The only thing better than a great Netflix Original Movie is a really bad Netflix Original Movie. There's a proper time for prestige films like Beasts of No Nation and Okja, but hate-watching a generic rom-com with weirdly famous leads and a shoestring budget is almost as thrilling as a live football game. It's not just a viewing experience, it's an event. Unfortunately, some Netflix Originals are so misguided, they're not so-good-its-bad, they're just bad. These are the 20 worst Netflix Original Movies. We suffered so you wouldn't have to.
The creators of Netflix's Death Note, based on the popular manga and anime series of the same name, claimed no one would've had an issue with their Caucasian-heavy casting if Ghost In The Shell and person/tree/animal Scarlett Johansson hadn't started the uproar about whitewashing in American media, but we're pretty sure an adaptation of a beloved Japanese series with only one Japanese actor was always destined to raise a few eyebrows. Netflix has commissioned a sequel, but it probably won't do better than Death Note's 24% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
2019's Oh, Ramona! got a 36% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, which is shockingly high considering the three critics who actually bothered to review it deeming the film "so vulgar, sexist, and retrograde, you wonder if Netflix even watched it" and "one of the worst movies to be added to Netflix yet." Vulture called the film about a virginal dork who grows up to be a misogynistic player Netflix's worst original film, and its strange incel wish-fulfillment fantasy deserves their derision. We'd like to find the 36% of viewers who actually liked Oh, Ramona! so we can add them to some sort of government watch list.
Noah Centineo is one of Netflix's biggest casting success stories. After To All The Boys I've Loved Before became a commercial and critical hit, the internet boyfriend landed a buzzy role in the new Charlie's Angels reboot, a Calvin Klein underwear campaign with Shawn Mendes and Kendall Jenner, and 17 million Instagram followers. Noah's never forgotten his roots, doing at least four more rom-coms for the streaming giant, but his role as the villain in Swiped is not what the people wanted. The film itself reads like a middle-aged woman's criticism of dating apps, complete with a knight in shining C++ to remind college co-eds they're supposed to have values. Thank you, next.
We can congratulate Netflix on making an Asian-centric film with a killer Asian cast featuring Michelle Yeoh from Crazy Rich Asians and Glee's Harry Shum Jr., but that's the only thing this sequel to 2000's Oscar-winning martial arts blockbuster Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. With a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny suffered without the original's director, Ang Lee, and its star, Zhang Ziyi, who refused to return for a sequel without Ang at the helm. Looks like she was onto something.
Oh, Paul Rudd, what have they done to you? Another Netflix Original with a 20% Tomatometer, Mute was stuck in development for over a decade before finally being produced, and the project clearly didn't benefit from its time in filmmaking purgatory. The film is visually striking with clouted up stars like Alexander Skarsgård, Justin Theroux, Sam Rockwell, and Paul Rudd, and even that couldn't save Mute from its confusing Blade Runner-lite borefest. Mute's depressing tone makes it unwatchable even as a so-bad-it's-good viewing experience.
Not to be confused with The Cloverfield Paradox, an equally terrible Netflix film (but more on that later), Paradox is a sci-fi thriller where a scientist is sent on an experimental journey an hour ahead in time and returns only to tell his compatriots that they'll all die before those sixty minutes are up. It sounds like a great premise, but Paradox earned its 26% Rotten Tomatoes audience score through direction, set design, and special effects that look like a film student's junior symposium project.
Watch Tau if you want to see Gary Oldman fight Evil Siri in a performance The Guardian compared to Patrick Stewart's role as a "literal pile of feces" in The Emoji Movie. Frankly, The Emoji Movie had better reviews than Tau, which currently holds a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Scream queen Maika Monroe stars as a kidnapping victim who has to outsmart an Alexa cube Tau, an AI defense system voiced by the actor formerly known as Sirius Black.
Step Sisters' 22% on Rotten Tomatoes somehow gives this Netflix Original too much credit. Finishing the film takes a masochistic streak on the part of the viewer combined with an almost naive belief that Step Sisters' addled attempt at tackling racial injustice will make more sense by the end. Protagonist Jamilah Bishop is a black woman with a performatively "woke" white boyfriend and dreams of Harvard. She's told by her college dean that he'll only help with her grad school dreams if she teaches a sorority of uncontrollable white woman (and one black woman) how to win a step battle against the college's black sororities. Step Sisters doesn't come close to the point it thinks that it's making.
The Workaholics are together again, but without a network team to tell them the difference between what's funny and what they think is funny, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson don't shine with their regular razzle-dazzle. What should've been a triumphant symphony of laughs ended up being a 20% on Rotten Tomaotes, with critics coming after the film's outdated humor and self-aggrandizing vulgarity. A movie with Mark Cuban, Shaggy singing "It Wasn't Me" at gunpoint, and Flying Lotus doing whatever FlyLo does shouldn't be able to be this boring.
Somehow, critics gave The Open House 23% on Rotten Tomatoes and *still* managed to like it more than audiences, with over 1,800 viewers bestowing only an 8% rating on the horror misfire. Starring 13 Reasons Why's Dylan Minnette, who apparently can't be in a project where he doesn't suffer from a gaping face wound, The Open House takes film's most innovative genre and does nothing with it. During a secluded mountain chalet's open house, a random man decides to just kill all of the residents. Really, that's it.
You won't care "how it ends" when you start watching this sci-fi flop, a Netflix Original with 19% on Rotten Tomatoes and an equally terrible 17% approval rating from its audience. How It Ends follows Theo James and Forest Whitaker as they try to save a pregnant Kat Graham from the apocalypse. Roger Ebert's review of the film is positively hilarious and contends that you're "better off not even beginning" How It Ends' sluggish slog of mediocre acting that barely earned the movie's one star.
We miss the old Jared Leto who couldn't read and loved hanging out with Claire Danes. It's been all downhill for the former teen heartthrob since My So-Called Life's untimely cancellation. Well, not really, but it's easy to forget his Oscar-winning Dallas Buyer's Club performance and stellar Requiem for a Dream role after listening to his mediocre band watching The Outsider, a movie that tragically has no relation to the S.E. Hinton novel of a similar name. Jared plays a Yakuza enforcer in post-war Japan, which is all you should near to hear before deleting this movie from your queue.
Special Correspondents, which has a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, follows a radio journalist and his buddy as they fake a wartime kidnapping in New York City. Ricky Gervais gave us The Office, so we can't stay mad at him for too long, but Special Correspondents is embarrassingly terrible for the creator-director-star. Like, it's really *all* his fault that his kidnapping film with Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga, and America Ferrera was an unfunny disappointment.
Finally, we return to The Cloverfield Paradox. The third installment in the Cloverfield franchise (but the first created by Netflix) was developed from a completely unrelated spec script called God Particle, and producer J.J. Abrams told Independent that he hadn't even figured out how to adapt it for Cloverfield by the time filming began. Maybe that's why most of the film is an explanation, because J.J. was trying to convince himself the concept could work. We expect better from the director of the third Star Wars trilogy and the Star Trek films.
Audiences didn't hate this Chloê Grace Moretz drama, which The Hollywood Reporter aptly described as a "disease-of-the-week movie," but critics gave it a dismal 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, with Variety going so far as to say that Brain on Fire is the reason the Razzie Awards exist. Sadly, the rare disease Chloë's Susannah Cahalan suffers from does exist, and Brain on Fire really is based on a true story. But with "true crime" sick-fics like The Act existing in the same sphere as Brain on Fire, it's painfully obvious how much this Netflix Original missed the mark.
The first of many Adam Sandler failures for Netflix, The Do-Over received a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, who were probably just being generous because it wasn't as bad as Adam's Ridiculous 6 film from a year prior. Somehow, after three unfathomably bad movies from Adam's Happy Madison production company, Netflix decided to make four *more* stinkers with the comedian, claiming that The Do-Over was one of their biggest films of 2017. With an overly-long two-hour runtime and few redeemable qualities to speak of, we're just wondering what collective blackmail led more than twelve people to tune into this travesty.
Speaking of The Ridiculous 6, Happy Madison's first rodeo with Netflix has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, with Screen Rant hypothesizing the legendarily bad film only managed a 0% because there was no way to give it a negative number. Ridiculous 6 surprisingly isn't a take on Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful 8, it's a spoof of the classic western Magnificent Seven. Filmmakers' first red flag should have been when Native American cast members were so offended, they walked off set during filming. Somehow, it wasn't.
Another Happy Madison flick with 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, Father of the Year should've been named Flop of the Year for all the grief it got from reviewers and audience members with half a brain. The concept was fine for a post-Funny People Adam Sandler flick — two college graduates argue about whose dad would win in a fight long enough that the fight actually happens. For a two-hour sitcom special, it's passable. For dirt masquerading as a feature film, it's unforgivably underdeveloped.
Shockingly, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin isn't a Happy Madison film, but the Kevin James feature does its best to convince you otherwise. Another critical 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin is like if Castle went very, very wrong. An author is kidnapped and forced into an assassination plot when his fictional novel about an international killer is accidentally published as a true story. The premise is strong enough that everything else about the film had to really tank for True Memoirs to be this universally hated.
Marlon Wayans deserves better. Someone, somewhere saw Andy Karl in Groundhog Day on Broadway and realized that the world was missing a sexy version of the classic Bill Murray comedy. Spoiler Alert: It wasn't. With a 0% Rotten Tomatoes score, Naked takes Marlon's character and has him wake up naked in an elevator the morning of his wedding again and again and again, but somehow, the jokes don't get better with practice.