddy Day Camp is a sequel to the popular Daddy Day Care, this movie shows two dads who decide to take over and run a day camp. Sadly, this movie was labeled mirthless and desperate. Critics claim it relies too much on physical humor and didn’t get enough actual laughs.
Disaster Movie (2008)
It’s official: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have produced their worst movie yet. This parody comedy is back, only this time it has a bottomless well of flatulence humor. The racism and stereotypes in this movie got zero positive reactions.
The Master Of Disguise (2002)
This movie is an example of a terrible attempt at using Dana Carvey’s talent for mimicry. Critics have compared it to a dinner party guest who comes in and thinks they’re funny, but it turns out they are not. Carvey has no chance to even make viewers laugh since the scenes are just not funny.
The In Crowd (2000)
The In Crowd, directed by Mary Lambert, is criticized for being a “dull, soapy potboiler that lacks the energy to be considered a guilty pleasure.” The movie is unbearably slow, the acting is poor and is said to lack any sort of originality.
Battlefield Earth (2000)
In this movie, an alien race transforms Earth into a missing colony, and it’s up to the hero, Johnny Goodboy to save the day. Critics did not hold back in their reviews, saying that the movie is appalling and enough to make the audience ashamed to be a part of the race who created it in the first place.