The Worst Movies According To Rotten Tomatoes

Bad movies can be some of the most entertaining ones you’ll ever see. Think about all the joy that notorious films like “The Room” and “Plan 9 from Outer Space” have brought to millions of people just for the unintentional laughs they inspire. But there’s nothing worse than a bad movie that brings no fun to the table.

Rotten Tomatoes is arguably the internet’s most trusted source for judging which movies are worth your time and which should be skipped, thanks to its review aggregation process. If you’re unfamiliar with the site, here’s how it works: It pulls reviews from thousands of trusted film critics across the web and gives movies a score, from 0-100, simply based on the percentage of critics that gave it a favorable review.

It’s difficult to pull off, but a select few movies have been so bad that they’ve earned a 0% rating, meaning not a single trusted critic who reviewed the film gave it a positive notice. Here are the 25 lowest-scoring English-language movies ever at Rotten Tomatoes — aka the worst movies ever reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes. These losers represent every genre, from dramas to action films, from comedies to horror and even musicals.

25. ‘Highlander 2: The Quickening’ (1991)

Number of Reviews: 23

The original “Highlander,” which hit theaters in 1986, was cheesy as can be but had enough entertainment value to earn a 68% score at Rotten Tomatoes.

The sequel, which boasted an even better cast, was destroyed by critics in 1991. “Highlander 2” picked up the story, which is set in a world where a race of immortal humans exist among the everyday people. The film was slammed for its incomprehensible narrative, with TV Guide calling it “desperately overplotted.”

24. ‘The Disappointments Room’ (2016)

Number of Reviews: 24

The title and tagline for this horror film, readable on the DVD cover below, seem like self-fulfilling prophecies when you consider how bad the reviews for it were. Kate Beckinsale was the big star attached, and she apparently couldn’t make it worth watching.

The film was about a family that moves to a Southern mansion and start realizing the house has creepy secrets, including a hidden room. If it sounds like a plot you’ve heard in several other scary movies, you’d be right. 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.”

23. ‘Homecoming’ (2009)

Number of Reviews: 24

When viewers saw that “Homecoming” was directed by a guy named Morgan Freeman, they may have thought it would be solid — but it was the wrong Morgan Freeman. This thriller was about a woman who gets jealous over seeing her ex-boyfriend with a new girlfriend, leading her to plot a violent way to regain his attention.

“Homecoming” starred Mischa Barton, of “The O.C.” fame, and was labeled a bad ripoff of “Misery” by some of the 24 top critics who slammed it. Critic Stephen Holden of The New York Times simply called the film “trash” in his review.

22. ‘Staying Alive’ (1983)

Number of Reviews: 24

Another of the six sequels to make the list, “Staying Alive” is also one of three movies starring John Travolta in this Hall of Shame, which is the most of any actor. This was the followup to 1977’s “Saturday Night Fever,” which was a huge hit with critics and audiences.

The script for “Staying Alive” was written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by his brother, Frank Stallone. Critics called it a pale imitation of its soulful predecessor, with writer Ali Barclay saying it “constantly falls flat on its face.”

21. ‘Look Who’s Talking Now!’ (1993)

Number of Reviews: 25

All three of the “Look Who’s Talking” movies got failing grades at Rotten Tomatoes, but the finale, 1993’s “Look Who’s Talking Now!”, was the only one to get a 0%. All 25 reviewers hated it, as the series added talking pups into its already tired gimmick of talking babies.

John Travolta and Kirstie Alley were back again, joined by some serious talent like Danny DeVito and Oscar winners Diane Keaton and Olympia Dukakis. But a great cast couldn’t save this dog, with legendary critic Roger Ebert writing that it “looks like it was chucked up by an automatic screenwriting machine.”

20. ‘MAC and Me’ (1988)

Number of Reviews: 25

Movies simply don’t get more beloved than 1982’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” and this 1988 stinker was an obvious ripoff. “MAC and Me” was about a boy in a wheelchair who helps a stranded alien reunite with his intergalactic family. The alien’s name, MAC, was an acronym for “mysterious alien creature.” So, as you can see, the creativity was off the charts here. It also didn’t help that MAC was ugly enough to frighten the very kids who are the movie’s target audience.

The Rotten Tomatoes page for “MAC and Me” labels it as “a thinly veiled feature-length commercial for McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.

19. ‘Redline’ (2007)

Number of Reviews: 27

As you’ve already seen, blatant ripoffs of popular movies don’t tend to get much love from critics, and 2007’s “Redline” falls into that category as well.

This bargain-bin version of “The Fast and the Furious” had a cast that included Eddie Griffin and Tim Matheson trying to drive it to victory. It was about a bunch of drivers getting together for an illegal race with a $24 million purse. Sounds pretty intense but it was apparently a lemon.

Many critics piled on the film’s overt sexism, with Lisa Rose of the Newark Star-Ledger writing, “The cars in the film are treated with more respect than the women.”

18. ‘Cabin Fever’ (2016)

Number of Reviews: 28

Believe it or not, this is the only remake on the list. Infamous horror director Eli Roth’s 2002 gore-fest, “Cabin Fever,” earned a 62% score from critics at Rotten Tomatoes because it had plenty of entertainment value; the 2016 remake could not boast the same trait.

This version of “Cabin Fever” opted to double down on the nasty visuals but lose the charm and laughs of the original. Geoff Berkshire of Vanity Fair, one of 28 critics who gave this one a hard pass, simply stated, “This dud sets a new standard for the term ‘pointless remake'”.

17. ‘Shadow Conspiracy’ (1997)

Number of Reviews: 28

You’d think a high-stakes political thriller from the director of “Tombstone” would be worth your time, but this one left plenty to be desired. “Shadow Conspiracy” had a very impressive cast that included Charlie Sheen (when he could still be taken seriously as an actor), Donald Sutherland, Sam Waterston and Linda Hamilton. Its plot involved an assassin trying to gun down top members of the president’s cabinet.

All 28 critics counted by Rotten Tomatoes gave it a harsh grade, but Roger Ebert probably summed it up best when he said, “There isn’t a brain in its empty little head.

16. ‘3 Strikes’ (2000)

Number of Reviews: 29

One of the lowest-rated comedies on Rotten Tomatoes, this 2000 dud didn’t seem to make any critics laugh.

Directed by D.J. Pooh, who co-wrote the classic ’90s flick “Friday,” “3 Strikes” was about a former criminal who has two strikes on his record and is trying desperately to avoid a third, which could send him to prison for life. The premise was solid and the cast included hilarious actors like David Alan Grier, Mo’Nique and George Wallace, but “3 Strikes” was destined for a death sentence.

Eric Harrison of the Los Angeles Times wrote it off as “sophomoric and unfunny” in just one of its 29 bad reviews.

15. ‘Wagons East’ (1994)

Number of Reviews: 29

It’s sad that “Wagons East” ended up being John Candy’s final movie role because it was, by all accounts, terrible. It lampooned the formulas of  Hollywood’s classic Westerns and didn’t do it very well.

Co-stars Candy and Richard Lewis are both very funny normally, but “Wagons East” was pegged as a ripoff of the immortal “Blazing Saddles.” Upon its release in 1994, critic Gary Thompson of the Philadelphia Daily News labeled it, “A candidate for one of the year’s worst movies.”

14. ‘Problem Child’ (1990)

Number of Reviews: 29

When talented actors like John Ritter, Jack Warden and Michael Richards can’t earn you a single positive review, your movie was doomed from the start.

“Problem Child” was a comedy about a couple who adopts a child who turns out to be a complete terror. The film was directed by Dennis Dugan, who would go on to collaborate frequently with Adam Sandler, often with a similar critical reaction.

The Rotten Tomatoes overview of this one simply calls it “mean-spirited” and “unpleasant.”

13. ‘Return to the Blue Lagoon’ (1991)

Number of Reviews: 30

Why someone decided to make a sequel to an already panned movie, 11 years after the fact, is beyond us, but that’s what happened with “Return to the Blue Lagoon.”

The 1980 film “The Blue Lagoon” earned a terrible, 9% grade at Rotten Tomatoes — but that’s a good deal better than the score earned by its sequel. “Return to the Blue Lagoon” swapped Brooke Shields for Milla Jovovich in its lead role, and its plot again followed two attractive teens stranded on a tropical island. The scenery was praised but not enough to get any positive reviews from the 30 critics scored.

Carrie Rickey of the Philadelphia Inquirer said it was “neither campy enough to be howlingly funny nor prurient enough to be provocative.”

12. ‘The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

Number of Reviews: 31

Here’s yet another example of a fantastic cast being unable to turn a movie into something worth your time. “The Nutcracker in 3D” boasted a young Elle Fanning as its star, along with Nathan Lane, John Turturro and source material that’s as beloved as any piece of entertainment ever created.

The 31 reviews counted by Rotten Tomatoes from trusted critics are absolutely ruthless and more fun to read than the film was to see. David Edelstein of New York Magazine bluntly stated that the film “has so many terrible ideas that the terrible execution is almost irrelevant.”

11. ‘Stratton’ (2017)

Number of Reviews: 34

A British soldier hunting down agents of a terrorist organization sounds like a pretty foolproof premise for an action film. In the case of 2017’s “Stratton,” it ended up being an impossible mission. ”

Mamma Mia!” actor Dominic Cooper and Harry Potter series star Tom Felton were part of the cast of this stinker, which critics decried for feeling like a low-budget blockbuster. Most of the 34 critics who gave it bad marks didn’t outright slam it as terrible but they said it was full of cliches and ended up getting the worst label an action movie can get: boring.

Dennis Harvey of Variety said, “This thriller never finds (let alone raises) its own pulse.”

10. ‘Dark Crimes’ (2016)

Number of Reviews: 34

It’s a shame that “Dark Crimes” was so universally panned when it has a solid premise and a lead actor as gifted as Jim Carrey.

This thriller saw Carrey playing a detective investigating a murder that seems eerily similar to the plot of a crime book, making its author a prime suspect. The whole plot was based on a true story, but the film version didn’t live up to the real-life drama.

Carrey’s performance was praised by many critics but the film itself was ripped, with Johnny Olekinski of the New York Post writing, “That this exercise in vulgarity was made at all is shameful.” Ouch.

9. ‘Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star’ (2011)

Number of Reviews: 35

This awful comedy was directed by a guy named Tom Brady, but please don’t confuse him with the legendary football player.

“Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” has one of the most cringe-worthy premises in cinema history, following the story of a naive small-town guy who becomes a porn star despite being, ahem, severely underqualified. The cast is solid, including Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Kevin Nealon and Stephen Dorff, but the material is just awful.

Critics were brutal in response, with Time Out’s Matt Singer calling it “dire, soul-crushing stuff.”

8. ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ (1987)

Number of Reviews: 35

Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller “Jaws” is widely considered one of the best movies ever made, holding down a 98% score at Rotten Tomatoes that somehow still seems low.

Meanwhile, 1987’s “Jaws: The Revenge,” the fourth film in an already bad series at that point, is considered one of the worst movies ever put to film. The plot is completely laughable, with the legendary shark now supposedly focusing specifically on killing members of the family of Police Chief Brody, the hero from the first film.

Sheila Benson of the Los Angeles Times called it “dumb beyond belief.” Perhaps the saddest part of “Jaws: The Revenge” is that the great Michael Caine was among its cast.

7. ‘The Ridiculous 6’ (2015)

Number of Reviews: 36

Adam Sandler is no stranger to critically-abused films, but his 2015 Netflix movie “The Ridiculous 6” is his only one to have a 0% grade at Rotten Tomatoes. Even a few critics liked “Jack and Jill” enough for it to earn a 3% grade!

This one was called offensive by virtually anyone who watched it, as its plot is about six diverse strangers in the old west who discover they share the same father. Critic Debbie Day of The Wrap summed it up by writing, “‘The Ridiculous 6’ is everything wrong with Hollywood for the past two decades.”

6. ‘National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers’ (2003)

Number of Reviews: 44

Now we are getting into truly rarified air, with movies that were reviewed by more than 40 critics and couldn’t land a single positive notice.

This 2003 comedy is about two young criminals who decide to marry a pair of older women in the hopes they will die quickly so they can inherit their money. If that doesn’t spell a laugh riot, I don’t know what could! Will Friedle from “Boy Meets World” starred in it and probably wishes he could strike it from his IMDb page.

Unsurprisingly, it was slammed for being mean-spirited, with Chicago Reader’s Hank Sartin writing, “Nothing’s quite so painful as failed comedy, and this atrocity is equivalent to a compound fracture.”

5. ‘Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2’ (2004)

Number of Reviews: 45

In 1999, the family comedy “Baby Geniuses” used a surprisingly strong cast and the gimmick of talking babies (haven’t we seen that somewhere before on this list?) to earn a 2% grade at Rotten Tomatoes. It’s tough for any sequel to be worse than that, but “Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2” pulled it off. This stinker earned a 0% grade from 45 critics, making it the second worst-reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes history at the time it was made.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a single kind word about this movie, with separate critics calling it “excruciating” and “unspeakably ghastly.”

4. ‘Gotti’ (2018)

Number of Reviews: 54

John Travolta’s third — and most recent — star vehicle to earn a 0% grade, 2018’s “Gotti” was considered a crime against cinema on par with some of the things its mafioso lead character did.

Travolta and real-life wife Kelly Preston co-starred as the husband-wife duo of New York crime legend John Gotti and Victoria Gotti. The film was ripped for making Gotti out to be an admirable guy and for having no sense of narrative.

New York Post critic Johnny Oleksinski channeled a much better gangster movie in writing, “I’d rather wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch ‘Gotti’ again.”

3. ‘A Thousand Words’ (2012)

Number of Reviews: 57

Another fantastic cast made a terrible movie with 2012’s “A Thousand Words.” When Kerry Washington, Allison Janney and Ruby Dee can’t save your film, it was doomed from the start.

This Eddie Murphy vehicle was about a dishonest guy who only has a certain number of words left to speak before facing dire consequences. The concept was high and clever but the film couldn’t live up to it, with 57 critics bashing it in unison.

The Rotten Tomatoes overview for this dud simply labels it a “painful mess.”

2. ‘One Missed Call’ (2008)

Number of Reviews: 79

With more than double the amount of negative reviews of many movies on this list, “One Missed Call” could be called legendarily bad. This horror flick was a remake of a better Japanese film and is about people who are killed after receiving a phone call with the sounds of their own murder. Once again, a lofty concept gets completely misused, with 79 critics agreeing it was not worth the price of admission.

Several critics pointed out that its short runtime was its only positive, with The Hollywood Reporter’s Richard James Havis writing, “The direction is uninspired, acting is lifeless and the script borders on inept.”

1. ‘Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever’ (2002)

Number of Reviews: 117

This race was never even close. The 2002 action movie “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” is the only movie with a 0% grade that has more than 100 critics on record.

Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, two very competent actors, couldn’t save what was labeled an unoriginal and boring flick that was poorly executed from start to finish. Critic Jami Bernard of the New York Daily News wrote that “between explosions there is enough room left for only minimal character development.”