You should always value your time, which is why it is important to check out if a movie is worth the watch 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 film about a family who moves to a southern mansion and soon begins to notice creepy secrets. The lead actress Kate Beckinsale could not have tried harder to make it worth watching. Even Los Angeles Times film critic Katie Walsh was ruthless in her review, writing that the film “would be better off locked up in the attic and forgotten for good.” Wow, harsh!
This sad attempt at recreating The Fast And Furious, centers on a bunch of drivers getting together for an illegal race. Critics tore the movie to shreds and commented on its overt sexism. Viewers were not a fan of this film and even describe it as a “lemon” rather than being intense.
Cabin Fever (2016)
Cabin Fever is a remake of the 2002 film but did not receive the same attention. This version lost all the charm and laughs that the original brought in. Critics even said that this film sets the standard for the term “pointless remake.”
Shadow Conspiracy (1997)
This film had a great cast, but sometimes that isn’t enough to do the trick. The plot involves an assassin trying to shoot members of the president’s cabinet. The critics of rotten tomatoes all are in agreement and gave this film a harsh grade.
3 Strikes (2000)
This is one of the lowest-rated comedies, it failed to make any critics even laugh. The famous director of “Freaky Friday,” D.J Pooh created this story about a formal criminal trying to avoid a third strike on his record. The premise was solid and surprisingly one of 29 bad reviews, LA critic Eric Harrison describes it as ” sophomoric and unfunny.”
Wagons East (1994)
This was the last film starring Jon Candy, and unfortunately so because it was terrible. It was labeled a ripoff of “Blazing Saddles,” and when first released in 1994, it was known as the years worst movie.
Problem Child (1990)
This movie features talented actors like John Ritter, Jack Warden, and Michael Richards, yet it failed to receive one positive review. This comedy was doomed from the start and centers on a couple who adopts a child that turns about to be completely terrible. Rotten tomatoes call it mean spirited and unpleasant.
The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
Yet again another incredible cast, who fails to make a movie worth watching. The reviews are ruthless and are even more entertaining than the film itself. David Edelstein of New York Magazine bluntly states that the film “has so many terrible ideas that the terrible execution is almost irrelevant.”
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
This 2002 action film has a 0% grade and was labeled as unoriginal and boring. In addition, critics say it was poorly executed from beginning to end. Also, Jamie Bernard of the New York Daily News writes there is minimal room for character development.
Hot Pursuit (2015)
This film was the perfect opportunity to showcase Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara’s attractive chemistry. It is about an uptight and strict cop who has to protect this sexy widow. Sounds great but unfortunately, it was flat out not funny at all!
Daddy Day Camp (2007)
A sequel to the popular Daddy Day Care, two dads decide to take over and run a day camp. Unfortunately, this film was labeled mirthless and desperate. Critics say it relies too much on bodily humor and obtained not enough laughs, just gags.
Disaster Movie (2008)
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have officially produced their worst movie yet. This spoof comedy is back but this time with a bottomless well of flatulence humor. racism, and stereotypes this film zero positive reactions.
The Master Of Disguise (2002)
This film is a terrible attempt at using actor Dana Carvery’s talent for mimicry. It is compared to a dinner party guest who comes and thinks he is funny but unfortunately for him, is very mistaken. Carvey has no opportunity to even make viewers laugh because the scenes are simply not funny.
The In Crowd ( 2000)
Directed by Mary Lambert, this film is criticized for being a “dull, soapy potboiler that lacks the energy to be considered a guilty pleasure.” The plot moves slowly, there is poor acting and is said to lack originality.
Battlefield Earth (2000)
When an alien race transforms Earth into a missing colony, its up to hero Johnny Goodboy to save the day. Critics say this movie is appealing, and enough to make audiences ashamed to be part of the race of people who made the film. Jeez, these critics have a way with words.
Bless The Child
This supernatural film received considerable criticism and described as boring and silly. It follows a young woman who gives birth to an autistic girl that she then gives to her sister, a psychiatric nurse. However, in an attempt to get the child back, she falls into the hands of people who see her as a defense against the worlds evil. The special effects are said to be corny and it was not scary in any way. Most viewers said they lost interest halfway through or spent the entirety of the film rolling their eyes.
Starring Tim Allen, this former superhero is called back to work to transform this group of teenagers into superheroes. Unfortunately, it lacks the thrill and cheer of The Incredibles and Sky High. This film is dull and humor free.
This film follows three high school friends who take a wild trip to a nearby college, as a prospective college freshman. It sounds like an attractive idea to young teens but the critics would not agree. LA Times critics say its dreadful from start to finish, and completely laugh-free.
Cool World (1992)
This animated film combines live-action and tries to create this film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Critics do not scream for this film and even say its too sketchy, and is a complete mess. Some go as far as to say its repulsive, repellent, distasteful, and not funny at all.
The Perfect Man (2005)
Starring Heather Locklear and Hillary Duff, The Perfect Man comes off far too predictable. It’s a charming and cute idea, yet it fails to win over the harsh critics who blame the actors for failing to engage the audience.
Liam Hemsworth stars in this high-stakes thriller as an ordinary guy trying to move forward in his job. However, critics say its cliche and unoriginal. A thriller that lacks thrills, and has indiferent performances. Despite the impressive cast, Paranoia is said to lack originality.
Set in the near future, the planet is in a complete war zone. This film received terrible reviews and is said to be pure violence and stupidity. Critics comment on its’ weak script and poor action sequences.
A Smile Like Yours
This romantic comedy centers on a couple who gets pregnant, when the wife secretly stops taking her birth control pills. Although it tries to be a romantic comedy, it completely fails to do so. Critics add that it is flat and unfocused.
Son Of The Pink Panther
This rendition of Pink Panther had the potential for success. However, it has a painfully unfunny script that failed to win over audiences. The story is unentertaining and even lame. Definitely not a must-see film.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez star in this film about a lowkey hit man assigned to a new job where he is about to score big. The characters lack chemistry, and the film is all over the place with its bizarre and clumsy plot.
This fictionalized film based on true figures features four young thugs who get together to take control of New York’s east side. It has some big-name actors, but still, with its empty plotting and numbing violence, it was criticized by many.
A Kid In Arthur’s Court (1995)
When an earthquake hits, the young boy is magically transported to King Arthur’s court. Unfortunately, the film was disappointing to many and a complete misfire from Disney. Reviews say it is lame and awkward from start to finish.
Serving Sara (2002)
This attempt at a comedy brings together a process server and a beautiful woman in an unusual alliance. Despite its intentions. this romantic comedy is not funny or even romantic. Even more, critics say its a complete and total waste of time.
Vampires Suck ( 2010)
Vampires Suck is a spoof film of the Twilight series and features a young girl torn between two forces. The film was not favored by many and even was labeled one of the worst movies ever made. Fans went as far as to say that there is no purpose for its existence.
Caddy Shack II (1998)
This film features an all-star cast, yet it fails to produce any remnants of comedy. When a self-made millionaire is rejected from a high society country club, he decides to buy the club’s golf course. However, it features a lazy and laughless script with no direction.
Material Girls (2006)
These wealthy sisters are in for a turn of events when they lose everything and go from riches to rags in seconds. A cutie idea and cast, yet it was highly criticized for its poor script and does not even meet the minimum standards for its genre.
The Pyramid (2014)
This story focuses on an archeological team that finds more than expected when they explore an Egyptian pyramid. This attempt at a horror movie did not attract audiences even slightly. It received appaling movie reviews online.
This superhero recreation of Marvel’s original superhero team is criticized for being dull and humorless. In its attempt to embody a famous comic series, in turn, it fails miserably and possesses no humor, joy, or lively spirit.
Basic Instinct 2
In this sequel, Sharon Stone returns as the mischievous novelist Catherine Tramell who has a problem with the law. She is sent a psychiatrist to evaluate her, yet she uses her conniving ways to seduce him. Critics were not fans of this plot and only received a 7% freshness rating compared to the original that had 53%.
The Last Airbender (2010)
This story follows a boy who si humankind’s last hope to bring harmony to a world of chaos. The film cost a total of $10 million, yet it was rejected by almost all viewers. It received a 5% on freshness on Rotten Tomatoes.
In 2001 this American romantic musical film was produced by 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures featuring lead actress Mariah Carrey. Rotten tomatoes say glitter is full of movie cliches and bad acting, however, it is not bad enough to be good.
When Belle moves to the cold town of Forks she assumes it will be similar to her previous life in Phoenix. Little does she know that she is in for an experience like never before when meets her soulmate, the Vampire Edward Cullen. Critics weren’t too big of this film, and even said it could possibly be one of the worst films of all time.
Catwoman tells the story of a normal woman (Hallie Barrie) who stumbles upon a twist of fate that transforms her to a woman with the strength, speed, ability, and sense of a cat. She struggles between good and bad, and like any wildcat, she’s dangerous and untamed. Unfortunately for Barrie, critics say it was the worst comic movie ever made and not even worth watching.
From Justin To Kelly (2003)
This musical comedy features stars from American idol and tries to recreate the fun, beach musicals of the 1960s. Rotten Tomatoes critics comment on the plot and say that it along with the acting is non- existent. Although its quite a cute idea, it is said to be the worst musical made, ever.
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
When Plan 9 comes into action, space aliens come together to raise the dead and take over the world. However, the military finds out about this plan and can’t keep it a secret. This film was labeled one of the worst movies to hit the screen with its dreadful production as well as editing and continuity. Instead of evoking fear, audiences everywhere were actually laughing.
Son Of The Mask (2005)
When Tim Avery’s new baby son is born with a magical mask with spectacular powers thing turn terribly wrong. Rotten tomatoes say this sequel to the successful 1994 film is painfully unfunny and desperately missing the presence of Jim Carrey.
Justin Beiber:Never Say Never (2011)
Justin Beiber’s real life story gives an inside look at the rise of Justin Beiber from a small town in Canada to a superstar. Kids around the world were in complete shock and amazement at the release of this film. However, it still recieved considerable critiques. Reviews say it is uninspiring and actually the worst movie of the year.
Manos: The Hands Of Fate (1966)
While exploring the desert, a family comes in contact with a cultist who uses human hands as sacrifical offerings to their god. Reviews suggest it to be the worst film of all time, with a terrible director, and involuntary humor.
The Emoji Movie (2017)
This animated comedy takes place in the world inside a smartphone called Textopolis, full of various emojis. One emoji Gnee, embarks on a journy alone when he is ashamed that he looks different than the rest. The film recieved alot of shame and is said to be not suitable for childrewn and misrepresents the comunictaion that goes on between teenagers.
Jack And Jill (2011)
Although it features a remarkable cast, Jack And Chill is one of those films you can never recommend to anyone. It focuses on a successful adverteising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful family, yet he dreads every family event. Unfortunately this may be Adam Sandler’s worst movie ever made.
Howard The Duck (1986)
This live action adaptation of the Marvel comic book follows the life of Howard The Duck as he goes from living in Duckworld, to Earth. He meets a woman and saves her from thugs just as he arrives and she helps Howard avoid governemnt agents who want to capture him. Although it has some humorous scenes, Howard The Duck has an uneven tone and less than avergae acting.
When Nomi an attaratcive dancer comes to Vegas with plans of becoming a famous dancer she soon gets a job at a strip club However, she catches the eye of a talent scout who is interested in hiring her for a big gig at a casino. Fans weren’t too eager about this film and say its vile, contemptible, and even misogynistic.
Meet The Spartans (2008)
The creators of Scary Movie and Date Movie are back at again for this parody film. However, it received very little appreciation and was labeled tired, unfunny, and an offensive waste of time. Also, it has poor acting and terrible humor, making it one of the worst movies to watch.
Space Chimps (2008)
When a $5 billion Space Agency probe disappears into an intergalactic wormhole, these chimps are recruited to save the day. Unfortunately, it features cheap animation and overcompensated monkey puns. The plot is recycled from many science fiction movies and had the potential to be good if it wasn’t for the weak animation.
Set 200 years in the future, the polar ice caps have melted and the contents have all flood creating a giant ocean. People have never heard of dry land and dirt/water are the most valuable currency. There was some buzz around it when it as released, but in the end its a total misfire.