Filmmaking is an art form, and like any other work of art, it’s up for the viewer to decide whether they like it or not. However, there are standard practices and techniques that make some films objectively exceptional, like Citizen Kane and The Godfather. However, just as there are film elements that make some movies inherently good, there are others that make films undeniably terrible. These are the films that missed the mark entirely and are considered to be the worst ever made.
Jaws: The Revenge Killed The Franchise
Jaws: The Revenge, otherwise known as Jaws 4, is the third sequel to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, and the final installment in the Jaws franchise. Released in 1987, the film follows a now-widowed Ellen Brody, who is convinced that a great white shark is seeking revenge against her family, even following them to the Bahamas.
Unsurprisingly, the film was not received well by critics and was finished at lightning speed in just nine months. The film received a score of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, with Roger Ebert commenting that “it is not simply a bad movie, but also a stupid and incompetent one.”
Mac And Me Is Considered A Ripoff
Gracing theaters in 1988, Mac and Me is the story of an alien named Mac (Mysterious Alien Creature), who escapes from a NASA facility and befriends a boy in a wheelchair named Eric Cruise. Together, the two try and find Mac’s long-lost family. Although critics found Jade Calegory’s performance to be respectable, the film bombed at the box office.
The movie was criticized for taking numerous elements from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and for its blatant use of product placement for Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. Nominated for four Golden Raspberry Awards, it’s widely considered one of the worst films ever released.
Bolero Tried To Be Progressive And Failed
Released in 1984, Bolero features a newly-popular Bo Derek and was written and directed by her then-husband John Derek. After 23-year-old Ayre “Mac” MacGillvary graduates from a high-end British college, she sets off to find the right man for her first intimate encounter, wherever in the world he may be. The film was released without a rating for its explicit sexual content.
It was nominated for nine Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay. It found itself at the Razzies once again in 1990 when it was nominated for the Worst Picture of the Decade. The film made a mere $8.9 million against its $7 million budget.
Return To The Blue Lagoon Is As Uncomfortable As It Sounds
Starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause, Return to the Blue Lagoon is a sequel to the 1980 film, The Blue Lagoon. Based on the novel The Garden of Wrath, the film follows two children stranded on an island in the South Pacific.
As they mature, they become emotionally and physically attracted to one another and eventually fall in love. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 0% and commented: “Despite its lush tropical scenery and attractive leads, Return to the Blue Lagoon is as ridiculous as its predecessor, and lacks the prurience and unintentional laughs that might make it a guilty pleasure.”
Madhouse Tried Way Too Hard
Madhouse is a 1990 film starring Kristie Alley and John Larroquette. The film follows a stockbroker and his television reporter wife as they live the California dream. However, their lives are turned upside down when they are faced with a number of unwanted house guests.
The couple then teams up to rid themselves of their guests and achieve normality once again. The film received a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes as was described by LA Times critics Michael Wilminton as a film that “grabs you by the lapels and tries to shake the laughs out of you.”
Dream A Little Dream Turned Into A Nightmare
Released in 1989 and starring Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, Dream a Little Dream follows an elderly couple who end up in the bodies of two high school students. People assumed the film would be a success since it starred the ‘two Coreys,’ but they were sadly mistaken.
The film only made a mere $2,500,000 during its opening weekend with the following weekend gross dropping by 51%. Based on the nine reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 0%.
The Slugger’s Wife Was A Strikeout
The Slugger’s Wife stars Michael O’Keefe and Risky Business actress Rebecca De Mornay. The 1985 film tells the story of a baseball player who falls in love with a singer. Yet, they aren’t meant to be, as their lives are heading in different directions.
Written by the renowned screenwriter Neil Simon, it was assumed that the film was going to be a hit, but audiences weren’t impressed. On top of a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, TV Guide regarded the movie as “one of the most disappointing, least credible films about baseball in recent memory.”
Staying Alive Disgraced Saturday Night Fever
Staying Alive stars John Travolta, with Sylvester Stallone behind the camera as well as co-writing and co-producing with Saturday Night Fever producer and writer Robert Stigwood, and Norman Wexler.
A sequel to Saturday Night Fever, it was one of the two films Stallone directed and did not star in, although he has a cameo appearance. Somehow, the film was a commercial success, grossing almost $65 million at the US box office. However, it was trashed by critics who deemed it one of the worst sequels ever made.
Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol Was The Beginning Of The End of The Franchise
The fourth film in the Police Academy franchise, the 1987 film follows the Police Academy graduates as they’re put in charge to train a new class of recruits. One of the worst-rated Police Academy films, it was also the last appearance made by Steve Guttenberg as Carey Mahoney.
With a score of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear it didn’t live up to the success of the franchise’s previous films. Aside from receiving a 0%, Rotten Tomatoes went even further, calling the film “utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny.”
Precious Cargo Wasn’t Willis’ Brightest Hour
Although Bruce Willis may be one of the biggest actors of his time, that doesn’t mean every one of his movies is guaranteed to be a success. This was the case for the 2016 film Precious Cargo. The movie follows Bruce Willis as Eddie Filosa, who convinces a crime boss to steal diamonds from another game in exchange for a woman.
Receiving a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes for its unoriginality, critic Peter Sobczynski commented, “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.”
Not Much Was Expected Of Highlander II: The Quickening
Even though the original Highlander film wasn’t anything to write home about, not doing well critically or commercially, they decided to make a sequel anyway. However, people claimed that the sequel managed to get rid of everything that made the original bearable in the first place.
Released in 1991 and starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, the film was described by Rotten Tomatoes as “hilariously incomprehensible […] Almost hilarious in its badness.” Surprisingly, however, the film grossed more at the box office than the original.
Pinocchio Is Downright Scary
In 1997, Roberto Benigni made a name for himself starring in the film Life is Beautiful which went on to win Best Actor, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Score at the Oscars. The film put Benigni on the map, leaving many excited about his future career as an actor.
However, things took a turn for the worst when Benigni starred in the live-action Pinocchio in 2002. The English-dubbed version was panned by critics with the film being called “an oddity that will be avoided by millions of people” by the New York Times.
The Bad News Bears Go To Japan Was Embarrassing For The Cast
Sequels don’t always have to be far worse than the original film, but that’s exactly what happened with The Bad News Bears Go to Japan. The third film in the Bad News Bears trilogy, the movie takes the team to test their skills across the Pacific Ocean.
Described by Rotten Tomatoes as “horrendous” and receiving a 0%, even members of the cast knew that the film was terrible. Jackie Earle Haley, who plays Kelly Leak in all three films even called it “the worst movie ever made.”
Dark Tide Led To Dark Times
In 2012, Halle Berry mistakenly starred in Dark Tide, which follows a marine biologist struggling to stay in business after a few of her crew are eaten by sharks. Scarred from her experience, she refuses to go back in the water until she takes an offer from a millionaire for one last dive.
Earning a 0%, critics weren’t shy to share their opinion either. One commented that “no amount of breathtaking cinematography can save Dark Tide from its poor plot and dire dialogue.” Looks like it’s risky business to make a shark movie these days.
American Anthem Did Not Stick The Landing
When an Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast plays the role of a gymnast in the film, you’d figure that it would vastly improve the movie. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen at all in American Anthem, when gold medalist Mitchell Gaylord played Steve Tevere, an ex-football star who gives up gymnastics to work as a motorcycle mechanic.
The film turned out to be a disaster, scoring a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Gaylord earning a Razzie for his performance. At least in 2007, he was named the seventh-best US gymnast of all time.
The Ridiculous 6 Turned Out To Be Controversial
It’s no secret that Adam Sandler’s films have taken a turn for the worse in recent years, and one of the best examples of this is The Ridiculous 6. The film follows six strangers coming together in the Wild West after discovering they have the same father and wanting to find him.
Rotten Tomatoes called the movie “a lazy and offensive attempt at a film,” stirring controversy over their depiction of the Apache culture. Released on Netflix in 2015, the film was surprisingly viewed more in 30 days than any other Netflix release, but that didn’t save it from the critics.
Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star Is As Uncomfortable As It Gets
Produced by Happy Madison Productions, Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star follows a small-town bag boy named Bucky Larson who discovers his parents were famous adult film stars in the 70s. He decides to move to California to follow in his parent’s footsteps to be the next big star.
All 35 critics that reported on the film gave it terrible reviews with one noting that it is a “severely misguided and inept comedy incapable of even telling its single joke properly.” Critic Matt Singer went so far as to say that the movie was “soul-crushing.”
Fred: The Movie Is Painful On The Eyes And Ears
Lucas Cruikshank started out as a YouTube phenomenon. He was so popular, in fact, that Nickelodeon made an entire movie surrounding his character Internet personality, Fred. The film tells the story of Fred who is infatuated with his neighbor Judy, and when she moves away, he embarks on a journey to go find her and sing a duet together.
The film earned a deserving 0% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics and audiences finding the film extraordinarily annoying. One critic even paired it with the highly controversial A Serbian Film as his least favorite viewing experience of the year.
The Postman (Unfortunately) Won Five Golden Raspberry Awards
Starring Kevin Costner, The Postman hit theaters on Christmas Day, 1997 and was quickly labeled dreadful by both critics and audiences. The post-apocalyptic film cost $80 million to make, but only brought in $20.8 at the box office, according to The Numbers. The reason? It was a total downer!
Author David Brin said the message he was trying to send was, “if we lost our civilization, we’d all come to realize how much we missed it, and would realize what a miracle it is simply to get your mail every day. The film won five Golden Raspberry Awards, including “Worst Picture”. Ouch.
Gotti Missed The Mark For A Mobster Film
Released in 2018 and starring John Travolta, Gotti is a biographical film about the New York City mobster John Gotti. Overall, the film was a commercial and critical blunder, grossing just $6 million against its production budget of $10 million.
The film was criticized for its choppy editing, resulting in the movie being described as sloppy and boring. Some critics have even suggested that Travolta should have never taken the doomed role in the first place. The film was nominated for six Razzies, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor.
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Is Sickening
Released in 1987, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie is a live-action film adaptation of the trading cards series. The film features seven of the Garbage Pail Kids who befriend a regular boy and try to assimilate into human society. The film was a box office bomb, earning just $1.6 million compared to it’s $1 million budget.
With a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, there was also an almost unanimous agreement among critics that it was easily one of the worst movies ever made. Caryn James from The New York Times claimed the film was “too repulsive for children or adults of any age.”
The Master Of Disguise Was Too Juvenile
After his time on Saturday Night Live, comedian Dana Carvey broke out in some leading film roles. Although he was well-liked during his early days, The Master of Disguise was the beginning of his downfall. The film is about a goofy waiter who must defeat a criminal mastermind with his inherited powers of disguise.
The Master of Disguise received a one percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes with most critics giving it bad reviews for a juvenile tone and witless jokes. The only thing audiences thought had some merit were the special effects makeup and costumes.
Daddy Day Camp Shouldn’t Even Be Compared To The Original
Directed by former child star Fred Savage, Daddy Day Camp is a sequel to the successful Eddie Murphy family comedy Daddy Day Care. In the sequel all the actors have been replaced, with the story being set at a summer camp. Replacing Eddie Murphy with Cuba Gooding Jr. was just the first hit this film took.
Daddy Day Camp scored a measly one percent on Rotten Tomatoes for dozens of reasons. One of the biggest failings of the movie was that it relied too heavily on unsightly bodily functions and cheap gags that were used for comedic effect.
Jack And Jill Had Big Stars, But Horrible Reviews
Adam Sandler has made numerous movies over the last few decades. Some have been massive box office hits, while others majorly flopped. One that audiences probably want to forget is 2011’s Jack and Jill. Even with an all-star cast of Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, and Sandler, this film completely missed the mark.
It received a three percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes with completely negative reviews from critics. Brian Gill from Mad About Movies Podcast stated, “I’m not saying we should take Pacino’s Oscar away from him because of this movie. I’m just saying that’s a conversation I’m willing to have.”
Return Of The Living Dead II Was Too Tongue-In-Cheek
The Return of the Living Dead had a total of four sequels with the second part receiving a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This zombie comedy film was actually a minor box office success, but critics thought the story was too tongue-in-cheek and seemed like a repeat of the previous film.
The Return of the Living Dead II starred Michael Kenworthy, Marsha Dietlein, Dana Ashbrook, and more in a plot about a zombie outbreak in Louisville, Kentucky. The curious teenagers discovered barrels that were used to revive zombies and must deal with the consequences.
Problem Child Did Great At The Box Office
A couple’s life is turned upside down after adopting a mischievous young boy who pushes them to the limit in the 1990 black comedy Problem Child. Despite almost all negative reviews by critics, the movie gained $54 million domestic and $72 million worldwide at the box office.
The box office success led to two more sequels in 1991 and 1995, but the original remains with a zero percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences may recognize John Ritter as the father, Amy Yasbeck as the mother, and Gilbert Gottfried as the boy’s nemesis at the orphanage.
Folks! Made Fun Of Serious Topics
Tom Selleck earned a Razzie Award for Worst Actor for his role in the 1992 comedy Folks!. The film is about a successful stockbroker (Selleck) who has it all with a great wife and kids. Later, he must take care of his elderly parents (Don Ameche and Anne Jackson) who cause all sorts of chaos in the household.
The poor performances in Folks! are what gave it a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics thought the movie tried to make despicable jokes over serious subjects such as car accidents and dementia.
Look Who’s Talking Now: A Failed Talking Dog Movie
Look Who’s Talking Now is the third and final movie in the franchise and had Kirstie Alley and John Travolta reprise their roles. This time, it’s Danny DeVito and Diane Keaton doing the voiceovers of the family’s talking dogs. The film was also a box office bomb because it only made $10 million with a $22 million budget.
It received a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. During the time of its release, famous movie critic Roger Ebert exclaimed, “It looks like it was chucked up by an automatic screenwriting machine.” The Washington Post wrote, “Take the ‘dle’ out of ‘poodle’ and you’ve pretty much got the leitmotif of Look Who’s Talking Now.”
A Low Down Dirty Shame Was A Comedian’s Attempt At An Action Film
In 1994’s A Low Down Dirty Shame, Keenen Ivory Wayans of the Wayans brothers played a private detective who is on the lookout for the millions of dollars stolen by a notorious criminal. The movie also starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Andrew Divoff.
The film was also written and directed by Wayans, but this didn’t seem to help. A Low Down Dirty Shame currently has a zero percent score on Rotten Tomatoes with critics who thought Wayans should stick to comedy and leave action films behind.
Wagons East Was Influenced By Mel Brooks’ Work
Wagons East was the last film John Candy worked on before he passed away from a heart attack. He starred alongside Richard Lewis in this Western adventure comedy released on August 26, 1994. The movie did poorly at the box office and received a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It was apparent that Wagons East was influenced by Mel Brooks’ Western comedies, but it didn’t come close to the success of those. Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader said, “A stridently unfunny western comedy that is equally lame in its writing and direction.”
Shadow Conspiracy Was Corny And Bland
Charlie Sheen, Linda Hamilton, Donald Sutherland, and more made up the cast of the 1997 drama and action film Shadow Conspiracy. Sheen played an advisor who is hunted down by an unknown assailant and must get help from Chief-of-Staff (Sutherland) and a journalist (Hamilton) to battle it out with the government.
This movie was one of the most disliked on Rotten Tomatoes, which caused it to receive a zero percent rating. The majority of critics thought the plot was bland, the acting wasn’t anything special, and isn’t even close to seeming like it could happen in real life.
Troll 2 Was Just Too Much For Audiences
Released in 1990, Troll 2 is a supernatural comedy horror film directed by Claudio Fragrasso under the name Drake Floyd. The film follows a family that is on the run from vegetarian goblins that intend to mutate them into plants so they can eat them.
Although critics initially trashed the movie, over the years, it has gained a cult following. Michael Stephenson, the child actor in the film, directed a documentary about the making of the film, titling his project, Best Worst Movie.
Exorcist II: The Heretic Was An Awful Sequel
Directed by John Boorman and written by William Goodhart, Exorcist II: The Heretic is a sequel to William Friedkin’s 1973 and based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty and the second installment in the franchise.
The film is set four years after the original film, as Regan MacNeil still recovers from her possession experience. After being panned by both audiences and critics, it has been referred to by many as one of the worst films ever made and was the last film to feature Paul Henreid.
Caligula Was Essentially An Adult Film
Starring Malcolm McDowell, Caligula is a 1979 erotic historical drama that follows the rise and fall of the Roman Emperor Caligula. It is the only film ever to be produced by the men’s magazine Penthouse, with Bob Guccione, the magazine’s founder, who set out to make an adult film with a feature narrative.
Extras were cast for unsimulated scenes, which was disturbing to many viewers at the time. The film ran into serious issues considering its sexual content, with its uncut version still banned in numerous countries.
The Apple Is One Of The Worst Musicals Of All Time
The Apple is a 1980 science fiction musical comedy that deals with the themes of conformity vs. rebellion by referencing the Bible, specifically the story of Adam and Eve.
Written and directed by Menahem Golan, the movie stars Catherine Mary Stewart, who lives in a futuristic 1994 and signs to an evil record label called Boogalow International Music. The film was torn apart by audiences and critics and is referred to as one of the worst movies/musicals ever released.
Ishtar Was A Stunning Failure
Ishtar is an American action-adventure-comedy film starring Dustin Hoffman that follows a duo of bad comedy writers that travel to Morrocco for a show, only to find themselves caught up in a Cold War standoff.
Apparently, the production of the film was a nightmare in which nobody got along, and a change in studio management during post-production resulted in a whole new set of problems. The movie bombed at the box office, although in recent years, the film has become more accepted.
Hobgoblins Is Considered To Be A Low-Budget Rip-Off
Hobgoblins is a low-budget independent comedy horror film written, directed, and produced by Rick Sloan, who also served as the cinematographer and editor. The film includes small demon-like creatures.
Considered as a rip-off of essentially “every other small monster movie,” specifically Gremlins, it’s a far more low-budget film. However, it has become a cult film because of its poor quality, although came back into popularity after it was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Parting Shots Was Highly Controversial
Parting Shots is a 1999 British dark comedy film that stars Chris Rea, Felicity Kendal, Oliver Reed, Ben Kingsley, among others. Upon the film’s release in the United Kingdom, there was a major controversy over the plot and storyline and was widely criticized by the national press.
For this reason, it is considered to be one of the worst movies ever made and is strongly disliked for creating so many issues surrounding its release in theaters.
Epic Movie Wasn’t Epic At All
Released in 2007, Epic Movie is a parody film directed and written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer and produced by Paul Schiff. The movie makes references to many epic films, such as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Pirates of the Caribbean, just to name a few.
Although the song “Ms. New Booty” gained commercial attention for being in the film, it was essentially the only good thing to come out of it.
The Last Airbender Was Incredibly Disappointing To Fans Of The Show
Co-produced by M. Night Shyamalan, The Last Airbender is an action-adventure film based on the first season of the animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Although production began in 2007, the film wasn’t released until 2010 due to numerous hang-ups.
Upon its release, the film made a mere $16 million on its opening and was panned by critics and especially fans of the original television series. There were few things anyone had to say about the film as a whole.
Cats Is Nothing Like The Original Musical
Based on the 1981 stage musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the 2019 film was directed by Tom Hopper and is his follow-up film to the successful Les Miserables.
Even the film’s ensemble cast couldn’t redeem it, as it was viewed negatively for its borderline frightening use of CGI, plot, and tone, with many calling it the worst move of 2019. On top of that, the film didn’t do nearly as well as expected and is believed to have cost Universal Pictures as much as $114 million.
Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever Is Completely Inept
Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever scored the worst possible ranking it could receive from Rotten Tomatoes, a “perfect” 0% from critics. The film has been called overblown, incoherent, and lacking any originality. Audiences were much more kind, providing a 19% ranking and some less than kind words for the movie.
Starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, the film features two former federal agents who square off while searching for the most deadly weapon on earth. A Boston Globe review summed up the decisions of the movie’s director perfectly, “Director Wych Kaosayananda — or Kaos, to you — is stupendously inept, unable even to properly light a combat sequence.” Ouch.
A Thousand Words Wasn’t Eddie Murphy’s Finest Moment
Eddie Murphy and Kerry Washington are two Hollywood names that should be able to carry a movie. Instead, A Thousand Words is a mess of a movie that receives a 0% critic rating and a 47% positive rating from viewers. The words used to describe the film into “disastrous,” “not funny,” “poorly conceived” and one review that just used one word to describe the film, which we can’t include here.
The premise is also pretty insane. Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) is a self-centered literary agent who uses his fast-talking ways to close deals. A magic tree eventually appears and any time he says a single word a leaf falls, when all the leaves fall, he dies. No thanks.
Dark Crimes Couldn’t Survive Even With A Very Committed Jim Carrey
When a detective realizes that a hit novel resembles the inner-workings of an unsolved murder, he tries to close the case by investigating the novel’s writer. The premise wasn’t bad and critics had some nice things to say about Jim Carrey’s performance but the niceties ended there. One critic called it an “artless slog” and we can’t find a reason to disagree with that opinion.
The film picked up a 0% critics rating and an unimpressive 30% from audiences. The film was called too moody by critics who believed over-production led to a bogged down film experience that was almost unwatchable.
3 Strikes Came From The Mind Of The Guy Who Co-Wrote Friday
The movie Friday became an instant classic that’s still fun and relevant today. That movie was co-written by hip-hop producer DJ Pooh, who made his directorial debut with the comedy-drama, 3 Strikes.
Sadly, the movie not only lacked the charisma of his Friday effort but also any semblance of humor. One critic called the movie, “butt-numbingly dull and almost entirely laugh-free.” Other critics noted that the movie relied on using the same gags repeatedly, even after they failed to land the first time. Apparently, running from the cops to avoid your third strike and life in prison isn’t the best setup for a comedy.
Cabin Fever Is A Feverishly Bad Remake
Let’s just start with the 800-pound gorilla in the room. The original 2002 version of Cabin Fever wasn’t great, scoring a 62% favorability rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s probably not a surprise that the remake was even worse with critics given it a “perfect” 0% rating.
The movie, about a group of recent college graduates who face a flesh-eating virus while staying at a remote cabin, was boring and contrived. One critic summed up our opinion perfectly, “I watched it so you don’t have to.” If you want to watch this movie hunt down the original, as another critic pointed out, “This dud sets a new standard for the term ‘pointless remake.”
Redline Will Make You Laugh, But It’s Not Supposed To
The synopsis of Redline sounds like a really bad attempt at creating the next Fast & Furious franchise. Natasha (Nadia Bjorlin) is an aspiring singer and an ace driver. A bunch of guys fight over getting Nathasha on their team and one of those guys eventually kidnaps her.
The movie was directed by stunt coordinator-turned-director Andy Cheng. Even as a first-time director, critics couldn’t forgive him for the movie’s horrible acting and dialogue that will make you laugh out loud, not because it’s funny but rather because it’s that bad. The movie is also super misogynistic with numerous critics echoing this critics sentiment: “The cars in the film are treated with more respect than the women.” Cheng hasn’t directed a movie since Redline.
Highlander 2: The Quickening Was A Pointless Add-On
This sequel to the well-received original movie takes place at a time when Earth is protected by a massive shield that keeps out solar radiation. Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) is an aging man who regains his youth after killing two assassins. His assassinations leads him into a battle with General Katana (Michael Ironside). He soon receives help from the noble Juan Ramirez (Sean Connery). The excellent cast didn’t stand a chance thanks to the movie’s idiotic plot, horrible dialogue, and general lack of direction.
Roger Ebert ripped into the movie: “Highlander 2: The Quickening is the most hilariously incomprehensible movie I’ve seen in many a long day — a movie almost awesome in its badness.” ALMOST.
Max Steel Was Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots Without Any Of The Fun
It’s a story as old as time. A 16-year-old is the fish out of water when he moves to a new town. Then the teen discovers that his body can produce the most powerful energy source in the universe. The kid when meets Steel, an extraterrestrial who wants Max to use his power to save the universe. Yes, it’s that dumb.
Movie critic Allen Adams summed up the entire movie in a single sentence: “Max Steel is what happens when the sole rationale for your film is ‘People used to like this toy.'”
Simon Sez Destroyed Dennis Rodman’s Movie Career Before It Got Started
A movie has to be truly awful to destroy an actor’s movie career and that’s exactly what Simon Sez managed to accomplish for former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman. The misguided action thriller scored a 0% rating by critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics and moviegoers all agreed that Rodman couldn’t carry a movie on his own.
One of the nicer reviews we read had this to say: “This cockamamy action flick is excruciatingly formulaic — brimming with spy movie cliches but devoid of the genre’s fun, upper-class pretensions.” Yes, that was one of the nicer review comments.
Baby Geniuses Was Embarrassing For Everyone Involved
Baby Geniuses has the type of premise that makes us believe anyone can write a movie and a studio executive somewhere will believe it’s a great idea. The movie focuses on the premise that babies are born knowing the “secrets of the universe” and they use their knowledge to fight the evils of our world.
Critics said the actors in the movie seemed embarrassed to be on screen. They also noted the obvious flat directing, the lack of humor, and the “brain rotting” feelings of the overall flick. Despite a 2% Rotten Tomatoes rating several other movies were released, also with poor ratings.
One Missed Call Is A Remake You Can Afford To Miss
After the success of J-horror remakes The Grudge and The Ring, every movie studio was stomping at the bit for the next hit horror film. One Missed Call came out in 2008, starred Shannyn Sossamon and Ed Burns and was called frightless by critics.
Those who watched it panned the performances and stereotypical scare tactics. The shoddily put together film earned a zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes and was labeled one of the worst J-horror remakes of the era.
The Last Days Of American Crime Skipped Theaters For A Good Reason
Neftlix makes a lot of movies. Some are really good, and others are disastrously bad. The Last Day of American Crime falls in to the latter category. Despite a star studded cast, the high-concept crime film was dubbed a “crime of punishment” by critics.
The movie, which follows a group of crooks trying to commit one last heist before “government signal wipes out crime forever” received a zero percent score and was quickly ignored by Netflix subscribers.
London Fields Bungled Its Source Material
Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton starred in London Fields in 2018. The movie was an adaptation of the beloved book, and was a failure on all accounts, earning a zero percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
London Fields is about a clairvoyant who learns how she is going to die. The critic’s consensus reads, “London Fields bungles its beloved source material and an intriguingly eclectic cast, leaving audiences with a would-be neo-noir of interest only to the morbidly curious.”
Few Movies Were As Disappointing As The Disappointments Room
The Disappointments Room was directed by D.J. Caruso and could not have been a bigger missed opportunity. The man behind the camera for Disturbia and Eagle Eye should have hit a home run with the psychological thriller starring Kate Beckinsale.
Instead, the movie was awarded a zero percent score with the consensus, “The Disappointments Room lives down to its title with a thrill-free thriller that presumably left its stars filled with regret – and threatens to do the same for audiences.”
BloodRayne Had No Bite
Directed by Uwe Boll and released in 2004, BloodRayne was a high profile video game adaptation that fell victim to the genre trend. Few movies based on video games have been critical darlings, but not many got worse reviews than the four percent rotten vampire flick.
Critics said, “BloodRayne is an absurd sword-and-sorcery vid-game adaptation from schlock-maestro Uwe Boll, featuring a distinguished (and slumming) cast. Shockingly, several sequels were made and went straight to video.
The Fog Lacked Originality
The Fog was a remake of a classic John Carpenter film and was released in 2005 to critical disdain. Starring Tom Welling, the movies tells the story of a town suddenly engulfed in a deadly fog.
While the original film was full of creepy atmosphere and chilling music, the remake lacked everything and got a rotten score of four percent. There were no scares or suspense, leading only a few critics to give it good reviews.
The Legend Of Hercules Wasn’t Very Epic
If you’re going to make a movie about Hercules, you should try and make it as epic as possible. In 2014, Kellen Lutz starred at the mythic hero in The Legend of Hercules, a movie so bad it only got a four percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Critics were brutal to the boring action pic, “heap-looking, poorly acted, and dull, The Legend of Hercules is neither fun enough to qualify as an action movie nor absorbing enough to work on a dramatic level.”
Vampires Suck Was A Fitting Name
If you thought a movie from a minds behind Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Meet The Spartans had a good movie in them, you were wrong. Vampires Suck was there spoof on the Twilight franchise and was aimed squarely at teenage boys.
Critics may have hated the film, but they did feel it hit a high point for the directors, “Witlessly broad and utterly devoid of laughs, Vampires Suck represents a slight step forward for the Friedberg-Seltzer team.
Serving Sara Was A Flop For Matthew Perry
With the success of Friends and The Whole Nine Yards on his resume, Matthew Perry took the plunge to become a romantic lead with Serving Sara. The movie served no one and received a four percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Co-starring Elizabeth Hurley, the movie failed to find any footing with critics or audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, the critical consensus reads, “A romantic comedy that’s neither funny nor particularly romantic, Serving Sara is a forgettable time waster.”
Rollerball Was A Misguided Remake
Another remake, other terrible Rotten Tomatoes score. Rollerball was released in 2002 and earned a tomato meter score of three percent. The new version took itself too seriously, and despite an all-star cast fell flat.
Critics didn’t know what to make of Rollerball, which seemed to just exist without any real reason, “Removing the social critique of the original, this updated version of Rollerball is violent, confusing, and choppy. Klein makes for a bland hero.”