There are certain factors that should be taken into consideration when people are making a film. A few of those things include great casting, a unique plot, engaging dialogue, remarkable cinematography and complex, relatable characters. Thankfully, we have countless gems like Lady Bird and Get Out, which are considered examples of successful filmmaking. But then there are those that lack nearly every element that's crucial for a decent or at least watchable film. They often come perfectly packaged as impressive trailers, but when viewers actually spend money to see what turns out to be a total mess, it's really disappointing.
It's why a lot of us like to rely on Rotten Tomatoes to understand what these films actually entail. They answer important questions like "Is it as good as everyone says?" and "Is this actually worth my time?" But once in a while, we'll stumble upon a film that actually turns out to be so awful that it has a zero percent rating on the Tomatometer. For those who aren't familiar, the main rating is only determined by critics while the audience score is determined by regular viewers on the site. And while a film may be certified EXTRA rotten by critics, it can simultaneously hold a more favorable score with the general audience (as is the case with many of these). See which recent films currently have a zero percent score on Rotten Tomatoes:
London Fields tells the fascinating story of an attractive, clairvoyant woman who is fully aware of her future death by murder. She meets and seduces three very different men, including a writer named Samson Young, an upper-class banker named Guy Clinch, and a scammer named Keith Talent. However, she knows that one of these men will eventually be her future murderer.
Much like the book that it was based on (written by Martin Amis), the premise sounds super unique and interesting. But unfortunately, it simply failed to live up to its potential and a few of the characters could've been further developed. Most critics found it boring and difficult to follow. But not everyone would agree because it actually holds an approval rating of 68 percent among regular viewers on Rotten Tomatoes.
When Stratton, a Special Boat Service operative, teams up with Marty, his American counterpart, to scope out a lab in Iran for dangerous biochemical weapons, it goes horribly wrong and Marty doesn't survive. But soon after his death, Stratton learns that a former Soviet operative has gone rogue and may use stolen chemical weapons to get his revenge. Stratton and his team must band together to stop the former operative from unleashing those deadly weapons.
The film is based on the novel series by Duncan Falconer, but while those books were widely successful, the adaptation fell drastically short. One reviewer, Jody Clark, explained: "With a slow and painstakingly predictable plot, dreadfully weak dialogue and forgettable performances, Stratton is unlikely to be reassigned for further missions."
Open Road Films
Sixteen-year-old Max McGrath desperately wants to fit in when he moves to a new town, but things get complicated when he learns that he has the ability to generate powerful energy. He soon befriends an alien known as "Steel," and they both discover that when they combine forces, they become "Max Steel," a superhero with powerful strength. As the duo uncovers more secrets, they fight to save themselves and their world from dangerous forces seeking to control their abilities.
We've seen that superhero films inspired by toys can be successful (like Transformers), but Max Steel is clearly not one of them. It currently holds a zero percent rating and an approval score of just 48 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Movie critic Alex Welch commented: "Max Steel is one of the more forgettable and pointless attempts at a superhero franchise in the current post-MCU Hollywood market, lacking any of the originality or vibrance that could give it even a remote shot at a successful future."
In the detective drama, we meet Jim Carrey's Officer Tadek, who tries to solve a certain case about a murdered businessman. But then he discovers that there are striking similarities between the incident and a crime that was described in Krystov Kozlov's book. After this, Officer Tadek tracks down the author and develops an obsession with him. But the closer he comes to finding the truth, the deeper he falls into a dangerous world of corruption.
Now, for those of you who have doubts about seeing a comedic legend like Jim take on such a serious role, trust us when we say that he's just as successful at drama. However, the film itself fell short and it's disturbingly misogynistic. The Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus reads: "Dark Crimes is a rote, unpleasant thriller that fails to parlay its compelling true story and a committed Jim Carrey performance into even modest chills."
A group of five friends vacation together in a cabin in the woods. But after they encounter a hermit at their cabin, everyone slowly succumbs to a deadly, flesh-eating virus.
The plot sounds all too familiar because it honestly feels like it's been recycled at least a dozen times. Some have noted that at least the bloody, flesh-eating makeup looked terrifying enough to make viewers cringe. But aside from that, most critics agree that the overall film felt pointless and dull. Shadowhunters hottie Matthew Daddario couldn't even get the audiences interested. We should note that a previous version was released in 2002, though it was met with more mixed reviews, rather than overwhelmingly negative ones.
Single BFFs Kate and Meg decide to take a last-minute vacation to Fort Lauderdale to try and relieve their stress. However, their flight is unexpectedly delayed because of a hurricane warning, and while on the plane, they both meet an attractive guy that they end up competing for.
The film may have delivered a few chuckles here and there, but frankly, there was nothing original about it and the characters were far from relatable. One critic, Chris Packham, explained: "To accept these characters, you have to suspend your disbelief and any knowledge about real-life women." It currently holds a 23 percent audience rating. Coincidentally, Matthew Daddario's sister Alexandra Daddario is in this one, released the next year. It's a good thing misery loves company.
The Canadian action flick stars Bruce Willis as a crime boss named Eddie. When a particular heist goes south, Karen attempts to make amends with her boss by recruiting her ex to steal a cargo of valuable gems. But then that job goes south, which leads to an ultimate showdown.
Just to give you an idea of the critical response, some have called it an "insult to action cinema," the "blandest heist movie ever made" and an "absolute waste of time." The face-offs, shootouts and speed chases may have looked sort of impressive on a surface level, but this film is not even on the same caliber as other action classics.
It may have an impressive cast, but even that couldn't save it from a zero percent rating. The Netflix film focuses on a diverse group of strangers in the West who discover that they all have the same dad (even though they look nothing alike). They then journey together to try and find their father.
That plot alone sounds crazy enough to make us raise our eyebrows, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that every critic hated it (surprisingly, it has an audience score of 32 percent, meaning some people actually enjoyed it). The Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus reads: "Every bit as lazily offensive as its cast and concept would suggest, The Ridiculous Six is standard couch fare for Adam Sandler fanatics and must-avoid viewing for film enthusiasts of every other persuasion."
After tragically losing their young daughter, Dana, David, and their son Lucas move to a new home in North Carolina to get a fresh start. But little do they know that this beautiful home has a secret room with a haunted past. When Dana discovers it, she starts to have disturbing visions and she slowly loses her sanity, unable to tell what's real from what's not.
The psychological thriller had so much potential, but according to critics, it was a complete mess and it was rather predictable. Critic Robert Abele went as far as to call it "a litany of embarrassments best left shielded from audiences." We'll take his word for it.
In the biographical crime drama, John Travolta portrays real life crime boss, John Gotti. Over the course of three decades, we follow Gotti's rise to the head of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. It also chronicles his efforts to keep his family together in spite of drama and tragedy.
Although critics dragged this film to the grave for its dull plot and script, nearly fifty percent of audiences who rated it on Rotten Tomatoes actually enjoyed it. Critic Louisa Moore mentioned that it was "an incoherent jumble not unlike that of puzzle pieces thrown together in a bag, shaken up, and heaved on the screen in an astonishing display of haphazard incompetence." On the other hand, a few reviewers called it "heartfelt," "entertaining," and worthy of an Academy Award. It's safe to say that there were mixed reviews for this one...
Sadly, Gotti isn't John's only film with a zero percent rating. In this action drama, he plays Beau, a father who does high-wire work. Although he's haunted by the deadly electrocution of his late brother, he continues to work on keeping the electrical grid running. And when a deadly storm ensues, Beau and the rest of his linemen risk their lives to keep their town connected.
It sounds like a riveting, fast-paced film and it feels like such a great way to honor the bravery of real-life linemen. But unfortunately, it fell flat and included too many cliches. Critic Robert Yaniz, Jr. said: "A listless cast and a crushingly flat script fail to illuminate the lives of high-wire electrical workers in Life on the Line, which instead resorts to tired story beats and a false sense of self-righteousness."
Jack McCall is a successful literary agent who's known for stretching the truth in order to land his book deals. But when a New Age self-help guru named Dr. Sinja sees through Jack's facade, he decides to return the favor. On that same night, a Bodhi tree shows up in Jack's backyard and both men learn that Jack is actually connected to the tree. For every single word that Jack says, a leaf falls off. And when all the leaves go, the tree dies, as well as Jack. Because of this, Jack is forced to choose his words carefully and communicate in other ways, which leads to a bunch of misunderstandings.
While the concept is interesting, the execution wasn't so great - and literally every critic would agree. Most viewers barely found the comedy funny. The performances were mediocre and the script could've been WAY better.
The film follows an English con man who tries to marry into a wealthy family. But his plans begin to go south when his unpredictable brother shows up on his wedding day.
To be fair, the film's zero percent rating is based on a mere nine reviews. However, based on the audience score rating (of 16 percent), viewers weren't too thrilled about it either. Film critic David Nusair explained that it was a "half-baked idea that clearly needed more time in the writing phase." And others seemed to share that sentiment, describing the film as clumsy, dull, and uninteresting.
Bucky is a grocery bagger who constantly feels bored and unfulfilled, but that all changes when he learns that his reserved parents used to be porn stars. He immediately takes this as a sign that he should follow in his parents' footsteps and become an adult film star himself. He drops everything and travels to L.A., determined to make it into the porn industry.
The critics' consensus on Rotten Tomatoes describes the movie as "a severely misguided and inept comedy incapable of even telling its single joke properly." Reviewers have mentioned that the film was so unbearable that they struggled to finish watching it, and one even went as far as calling it "soul-crushing." But this is understandable, considering the ridiculous plot and childish penis jokes.
Wrekin Hill Entertainment
Kate, a marine biologist and shark expert, struggles to keep her business afloat after her crew member gets killed by a shark. She's so haunted by the incident that she avoids getting back into the water. But when she gets herself into a financial hole, she agrees to take an adventurous millionaire and his son for a shark dive. And of course, that quickly leads to disaster.
According to most of the critics who reviewed the movie, stunning protagonists in bathing suits and great cinematography can't really save a bad film. It turns out that Dark Tide had one-dimensional characters and basically the most boring plot ever. A few fans have compared it to the classic monster flick, Jaws, but this seems kind of unfair since they're not even in the same league.