Looking for something not to stream tonight? Here’s a look at ten recent movies that received exactly zero per cent favourable ratings from the critics.
Just this week the movie rating site Cinemascore broke out their rare F grade for Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie mother!, as critics called it one of the worst movies, not just of the year, but of the century.
Rex Reed described it as “two hours of pretentious twaddle that tackles religion, paranoia, lust, rebellion, and a thirst for blood in a circus of grotesque debauchery…”
Despite this, the movie website Rotten Tomatoes gave mother! A 68 per cent aggregate rating of critical reviews. Not too shabby for “pretentious twaddle.” So, what are the worst reviewed movies of the past decade? Who gets a zero per cent score? Here are ten that have been released just since 2010.
The Nutcracker in 3D
Yes, it is a 3D Christmas musical fantasy film adapted from the ballet, The Nutcracker.
Roger Ebert described this piece as “as one of the most preposterous ideas in the history of the movies,” and suggested that audiences would “run screaming”.
Lost Boys: The Thirst
A sequel to the 1980’s Corey Haim/Feldman hit The Lost Boys. Feldman reprises his role, and this time it gets political as he’s fighting a half-vampire senator who is feeding on other politicians. So it is clearly based on the Mike Duffy story.
Despite that, one critic called it a “bucket of cheese” that “gets old fast.” (So, I guess that by the end, you’re watching a bucket of old cheese.)
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
A Happy Madison Production co-written by Adam Sandler, this was considered to be one of his company’s worst movies … until Jack and Jill came out later that same year.
Critic Nathan Rubin said, “It’s not a matter of one sorry element dragging the rest down; it’s every terrible component amplifying the awfulness of everything else…”
The Undefeated is a political documentary about Sarah Palin, directed by recently fired White House staffer Steve Bannon.
Palin lost the Vice Presidency, served a single (half) term as governor of Alaska, and abandoned her bus tour. Yet her movie is ‘Undefeated’. Nothing about this made any sense.
The Ridiculous Six
Another Adam Sandler production. This one was a western that somehow managed to offend both Natives and women. (Probably at least in part because of the female character named, “Never Wears Bra” played by Sandler’s wife. Yes, really.)
Said the critics, “The Ridiculous Six is standard couch fare for Adam Sandler fanatics and must-avoid viewing for film enthusiasts of every other persuasion.”
An existential day-in-the-life portrait that stars Keanu Reeves as a rich, bored New Yorker.
The entire movie was described as being “a feature-length expansion of 2010’s ‘Sad Keanu’ meme.”
A Thousand Words
A strange Eddie Murphy movie about a man who draws closer to death with every word that he speaks – so he has to choose them carefully. There’s also something about a tree.
Rotten Tomatoes awarded it their “Moldy Tomato” award for the worst-reviewed film of 2012.
Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, star in this flick about drug dealers, a mechanic, and his daughter. A lot of people get beat up and shot. Sort of like when you take your car to the garage. (And just as much fun.)
Chuck Wilson of The Village Voice wrote, “The action thriller The Prince is so bad that the most noteworthy thing about it is that the opening credits list 19 executive producers.”
Saving Christmas (AKA Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas)
I’m not making this up. Kirk Cameron plays as a fictional version of himself explaining directly to the audience that Christmas is still a Christian holiday.
New York Times film critic Ben Kenigsberg said that Cameron’s acting “sounds so forced you half-expect the camera to pull back to reveal hostage takers.” (And this is while he is playing himself.)
True Memoirs of an International Assassin
This one is an action comedy / mistaken identity “thriller” starring Kevin James and Andy García (who should have known better.)
Critics went so far as to imply that the film “starred Kevin James.” Ouch.
A superhero science fiction-action/adventure film based on an action figure line of toys also called Max Steel.
Critics called it a “half-baked time-waster” and “one of the more forgettable and pointless attempts at a superhero franchise.” They also noted that you’d think a movie based on a toy would at least be fun. It wasn’t.
(And yes, I know there are actually 11 and not 10 films in this article. I honestly didn’t think anyone would count them.)